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||By Othman Alaga

The Vice Chancellor, Federal University of Lafia (FULafia), Professor Shehu Abdul Rahman, has called on youths in Nigeria to work together for peace and sustainable national development.

This is just as the Governor of Nasarawa State, Engineer Abdullahi A. Sule, has commended youths in the state for coming together to promote peace and development.

Abdul Rahman made the call when he presented a paper, titled: "Building Bridges of Peace and Unity Among Ethnic Nationalities: The Youths Perspective." 

The occasion was a youths summit organised by the Forum of National Youth President of Ethnic Nationalities in Nasarawa State, which held at Ta'al Conference Hotel, Lafia.

The vice-chancellor called on youths, especially in Nasarawa State, to live peacefully together, saying that youths "are among the greatest assets of any country."

In his brief speech at the summit, the governor praised especially the youths leaders of the ethnic groups in the state for their foresight in organising the summit, calling on youths to unite in order to move the state forward.

Sule reiterated his administration's readiness to partner with youths in all its activities in the state.

He revealed that President Muhammad Buhari has approved establishment of what is to be known as the Agricultural Development Institute of Nigeria, in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital, saying that the institute, when established, would be of benefit to youths in the state, especially in the area of agriculture.

In his welcome address, the Coordinating President, Forum of Ethnic Nationalities, Comrade John Umaru, said the forum "is a coalition of national youths leader of all ethnic nationalities in the state which aims at preaching unity and peaceful coexistence among all tribes, irrespective of religion, for the progress and development of the state and the country at large."

He said the youths summit was the first of its kind, describing the day it was held as a "significant day in the history of Nasarawa State, when youths of diverse cultures and interests come together to contribute their quota to the process of our nation building."

Comrade Umaru, who is the National President, Mada Youth Development Association, urged youths to channel and harness their energy, resources and human endowment through for betterment of Nasarawa State.