By HABIBU HARISU
SOKOTO- The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most. Rev. Matthew Kukah, has distributed tricycles as youths empowerment to mark his 70th birthday anniversary.
Kuka launched the exercise at a dinner and special mass service organised in his honour in Sokoto.
He said that a scholarship bursary scheme, along with other empowerments, were also designed to support people, especially the less privileged.
He explained that the efforts were aimed at facilitating human empowerment and encourage self reliance, especially among youths in recognition of the challenges bedevilling the nation.
He expressed thanks for the purposeful life, adding that the gesture was part of the fulfilment of his desires to empower youths and contribute to the development of the society.
According to him, the scholarship bursaries were to promote sanity and inculcate right education to people, lamenting that ignorance had taken over some important segments of daily lives in the society.
He stressed that proper education of citizens would surely go a long way to promote right developments, prevention of restiveness and ensure constructive direction on shaping people’s lives and facilitate growth in all sectors.
He described the Kuka Centre as apolitical and not religious centri as it helped to promote virtues and dialogue, to ensure right understanding, strengthen harmonious relationships and other efforts in the country.
In his sermon, Most Rev. John Oyejola, said Kuka’s life was blessful, a man of brave heart, and defender of just social order.
” In a world where ingratitude and ungratefulness tend to dominate human lives and as a consequence, ruin genuine charity, we are gathered today to render thanks to the author of all we are and have.
” We need the wisdom of the elders and the strength of the youth to lead our nation from the precipice of political disaster, economic strangulation and looming disintegration to better transformations,” he added.
Earlier, the Chairman of the anniversary’s organizing committee, Rev. Nuhu Iliya, described the celebrator as epitome of good leadership and inspirer to virtues.
Iliya said he learnt a lot from Kuka and enjoined incoming leaders to emulate his qualities.
According to him, the present empowerment scheme is the beginning and 40 tricycles would be distributed to youths to engage in productive commercial activities. (NAN)