By Uzair Adam Imam
The Aminu Magashi Garba (AMG) Foundation has pledged its support to 50 individuals in Kano State in a groundbreaking effort aimed at rehabilitating and reintegrating repentant thugs into society.
The announcement was made by the foundation’s founder, Aminu Magashi Garba, via a Facebook post on Tuesday, following the “Post Oct 17 Kano Youth Summit” held at Sani Abacha Stadium.
Garba expressed the foundation’s commitment to fostering positive change in the community by providing opportunities for former troublemakers to redirect their lives.
The initiative seeks to empower these individuals with the necessary skills and support to successfully reintegrate into society.
During a courtesy visit to the AMG Foundation by the Kano Controller of the Federal Fire Service, Mr. Sholadoye Kazeem, on Monday, November 20, 2023, a new dimension to the foundation’s efforts was unveiled.
The foundation has partnered with the Federal Fire Service to train 30 youths as “Fire Safety Ambassadors.”
These ambassadors will undergo rigorous training to handle fire safety and prevention measures effectively.
Garba explained that the trained youths would be strategically placed in congested markets and business areas to mitigate the risk of fire outbreaks.
In return for their services, each ambassador will receive a monthly allowance of N15,000 for three months.
The hope is that the Kano State government will consider retaining them as ad-hoc staff members after the initial training period.
The visionary initiative also involves collaborative efforts with the Kano State Police Command and the Youth Society for Prevention of Infectious Diseases and Social Vices (YOSPIS).
According to him, the YOSPIS organisation has been actively engaged in rehabilitating over 200 repentant thugs, making it a valuable partner in the AMG Foundation’s mission.
Garba expressed gratitude for the support from the Kano Controller of the Federal Fire Service and highlighted the importance of public-private partnerships in creating lasting impact.
The AMG Foundation’s multifaceted approach to social intervention demonstrates its commitment to addressing various challenges faced by the youth in Kano State.
The collaboration between the AMG Foundation, government agencies, and grassroots organisations serves as a model for holistic community development and crime prevention efforts.