THE ROLE OF YOUTHS IN PEACE AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION #SuperBloggers by @abusidiqu

Published:18 Mar, 2012

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The modern world is becoming smaller, highly integrated and technologically more advanced. It is also becoming highly fragmented, less peaceful and unsafe for both present and future generations. The world is today passing through an environment full of tension, violence, declining values, injustices, reduced tolerance and respect for human rights. The gun culture has already taken a dominant position in most of the developing countries, threatening the future of the youths who deserve a peaceful and better quality of life.

The youths constitute the richest wealth of a country. They develop quality of catholicity of personal integrity, personal discipline and open mindedness. The youthful period is a period of passions, emotions, activities and vigour. Because of their frontline positions in any country, their input to any development programme will go a long way in achieving desired objectives.

There is no doubt that there is a greater need to create a culture of peace and conflict free environment. This is an area where the youths can come in. One important role which the youths can play in peace and conflict resolution is for them to “BE THE CHANGE”. The youths can do this by changing their attitudes towards people, traditions, religion and believes. They should learn to combine their enthusiasm with patience, realising the importance of living together and should be responsible to defend the frontiers of peace and non-violence.

The youths should equally understand their leadership capacity by educating themselves on the need for community leadership and taking opportunities available to prioritise leadership development programme especially within them in rural areas because lack of knowledge about basic decision making impedes progress and therefore results in conflicts.

On the other hand, the youths can play an active role in peace and conflict resolution by forming a new phalanx of peace missionaries and NGO network in the grassroots, concentrating on value education and spiritual renewal among children.

In the area of ethnic development, the youth of different ethnic groups can forge links between cultural minorities and popularise shared values, shared culture and traditions handed down from generations to generations. The youths on the political area of development can engage or join in political awareness building, force reforms in bureaucracy to ensure good governance, accountability, transparency and citizenry participation.

At the international scene, the youths can become peace ambassadors of their respective countries, promoting exchange programmes in education, culture, science and technology, sports and games and in tourism promotions to link all the youth of the region and the world in the pursuit and maintenance of peace and conflict.

In addition, the youths should learn new skills to deal with conflict in non-violent ways and create a community that lives by a credo of non-violence and multicultural appreciation. This however must be done with the present crop of people whom we have termed as the leaders of ‘yesterday’ given the necessary chance and creating the opportunity for the youths to act with their enthusiast.

With all this and with every youth having at the back of his mind that wherever he goes, peace is with him because without peace, he cannot live, then the 21st century would be a century of tolerance, peace and conflict free.

Abubakar Sidiq Usman

Writes on abusidiq.com

@abusidiqu on twitter Abuja, Nigeria

  • Abu, this is very impressive. You really took time to understand the youth and the role they have to play. I only pray we can do that which we have to do. Thanks for this.

  • teehidee

    Nice one Sidiq, kudos!

  • Beeba

    Nice one, all the youth needs is enlightenment and coperation,toward the set goal of achieving a conflict free nation,thanks for this info, we hope conflict would be a thing of the past soonest.

  • Yunusa Usman

    Wow, very impressive write up. We youths really owe this nation and the world a lot.

  • rukkie

    A wonderful piece,kudos!!

  • Temitope Ajagbe

    Thank God for social networks; we are gradually getting there. The youths of Nigeria are better than we were 10 years ago. Well done my friend…

  • ojuolape

    Brilliant piece abubakar. We as the youth have a responsibility towards building our nations…I’m so committed to this!

  • Abdulmumin Okehi

    Your choice of words is what kept me reading the piece and everything presented is a fact we all must work with. Nice write up.

  • Enesi Islameen

    Nice write up bro. Keep it up.

  • Nice write up. We as youth really have a great role to play in
    resolving the myriad of conflicts we have around us 2day. Keep the
    pen flowing.

  • Abdussalam Abdullahi Khaleel

    It is said that corruption thrives only when good people do nothing. Your write-up got me thinking…..minds like yours are just what we need. More ink to ur pen!

  • Fatima O.

    This is a very beautiful piece dear. keep it up.

  • lilian

    Well said!

  • Stella

    Nice write up. Try and take it beyond words. Start something and we will cue behind you.

  • This is well researched material from a true Nigerian who has Nigeria at heart. A Nigeria where peace and unity reigns. The youths re the future of this country of ours we ve to organise ourselves to have the Nigeria we deserve which is Nigeria of our dreams. The moment the youth realise what they can achieve in tolerance and understanding Nigeria is saved. Abu thumbs up for this piece !

  • I Am Haphiz

    This to me is the fuel we need to keep the dream alive.. Our generation is blessed with people lyk u Abu..the labours of heroes past shall never be in vein.i say thank u my brother.

  • I Am Haphiz

    This to me is the fuel we need to keep the dream alive.. Our generation is blessed with people lyk u Abu..the labours of heroes past shall never be in vain.i say thank u my brother.

  • Change through violence is not lasting. well said 🙂

  • Maruf abdullahi

    What a wonderful article, more grace to your elbow abu sidiq.

  • Kassim Mahmud

    This article has broad view of youth & youthful exigences: it enuciate the problem created by youth in our community, at national & even international level. It took us back the memory lane, when values an norms guide our society and youths are the beautiful bride every segment of the society want to tie nupt with! It as factor out, clinically the way to bring back the old good days & it has also factor out how this cultural renaissance can be zero-in in to the jet age of 21 Century. This piece is thougth provoking, morally refreshing & lexically ingenious!!

  • @Dolusegun

    This is great bro! Very great! Sorry didn’t read it earlier

  • Jesse Jimmy

    Good stuff Abu pls keep it up. Its left of us this generation to change our faith for our self and future generations too

  • zulaiha

    Hmmm! Nice one! Keep it up.

  • Fareedah

    This is very insightful. Truly the change has to come from we the youth. A must read for all Nigeria loving youth. Kudos Sadiq

  • Wozimat abdullahi

    Wat a very nice stuff keep it up.

  • Uzo Rex

    Great article, I hope the youths get to learn a few things from this piece.

  • Tunde

    Nice article, hope the ‘youths’ take the advice here and let us have a future we can be proud of.

  • Abdulmalik Baba Muhammed

    Nice piece.. The youth are the leaders of this n ation and with this piece we believe the future ‘ll be better if the Nigerian youth can go through this…

  • celine

    Good write up, we youths have to know that peace and achievement is good. I pray we get there soon

  • Elisha

    Excellent prose, well articulated points and most pertinently, a call to service to young people across the country to rise up and be more responsible…I’m inspired!

  • ifiok Etim

    This is a good piece. If only our youths can rise to their responsibilities, this country will be a far better place.

  • Wilson Ozobu

    What needs to b said has been well said by this article, like other brilliantly-written ones before this,
    but it is in doing that we most often fall short. I think it is about time that we got that right too. There is no better time to act than in this critical times of our nation’s history

  • Ashraff Aisha

    A brilliant and Well constructed piece. You have said it all…. The youths need to BE THE CHANGE.

  • abdulkareem onipe Sanusi

    The easiest way to go about our national issue, I am proud we still have a young man who despite the disappointment that our contry is facing with lesders who recognized our problems but look the other way after taken an oath! And Abubabakar you still believe there’s a way out. Kudos man if this loudble plan is in place we sure get better!

  • salamatu

    Nice one, infact its d best. This is what the youths need, MOTIVATION.

  • Grace

    “The handwriting ????§ on the wall” this ????§ indeed an eye opener and a way forward for the Youth *thumbs up*

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    The Role of the Youth in Promoting Peace and Conflict Resolution PRINTABLE VERSION
    by David Oluwamayowa Fakunle, NigeriaNov 7, 2007
    Human Rights , Education , Peace & Conflict  Opinions

      

    The world we live in is full of competitors; we are all competing for one thing or the other. We all have rights and wants; our human nature desires that our rights be protected at all times, whatever the situation. The impossibility for this expectation to be met calls for compromise between the parties involved.

    Henry Giessenbier, the founder of Junior Chamber International (JCI), spoke of this worldwide federation of young leaders and entrepreneurs, saying, “From within the walls of the soul of this organization wherein the foundation of character and good citizenship are laid, I hope a message will come in the sometime of tomorrow that will stir the people toward the establishment of a permanent and everlasting world peace.”

    Henry Giessenbier’s dying wish was for the world to have peace. For this peace to be achieved the two things that he stated must not be overlooked are

    Character

    Good citizenship

    Conflict resolution can simply be defined as a process of analysing a problem and strategising a solution to sort out the differences between two parties in discord. It can also be referred to as the method used to solve problems between two parties, individuals, community or nations. Peace and conflict resolution is very important in the world today.

    The process of resolution brings an agreement between the parties involved in the conflict. Peace cannot be achieved without bringing the pieces together. This can only be achieved by strategising for change, mobilising for advancement, erasing shallow thinking and taking responsibility for every action taken.

    In any situation, it is not a matter of who is right but who is left i.e. who is on the other side, who is the person with a different perspective. We should learn to listen twice as much as we speak so as to sample other people’s opinions. It is imperative that deliberate actions should be taken to achieve these feats.

    The youth are a very important factor in peace and conflict resolution as they stand the chance of been used as elements for violence, hooliganism and conflict-making. We have seen such cases in countries where terrorism is the order of the day. Also, the elites and power hungry politicians make the youth in their communities cause problems so that they can achieve their own selfish interests in government. The youth are vulnerable to these proposals because they don’t have the right education.

    When I say education I do not mean going to school. We have graduates that are used as social miscreants in the community by the power hungry people who have the money to influence these situations in order to achieve their selfish aims. The education I am talking about is the one that was defined by Napoleon Hill when he said, “That word education is derived from the Latin word ‘educo,’ meaning to educe, to draw out, to develop from within. An educated man is not necessarily one who has an abundance of general or specialized knowledge. An educated man is one who has so developed the faculties of his mind that he may acquire anything he wants or its equivalent, without violating the rights of others. Any man is educated who knows where to get knowledge when he needs it, and how to organize that knowledge into definite plans of action”. It only takes a man of purpose to see that he gets the right education. The wrong school is the wrong mentality acquired over the years.

    In spite of all these challenges and problems the youth must be responsible enough to design their future based on their vision. They should be empowered and motivated to be change agents in our environment. They have the strength, mental alertness, speed, ideas and information necessary to create positive change. The youth must be catalysts for change and not catalysts for destruction. Kwame Nkrumah (Ghanaian president) said that “Circumstances can be changed by revolution and revolutions are brought about by men, by men who think as men of action and act as men of thought”. Therefore, it is upon the youth to become men in their thoughts and mental capability, rather than just in their physical fitness or vigour.

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    David Oluwamayowa Fakunle

    I am haruna momoh,I am interested in Peace and in Conflict resolution. My main goal in life is to make an impact on my generation and to positively affect lives in the best way that I can.

  • yahuza magaji

    Dat is a great publication,i strongly hav d belyv dat if sentiment(tribal,religion,race,ethnicity)are kept aside,youths wil play a vital role 2ward conflict resolution.abusadiqu all d way

  • adetutu

    Nice write up,the youths in Nigeria deserve a change and we are the instrument of that change.

  • Ahmed Aliyu

    Nice write up bro. Keep it up.

  • Onota

    Like the angle from which u spoke from, just wish we could learn

  • Charles Ameh

    Your article captures the direction all peace loving youths should go. The active population of the world is made of majorly youths. By implication, whatever culture is prevalent among them will determine the trend. There is an urgent need for the youth to realise how much their actions and inactions affect the society. Youths should be embodiment of peace, love, vitality and positive exuberance. Their peaceful energy and enthusiasm is the needed tonic for a world filled with peace.

  • tunde oretade

    BE THE CHANGE…..apt write up and i like the spirit behind it….that is exactly what we need today in Nigeria today. keep it up

  • Munira

    Brilliant write up, keep it up. This is what the youth needs. Bravoooo

  • Youths has a lot to do in a societies but we have not been given a chance let the youths now standup for their responsibilities now………Abubakar Sidiq Usman you did well for bring this kind of ideal remain bless

  • aishat atta

    Nice blog, very impresive

  • oluwatoyin dosunmu

    A very lovely article. Nice one

  • hassan yakubu

    Wot an article, great lines bro

  • hafsat kadiri

    We need articles like this posted daily

  • ahmad musa

    ur article is well documented.There is a sign of quality leader in it. May Allah help us with applying it to our everyday lives

  • mukhtar Alhassan

    Gud write up bro,wiv d youth in peace,I tink dis country will go along way

  • Abdulrahman salisu

    A child that is acedemecally bankrupt is obviously a deformed child,knowledge n wisdom is power if a wide range of children are enriched n polished wt quality enducation, I believe the words violence n conflict will sieze to exist amongst humans.the youths are the future and if the youths are empowered the future is Made.

  • Sadiku Halima

    An inspiring write-up, its time the youth realise that they can have a better future than the ones mapped out for them by pple who don’t care abt them n only want to use them for violence and destruction.

  • Ken

    Given the Abu that I know. I couldn’t have expected anything less. Well said, well written. Kudos.

  • yahaya Abubakar Sadiq

    A great masterpieace it is, defining the youth as a great resource, where they are coming from and where they should be. If we all can become these agents to bringing the good changes we want and desire, Nigeria would surely be far from where it is. Weldone Abubakar Sidiq

  • Nice write up sidiq, since youths re d leaders of any Nation , we shuld try 2 avoid violence nd learn how 2 tolerate any kind of situation we found ourslf. In addition we shuld tink of wat 2 do 2 our country not wat d country will do 4 us.

  • WeLl written, we need more from you again. But let me critique! You must begin to learn how to write with simplicity and avoid using words that calls for the dictionary,well am not saying don’t take your readers to school.Also noted,you must learn to edit, words like “Catholicity” don’t exist in the dictionary, “their enthusiast” that’s a preposition in the wrong place.”On the need for” does not join. Other errors were noted.

  • NDAYAKO S.M

    Actually am really inpired with this write up Mr. Abubakar Sadid Usman. And i belive with this, the youth of our time will benefit on this.

  • Odim

    I like the points you have raised my brother. The youths should take a cue and wake up from their slumber

  • Nic

    It couldn’t have been said any better. The youths have often being reffered to as the future of any nation. As for our youths, that future is now. Very stimulating article

  • TJ

    A patriotic article from you Sidiq. Its good to know that the youths are not all chasing after oil company and bank jobs but some like you are looking to help build the nation. Kudos my broda

  • Chucz

    Well said my brother. Lets arise and help Nigeria fulfil its potential. Lets make Nigeria great!

  • John

    Abu! Abu!! Abu!!! You totally killed it. You hit the hammer on the head. You re on point sir

  • Zak

    Sidiq, you make me feel proud to be a Nigerian youth. Its good to know that people still believe in the power of the youth to make positive change.

  • Simon

    Knowledge is power! With knowledge positive change can be effected. And who says it can be done by the youths? Well written article my brother

  • Ojay

    Excellent article Sidiq. Given that the youths are mostly the “foot soldiers” in most of the conflicts, I think it will be instructive for the youths turn out to be the agents for peace and conflict resolution

  • Onyeka

    This a call to national duty for the youths of Nigeria. Irrespective of tribe or creed, rising up to change the course of the father land should be paramount

  • JC

    A profound and well articulated piece. I totally agree with every point you ve discussed. Arise o compatriots, Nigeria’s call. Obey!

  • Muhammad muktar

    This is a very lovely article. it is left for the youths to rise up to the challenge.

  • aliyu abubakar sadiq

    Well, wht can I say. U’av hit d nail on d head. We d youth of 2day must rise up to d situation and see dat we serve as d agent of change we so much desire. it can start 4rm our immediate environment to d society at large. Until we stop believing d notion dat d youth is d leader of tomorrow and start believing we can lead even now and leading by example, only then we correct most of dis anormally.

  • aliyu

    Thumbs up,quite an interesting piece.

  • me me

    yeah, y’all shld try this piece too
    http://omojuwa.com/2012/my-questions-for-lagos-superbloggers-by-ijayxl/ i found it hilarious

  • @dawisu

    What a mervelous piece my brother! U’ve hit so many home-runs in this article! I hope andd pray those that have read it will take the message to those that haven’t, so we forge a common front and unite to salvage our country together! Keep it up and more grease to ur already greased elbow! Thank u!

  • adedoyin

    Very Impressive… The Mentality of every Youth can change within a twinkle of an eye… What we hear, read, watch/see go along way in influencing our future… The Youth of this generation can not be left out in any way…
    Bravo Bro…..

  • jummai jatto

    Dis is coming @ a time wen the youth needs 2 be enlightened.u have always shown traces and qualite of a great leader.we r proud of you sadiq.

  • Man that was a nice peace am just afraid the elders hav eroded and erase morals from every dictionary.the youth wil have to change individualy

  • oluyemi bosede

    good job,a must read article…..welldone

  • Emmanuel Stephen

    Great piece…the youth must be the vanguard for conflict resolution and forerunner for lasting peace in our social setting…and this is attainable through value orientation…. Great peace,the masters stroke..

  • Yakubu Yusuf

    This is a great piece. I enjoyed reading.

  • Salamat Aliyu

    I am proud of the writer of this article. He has said it all.

  • usman ozovehe M J

    great work,keep it up.

  • momoh lawal

    great work

  • where are the supposed youth Sadiq wrote about? are they the politcal thugs or unemployed youth. a well articulated write-up. vital points raised by this article are ideal and desired but where what you have is a rotten system what do we do? sadiq have make his own possitive contribution what about you?

  • Saba Isaac.

    This is a very impressive publication. In spite of all these challenges and problems the youth must be responsible enough to design their future based on their vission. They should be empowered and motivated to be change agents in our environment. If we can become these agents to bring the good changes we want and desire, Surely our country will be far better than where it is now. Youths deserve a change and we are the instrument of that change. Weldone ABU……,Keep it up.

  • lami Habiba

    Your words is full of substance Abu,I’m very impressed you have our beautiful country at heart.May God see the youth through by thinking positively and remembering the fact that we can only b leaders of tomorrow once we ensure peace in our country and live in harmony through strong cooperation. Work well Abu

  • 1igboboy

    Wonderful, Read it twice. Thank you for the insight. More power to the movement for change

  • kaytee

    Nice ryt up my frnd, itz gd to knw dat sum1 out dia rili iz tryin to help d youths cum out of dia slumber. Kudos man!

  • Shecrownlita

    Nice piece.. I don’t expect less..

  • Dfewgoodmen

    Yes, it’s true that the world is becoming very technologically advanced and at the same time, very fragmented. Every age group has a role to play in society. Yes, and the youths have a very vital part to contribute too. I agree with that surmise.

    The article is well written and I cannot flaw the logic. It’s about time that we allow the youths of Society to play its indelible and expedient role to make society work! The role of the youth class in any society cannot be over-emphasised!

    The elder generation in Nigeria are invariably undermining the Youth age-group and sensibilities of Nigerians. Imagine a 60 year old Man that was endorsed as the youth leader for PDP? Isn’t that gesture obscene? Doesn’t it upset our sensibilities? Is the position of the youths in Society or in Nigeria in specific being deliberately extirpated?

    There are so many questions yet few, credible, and palliative answers. I believe that the youth has to do more. Has to be more aggressive to take its due place in Society! The older generation shouldn’t feel threatened. It’s a together thing for progress. Yes. But they shouldn’t run the youth class to the ground because they are inevitably the future of every society!

  • Emmanuel yusuf

    Well said, if our nation is to become better or worse it lies in the hands of youth,let’s join hands to make our nation free from violence and avoid been used as tools for destruction by some hungry and evil politician…I vote for a NEW NIGERIA

  • Rahanatu Suleiman

    It’s high time for the youths to know their worth,the role they need to play in the society and how our rights are being trampled on. Good right up,keep it up.

  • aishaa

    Great piece! If only our youths cld really rise up… My dearest NIGERIA will b more than dis, GOD BLESS NIGERIA!!

  • yusuf M

    Nice piece, we need more articles like dis, more grease 2 ur elbow

  • shuaibu Aishat

    The power to have a conflict free nation lies in the hands of the youth, let us stand up nd say no to conflict.

  • helen anda

    Youths have to stand up and face d challenges in this country

  • florence ehusani

    More of this pls

  • surraj

    Very encouraging, youths pls let’s rise up to dis challange.

  • Usman Audu

    This is an excellent work. Keep it up.

  • Ma’arufat abdullahi

    Very inspiring,dis is a call 2 all d youths to rise up.

  • Abubakar

    Nice piece. We know you have this qualities, you just have refused to let them out. Thank God we are seeing something from you now.

  • Binta abdullahi

    Abu sidiq nice work, keep it up.

  • Amina

    Well said

  • Odoma Samuel

    Great article, atleast youths have a chance to air their views

  • Nice article………keep it up……..

  • Abel bishop

    Very inspiring, nice right up abu sidiq.

  • bashirat ahmed

    Dis articles need 2 go beyond places like dis 2 enlighten our youths, kudos.

  • Rebecca yusuf

    This is a rise up call to we the youth, to see to the end of conflict in this great country of ours. Nice write up.

  • mena

    More grease to your elbow

  • Abbas

    The youths are the future of this country. if we unite to enthrone peace, we will make better leaders. Nice work by the writer.

  • Jamiu Mohammed

    The writer is very succinct in his analysis. More grease to your elbow.

  • Zainab

    I am impressed with this write up. keep it bro.

  • Onotu sadiq

    Youths we need to weakup 4rm our slumber.

  • How I wish every youth can just have this kind of mind set,how I wish we could see the need of our society,how I wish we could all outlive religious,cultural and ethnic differences to embrace love

  • Sadiq Abu

    This is the bomb, youths are the solution this nation needs. Mr Abu keep it up.

  • yahuza Aishat

    Good right up, pls keep dis article flowing.

  • Bello O

    Truth exposed, youth stand up to this call.

  • Bakar

    A nice article

  • Amina H.

    I feel very inspired by this write up. If only many of us can go by the suggestion of the writer, we will make a difference.

  • Funmi sani

    Wat an educative article, i luv dis.

  • Habib Oladimeji

    Nice one

  • Godwin

    no meaningful peace can be achieve without the involvement of youth because they are true agent of peace! good one

  • Yemi

    This is a wake up call to all youths. Let us all rise to the occasion.

  • Saudat Ahmed

    I was very skeptical in about reading this article, but am glad I did eventually. This writer should be commended for doing justice to the role we youths need to play in the peace of Nigeria.

  • Aminat Abdullahi

    God bless you for this wonderful write up

  • Ikenna

    Its a well done research and well penned down write up. Keep it up Sadiq, u will go places & change the world with this. Cheers man!

  • Yusuf Aisha

    The writer has done justice to issue of violence. The youths should take the bull by the horn.

  • Salihu muhammed jamiu

    A very wonderful research, i think the kinds of leadership we have to day in the countries have tourn our youths to be come a hooliganism,this will enable our youths to know how important they are in the communities, also encourages the youths on how to add values to the economic development in the countries not to be the subject of violence in the societies. Infact more grate to your elbow

  • haruna m lawal

    Nice write up,u are d bst.

  • Zakari

    Thumbs up to you bro for doing justice to the issue of peace and conflict resolution. More grease to your elbow.

  • Achenyo Attah

    Nice one. God bless you

  • Mohammed Usman

    I know you will always make us proud. Very inspiring and thought provoking article. Keep it up.

  • Aisha

    It’s always been in you. Please do more

  • Mohammed Usman

    I know you will always make us proud. Very isnpriring and thought provoking. Keep it up.

  • Abdul Ibrahim

    The writer has explicitly analysed the role youths can play in enthroning peace. The rest is lrft for us to act.

  • Abubakar, this is a compelling and well-articulated piece – a must read for any youth desirous of playing a part in peace and conflict-resolution in today’s world. Keep it up, my brother.

  • Eseosa

    Great piece Abu. Well done.

  • Nice one bro this is a most read.

  • good job, man!

  • I-Am Haphiz

    We are indeed the leaders of tomorrow.. Bravo my brother

  • The idea of concentrating on value education and spiritual renewal in society is to me the most beloved clarion call for youths in this brilliant sermon. The Nigerian society without a doubt needs civil renewal and not as most people believe, good central governance would immediately be its answer. More and consistent community engagement/participation rather stands as a better messiah.

  • If you desire to take much from this paragraph then you
    have to apply such techniques to your won web site.

  • Mercy

    Nice article.it’s inspiring the young adults making peace.

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The Lagos State Government on Thursday said it was ready to roll out Lake Rice on December 15 to Lagosians at N13,000 per 50 kg towards the Yuletide celebrations. The sale will come as succour for millions of Lagosians who like their counterparts in most parts of the country have had to pay over N20,000 for a bag of rice, mostly imported. Sanni Okanlawan, Special Adviser on Food Security to Governor Akinwumi Ambode, made the disclosure in Lagos during the Lagos...

Senate reschedules Magu’s confirmation to December 15

The Senate on Thursday rescheduled the screening and confirmation of the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, to December15. The Deputy Leader of the Senate, Bala N’allah, made this known while addressing journalists on Thursday in Abuja. He said the postponement of the exercise from December 8 to 15 became necessary to allow for a full house to convene. According to him, lawmakers who travelled out of Abuja for official assignments requested the postponement pending their...

Unpaid Nigeria’s Super Falcons withhold Nations Cup trophy in protest.

The Nigeria national women’s football team, the Super Falcons, are still holding on to the Africa Women’s Nations Cup won last weekend in Cameroon in protest against the government’s failure to pay them. Though the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, on Thursday reassured the African champions that they will receive all their entitlements, the team has not relinquished the trophy. The minister, who was in the company of the NFF’s General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi, met with the players and...

NCC releases short code to opt out of unsolicited messages from Telcos.

The Nigerian Communication Commission, NCC, on Thursday advised consumers to take advantage of the 2442 short code to choose the type of messages they want to receive from telecoms operators. The Executive Vice-Chairman of NCC, Umar Danbatta, gave the advice at the 79th Telecom Consumers Parliament help in Abuja. He said that the parliament, with its theme: Implementation of the `Do not Disturb’ (DND): the journey so far,’ was aimed at sensitising the public to the policy. Mr. Danbatta said that the...

How Nigeria’s economic challenges affect West Africa – ECOWAS

The depreciation of the naira and other economic challenges affecting member states have slowed down ECOWAS economic integration and the adoption of a single currency, the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports. This was one of the main issues discussed at the technical meeting of the ECOWAS Macroeconomic Policy Committee on Multilateral Surveillance in Abuja on Thursday. The out-going Chairperson of the committee, Ommy Sar Ndaiye, said that it was pertinent for member states to develop strategies to address the prevailing economic...

Kano generates N18 billion internal revenue in 2016.

The Kano State Government has realised N18 billion as internally generated revenue from January to date, an official said. The Chairman of Kano State Board of Internal Revenue, Sani Dembo, disclosed this on Thursday shortly after he defended the board’s 2017 budgetary allocation at the State Assembly. Mr. Dembo said that in 2015, the board generated N11 billion as tax revenue, while N12 billion was realised in 2016. He further said “within the 10 month of this year, we also generated non-tax...

Why I will not honour Reps’ invitation for now — Jibrin

Abdulmumin Jibrin said on Thursday that he will not honour the invitation to appear before the House of Representatives’ Ethics Committee until he receives a formal invitation to that effect from the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara. Mr. Jibrin said he had already defended all allegations of corruption against the speaker, and dismissed the fresh attempts by Ethics Committee to investigate him for corruption and official misconduct as a charade. Nicholas Ossai, chairman of the committee, told the House during plenary on Wednesday...

Lai: Newspaper editorials can no longer bring down a government.

Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, says gone are the days when newspapers were so powerful that their editorials could bring down a government. Speaking at a meeting with resident information officers (RIOs) in his ministry, Mohammed acknowledged the role of social media in the dissemination of information. He claimed that the federal government was under-reported because its information handlers were not using the right and current communication channels. “Government is doing so much, yet  people keep saying they do not...

Oyegun to Rivers electorate: If they slap you, slap them back.

John Oyegun, chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Thursday encouraged members of his party to retaliate whatever action they get from loyalists of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during Saturday’s senatorial rerun election. Speaking during a mega rally of the party in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital, Oyegun particularly said: “If they slap you, slap them back.” He expressed satisfaction with the turnout at the rally, and urged the people to head to the polling units in droves...

Dalung: Nobody even knew Falcons would win AWCON

Solomon Dalung, minister of sports, says the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) would have applied to the sports ministry for funds early enough if anyone knew the Super Falcons would win the African Women Cup of Nations (AWCON), which ended in Cameroon at the weekend. The Nigerian women defeated hosts Cameroon on Sunday to win the tournament for a record eighth out of 10, but they have yet to receive their allowances. They have consequently refused to vacate their hotel premises in Abuja,...

D’banj: Nigeria does not have piracy. I’ve never been pirated.

Dapo ‘D’banj’ Oyebanjo, Afro singer, says Nigeria is the only country in the world where piracy does not exist. The Kokomaster on Thursday said his creative efforts have never been pirated. The singer made this comment at the inaugural edition of Music Week Africa, which held at the Nigerian Stock Exchange, Lagos. Explaining the reasoning behind his assertion, D’banj noted that what goes on in Alaba international market can’t exactly be called piracy because original CDs are being sold side by side...

Rivers Rerun: “Don’t kill anybody but don’t be killed”- Rotimi Amaechi to APC Members

Ahead of Saturday December 10th legislative rerun election, Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, today called on members of the party to be vigilante during the election and that they should not kill and also not get killed. Speaking at the final campaign of the party in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, Amaechi said; "This is what we call the election of our lives. Before I used to tell you, ‘Please don’t fight’. Is that not what I used to tell you?...

Serving Kano Commissioner, Permanent Secretary arraigned for alleged fraud

The Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission, on Tuesday, arraigned the state Commissioner for Land, Faruk Bibi Faruk, in court for alleged criminal breach of trust and illegal acts. Also arraigned were the permanent secretary, Mahmud Bari, and a director in the ministry, Ahmad Ibrahim. The trio were arraigned on a three-count charge before Justice Nasiru Saminu of Kano High Court 22 bordering on land deal. According to the prosecuting lawyer, Rabi Waya, the officials allegedly connived sometime in April to...

Reps move to impose time limit on appointment of Ministers

The House of Representatives on Thursday passed for second reading a bill proposing that nomination for appointment of ministers should not be later than 30 days from when the president takes oath of office. The bill also seeks to provide that nomination of commissioners shall be made not later than 30 days from the date a governor is sworn in. Presenting the bill, Solomon Adaelu (PDP-Abia), said that the need to ensure improved efficiency in governance prompted the amendment bill which...

Boat accident in Lagos; father, mother, son missing.

The Police in Lagos on Thursday declared missing a father, mother and son after two boats collided in Badagry area of the state.   A statement by the police spokesperson in Lagos State, Dolapo Badmos, said the actual number of passengers aboard the ill-fated boats was yet to be ascertained.   “At about 8: 30 pm on Dec. 7, a canoe with passengers that took off from Pathfinder Jetty on Badagry Marina heading to Gberefu Beach collided with another fibre boat coming from...

Nigerian Senator ‘secures’ federal jobs for 300 graduates

A Zamfara Senator, Kabiru Marafa, says he has secured employment for more than 300 unemployed graduates in the past five years.   The chairman of the Senator’s Relief and Assistance Committee, Ahmad Mai’aya, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Gusau.   Mr. Mai’aya said that from 2011 to date “we have over 300 graduates with degree, HND and Diploma/NCE who got employment with various Federal Government organizations through Senator Kabiru Marafa”.   “We are now making...

Woman arrested for allegedly trying to sell 3 babies

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, (NAPTIP) in Ebonyi State has taken custody of a woman, Odinaka Ali, arrested by the police for alleged attempt to sell her three children in Enugu State. The Desk Officer of NAPTIP, Florence Onwa, stated this in Abakaliki while briefing journalists on the rescue of her children. The 25-year-old woman from Ezilo in Ishielu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State was said to be living with her husband in Enugu State...