Has Social Media Tampered with our Reasoning Abilities? – By Otolorin Olabode

It seems social media has come to stay in Nigeria especially among our youths and adults. After the successful penetration of Facebook, subsequent entries of Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn have been greeted with lot of views and reviews.

However as it is with everything in Life, an advantage of a thing likewise has a disadvantage. Social Media has benefited various classes of People in Nigeria. From The Bloggers (Omojuwa, Linda Ikeji, OloriSuperGal) to the upcoming artistes, social media has been a huge benefit to a lot of people.

Nevertheless, it seems Social Media has altered our brain’s configuration settings. An average Nigerian wakes up and the first thing he does is to check Whatsapp messages. Thoughts like “Has He replied” “Has She accepted to go out on a date with me”, are always popular on the minds of the Nigerian Youth.

Another may decide to check on Instagram if his recent post has garnered likes or how many followers He has gained overnight.

Whatsapp, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook all rank high in the list of social Media Apps on an average Nigerian Youth smartphone. Especially on Twitter where all kinds of savages are recorded. An average Nigerian can spend 10hours tweeting, retweeting and replying on mostly trivial and unnecessary issues. Why have we not tried to convert those hours of Joblessness to ones of making money.

Especially our celebrities who most Nigerians troll and condemn on these social medias, these people are making money off those controversies. Remember the time when Linda Ikeji got embroiled in a fight with Wizkid? Truth is she had many visitors, views and comments on her blog due to that controversy.

It’s time for every Nigerian to make judicious use of social Media.

Stop wasting time and energy begging for likes to win a competition on Instagram when you could make far enough money through efficient use of social media.

Many have abused social media to the extent of taking photos in heir friends’ clothes just to post on Instagram or rather taking photos in their lingerie or posing half-naked.

Relationships have been formed on various social media sites but it’s on record that Social media has also destroyed some “once upon a time fruitful relationship”. The thing is news and information spreads much faster on social media.

Accusations of infidelity ranging from the husband seen in company with another woman to the wife captured in an hotel with another man, what about the nude photos and video of ladies released by their ex-boyfriend? Even our parents are on Instagram stalking and monitoring their children!

Definitely, Social media has tampered with our brain’s configuration settings!

 

Otolorin Olabode is a student of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta. He is a Creative writer and also a seasoned content writer. He handles Latest9ja, a news and entertainment website. He can be reached via Email: otolorinolabode@gmail.comor through +2348064717949. He can also be followed on Instagram: @ viewsfromthebod .

The older generation will no longer dictate to us, says youth group.

Green Nigeria, a coalition of young professionals, says the youths will no longer be dictated to by a generation that had its time to lead this country since independence.

The coalition was reacting to opinions by articles by Chude Jideonwo and Ohimai Amaize, publishers of YNaija and SIGNAL respectively.

Their articles were followed-up by a piece by Bolaji Abdullahi, national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

In a statement on Thursday, Tonye Isokariari, on behalf of the group, said the Nigerian youths have been kept on the wings of leadership “for too long.”

He said the country will not develop until the leadership role of youths is acknowledged by the older generation and ruling class.

“Let it be on record from this day that 2019 will not be business as usual. Nigerian youths will no longer approach the table of leadership on terms dictated to them by a generation that had its time to lead this country since independence. This is our time,” the statement by Isokariari read.

“Our leaders, the older generation and the Nigerian ruling class must come to terms with the fact that in today’s modern world, Nigeria cannot make competitive, real and sustainable development until they begin to acknowledge the role Nigerian youths can play in the leadership of our country.

“Our government must begin to see Nigerian youths as innovators, business leaders, thinkers, problem solvers and architects of a new Nigeria, not social media wailers good enough to be hired only as assistants.

“Accomplished Nigerian youths must be accorded the same recognition and respect young people like Mark Zuckerberg get whenever they visit Nigeria. Charity must begin at home.”

Citing Audu Ogbeh, minister of agriculture, as an example, Isokariari said he first became minister of communication at 36.

“And they say this generation of Nigerian youths is too young or unqualified?” he queried.

“Enough of a political system that accepts the votes of young Nigerians every election year, pay them peanuts as political thugs and consultants during elections, discard them after elections and keep them in the waiting rooms and corridors of government offices for the next four years is not acceptable.”

Jigawa Government to distribute 300 mini-harvesters to farmers, youths

The Jigawa Government has concluded plans to distribute 300 mini-harvesters to farmers and youths under its Cluster Farming Scheme.

The Special Adviser to Gov. Muhammad Badaru, on Rice Production Alhaji Jamilu Usaman-Danmalam, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Dutse on Wednesday.

Jamilu-Danmalam said that the gesture was to encourage dry season wheat and rice production under the state’s government cluster farming initiative.

He explained that the other 150 harvesters would be distributed to youths as part of the plans to empower and encourage them to go into farming.

The special adviser pointed out that the youth would use the harvesters to harvest rice or wheat in the farming cluster in the state on commercial basis.

According to him, the gesture is to enable the youth become self reliant.

“It is also to make agriculture attractive and acceptable to youths in the state”.

NAN recalls that the Jigawa Government had on Jan. 24, taken delivery of four containers with several agriculture implements from China.

NAN also recalls that Gov. Muhammad Badaru of Jigawa had on Feb. 3, pledged to link wheat farmers in the state with buyers in order to boost their production.

Badaru gave the pledge while assessing a 50 hectares wheat farm in Warwade village of Dutse Local Government Area of the state.

The tour was part of an assessment tour embarked on by the governor to some farms under the Cluster Farming Scheme, introduced by his administration.

The governor visited farms in Gidan Ari, Yan-Dutse, Gabarin Sintilmawa and Tsidir villages in Ringim and Auyo Local Government Areas.

Badaru said that threshers and harvesters would be provided to the farmers at affordable prices.

According to him, the farmers are expected to produce 125,000 metric tonnes of wheat in 2017 dry season farming period.

Nigerian youths as ‘selfenemies’ – By Bolaji Abdullahi

In the last couple of days, I read two articles by two of Nigeria’s most talented youths, Chude Jideonwo and Ohimai Amaize. The two articles were asking essentially the same question: why are African youths voting for old men? This is a very important question indeed.

“It’s odd to see so many engaged, empowered and angry youth turn to symbols of the same old order to make change happen in countries desperate for a turnaround,” Chude wrote, and then gave reasons why it may not be so odd after all.

He said when young people are confronted with a choice between a bad candidate and an old candidate, a sense of “responsibility” makes them to overlook age as a factor. “Pragmatism”, “cynicism” and a “ferocious mix of anger and hope” he said, are other reasons young Africans are helping to bring old men to power.

For Ohimai, everything boils down to a “conspiracy of the elite class”, who has continued to disempower young people, using the potent tools of illiteracy and poverty.  In other words, youth participation in politics has been limited largely to playing in the supporters’ club of the same older politicians who have denied them the means and the opportunity to take to the field themselves.

Both writers have offered us valid interpretations. However, I tend to disagree with Chude where he appears to suggest that the political fortune of young people on the continent are changing. Young people, he said, have “only now begun to build the street savvy that can win elections or hijack political systems.” In particular reference to Nigeria, this would appear a little like an overstatement. I have not seen the evidence anywhere that young people are developing the essential capability that could win elections or “hijack political systems.” Worse still, I can’t see even a theoretical movement in that direction.

On his own part, Ohimai has tried to frame the youth as hapless victims of some elite conspiracy. This may not be completely correct. Young people are victimised by many things and at different levels, but in recent times, they are no longer as passive as Ohimai would want us to believe. And as Chude rightly noted, 2011 was the age of “real” participation in politics for the youths. That was also arguably the golden era of youth enlightenment and participation in social enterprise and entrepreneurship. Interestingly, Ohimai himself is a prime example of this coming-of-age, when he became the youngest Nigerian to manage a presidential candidate at the age of 26! It was the era of “Futures Award”, pioneered by Chude and his irrepressible companion, Debola Williams, which recognises and celebrates exceptional young people. It was the era of “Enough-Is-Enough” and “Occupy Nigeria”.

I was Minister of Youth Development at the time. And I experienced quite intimately, the sheer energy and ingenuity of the Nigerian youth at the time. While so many factors combined to make Goodluck Jonathan president in 2011, his “Breath of Fresh Air” arrival was surely a creation of Nigerian youth. It is also clear that the decline of the Jonathan presidency started when he lost the youth population with the fuel subsidy removal of January 2012. If ever there was a time that the youth were going to truly come to their own in this country, it was 2011 and 2012.

However, if 2011 was the golden age of youth political participation in Nigeria, 2015 would go down as the age of decline. Shortly after the election, I asked my friend, Chetta Nwanze, another incredibly talented young man of that era, what went wrong. Ever perceptive, he pointed out that ‘youth’ is a finite identity.  Many of the youths of that era have grown to become men and women with their own families. I think there are bigger issues as well.

The Nigerian youth was a powerful force in 2011 because they were able to build a consensus and mobilise around a common political agenda. Even though a 2011 report indicated that being Nigerian was a fourth-level identity to most young people at the time, Nigerian youth were able to subordinate those other primordial identities of tribe, religion and region that mattered to them to an overarching considerations for good governance, rule of law and social equity. This was not the case in 2015. Things, literally, fell apart.

Looking back at the 2015 election, one should ordinarily be delighted that youth participation in politics was even more intimate and more clearly defined along political party lines than on the previous occasion. Unfortunately, this has turned out to be a destructive force, at a level we have not witnessed before.

Two years after, the youths are still carrying on as if the election was not over. Those on the losing side are still smarting from defeat and have allowed their pains to determine their reaction to everything. They have proudly adopted the banner of the “wailing wailers” that was thrown at them and appear to constantly be in need to justify the political choice they made two years ago. When they should be sober, they have been gleeful. When they should be reflective, they have been vengeful. Their political affiliation appeared to be more important to them than the Nigerian nation itself.

On the other hand, those on the winning side have indulged in suicidal triumphalism. They are intolerant of even the slighted criticism and have gone round with annoying sense of entitlement and exaggerated patronship. Meanwhile, the people that really mattered, the political elite class that Ohimai blames for the disempowerment of young people,  have responded to new realities; they are now busy working on new relationships and building new alliances. They have forgotten about 2015. The Nigerian youth is however, still there, locked in a fight-to-finish, abusing, cursing, caricaturing, falsifying, and doing everything to win a battle that had long been over. The actual players are busy seeking new opportunities, the Nigerian youth is locked in a mortal combat over who could blow the loudest vuvuzela.

It speaks to the weakness of our political parties that a single electoral defeat would lead to the collapse of one of the strongest political parties in Nigerian history, the PDP. However, despite its factionalisation, we could see efforts being made to rebuild the party. One would expect that this presents a good opportunity for the youths be truly involved and ensure that whatever comes out in the end reflects their aspirations. But you don’t see them do this. Rather, it is the same “elite class” that Ohimai said is the problem that is now left alone to be the solution. The “PDP youths” appear content to just play their politics on social media.

A couple of weeks ago, the APC inaugurated its constitutional review committee. Given the frustrations and grievances that the so many “APC youths” have shared with me in private conversations, one would expect that they would see this as a great opportunity to push for a real youth agenda by actively engaging the committee members. Regrettably, you don’t get a sense that this engagement is happening. Our youths are rather busy returning “fire-for-fire” and tearing at one another on twitter and Facebook.

If we are to see the kind of savviness that Chude mentioned in his article, which would bring the youths to the centre of political power, Nigerian youths will have to be guided more by what they can think, rather than what they can feel. They have to rise above sheer egotism and cultivate the social skill that would enable them to understand that a political opponent is not necessarily a personal enemy. Nigeria is in desperate need of a successor generation. This can only emerge incredibly talented youth population. However, as long as the youths remain trapped in a culture of hate, cynicism, talkativeness and self-destructive egotism, young people will continue to see themselves running back to the past to find a solution to the future that belongs to them.

 

Abdullahi is a former minister of youth development and sports, and the National Publicity Secretary of APC. This article is a personal opinion and does not represent in any way the opinion of the APC.

OPINION: We Can’t Afford To Be Pawns – By Muhammed Karamba

Recently, there has been an uproar with regards to President Buhari’s decision to keep EFCC boss Ibrahim Magu and SGF Babachir Lawal. The President is under pressure from the public and the National Assembly to replace the two. I find it interesting how we have become so invested in such an issue that should probably be at the bottom of our list. Are we playing somebody’s game? I doubt if it is far from the truth.

It’s quite funny how, all of a sudden, the legislature decides who amongst the executive is corrupt or not. This is an arm of the government who hasn’t answered a lot of crucial questions being asked by Nigerians. It has failed to keep up to its promise of an open NASS. It has suspended a member turned whistle-blower and are yet to give comprehensive answers as per his allegations. I am not saying this disqualifies them from their officials. But it begs the question, are these probes done in the interest of Nigerians?

The media of today is doing a wonderful job at keeping us updated and exposing stuffs we probably otherwise wouldn’t have known. Most of us have one or a couple of media outlets which we trust hundred percent and will always believe anything that comes from them. But how sincere is the media of today? There are bad eggs; a lot of them. Now, all it takes to have a media outlet is money.

Have we ever sat down to think that maybe one of this media is there to defend the interest of a particular entity or group? It might even be as simple as a social media account. Politicians have social media “warriors” (one of whom is might be an account you trust so much) who get paid to spread propaganda. We have become so gullible that a simple twitter account operated by a fellow citizen is what we depend on, to get “credible” info. It’s saddening.

Would we know these people better than Buhari? These are people he would probably deal with on a daily basis. The thing is, being the spectator, we might have this feeling that the president is just there seated while his cabinet devours our wealth without his knowledge. If that happens, then we would have the worst leadership. Yeah, they would try as much as possible to hide their corrupt practices from him. Do we thing it is that easy to dig up something the president hasn’t? But the thing is, the president has the tedious job of knowing when an allegation is in the interest of someone or in the interest of the state.

It is very good for citizens to feel disturbed when we “see” a corrupt top official. We know what we don’t want. But most at times, we don’t know what we want. These guys might be corrupt, but president Buhari knows what he enjoys about working with them. You don’t employ a plumber and tell him which tools to use. Who are we to say no when the president says he wants them? If that’s what it takes to fulfill his campaign promises, then so be it.

The bottom line is, there is a political battle going on and we do not want to be pawns. Regardless of who is in this government, or priorities should not change. What we demand is Transparency and accountability, security, fight against corruption, good stable economy, proper infrastructure and the list goes. That’s it.

Author: Muhammad Karamba

Pumped on codeine: Rising cases of substance abuse among youths – By Nini Iyizoba

A 23-year-old male was rushed to the doctor’s office because of severe right-sided abdominal pain, headache, nausea and vomiting. On physical examination, there was severe tenderness and noticeable swelling on the right upper quadrant of the abdomen. Lab tests reveal markedly elevated liver enzymes. On further investigation, the patient reveals that, he had been drinking 3 bottles of a certain popular brand of cough medicine with codeine daily in order to get high. After several months, the cough syrup alone was not so effective anymore, so his friend introduced him to a stronger mix which comprised of Vodka, Sprite and the cough syrup with codeine. This patient has been taking this mix almost every day for about a month which most likely caused the drug-induced Hepatitis.

Whenever we hear the word drug abuse, we automatically think of cocaine or marijuana because they are the two main substances that people would normally use as a means to get high. Well nowadays, things have changed. You would be surprised to know that people, especially teenagers and young adults are getting high from medicines that you would never expect, and one of the culprits is Cough Syrup. Cough Syrup with Codeine is typically used for treatment of cough but in recent times, some young people in Nigeria have turned to it as a drug of choice for getting high. Now, not everyone that misuses the directions for cough syrup is trying to get high. There is a difference between drug misuse, drug abuse and drug addiction and I would define all three for the sake of clarity.

Drug Misuse: This is when a person ingests a drug for purposes other than that for which the drug is intended. Majority of the people that misuse a drug are not necessarily trying to get high. For example, if you have pain and you are instructed to take 2 tablets of an analgesic and after a few minutes, you still feel the pain, then you might decide to take another two tablets so that the pain relief will be faster; that is drug misuse.

Drug Abuse: This is defined as the unwarranted use of a drug in order to achieve a ‘high’ or for performance enhancement. People that abuse drugs usually don’t have a prescription for the drug. Abusing a drug usually leads to dependency and addiction.

There have been instances where the addicts drink 3-5 bottles of cough syrup at a time in order to get high. In the Northern states, there have been tales of wives that drink approximately two bottles daily because it puts them in a better mood for their husbands and also, for the fact that their religion forbids alcohol. Unfortunately, the young addicts that abuse cough syrup underestimate the harmful effects of this drug abuse. The dangers of overdosing on codeine far outweigh the short period of euphoria and ‘high’ it gives. Codeine is an opioid and opioid overdose affects almost every organ of the body.

Heart: Codeine overdose can affect heart rate and blood vessels. It causes the heart rate to dramatically slow down and causes blood pressure to drop to severely low levels. This can easily lead to heart block or cardiac arrest.

Brain: Codeine overdose causes excessive sedation. In addition, lack of oxygen supply to brain makes the user to slip in and out of consciousness. This overdose affects the breathing centers in the brain and causes slowed breathing. This is called respiratory depression. This respiratory depression leads to respiratory collapse which leads to death.

Liver: Most times, codeine is found in medicines combined with acetaminophen and cough syrup. In that case, overdose of codeine also means overdose of acetaminophen. Acetaminophen toxicity causes severe liver damage as the liver is not able to break down this substance when in excessive doses. Most drug abusers would also drink alcohol just like the above patient, so in addition to the drug, the alcohol would even further exacerbate the liver damage. This is known as Drug-Induced Hepatotoxicity.

Digestive System: Codeine overdose slows down the digestive system and causes paralysis of the intestines. This leads to constipation and in severe cases, small bowel obstruction. This usually requires emergency surgery.

The government also has a lot to do in nipping this issue in the bud before it becomes full-blown. Regulations should be put in place for drugs that have addictive substances. We also need to enforce laws that ensure that a person cannot get these medications without proper prescriptions by authorised medical personnel. This would at least control how often these youths have access to such medicines.

No one usually thinks drug abuse would affect them on the long term, but the risks are quite real and dangerous. If you currently use medications to get high or know of someone who does, I would advise you seek medical help urgently as it can greatly affect overall health and wellbeing.

 

Disclaimer: The medical information provided on here by Dr. Nini Iyizoba is provided as an information resource only. This information does not create any patient-physician relationship and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment

Port Harcourt Thrown Into Darkness As Youths Hijack Power Station.

Fierce-looking youths from Oyigbo Local Government Area, Rivers State descended on the Port Harcourt metropolis by throwing the city  into unwarranted darkness.
This happened when a Federal Government facility under the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) was forcefully shutdown and barricaded.
The irate youths who were alleged to be acting in favour of an influential person residing in the area on the grounds that his feeder was placed on a load shedding transmission, chased away the technical men on duty, leading to their inability to transmit power to Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC) for onward distribution, to its customers.
 According to a statement released by the PHEDC Spokesperson, John Onyi condemning the actions of the youth in the area which he says is now habitual and very intolerant.
He hampered on the service being rendered to its customers in the metropolis, and called on the government to take steps to curb what he refers to as, ‘Taking laws into hand- posture’ of frequent disruption of power .
 ”The parochial action is becoming habitual and very embarrassing.
“In 2016 on two occasions, the same youths from Oyigbo blocked the source of supply to Port Harcourt Metropolis.
”The action of these youths if unabated will continue to plunge Port Harcourt City into unnecessary darkness.
”The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, PHED, condemns in its entirety taking laws into hand- posture of the youths – and hereby draws the attention of the law enforcement agencies in particular and the Rivers State Government, to come to the aid of PHED and the good people of the state to intervene and put a final stop to this frequent disruption of power distribution to customers”.
Source: Channels TV

WEF: Rising youth unemployment puts Nigeria on ‘time bomb’.

Nigeria’s rising youth unemployment is now a major source of worry with the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the Lagos Business School saying the country sits on a ‘time bomb.’

Government says the situation is under control and efforts to curb joblessness will pay off in 2017. The country’s unemployment rate rose from 13.3 per cent in the second quarter of 2016 to 13.9 per cent in third quarter, according to the National Bureau of Statistics’ Unemployment/Under-employment Report released in October last year.

The rising rate of unemployment will enlarge existing risk of insecurity and militancy in major parts of the country and undermine government’s efforts at fighting insurgency in the Northeast, uprisings in the Southeast and other serious crimes in parts of the country. Past President of the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA), Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, in agreeing with the WEF/LBS’ report, said Nigeria is experiencing insecurity largely due to joblessness and perceived marginalization. He added that unemployment rate has been rising consistently since 2014.

“The impact of unemployment is already evident, as we look at general levels of militancy in the South South, the problems with the Boko Haram and even some of the eruptions in other parts of the country, especially the IPOB and the MASSOB,” says Ohuabunwa who still sits in the NECA council. He argues that the country’s misery index has reached 50 per cent, meaning that more than half of Nigeria’s more than 180 million people “are miserable.” The Misery Index is a measure of unemployment in line with inflation rate — the average rate of increase in prices of good and services. Ohuabunwa explains that gross unemployment rate when factored with under-employment rate in the third quarter of last year for example, puts the unemployment rate at 50 per cent. “We are the third highest country with misery index, only behind Venezuela and Iraq. Recession has worsened our condition. Therefore, social stability and job creation should be at the core of our economic policy.”

But there is always the good side. Abiola Rasaq, an investment analyst with the UBA Capital, sees the challenge posed by youth unemployment differently. “It can either be positive or negative for the country,” he submits. “The rising youth unemployment reinforces the fact that Nigeria can become a manufacturing giant given the repository of labour force,” says Rasaq as he cites the productive activities of the Asian Tigers — China, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia, among others — with relatively cheap labour. “If we can harness and drive productivity, then it will be a win-win.”

Rasaq agrees that failure to harness “this rich human capital resource can create social menace for us. There is potential that unemployed youths can become a social force for civil unrest; we need to ensure that we make our youths productive,” said Rasaq who cited the Tony Elumelu Foundation and the Dangote Foundation as exemplary initiatives driving entrepreneurship and job creation.

The Federal Government yesterday responded to The Guardian enquiry on the WEF/LBS report as Festus Akanbi, the media aide to the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, said “government already has a lot of programmes to address unemployment this year.”

Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity in the office of the Vice President, Mr. Laolu Akande, also said government’s N-Power programme is already targeting unemployed graduates.

“Half a million people are being targeted but we have done 200,000. It is just for unemployed graduates. And we have already reached another 100,000 non-graduates as micro credit is being made available to young people who want to develop their businesses.”

Akande explained that the scheme is not limited to youths but they could get as much as N100, 000 business grant as part of government’s Social Investment Scheme. He also hinted of plans to create technology hubs in eight strategic centres across the country — one each in Lagos and Abuja, and the rest in the six geopolitical zones of the country.

The number of unemployed in the labour force, the NBS said, increased by 555,311 persons just as the underemployment rate rose from 19.3 per cent in second quarter to 19.7 in the third quarter.

Nigerians aged 15 to 64, who during the reference period were available and actively seeking work but were without work were categorised ‘unemployed,’ while underemployment occurs when a person works less than 40 hours, but works at least 20 hours a week. The NBS also explained that underemployment could occur when a person works full time but is engaged in an activity that underutilises his skills, time and educational qualifications.

The report stressed that addressing the “youth unemployment is not only important, but also most urgent given the link between unemployment and other social problems such as terrorism, kidnapping, armed robbery, which are unfortunately becoming more common in Nigeria.”

Joe Ajero, who leads one of the factions of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), yesterday told The Guardian that the unemployment situation was a national emergency. “No one needs to tell us that this is a problem that will explode any moment from now, especially as those who are leaving school are not getting jobs,” he said. “Those who are working are not being paid salaries and those who had worked and are retired are not being paid their pensions.” Ajero called for urgent action to avert what he said could lead to civil unrest.

Governor Obiano Commits To Employing 178 Youths In Anambra

The Anambra state government has pledged its commitment to solving the problem of youth unemployment in the state, through opening windows of opportunity in various fields of the economy including agriculture, trade and commerce, in the civil service.

The Secretary to the State Government, Professor Solo Chukwulobelu, revealed this when he visited the Umuawulu Training Camp where 178 youths were undergoing training ahead of employment into the state civil service under Operation Clean and Healthy Anambra, OCHA Brigade.

The agency is in charge of environmental orderliness and task force against illegal Internally Generated Revenue collectors.

The Anambra State has a population of over four million people with the youths forming a critical mass in the structure.

The state government has shown its commitment to youths employment and empowerment through engaging them in the agricultural sector and creating career opportunities for them in the state civil service.

During the youth rally held last month in the state, Governor Willie Obiano had assured youths of more job opportunities having created within the last two years.

According to the Special Adviser to Governor Willie Obiano on Youths Empowerment, Dr. Onyeka Ibezim, the statistics of youth employment and empowerment in the state, under the present administration showed an aggressive resolve to reduce unemployment to the barest minimum.

“Anambra State Waste Management Agency, this area was initially moribund, so what did we do? We energized it and recently we have a new employment of about 600 working on that in addition to what we had before.

“In the Anambra Transport Management Authority, (ATMA) we have close to 457 new entrants into the scheme.

“In agriculture, we have more than 3,500 graduates that are structured in our various farms. As you know it is no more agriculture as usual, we are not talking of cutlass and hoe agriculture, we are talking of mechanized agriculture.”

The NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp at Umuawulu, Awka South local government area, Anambra, said 178 youths were undergoing training for onward career opportunities into the state civil service under the agency, Operation Clean and Healthy Anambra, Ocha Brigade.

The Secretary to the State Government who came on inspection visit to the camp expressed gratitude to the governor for the employment move despite the critical economic situation in the country.

“The governor has also empowered 200 hundred road sweepers, men and women again and this is in addition to the previous 140 or thereabout that were employed.

This is the third batch of OCHA Brigade people that will be employed. In total, their number is coming up to about 300 people that will be located in various parts of the state.”

The trainees were drawn from the 20 Local Government Areas of the state and are to spend one month in the training camp in view of the critical job they are about to embark on.

The Superintendent emphasized discipline as the core area of training as well as pointing out the premise of operation.

“A lot of them here have different characters and from different places, so we need to bring them together to follow them as the training goes, to know those who are really out to do this job and those who have come to spy what we are doing and also find a way of thwarting what we are going to do in the field.

“That is why you see us removing some of them, dismissing some of them and replacing them with those who are ready and are here to do the training.

Unemployment: Aregbesola Wants Graduates To Embrace Agriculture.

The Governor of Osun State, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, wants university graduates in Nigeria to shift attention from white collar jobs and embrace agriculture.

He believes agriculture is a good means of stemming the tide of unemployment.

The Governor stated that the present economic situation had shown Nigerians the need to encourage farming as the only alternative to crude oil.

Aregbesola made the demand while addressing a gathering at the 6th convocation ceremony of Fountain University in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State.

He noted that there was no aspect of life that could do without agriculture, saying Nigerian graduates must henceforth stop searching for formal jobs that seem to be no longer in existence.

Food Production Capacity

The Governor stressed the need for productivity, resilience and hard-work among Nigerians, pointing out that the present nation’s economy demands one to be self-employed.

Argebesola Stresses Need To Educate Nigerians On Recession
Governor of Osun State, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, believes increase in agricultural produce will reflate Nigeria’s economy

According to him, there is no other alternative to sustain Nigeria’s economy than to build the required interest in agriculture and brace up with anything that could promote food production capacity.

Mr Aregbesola held that Nigerians must, as a matter of urgency, invest in things that would prevent famine in the next five years if truly the nation was ready to overcome her present economic challenges.

Lamenting the dwindling revenues from the crude oil sales, Governor Aregbesola said “unless Nigeria sees the need to promote agriculture, efforts to bring back the dwindling economy may be gloomy”.

“There is need for us, especially our young graduates, to lead the nation in promoting agriculture as the only realistic surviving alternative to economy.

“We must embrace farming because it is only agriculture that has direct links to all aspects of life.

“Nigeria has grown to the stage her food production capacity must be urgently expanded to meet the general needs of the citizenry and as well enhance exportation.

“The time to enhance productivity has come. We must all embrace productivity. We must produce whatever we desire to consume,” he stressed.

Congratulating the graduating students, Aregbesola charged them to adapt to the virtues they acquired in the institution.

He advised them to get prepared for the challenges ahead and life after university which he described as “challenging”.

“You must all be prepared. The challenges ahead, especially at this period of over saturated tendencies of labour market, you need grim determination to succeed. You must be rational and critical in the application of the knowledge you have acquired”.

He further appealed to those who are using the precious and reputable name of Islam to perpetrate violence, saying “violence is directly antithetical to Islam”.

“All hands must be on deck to end terrorism in the country as the act is tantamount to the tenets of Islam.”

Earlier in his lecture, Professor Abubakar Adamu Rasheed, charged both private and public organisations in Nigeria on the need to invest more in education.

He said the country had gone to a stage where education should be seen by all as a bedrock for national development and called for the need to encourage participation in both basic and higher education.

Professor Rasheed, who is the Executive Secretary, National University Commission, said all hands must be on deck to promote tertiary education.

He implored stakeholders in the private and public institutions in the country to, as a matter of necessity, rescue the nation from her present educational backwardness by establishing more universities in the nooks and crannies?.

Prior to the discovery of crude oil, agriculture use to be Nigeria’s economy mainstay, a position the Nigerian government is pushing to return the nation to by pushing for more youth involvement in agriculture.

Dino Melaye charges youths to ‘wake up and act fast’.

Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi west, has advised youth not to allow themselves to be used in fulfilling the selfish ambitions of desperate politicians.

 

Melaye said this in Abuja during the end of the year gala night and award ceremony of the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN).

 

“The youth in the country are change agents because in an unjust society, silence is a crime. The youths should develop their positive dreams,” he said.

 

“They should wake up and act fast. As youth, we must not sleep and we should not be divided by religion, culture, tradition, and it is time to say bye to terrorism.”

 

Melaye said the PCN would not only be relevant in security of Nigerians but instrument to the revolution of Nigerian youth.

 

He enjoined the youth to always promote the change mantra of the present administration for a better future.

 

Femi Falana, a human rights lawyer, called for the endorsement of the Peace Corps bill in order to be an act of parliament.

 

He said the PCN would be a pillar of social change and growth, advising the organisation to educate and re-orientate youth.

 

“This organisation should go out and mobilise our youth, as many of them are suffering from ignorance.

 

“The youth are being used to stage demonstrations in support of corruption. I am challenging this organisation to change some of the wrong mind set of youths.”

Tell Buhari We Are Very Hungry, Youths To Ministers

Some ministers on Tuesday in Abuja appealed to Nigerians to exercise more patience, saying President Muhammadu Buhari was aware of hunger in the country.

They said the President and the Federal Government were working hard to alleviate their suffering.

The ministers spoke at the Special Edition of a Town Hall Meeting series dedicated to the youths.

The event was held at the Presidential Villa.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, hosted the event.

Also at the  programme were the  Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola(SAN);  Mrs. Kemi Adeosun (Finance) ; Chief Audu Ogbeh (Agriculture); Labour and Employment, (Dr. Chris Ngige);  Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed; and the Minister of Youths and Sports, Mr. Solomon Dalung.

The ministers were responding to complaints by some members of the audience, who accused them (the ministers) of change in their lifestyles since they assumed office.

The youths insisted that the ministers must carry their message of hunger to the President.

Clapping as the questions were being thrown at the ministers, the youths said President Buhari and members of his cabinet must work to lift the country out of  the woods.

One of the youths from Kuje Area Council, said he would have preferred to send the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, to his principal about the level of hunger in the nation.

He, however, asked the ministers to take the message to the President.

He also asked them to know that the youths were waiting for the President and his team in 2019 when another election would be due.

The youth from Kuje asked, “I don’t know if the S.A on Media to the President is here. I would have loved to send him to the President. But honourable ministers, help us tell the President that we are hungry. Nigerians are very hungry.

“ If he has changed from his promises during the campaign, we are also waiting for him in 2019.”

While asking each of the ministers to answer questions directed at them, Mohammed said he was not going to come to the aid of any of them.

“Every minister would bear his own cross. I don’t have to repeat the questions,” the minister said.

But he said the present government was not responsible for the hunger in the country.

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Buhari frowns at high illegal migration of Nigerians to Europe

President Muhammadu Buhari has frowned at the high rate of illegal migration of Nigerian youths to European countries through the Mediterranean Sea.

Mr. Buhari made this known at the 32rd Annual Meeting of the Sahel and West Africa also to mark its week, organised by the Food Crisis Protection Network in Abuja on Monday.

The president, who was represented by Audu Ogbeh, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, called for an immediate stop to the action by Nigerians, saying it was unfair to European countries.

He said that agriculture revitalisation was a solution to the migration issue, while expressing the readiness of his administration to support farmers in order to boost local production in the country.

“We are pained when we see our youth across West and North Eastern Africa in a desperate attempt to cross the desert; get to Libya and cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe.

“We consider it as something that must stop as fast as possible because it is unfair to Europe.”

Data from the European Union indicate that an average of 83 Nigerians crossed illegally from Nigeria to Europe, daily, via the Mediterranean in the first nine months of 2016.

The daily figure was extrapolated from the 22,500 illegal Nigerian migrants that the EU said crossed the Mediterranean Sea to Europe between January and September this year.

Nigeria, however, said it hopes to use agriculture to stem the tide of illegal migration.

“We think that if we reorganise our agriculture better, many of these youths will earn a decent living at home rather than become an embarrassment to their host countries and to us here in Africa,” the president said.

“We are not unmindful of our youths population here, hence the need to ensure that the agriculture sector is revitalised as soon as possible.

“We have decided that we will no longer rely on rainfall, we will create dams, water reservoirs and insist on harvesting food at least three times in a year,” he added.

On food crisis in the West African region, he described the threat as real, saying that urgent steps were necessary to address the challenge.

According to him, there are 800 million hectares of agricultural land across the world yet to be cultivated and Africa owns half of them.

The president, appealed to Sahel and West African agricultural stakeholder to devise ideas that would guarantee better management in cattle breeding through artificial insemination.

Mr. Buhari, however, said his administration was aggressively tackling humanitarian crisis of the Internally Displaced Persons by attending to issues of food and nutrition, especially for women and children in the North East.

Marcel De Souza, the President of ECOWAS Commission, said that no fewer than 4 million Nigerians were internally displaced as a result of the insecurity in the North eastern region.

He listed some of the developmental challenges of the Sahel and West African regions to include economic and political governance.

Mr. De Souza called on governments of the regions to invest toward addressing unemployment and food crisis, which he described as bane to development.

Kassoum Denon, the Malian Minister of Agriculture, appealed to various countries in the Sahel and West Africa to share ideas and success stories with a view to addressing food crisis in the regions.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Food Crisis Protection Network is an international network created in 1984 as part of regional system for the prevention of food crisis.

It brings together Sahelian and West African expertise of the humanitarian and development spheres by mobilising available resources for social protection, livelihoods, nutrition, agricultural development, natural resources management to benefit the most vulnerable populations.

It aims to eradicate hunger and malnutrition by 2030 in the regions.

Kaduna Refinery Offers Skills Training To 100 Unemployed Youths

The Kaduna Refinery and Petrochemical Company (KRPC) on Friday began the training of 100 unemployed youths in various skills’ under its Youth Empowerment and Skills’ Acquisition Programme.

The training, the eighth under the programme, was targeted at some of the unemployed youths from the company’s host communities.

Alhaji Abdullahi Idris, KRPC Executive Director, Services, said the more than 900 youths had benefited since the programme was introduced in 2008. According to him, the programme is part of the company’s corporate social responsibility and is designed to support government’s efforts in poverty eradication, containing youth restiveness and tackling unemployment.

Idris said the training covered more than 16 trades that include : Plaster of Paris (POP), welding and fabrication, plumbing, pipe-fitting, electrical installation, rewiring, carpentry, woodwork, and fashion design.

It also includes : poultry farming, auto-mechanic, auto- spray painting, handset repair, photography and visual imaging and panel beating, he said. “I want to reassure you that the general review of the programme will soon commence and all areas including consultancy fees will be given serious attention in the next edition of the programme,” he said.

Mr Aminu Daneji, Manager, Public Affairs Division of the company, said the 100 youths would be empowered with skills so that they could become engaged in useful ventures. Also, Mr A. B, Makama, who spoke on behalf of the host communities, commended the company for the initiative, stressing that the youths were the backbone of any country.

Makama said the involvement of youths in skills acquisition would make them become responsible citizens, who would contribute positively to national building. One of the participants, Tobias Aboki, pledged that the trainees would be punctual, disciplined, serve as good ambassadors of their communities during the training.

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Ayade: Young people must remain virgins until marriage

Ben Ayade, governor of Cross River state, says young people must be encouraged to abstain from sexual intercourse till they get married.

Ayade says abstinence and faithfulness are the only ways to end the HIV scourge in Nigeria.

Speaking on Thursday at the commemoration of the 2016 World AIDS Day celebration in Calabar, Ayade said it’s high time young people were taught that sex before marriage is a taboo in the African culture.

The governor criticised campaigns advocating for condom usage, saying it’s a false feeling of protection.

Ayade said condoms have thus far failed to stop the spread of the HIV scourge, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

“Rather, it increases the level of promiscuity among the younger generation and encouraged unfaithfulness,” he said.

“The absolute factor that can put an end to HIV/AIDS spread is total loyalty and abstinence.

“Married couples must be faithful to their partners. Young people must remain virgins until they get married and never allow any barber to use unsterilised clipper to barb your hair.

“Whatever the story, AIDS is real, it is a scourge, you must avoid it,” the governor said.

Ayade further noted that his government would do everything within its power to curtail the spread of the virus in Cross River.

#DataMustFall: Nigerian youths and the insanity of NCC – Irebami Taiwo

Dear young fellow,

I’m angry that at this moment when we are supposed to be at the frontiers of this change, we are here taking the back seat and letting a few of the older generation sway us about.

The prices of goods and services have increased in the last six months and as young people we are quiet about it. The ones that have the greater influence of this age group are no longer taking the position.  Some of them now have political appointments and no longer have the interest of this age group.

My generation was the master mind of the Occupy Nigeria protest.

I’m not forgetting in a hurry the Social Media bill that a ruling party member brought to the floor of the Nigerian Senate, thereby burning down one of the major roads that led them to the office.

The height for me was getting this SMS from my network provider.

“Dear customer, please be informed that from 1st Dec, some MTN data tariffs will be increased to reflect the new rates set by the NCC to operators. Thank you.”

 

This was what I could gather when I read about it online

“The Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) has directed mobile operators to initiate a new data tariff regime from December 1, 2016 in what is effectively a price increase”

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Why? you may ask.  From my findings:

“In order to provide a level playing field for all operators in the industry, small operators and new entrants to acquire market share and operate profitably small operators and new entrants are hereby exempted for the price floor for data services,” it said.

“For the avoidance of doubt a small operator is one that has less than 7.5 percent market share and a new entrant is an operator that has operated less than three years in the market.

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Dear NCC,

This new data tariff is just like you are overburdening the already overburdened. The economy at the moment is in  recession,  a lot of unemployed young graduates roaming the streets.  There is no money in circulation. I put the question to you once again,  Why?  Why the increment? Even with the prices of the current tariffs,  it’s still really difficult for many to afford. Why are those put in power to protect us, ease life for us, now making things so hard for the average Nigerian? The ones with jobs among us barely earn anything, certainly not enough to be independent. A basic 30,000 naira monthly salary including tax with subscriptions swallowing about one-sixth of that. Having access to the Internet may not be a necessity but it shouldn’t be made an impossibility. It’s the 21st century,  the world is in the technology age. Everything happens online these days. So yes, in a way,  Internet access is actually a necessity. As youths, most of us follow the current news on social media.

Now u are asking Network providers to increase that.

To what end, please?

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I want to implore my fellow Nigerian Youths, we can’t be quiet about an issue has trivial as this. We can’t just continue to let issues like this happen. We are the future of this country and issues like this will directly impact us. This calls for action from us against this decision.

#DataMustFall

Enough said.

Cross River Homeland Security Service to recruit over 3,000 youths.

Cross River State’s Homeland Security Service is expected to recruit more than 3,000 youth, the government said.

 

The state government has in collaboration with the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, commenced the recruitment process.

In a statement issued on Monday in Calabar by the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Ben Ayade on Media, Christian Ita, an applicant must be at least 6ft tall and must be a holder of a university degree or a Higher National Diploma, HND.

 

Governor Ayade recently signed into law, a bill passed by the State House of Assembly, to establish Cross River State Homeland Security.

 

The key function of the Cross River State Homeland Security is information gathering, to enable a more effective policing of the state by the Nigerian Police Force.

 

The organisation shall be a non-arm bearing force.

 

The state government has purchased hundreds of Kia Sedan cars fitted with state-of-the art communication gadgets in preparation for the official inauguration of the service.

#OccupyNASS: Protest against corrupt legislators enter second day

The main entrance of the National Assembly on Wednesday remained shut as youth protest against corrupt politicians enters day two.

This has affected movement of vehicles through the main gate as lawmakers and staff can only access the complex through alternative routes.

The protest, led by a socialite and activist, Charles Oputa, popularly known as Charly Boy, is seeking a downward review of salaries and benefits of politicians in the country by about 70 per cent.

The protesters are also clamouring for the sentencing to death of public officials found guilty of stealing public funds.

They are also seeking a cessation of state and local government joint accounts.

One of the protesters, Miss Joy Amadi, said that the protest is a welcome development.

Amadi said the need for accountability in governance prompted her to join the protest.

She said, “Occupy NASS is a protest against corruption, political criminality, and a long period of bad leadership.

“However, just as the current government stands out to fight corruption, we also want to join hands to make Nigeria a corrupt-free nation.”

According to her, politicians have for a long time continued to extort from Nigerians through fat salaries and frivolous allowances.

Another protester, Mr. Ignatius Adeleke, stated that the campaigners are committed to the protest until the leadership of the National Assembly considers their demands.

He said, “We will not leave this place until our demands are met; we have suffered for too long while our politicians are living in affluence.

“We will not take it anymore; there has to be a change in our attitude.”

Similarly, a staffer of the National Assembly, who prefers to remain anonymous, commended the conveners of the protest and urged more Nigerians to join the campaign.

He said, “I wish the conveners well and I am hopeful that we will have more Nigerians, who will walk the talk and not just grumble on the streets.”

Saraki Launches Youth Scheme, Set to Provide 40,000 Jobs

Dr Bukola Saraki, President of the Nigerian Senate, has formally inaugurated his youths empowerment programme to provide 40,000 direct jobs for the youths in various vocations in the next four years.


Speaking during the ceremony yesterday in Ilorin, Kwara state, Saraki charged political leaders in the country to empower the youths to be job creators to reduce the high unemployment rate in the country.

He equally urged the state government to continue to make youth empowerment the main trust of its administration. “It is also my hope that from today as well, different leaders from all parts of the country will emulate what we are doing and play their role by creating opportunities for our youths,” he said, adding, “I want to also appeal to the Kwara state House of Assembly Speaker to look at laws that can help to create opportunities for a lot of youths who after getting their certificates can start work so that they have customers to buy their products.”

Trump Will Support Our Struggle– IPOB, Youths

The Indigenous People of Biafra on Wednesday congratulated the President -elect of the United States of America, Mr. Donald Trump, on his electoral victory.

The group, in a statement made available to our correspondent in Awka and signed by the IPOB Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, urged Trump to fulfil his campaign promises to Americans and others around the world.

The statement read in part, “The IPOB under the command structure of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu congratulates Donald Trump.

 “Trump passed through so many trials and so many odds from the leadership of the party but God Almighty made it possible for him to become the President of United States of America.

“He should also remember his promises to the people of America and other peoples across the globe because USA is going to be great again by the power of God Almighty who selected him from the midst of millions in America”.

Similarly, Niger Delta youths on Wednesday expressed their readiness to work with the United States’ President-elect, describing his electoral victory as unprecedented in the country’s political history.

 Their message is contained in a statement jointly issued on Wednesday by the Niger Delta Youth Forum and the Niger Delta Izon Youth Forum and signed by Mr. Kemeizonpoumokumor Ayuba.

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How Boko Haram Hires Youths To Supply Fuel– NSCDC

The Borno command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Sunday raised the alarm that youths in Maiduguri are now being recruited by Boko Haram to supply fuel in Gamboru Ngala area of the state.

The Commandant of the NSCDC, Mr Ibrahim Abdullahi made the revelation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri.

Abdullahi said the command had intercepted a reasonable quantity of fuel packaged in a carton of groundnut oil, bound for Gamboru Ngala local government area in the state.

He said since Boko Haram are running out of food and other supplies, they have employed all sorts of means to replenish stock.

“The command had so far arrested a suspect, who confessed that he did not know the owner of the consignment that he was asked to deliver to the insurgents trapped in Gamboru Ngala.

“He later confessed that each of the five litres of fuel is sold at N15,000 to the insurgents.

“You will recall we raised the alarm that some agents of Boko Haram were transporting stolen cows from Mafa, Kalabalge and Bomboshe axis in the state to cattle market in Maiduguri.

“The Boko Haram usually send the cows to their agents in the city who will then sell them and repatriate either cash or fuel to the terrorists.

“We are therefore warning the people especially drivers not to accept or convey any form of message that looks suspicious to any one, especially along the Gamboru axis.

“We are also warning the drivers, park owners and union groups to always check their passengers and their luggages to avoid transporting bad elements that would cause havoc in the society.

According to him, the command is working with other relevant security agencies to bring all the collaborators of terrorists to book.

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Jigawa trains 5,000 youths on sesame, rice cultivation.

To compliment Federal Government’s policy on economic diversification, the Jigawa State government has trained about 5,000 youth on sesame and rice cultivation, and has also mobilised another 32,000 farmers for wheat harvest in November.

Disclosing this in Kano, the Senior Special Assistant to the state governor on Economic Empowerment, Muhammad Sheikh Mujaddadi, said the trained youths got the necessary skills on how to cultivate, sesame, rice, soya beans and groundnut.

“700 youths were taken on trial as a cluster and they were trained on how to cultivate sesame, rice, soya beans and groundnut on 1,400 hectares in the last dry season. And during the rainy season we took about 4,100 to the farms and they harvested the same crops,” Mujaddadi revealed.

“32,000 farmers are mobilised to do wheat harvest next month. We are assuring our people that this will go a long way in reducing the poverty level of our unemployed youth to the barest minimal.”

On the Sesame farming, the Special Assistant further disclosed that, 45 clusters of youth were formed to concentrate solely on Sesame production, hinting that they had five people per cluster, which shows that they have 45 clusters in all.

The state government in collaboration with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) sets aside the sum of over N70m to train 225 youth on Bee farming, Aquaculture and Poultry farming.

He stressed that, “We presently have 30 people that were trained on Poultry farming. And we got the up takers, who are Poultry Farmers Association. We give them the capital of N100, 000 for each farmer. For local groundnut milling, we currently have 108 women, whom we gave the sum of N25,000 each, so as to better their small businesses. I am assuring you that this will give them more opportunities to effectively manage their businesses,” he stated.

Other matters related to pest control were also of concern to the state government, as preparation for training 574 people was in top gear, for them to go to identify farms for spraying.

“Jigawa being an agrarian state, needs to engage her people especially youth, in the agriculture sector, “ said Mujaddadi.

Toke Makinwa and the Promotion of the Excesses of Youthful Exuberance. – Adeeko Ademola

While the outrage against Toke Makinwa’s recent video is somehow justified, I personally do not agree with the insults hurled at her. To begin with, she stated her opinion about how to live life to the fullest when one has the chance to. However, the examples given are way too crude, immoral and unworthy of a responsible person.

 

I don’t know Toke as a life coach or anything close to that but her recent advice is nothing but an endorsement of youthful exuberance which in itself is not bad but when moderation and caution is thrown out the window, one begins to wonder what the point of the video was actually.

 

Youthful exuberance simply means; the quality of being full of energy, excitement, and cheerfulness; ebullience. These laid down qualities comes most of the time in the wake of youthfulness. Hence, the name Youthful Exuberance.

 

At the age of 20, one is deemed a full adult and of course the characteristics attached to that age is categorized as exuberance.

 

While a lot of people kicked off that stage of their lives indulging in sex, alcohol, smoking and use of drugs, others have used that period to define a clear path for their future.

 

I’m not here to dictate how people should live their lives neither am I making rules that should be followed for living. I’m just trying hard to make sense of how having sex with strangers, inscribing tattoos and puncturing body parts formulate characteristics of living life to the fullest.

 

Yes, maybe Toke was just trying to tell us to live life to the fullest and all that it means to be a youth but truth is; there’s so much to life than all she listed and of course, which will still not cut out your youthful days or make those days boring.

 

Considering, the kind of society that we live in, I strongly believe that the window of youthfulness should be properly utilized in such a way and manner that will not truncate one’s life.

 

Take for example, the one-night-stand statement is an endorsement of pre-marital sex which could also come in form of unprotected sex. Do I need to go into details of what the results of that could be? I bet we already know.

 

Part of what Toke is endorsing is what some people did and they regret for the rest of their lives. Encouraging youthful exuberance and the “cool kid” social construct. Some have been plagued with unwanted pregnancies that has led to abortion which in turn led to death because abortion is illegal in Nigeria and that has given a flourishing window to quack medical practitioners to risk lives of young women in other to make fast cash.

 

Some lives have been forever truncated because of stuff like what Toke is promoting. These things (Youthful Exuberance) will always come in at a certain stage in one’s life and that is a constant giving. However, I think what a sensible adult should do is promote and encourage decency and moderation throughout that period.

 

We should remember that a lot of youths get lost in those years of youthful exuberance and it takes a lot of work to get their lives back on track. There’s much to life than being a typical 20 year old.

 

I can categorically tell you that I did lots of things my parents warned me against but truth is; a constant reminder of where I come from in form of my mother’s voice was the thin line between life and death for me.

 

I will never agree with Toke on some of the things she said. I’m cool with the “make friends” part even though, one still needs to be very careful with the kind of friends we make but the promotion of sex among youths is not the way to go.

 

I’m pretty sure most of you will never encourage your 20 year olds to have sex, well unless of course, you don’t see anything wrong with that.

 

I’m all for meeting people, building bridges, attending parties, traveling, forming alliances. As a matter of fact, I’m for the Live, Love, Laugh aspect of life but encouraging pre-marital sex, body piercing all in one statement is over-reaching. Here in lies the problem with Toke’s video. We already have a lot of misconducts being promoted in today’s media and that in itself is a huge societal problem.

 

In as much as youthful exuberance is a constant in the life of a growing child, I don’t think engaging in immorality under the guise of living life should be endorsed and encouraged in the way and manner Toke has.

Shell Train Nigerian Youths On Power Plant Operations

The Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) operated Joint Venture (JV) has trained 15 engineering graduates from host communities of the Afam VI Power Plant at Oyigbo in Rivers State on the operation and maintenance of combined cycle power plants.

 

A statement from SPDC disclosed that the youths were the second set of 30 graduates from the host communities to benefit from the initiative, which incorporates training sessions in Nigeria and the United Kingdom.

 

We can confidently say that the trainees are the best set of engineers in the Nigeria electricity industry today,” said Afam Power Project Manager, Mr. Ben Agbajogu, during a ceremony in Port Harcourt to mark the end of the one-year training.

According to him, the trainees have been adequately equipped theoretically and practically on operating and maintaining modern power plants, and can compete favourably with their counterparts anywhere in the world.”

 

The training included exposure of the graduates for 11 months at the Afam VI Power Plant, to operating and maintaining a combined cycle power plant and one-month specialised certificate training at the Osborne Training Services Newcastle, United Kingdom.

 

The member representing Oyigbo constituency in the Rivers State House of Assembly, Chisom Dike, said the initiative had become a personal dream come true, as he recalled how SPDC accepted his proposal as a youth leader about 12 years ago to train over 100 youths in various skills.

How Boko Haram Lures Youths, Pupils With Interest-free Loans

New reports by an international aid organisation, Mercy Corps, have revealed how Boko Haram insurgents use informal micro credit schemes and promises of safety to recruit hundreds of youths and pupils as fighters.

The beneficiaries, the reports funded by the Ford Foundation added, received amounts ranging from N10,000 to N1m in order to buy motorcycles, restock their trading stores and grow their small-scale businesses.

The reports, presented on Thursday in Lagos, also highlighted how repression from the military and access to interest-free finance, among others, had perpetuated terrorism and elicited sympathy from communities in the North.

However, the Lead Researcher and Global Director, Conflict Management for Mercy Corps, Rebecca Wolfe, said many of the locals did not know that the credits were from the insurgents.

The reports noted, “Roughly one out of three respondents had completed secular secondary school and about the same number had completed some sort of Islamic schooling.”

Titled, “Motivations and Empty Promises: Voices of former Boko Haram combatants and Nigerian Youth and Gifts and Graft: How Boko Haram uses Financial Services for Recruitment and Support,” the reports revealed that peer pressure and the availability of girls were also incentives to the beneficiaries.

According to Wolfe, 47 former members of the insurgent groups, comprising 21 females and 26 males, 45 community members and seven others, who refused the sect’s incentives were interviewed during the study.

 She added, “Sometimes the people did not know. It is usually something like a friend coming to give them money for their business and they later find out that the friend is a member of Boko Haram. I asked them, ‘Don’t you people know?’ But it turned out that sometimes, they did not know what they were getting into.

“One male recipient shared how he was complaining to a friend that he wanted a job so he could better provide for his parents. The friend then liaised with Boko Haram leaders to secure a motorcycle to allow the recipient start a business,” she said.

Meanwhile, the reports recommended that the government should, in the post-conflict era, “increase the quality, availability and diversity of financial services, particularly to youths with small, informal businesses. Increase transparency and accessibility to government-led economic programmes. Explore financial services to help youths achieve their ambitions, among other interventions.”

A member of the team, Ballama Mustafa, who urged the government to make its presence felt in remote communities in the region, added that interventions should be interest-free and should not exclude locals, who are not literate.

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Buhari To Receive 18-seater Bus Built By Niger Delta Youths At Innoson Motors

AN 18 –seater bus built from scratch by former Niger Delta militants trained at Innoson Kiara Academy, an arm of Innoson Motor Manufacturing Company, Nnewi, is to be delivered to President Muhammadu Buhari through the Presidential Adviser on Amnesty Programme, General Paul Boroh (retd).

The bus was on display at Innoson Motors and the Niger Delta trainees were elated that the federal government provided them the opportunity to acquire skills that had changed their lives for the better.

The donation of the bus to the President formed part of the graduation ceremony of 120 Niger Delta youths at Innoson Motors, Nnewi, who spent nine months training in the areas of auto mechanics, auto electrical, auto welding, auto painting and spraying, heavy duty truck maintenance, ICT, engineering drawing, entrepreneurial and interpersonal skills. Boroh, who handed them certificates at the impressive ceremony said the Presidential Amnesty Programme would collaborate with Innoson to ensure that all of them were fully set up to contribute their quota towards nation-building.

Officials of Innoson Motors had earlier promised to employ the trainees on a starting monthly salary of N40,000 considering the quality of skills they had acquired. Boroh, who flagged off the training nine months ago, told them at the graduation: “You have been on this training for nine months and we hope you are well –equipped now.

The skills you have acquired will never be allowed to waste even a day. “It is not easy to employ people these days and that is why we are grateful to Chief Innocent Chukwuma for promising to employ all those who are interested in working in the company. “Having learnt the job, you are on your way towards becoming successful entrepreneurs.

Modalities for the formation of the clusters where you will practice what you have learnt are already out.” According to Boroh, the graduates would be encouraged to set up cooperative societies to enable them reap the full benefits of their training.

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Return The Money You Stole – PDP Youths Tell Raymond Dokpesi

An Osun state Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) youth group under the aegis of Youth Forum For Democracy, has asked Raymond Dokpesi to return the funds which he allegedly collected from Sambo Dasuki.

 

 

The youths also slammed him for making what they called anti-peace comments during his visit to the state. According to Punch, the Osun state PDP is currently divided following a flawed party congress. The youths said Dokpesi was not ready to lead the party now, because he has not shown himself to be a bridge builder. They also criticised Dokpesi for only visiting the Iyiola Omisore faction of the party.

 

 

They said “We are obliged to inform members of the public on the visitation of Dr. Raymond Dokpesi, who is jostling for the post of the National Chairman of the PDP, especially on the anti-peace, callous and sentimental comment he made.

 

 

“He (Dokpesi) was paying a solidarity visit to Otunba Iyiola Omisore, who is his colleague in the EFCC net onDasukigate.

 

 

“Dokpesi is a good customer  of Senator Ahmed Tinubu, (a national leader of the All Progressives Congress) and he (Dokpesi)  could be picked up at anytime. So, he cannot be the PDP chairman because he would cave in at the slightest pressure from Tinubu

 

 

“With every sense of modesty, Dr. Raymond Dokpesi should not be contesting for the National Chairman, if he had meant business he should be working on the unity, peace and healing process in Osun PDP.”

 

 

The PDP youth group added that Nigerians will only believe the party if people who stole money are not allowed to lead the party.

 

 

Raymond Dokpesi also said he will not step down for Chief Bode George.

Fuel Price: Youths Urge Labour To Cancel Planned Strike

A group of youths under the aegis of Buhari Youth Organisation, has called on the Nigerian Labour Congress to cancel its planned strike in protest against increase in price of petrol.

The call is contained in a statement signed by the group’s National President, Mr Ubale Nalado and made available to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Tuesday.

The statement said NLC should join other workers unions that have declared support for the increase in the price of petrol, as a sacrifice for the future of the nation’s economy.

It said that the group was confident that the Buhari administration possessed the sincerity of purpose to judiciously use the savings from the removal for subsidy to build critical national infrastructure.

According to the statement, Buhari’s antecedents as an elder statesman further laid credence to the fact that his personal interest would never supersede the national interest.

“It is very conspicuous that President Buhari who would never allow his personal interest to be above that of the Nigerian masses.

“Significant percentage of Nigerians agreed with the decision of the NNPC to deregulate the sector.

“They also believe and trust President Buhari’s administration on using the savings from the removed subsidy to build our infrastructure.

The group, therefore, called on the NLC to rethink their position by adopting the opinions and interest of the larger society who have agreed to support the position of government.
It reiterated its determination to intensify their collective effort towards sensitising and propagating the economic policies and ideology of the President for overall development of the country.

The statement added that the NLC should support the current administration in its avowed commitment to creating growth through massive diversification of the economy.

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Youths Attack Lawmaker Over Failed Promises

The member of the All Progressives Congress representing Awe-South state constituency at the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Mr. Yahaya Rilwanu, has been attacked by some youths who alleged that he did not deliver the dividends of democracy to them.

The youths were said to be APC members from Ribi town.

It was gathered that a fight broke out between the supporters of the lawmaker and the angry youths who demanded the dividends of democracy from the lawmaker.

The crisis allegedly followed an altercation between one of the youths on the entourage of Rilwanu and one of the Ribi youths. Rilwanu, who confirmed the attack, however, said the youths were merely expressing their grievance.

He said, “What happened was not really an attack. It was one of my political rivals who want to contest in 2019 that went and induced some youths in the area to attack me.”

One of the youths on the entourage of the lawmaker sustained an injury on the head even as it took the intervention of some elders of Ribi to stop the fight from escalating.

The angry mob accused Rilwanu, who is popularly known as Equity, of not providing them with the dividends of democracy which he promised during his electioneering.

“No single borehole, school or any structure put in place by Rilwanu in any of the wards of his constituency. We regret voting him into office,” one of the youths lamented.

It was learnt that a similar attempt to attack him in Azara where he hails from was stalled by the intervention of some elders in the town.

A member of the APC from Azara, Mr. Adamu Abubakar, who confirmed the incident to our correspondent, said that a meeting was held between some selected elders of the community and Rilwanu – with a view to making him live up to his electoral promises.

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North-East Youths Berate Fayose Over Comments On Chibok Girls

North-East youths under the umbrella of North-East Youth Peace and Development Empowerment Initiative, NEYPDI, have berated Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state over comments credited to him that over 300 Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram sect were never abducted.

Alhaji Kyari Abubakar, President of the group, expressed surprise that somebody like Fayose who regarded himself as a democrat could make such statement to score a cheap political point. He said, “We are surprised that this statement is coming from someone who regards himself as a democrat, that statement suggest that he has no sympathy for the parents of the abducted girls and the pains they are currently passing through.”

Abubakar who advised Fayose to stop misleading Nigerians by his unsubstantiated comments urged him to take a trip to states like Borno, Adamawa, Yobe and see the extent of damages done by Boko Haram insurgency before reeling out information to the public.

He said, “He (Fayose) should not mislead the Nigerian public about the truth. The people of North-East cannot afford to tell lies on the abduction of their daughters, that incident is always fresh in our memory.

“His utterance is short of what we expect from an elder statesman like him. We advise him to concentrate on his poor governance of Ekiti state with his flamboyant city life and wastage of peoples’ resources.”

The youth leader urged civil society organizations campaigning for the release of Chibok girls to disregard Fayose’s statement and continue with their good works.

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Amaechi, Fayemi, Others Want Youths In Politics

Nigerian youths have been tasked to participate more in the political system of Nigeria in order to witness a developmental growth under the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal government. Minister of Transport, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, who gave the admonition at the weekend in Akure, the Ondo State capital, said the importance of youths to Nigeria democratic system cannot be shunned.

Amaechi, who was also represented by the Senator representing Ondo Central Senatorial district, Ajayi Borroffice, noted that the youths would not be neglected in the present government of the APC. The Minister spoke at a youth programme tagged: “The Roles of the Youth as Progressive Change Agents” organised by All Progessives Congress (APC) Youth League, Southwest Zone of the country. He said that more participation of the youths in the politics would help enhance them to map out strategies and ideas that could fast-track the change mantra of the All progressives Congress led government. “We need more youths in all legislative houses both at state level and federal level because they are agents of progressive change”

Amaechi said. He added that over 70 per cent of Nigerians were youths who have various potentials and could contribute to the development of the country but expressed dismay that most of them were unemployed. The Transport Minister, however, noted that the incumbent All Progressives Congress at the federal level was fully determined to make amendment and provide more jobs for the youths in the country. “If we do not start to build on youths now for future, then Nigeria will be in danger and it is left for our leaders to use youths in driving development and goals.

“There are characteristics of youths that must be employed to make the future brighter,” he said. Earlier, Minister of Mine and Solid Minerals, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, said that the youths should constitute themselves into opinion groups that would shape the country for better. Fayemi, who was represented by Mr Abiodun Omoleye, added that they should prepare for leadership role and not be used as political thugs, saying that they should stand up for their right because leadership starts now.

The Southwest coordinator of APC Youth League, Adeoye Aribasoye, stated that youths should not be used and dumped by politicians after election but be engaged in profitable business that could promote enhance their potentials.

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Buhari Never Promised Unemployed Youths N5,000 Stipends- Presidency

The Presidency has said that President Muhammadu Buhari never promised to pay N5,000 monthly allowance to unemployed graduates.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, said this in an interview
last night.
According to Akande, the N5, 000 monthly stipend provided for in the 2016 budget is for one million vulnerable Nigerians and the extremely poor.
“The 2016 budget submitted to the National Assembly has made an allocation of N500bn; the first time in the history of this country’s budget where you’ve that huge chunk of money allocated for social investment. In that N500bn, close to about 20% of the entire budget, there are six social safety net programmes. One of them is the conditional cash transfer where the government is going to pay N5, 000 monthly to the vulnerable and extremely poor Nigerians. That promise stands.
“The president never promised to pay unemployed graduates N5000; the president never made that promise, and the government never made that claim that it’ll pay N5, 000 to unemployed graduates,” he stated.
He said the programme for unemployed graduates was the direct creation of 500,000 teaching jobs for which they would be trained and deployed to schools, assuring that “That still stands.”
Akande clarified that: “In addition to that, there is also a scheme to train 370, 000 non-graduate youths for skill acquisition and vocational training. During the time of that training, they’ll also be paid. So, the president did not say that he’d be giving unemployed graduates N5, 000.”

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Auto crash: Youths In Ebonyi Protest Death Of Colleagues

Youths in Ebonyi, weekend, staged a peaceful protest over the death of 10 youths in an auto-crash, while on their way to witness the Appeal Court judgment on Ebonyi State governorship election.
The youths, who carried placards with various inscriptions, stormed the Government House, Abakaliki to register their protest.
In his speech, leader of the youths and Chairman, National Youth Council of Nigeria, NYCN, Elder Samuel Igwe said: “No doubt, every mortal will die definitely one day, but a situation where these youths had to be sacrificed on the altar of political desperation is unacceptable to Ebonyians.
“Anybody can go to the court to challenge whatever he feels aggrieved about but that has to be done following due process with evidences for justification, and not to sacrifice our youths.
“We suspect that some political desperados know what or who is behind these sad deaths of our youths who are future leaders of our dear state.
“We suspect foul-play in this matter as it concerns the enemies of the incumbent administration.”
He called on Governor David Umahi to set up a panel of inquiry to unravel the causes of the untimely death of the youths.
Addressing the youths, the Chief of Staff Government House, Chief Emmanuel Offor said, the state government was unhappy over the death of the youths.

 

He alleged that some misguided and desperate politicians in the state were using the youths as sacrifice to actualize their ambition.

 

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Olawale Rotimi: Unemployment And The Challenges Of Starting A Business In Nigeria

With a growing population of over 170 million people, unemployment remains on top of the list of social problems confronting Nigeria for several years. The inability of the government to provide employment opportunities for graduates or enabling environment for self-employment/business to strive, This has been subject of too many discourses about Nigeria, both at national and international levels, in fact, recent indication show that unemployment has risen in less than 200 days of the new government, more than 700, 000 Nigerians are reported to have joined the unemployed.

Job creation has been politicized in Nigeria. Tackling this menace has been cheapened to ordinary political statements and fire brigade approaches. It is a multifaceted problem, that the government has failed to provide employment opportunity is a phase, more also; the failure of the government to provide enabling infrastructures needed for small scale businesses to strive is another phase. Nigeria’s economy has been ranked the largest economy in Africa, yet there are tough challenges confronting business start up in Nigeria. It is disturbing that the economic ranking of the country continues to contradict the true situation of starting a business in Nigeria.

Since the emergence of the global economic crisis, unemployment has been a global issue, however, government investment into the private sector through funding of entrepreneurs have created millions of job opportunities in various countries. Nigeria’s entrepreneurial empowerment has been more theoretic than visible. The following challenges of starting a business in Nigeria: Infrastructural Deficit, Corruption and Lack of funding and Political Instability:

Infrastructural Deficit: Nigeria has failed in infrastructural development, the margin between infrastructural development and underdevelopment in Nigeria is hopeless. Across the globe, no government can provide sufficient employment opportunities for its populace, but government can create infrastructures that will enable businesses to strive, particularly small scale businesses. Many businesses have collapsed in Nigeria due to infrastructural deficit. For instance, since independence, Nigeria has never enjoyed uninterrupted power supply. However, power is a major infrastructural demand needed for businesses to flourish, businesses incur more cost on petrol/diesel in a bid to generate power. The shortfall in infrastructure in Nigeria has heightened unemployment because it unsettles the atmosphere that should allow businesses to strive.

Corruption and Lack of Funding: Corruption in the Nigerian society is as old as the country. This has affected all spheres of development in the country. Corruption in the area of job creation is vast, ranging from fraudulent activities in government employment schemes, to mismanagement of empowerment funds. As many as would have been self employed in the Nigerian society, inability to access fund has weakened their dreams. Most government fundings are theoretic than visible, large sum of money are usually earmarked for business empowerment but such funds have no traceable success record. More also, many government funding end up in hands of non targets. For instance, beneficiaries of many Agric loans are not even farmers. The alternative, which is the financial institutions also places huge embargoes on loans that discourage small scale business owners. More than 73% of Nigerians featuring the Gallup survey conceded access to finance was the single-most important hurdle in the way to setting up successful enterprises. 

Political Instability: Nigeria is a core heterogenous society which is unstable politically. Every government is accosted with strong opposition from various interest groups that ensure their activities unsettle and unfocus the government. Without stability, there cannot be progress. The more unstable the government is, the more vulnerable the society is. Nigeria has moved from one level of political instability to the other with varying degrees on intensity. Like others, this has inflated unemployment and made it more difficult for businesses to strive. More often, government substantial employment plans are marred by unhealthy political interests and strong ethnic and religious identities. In addition, every government digress totally from good reforms made by previous government. Sustainability is key in development, without a deep sense of sustainable development, growth will be impossible. It’s senseless for any government to ignore bright ideas of a previous administration for the sake of self sufficiency.

The current situation doesn’t not make it easy to develop a business in Nigeria. Infrastructural deficit , corruption and lack of funding, political instability inflates unemployment and complicates business start up in Nigeria. Beyond rhetorics, Government must think in the direction of infrastructural development to make the environment more enabling for businesses to strive. Corruption has to be tackled and funds have to be made available for entrepreneurs to access.


Olawale Rotimi
B.A, M.A Ilorin, DELF Paris.
T: @RotimiLawale

He can be contacted Via olawalerotty@gmail.com

“You don’t struggle to grow, grow the grass and the sheep will come, nurture it and they will never. Increase in quality not in quantity”

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Youths Threaten To Kill Prophet For Failing To Resurrect Abubakar Audu

The mild drama that erupted between the prophet and members of the Audu family, who had refused to let him in to resurrect Abubakar Audu, led the youths of Ogbonicha to break the door to the room where Audu was laid to allow the prophet gain access.
However, the prophet failed to resurrect Audu, prompting the youths to go berserk, threatening to kill the prophet.
The burial was well attended as scores of the who-is-who in Nigerian politics as well as members of the business community were in Ogbonicha to give their last respect to the departed hero.
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Bayelsa APC Youths Defect To PDP

About 1,000 youths of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State have defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), ahead of the December 5 governorship election.

It was gathered that the defectors were received by Governor Seriake Dickson at the Banquet Hall of the Government House at the weekend.

Dickson told the youth that they were the future of the state and the Ijaw nation.

The governor urged them to defend their votes in the election.

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Muhammad Karamba: Who Uses A Ruler To Measure The Size Of His Land?

Recently, there have been protests and criticisms for lack of youth involvement in the APC led government. It has even become a big point of attack by the PDP. As a youth I wrote this piece neither to approve nor disprove that call. But I think (as usual) there is an issue of misplaced priorities here. It is ok for the PDP as the opposition party to use any point possible to criticize the “governing party”. But is it right for us the masses to fall for every one of them?

It is very unfortunate that we the masses fall for most of their propaganda. Amaechi during his screening said something about the elites not minding about regional or ethnic differences. He said, what matters to them is power sharing and capital gain. That is just it. They throw us a bone while they eat the meat. From Saraki’s rise to Senate Presidency to Amaechi’s nomination, you can’t help but pity us. These people are fighting their own internal selfish political war yet we are picking sides. They control the power and money. Should we allow them control our thinking? Should we allow them control the only precious thing we have left?

I am not saying there are no genuine reasons why people fall for these propaganda. But that is the world we live in today, politicians use legitimate reasons for their sinister objectives. When we voted for APC, we voted to fight out corruption, feel secured again, have employment, and have good health care, good education… Have these priorities changed? Yes we should worry when people that we think are corrupt are given roles to play in the government, but where was the criticism when these people devoted their wealth and time for this CHANGE?

Be it democratically, economically, infrastructurally, socially… We cannot all of a sudden decide to put on the shoes of the US. Because from the look of things, it is what we are trying to metamorphose into overnight. Their democracy has been there for decades, power is not their problem, they have continuity in their democracy. In America, it is not a privilege to drink bottled water, and its citizens have the best health care…  That is where we should start from. Charge our governments to provide Security, Power, Employment, good health, good infrastructure. That is what we voted them for and we still have our PVCs.

Coming back to the issue of us youths, every economy that has thrived or is thriving depended on or is depending on its youths. Youths are the power engine of every nation. They are the workforce that do the farming, mining, banking or what have you. If one critically looks at the Nigerian society, or perhaps any society with commonsense, it has never been the responsibility of youths to be in leadership position. I am not saying they are not capable of doing that, but there is always a social divide. You always expect someone of older age will have a better experience. Also, Nigeria is a nation where the elderly are always to be respected. Imagine a 35yr old minister whose permanent secretary is a 55yr old. You can imagine the degree of awkwardness in their meetings. What I mean here is that we can’t just take any notion from any country and expect it to blend. The society matters. This a luxury we can’t afford. There will be a time when this is a right call. But I sincerely doubt if it’s now.

One of my mentors would say “think globally and act locally”. Perhaps that is the principle that is lacking in Nigeria. We tend to think globally and act globally. You don’t call a mechanic to repair your car and then begin to choose for him the tools he has to use. If you think you have some knowledge, ask him for explanations for some of his actions. You employed him to repair your car. If he fails, fire him. That is what our PVCs are for. God bless Nigeria.

Muhammad Karamba

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Shell Gives N15m To 21 Youths As Business Grants

The Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) has given 21 youths, who graduated from its LiveWire Entrepreneurship programme, N15 million to share as a means to starting their businesses.

SPDC’s General Manager, External Relations Igo Weli said this at the 2015 Graduation and Award Ceremony for 21 beneficiaries of its sponsored LiveWIRE programme.

Weli said that 14,000 candidates in Niger Delta applied for the 2015 LiveWIRE programme out of which 150 youths were selected after a rigorous screening exercise.

“LiveWIRE is a programme designed to provide opportunities for young people in our host communities to realise their potential through creation and development of their own businesses.

“The programme gives youths access to entrepreneurial training, business development services as well as start-up capital for youth-owned businesses.

“This exercise, which started in 2003, has trained and empowered over 6,000 Niger Delta youths who have employed many youths in the area.

“Out of the 6,000 that this programme has trained, 3,000 of these trainees were assisted to set up their businesses through business start-up awards,’’ he said.

Weli added that no fewer than 40 people had been employed by trainees who graduated from its LiveWIRE programme in 2014.

According to him, the 2014 LiveWire graduates have made a combined profit of about N10 million excluding their capital.

He said that SPDC was committed and dedicated to developing youths in its host communities.

The Most Innovative Award prize winner, Mrs Gladys Nwabueze, said the programme equipped her with requisite knowledge and skills and handed her tools with which to work.

Nwabueze said the skills would enable her open up a sanitary pad company targeted at low-income earners.

“Sanitary pad is like a luxury to a lot of women hence I’ve developed a pad that will be affordable for use for everyday woman,’’ Nwabueze said.

 

(NAN)

Ondo commissions centre for Adolescents, Youths

In its bid to ensure that youth in the state enjoy health-friendly services, the Ondo State government has commissioned the Adolescent and Youth-Friendly Centre in Akure, the capital.

Speaking at the commissioning held at the State Specialist Hospital, Akure, wife of the state Governor, Mrs. Olukemi Mimiko stressed the importance of adolescents, saying that they comprise 30% of the population of the state.
She called on parents to always take care of their children, particularly the girl-child, noting that they are the future of tomorrow.
According to her, it is only a nation where youths are peaceful and hard working that could witness tremendous development.

Commenting on the edifice which has a laboratory, consulting room, conference room and a library, Commissioner for Information, Kayode Akinmade, said it’s the first of its kind in the country and would soon be replicated in other local governments in the state.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dayo Adeyanju, described the well-being clinic as a dream realized, urging youths across the state, particularly in Akure, to utilize the facility.

In his goodwill message, the Executive Director, Kids and Teens, Mr. Falana Martin-Mary, appreciated Ondo State government for the initiative, noting that it would go a long way in making the youth have a sense of belonging.

He later pledged to collaborate with the government at all times in order to realize the set goals.

 

 

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Ugbabe Adagboyi Damian: Are You A Leader Of Nigeria’s Tomorrow?

Ask an average Nigerian youth this question and the next thing you would hear is, “…the system is very corrupt. The elites don’t consider the youth” Yes! Even the little child on the mother’s breast knew about it before birth. It is that bad. However, I believe it is about time we channel our youthful energy into proffering solutions to our challenges rather than looking for who and what to blame. It would be of great help, if we complain, but with workable solutions.

What sparked the recent bloodless political revolution in the country were not just mere complaints but workable solutions offered by the bright and sound Nigerian youths. Despite this effort, reality has shown that the elites have taken advantage of them to hold onto power. My worry is why have the youths been poorly compensated? Experience has shown that majority of the youths offered their ideas with intent to gain monetary or social favour instead of using it a bargaining chip that would eventually lunch them into the next class of our nation’s leaders. As a result, those who genuinely offered it for the true change have been left stranded.

I cannot conclude that the only reason why Nigerian youths have not been included in the leadership positions of this current administration is political apathy. In as much as we are interested in politics, we do not believe in ourselves that we are capable of leading this great nation. We chicken out easily because either we do not have much to offer or too much have been offered to us to make us look away. It proves that we only engage in the political process with the aim of getting a peanut for ourselves with no intention of developing it. This is a threat to both the process and the few recycling elites – and they hold onto power with that theory of mental age versus chronological age. It’s obvious that the political process cannot go on if we always chicken out. Moreover, Nigeria will not develop if we are all selfish. At least you can trace a patriotic undertone in our elites’ show of selfishness – they keep the process going for it gains.

In school, our teacher made us recite what almost became the third stanza of Nigeria’s National Anthem during the morning assemblies perhaps to make us know and believe that we are the leaders of tomorrow. Even so, how can we become the leader when we do not exhibit leadership qualities after all the schooling and trainings? You would be surprised when you attempt to nose round on the youths (supposedly leaders of tomorrow) to hear their opinion on critical national issues – aside perceiving strong ethnic or partisan bias from their thoughts, most of them ignorantly say and do things that falls shorts of a sane mind.

The poser has always been “What would the Nigerian youths do differently if given the opportunity to lead?” So many if you ask me. Nevertheless, sometimes we do worst things than anyone can imagine. Instances like showering encomiums or presenting dignified awards to branded corrupt and criminal citizens as if it would pacify the elites, and to allow us passage into our rightful position of leadership someday is worrisome. Be it the reasons identified earlier or for any other reason, it proves that we are simply stupid. Moreover, it describes the kind of youths that are agitating to be included in the nation’s leadership positions.

I conclude with this African proverb, “The worlds of the elders do not lock all the doors; they leave the right door open.” As the elites continue to wield power in a blood-sucking manner, we need a change of attitude and thread with them in a professional manner and not for the manna that would fall. Succinctly put, the elite might have more power than we might, but if we wield ours more effectively, we might exercise more influence in certain settings. Only when we do this that our agitation for inclusion will be meaningful and supported by the elite.

Ugbabe Adagboyi Damian is a student of Atlas Leadership Academy. He is also an alumni of Imani Centre for Policy and Education. You can connect with him via twitter @UgbabeD

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Habeeb Whyte: President Muhammadu Buhari’s Reforms And The Nigerian Youths

I remain Habeeb Whyte and I am still obliged with the responsibility that life placed on me to suggest a path deserving a collective action from Nigerian youths towards what fate have for us as Nigerians. You would agree with me that we are the architect of our present circumstance and blaming anyone for our actions or inactions would be injurious. However, this present action of voting the ‘change’ we desire is not injurious but a blessing in disguise. Nigeria is our father’s land and so shall it remain. The struggles of our heroes shall not be in vain and that is why we keep advocating for ‘positive change’ and not just change. The much talked about change can’t be taken by face value; it will resonate well on our daily lives, but after a long and painstaking work. In essence, President Muhammadu Buhari’s effort in the last 100 days in office cannot be said to have failed the youth constituency.

I would be right to say that President Muhammadu Buhari was elected because we got tired with lying and looting personnel in the realm of governance. The country desperately needs an honest leader at that period. To the glory of God, we got one and our criticism of him should be to avoid the repeat of GEJ days. We can’t afford another stray administration, Change is not just a word, and it takes collective action. I would not join the bandwagon of those that assume that criticizing a shortcoming of Buhari is an expression of regret for ever supporting him. Of course, we must do criticism but what our government needs as at now is criticism that is founded on intellectualism devoid of bigotry, hatred or ethnic sentiments. Nigerian youth movement will make meaningful contributions to national development if only it is driven by intellectualism. The issue of PMB failing youths in 100 days is a perspective that is out of consonance with the interests of the youth constituency.

PMB in his manifesto before elected said among many things that relate to youth matters that he would harness and develop our potentials to the fullest so as to facilitate the emergence of the new generation of citizens. He said further that he would put in place measures to identify talents and promote Nollywood to fully develop into world class movie industry. All this emphasized statements are directed towards the youths. It is so shameful that most of us are already having heated arguments on whether he has made attempt to make this come to past in his 100 days in office. It is just so painful that most youth movements are not driven towards a defined goal and with clear constructive objectives. Individual youth and youth leaders has personal goal and objectives perhaps but a movement must be unified with a vision and commitment stimulated by some mutually beneficial objectives. My own understanding of the problems are clear and have been stated on many occasions vis a viz;

  • That the phones, games, electronic gadgets, cars, clothes, shoes, jewelry, wrist watches, etc. that we crave to acquire and fondly display to the extent of undertaking unethical ‘jobs’ and crimes to earn enough to buy, are made by our mates in Singapore, China, Brazil, India, Korea, and even South Africa. Therefore what youths in Nigeria need is not to be handed leadership. We rather need a development programme comprehensive enough to provide for ideal value-orientation, standard education and training, entrepreneurial capacities, and funding mechanism that will enable us to compete with our mates in knowledge, skills, executive competencies, and industrial diligence.
  • That an average actor in India writes films that promote national interests, revamp failing value system, or depicts India’s strength over Pakistan and Kashmir or express the values of Indian culture in comparison with Western culture. Indians won’t kiss in films nor have sex but play love within the parameters of their culture. Where are we? What do our Nollywood actors do? Imitate western cultural behaviours that are illicit in our cultural eyes in the name of civilisation. Nollywood and our music industry, a youth driven sector, as it is only contributes to the bastardization of our future leaders and therefore need serious orientational reform before funding.
  • A youth that will make meaningful contribution to national development must have trained and developed his/her mind to be stimulated by patriotism, constructive contribution and a sense of pride attached only to dignity. It has being a count of scores (deaths) in some state capitals among warring secret cult groups and the increase in cyber fraudsters is so alarming. Are these the youths clamoring for youth inclusion in governance? We had seen youth given top executives positions in the dark days of democracy and were at best doing the dirty jobs for their ‘good and youth-friendly’ bosses, I appreciate that PMB has a responsibility to depart us from this trend. How is he going to go about it, I don’t understand but his leadership styles in these 100 days suggested to some of us that he understands the implication of a nation with over 100 million youths population mostly uncultured, mostly half-baked in education and training, and with zero sense of pride in their nation.

I will therefore mobilise Nigerian youths to support the ongoing reforms tar getting firstly our orientation about governance and corruption. Without fear of disagreement I would say PMB has not failed the Nigerian youth constituency. He is already setting the pace for us to be handed a good leadership system. My reasons are stated below:

  • Every other sector he had touched has youths benefiting the most. Civil service has over 60% youth population. So, his interventions that put smiles on the faces of workers benefit youths the most. Even the elders in the civil service can now fund their youth-children’s education and upkeep.
  • When the Agric sector reform takes off, youths will make over 60% of benefactors.
  • If the treasury management reform saves us a fortune in national revenue hitherto unremitted to treasury, Nigerian youths will benefits the most.
  • When road accidents reduce, when avoidable deaths reduce in our hospitals, when Boko Haram killings stop, when security of lives reached climax, youths will benefit the most.
  • There are youths in every sector of the economic and every aspect of our national life affect youths. So, there is no gainsaying that PMB has touched the lives of youths.
  • Our Universities centers on youths. So, reforming education is youth centered project.

The problem is that we assume some individuals that are self-christened and parades themselves as youth leaders to be the youth PMB must talk to or ‘touch’ directly. It is a crooked thinking and Baba himself is aware of this. Our constituency holds the key to the greatness of this country. We must assume the position to help and not be helped. We must reform ourselves before we are been reformed.

(WHYTE HABEEB IBIDAPO is a Lawyer, United Nations Award winner, Africa International Arbitration Award winner, Coca cola/ The Nation Campuslife Award Winner, Promasidor Runner-up for the Best Future Writer in Nigeria, i-Hustle Campaign Initiative Ambassador and Editor Egba Youth Awards Foundation.

Email: whyte287@gmail.com

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Kofoworola Ayodeji: President Buhari And The Survival Of Nigerian Youths

Wednesday, August 12, was the 15th edition of the International Youth Day—a day that’s been set aside by the United Nations to draw attention to youth issues worldwide. For me, it’s a day of sober reflection and that’s because the government in my country, Nigeria, has totally failed the young people. While some people strongly posit that Nigerian youths are not well equipped to partake actively in governance, others believe that the current crop of political leaders have marginalized them. Either way, the bottom line is that the youths have been left uncared for.

Buhari-led federal government really needs to formulate and implement youth-friendly policies, actively engage and therefore give young people the opportunities to rule the roost. After all, this former military dictator became, in 1975, the governor of the old North Eastern state when he was only 32. I also expect Mr Buhari to give consideration to them as he is set to form his cabinet next month; he should involve young, competent and bright minds that are well equipped with a lot of innovative ideas in his government.

I still have the vivid image of how our teachers used to routinely tell us, as primary school pupils, that “we are the leaders of tomorrow.” Tiresome as it were, we would always recite the famous rhyme, “children listen to your parents…. we are leaders of tomorrow… try to pay our school fees and give us sound education.” I would later find out—after several years—that many students in the university also had a similar upbringing. But, today, we are yet to become the so called leaders; instead, we have become mere dreamers.

As it stands now, it is believed that youth unemployment rate is over 50% in the country. Nigerian youths —those persons between the ages of 15 and 35 according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS)—are largely unemployed. With this figure, it therefore means 5 out of every 10 Nigerian youths are out of a decent job. Frankly speaking, young people are not actively engaged economically, socially and politically in Africa’s most populous nation and largest economy. This is a time bomb that could spark off in the nearest future if appropriate measures are not taken as soon as possible.

In the historic March 28 general elections that brought Mr Muhammadu Buhari into power, young people played a key role especially via the effective use of social media. That was the first time an opposition leader, Mr Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC), defeated an incumbent president, Mr Goodluck Jonathan of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in a fiercely contested election. But for the use of social media, Buhari’s message of “Change” which swept across the country, like a tornado, during the campaign couldn’t have, almost certainly, been made possible.

There is need to review those sections of Nigeria’s constitution, which put the minimum age requirement of 30 years to hold any elected office— it’s a great impediment. 20-year-old Mhairi Black of the Scottish National Party shook the entire political landscape during the May 2015 general elections in UK, when she toppled Douglas Alexander, a long time Labour Party heavyweight. Upon her victory, she became the youngest British Member of Parliament since 1667.

In November 2014, 18-year-old Saira Blair became West Virginia’s youngest lawmaker after a landslide victory. In her victory speech, she said: “When I made the decision to run for public office, I did so because I firmly believe that my generation’s voice, fresh perspective and innovative ideas can help solve some of our state’s most challenging issues.”

Imagine that Nigerian youths are given these opportunities? Then, that would doubtless establish what Mr Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General, recently said as he kicked off a Headquarters event on empowering youth through employment. “When young people have decent jobs, political weight, negotiating muscle and real influence in the world, they will create a better future,” he passionately declared. Nigerian youths can definitely create a better future. But, they must be given the chance!

As a transformational speaker and nation-builder, I have spoken to thousands of secondary school students. And I would always tell them, basically, that they are the leaders of today—not leaders of ‘tomorrow’ which may never come. As young leaders, I would always challenge them to take responsibility and work ceaselessly for the progress of their nation, continent and the world at large.

I was told as a primary school pupil that “I’m the leader of tomorrow,” and yet, the tomorrow that my teachers talked about remains an illusion till date. As the world celebrated the International Youth Day on Wednesday, I was consumed by the thought that young people have been sidelined for too long in Nigeria. But I’m very hopeful that the new administration would turn things around.

Kofoworola Ayodeji is a Nigerian writer and transformational speaker that’s passionately involved in nation-building. Follow him on twitter @Generalkopho and facebook www.facebook.com/Kofoworolaak

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Taiwo Ademola: The Dangers Of Not Knowing

It is usually catastrophic when people fall into ditches they aren’t aware of, when people make mistakes they didn’t expect, when business plan fail because of inability to for see the eventuality. The phenomenon of Ignorance is a vivid reaction to the expression of human weakness.  Ignorance in its stark-state betrays him. Ignorance in its acrid definition portrays his folly. Ignorance and mediocrity are cousins.  Ignorance is a disease, a sickness, a cancerous norm that overwhelms all philosophy and ideology, eating deep into the bone marrow of books. Ignorance in his mental state ridicules and belittles the mentality and the mindset of men. Ignorance toys with the wisdom of man and as a cancer eats it up like acid. Ignorance prides in it’s incoherent and distorted words, does not believe in facts nor figures rather uses these to embarrass the sage. In the darkened state of ignorance, man enjoys the darkness, he thrives in it. The ignorant man is naked and does not even know there are clothes. The ignorant man is risky, he could lead people into the gallows and sincerely think it is a safe haven. The most dangerous of all is the man that does not know and he thinks he knows.

It is simply pathetic that most people don’t know the basic dictates of life.  Most of the youths of today babble and ramble in grand folly. Youth should know they are active and vibrant; yet it is sad they do not know. The political scene is an interesting field that should interest an average youth.

Firstly, the higher percentage of the youth constituency are not interested in the political development of their country. Those who even show interest are doing it for the sake of their pockets.  Politics is not an argument-It is facts and figures.  It is not an exertion of your opinion; it is what the headlines says. That is why objectivity plays a better role than subjectivity. The higher percentage are even ignorant of the basic current affairs and historical lane of their country. Political discussion and analysis annoyingly bore them. Thus, they are rendered not useful and employable for the labor market due to the lack of intellect and basic knowledge. The economic terms are usually bizarre to them, they find it difficult to comprehend; stock market, shares internally general revenue, tax, custom duties, exercise duties, bond, MOU, state returns e.t.c

The higher percentage do not know their rights, duties and obligations under the law. He/She does not know about the existence of a constitution- they have never seen one. The average youth is of the opinion that such books are irrelevant and a sheer waste of time when read.

Objectively, the presumed leaders of tomorrow do not have a grip of the political situation in the country. What brings about political tension and instability? How is it resolved? What are the measures of passing messages of discontentment and grievance to government? What are governmental agencies? The average Nigerian youth cannot offer answers, in as much solutions. The average Nigerian youth cannot raise intellectual discussions, reason out and argue rationally, realistically or pragmatically. The average youth do not know the full meanings of some acronyms. It is disturbing and worrisome when you hear the level of reasoning, you cannot even correct the reasoning; you will observe these set needs total re-orientation. They speak off-point, out of order and deviate from the main discourse. The other set of ignoramus are usually acutely biased in the way they fashion out their arguments and marshal their points; they are not interested in listening to your points but rather keep emphasizing their watery fact. The reasons are not far-fetched, the average youth do not read –historical books, textbooks or journals. They are too impatient to be taught, they are usually unenthusiastic in attending Intellectual gathering where they will be equipped with knowledge and information through seminars and workshops. Lastly, in the gathering of youths, political discussion is less spoken of attention is more on extra-curricular activities.

 Economically, the youths dominate about 62% of the population. Yet the youths do not know about their economy. Earlier mentioned the fact that economic terms and terminologies are cumbersome for them; even the graduates. What are other viable avenues to source for revenue? How is revenue allocated? How is the formula for revenue calculated? How does government tax the people? How does inflation and deflation affect the people? What is the effect of the devaluation of the currency on the economy? These are economic questions that the average youth will shy away from answering. And when they make an attempt, one is usually sorry for the future of the great nation. Raising an army of intellectually improvished and unsound generation who cannot help themselves in as much help the nation.

Sociologically, what then is the reason for these: social media; this generation has been overwhelmingly distracted by the chatting sites, it takes the bulk of the time. Facebook is said to be the third most populated in the world asides China and India. Youths all over connect with themselves, add up and follow each other; not for the purpose of the promotion of intellectualism but to engage in unprofitable conversations. The average youth takes prides in the number of friends and followers he has on the social media rather than the piles of books he has bought and read.

The entertainment media is also a factor. The average youth keeps himself updated as to the latest songs and videos that is trending, rather than the latest world news. The musical artistes are his idol and role model rather than astute achievers who bagged honorary intellectual awards. The flux of ignorant youths we have today cast fear as what the future holds, makes us wonder what the next generation will be like. Keeps us worried if our heritage and sacred cultures will not be watered down the drain. Makes us doubtful if we can rely on them to maintain the political sanity of the nation. Ignorance is dangerous. It is a reckless driver that remains adamant despite words of caution.

Written by; Taiwo Ademola. (dmltaiwo7@gmail.com)

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The Desperation Of Youths To Leave The Country Is Worrisome – Obasanjo

Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, a former president of Nigeria, has expressed his concern over the current wave of desperate youths risking their lives to travel to Europe and the maltreatment they received from their hosts in African continent. Obasanjo in a statement he personally signed, yesterday, however, called for probe of the death of Nigerians and other immigrants in Libya, saying the incident is the direct action of Western powers which is responsible for the current anarchy in the country .

“It is thus a matter of considerable sadness for me when I witness the current wave of desperate youths risking their lives to travel to Europe and the futile efforts of European countries to deal with those who have already set sail or have even reached shores of the European continent.

“The current inflow of African refugees into Europe from Libya is a direct consequence. The government in Libya which in 2000 acted humanely and responsibly to stem the outflow of illegal migrants to Europe has been replaced by unconscionable bandits and terrorists who have forcibly seized the instruments of state to facilitate human trafficking and illegal migration for their own material benefit.

“It is time for the international community and particularly African leaders to take a good look at the factors responsible for the death and destruction with the Mediterranean by illegal migration of youths from Africa and address the causes in an honest, responsible, humane and holistic manner rather than the current futile attempt to half-heartedly deal with the symptoms rather than the cause.

“The sure way of prevention is the elimination of conflict and abject poverty and creation of employment in the countries where migrants originate. In the meantime, let AU form a bulwark to stem the spate of migrants from Africa across the Mediterranean to Europe. It can be done”.

Sola Ajibola: The Case For Youth Inclusion in Top Government Positions In Nigeria

To many Nigerians, ‘Change’ has finally come and to some others, every move by the new government must be critiqued.

The overall interest of Nigerians is priority and as such, it is important that we do not take the usual route of praise singing or blind criticism of the current administration, but point out salient issues that have held the nation bound for years.

The general elections has come and gone, but it is safe to say the campaign period did not only leave a bitter taste in the mouths of some potential political neophytes, but also laid emphasis to the marginalization of the youth demographic (between the ages of 25-39) holding elective positions across the country.

There were many debates about the impact of age and effect of youthful ideas as it affects governance during the campaigns and anyone who is truthful will know that Nigeria ignores the input of the youth in politics and especially in governance.

The case for socio economic inclusion cannot be overemphasized, there is an urgent so need for youth participation in government both at the state and federal level.

Anthony Enahoro was 27 years old when he led the struggle for independence after the death of Herbert Macaulay. The late sage Obafemi Awolowo was 37 and Nnamdi Azikiwe was 42 at the time.

Nigeria’s political history cannot be written without the contribution of the youth, from the time of the 1966 coup led by Ifeanyi Kaduna Nzeogu who was 29 to the time of President Muhammadu Buhari who became a governor at 24 and at 31, was already a head of state.

Many of the military administrators who governed the states under the successive military regimes were below 30 years of age at the time. A number of them are still relevant even up to the current administration.

Even the brief democratic dispensation which interjected the military interregnums also saw the House of Representatives in particular populated majorly by members under 30.

Today, Nigeria’s growing youth demographic make up over 40% of the population with little or no significant representation in government. As much as the wisdom of the elderly is needed in the nation building process, the strength, ideas and versatility of the youth cannot be overlooked.

The world is changing fast and Nigeria need not be left behind.
The power of the youth was brought to bare in the last elections which visibly changed the dynamics. The youth took the campaign to social media, facilitated voters registration and created voter monitoring awareness platforms  which clearly determined the eventual winners.

Consequently, It is only natural to have fair representation of the youth in government based on the value added during the elections.

Nigeria is losing out by failing to harness the untapped potentials of this vibrant 40%. At this point in our democracy, it will not be out of place to have a law in the constitution that ensures youth inclusion in government especially leadership roles such as; Cabinet/Ministerial positions, MDA heads, commissioner roles among others.

In the absence of a law however,  it is not too late for progressive change.

In mentoring the next generation of leaders, It is imperative going forward that the President Buhari led Federal Government lead by ensuring there is significant youth representation in his cabinet.

Same can be done at the state level for example, in cosmopolitan Lagos led by Governor  Ambode and even Govenor el-Rufai in Kaduna who both have shown to be of progressive mindsets.

The inclusion of intelligent young people in cabinet positions will send a clear message that the youth will no longer be taken for granted and are partners to effect positive change by bringing fresh ideas to governance.

We all are aware of the stellar
performances of former Governor of Cross River State Donald Duke and former EFCC boss Nuhu Ribadu who held top government positions at a young age and performed exceptionally.

In conclusion, it is essential that we earnestly tap the ideas of the younger generation by ensuring they have greater opportunities to participate in governance and decision making after all, it is popularly said that the youth are the leaders of tomorrow.

Sola Ajibola

(ajibosola@gmail.com)

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Pres. Buhari’s Speech To Young Nigerians To Mark International Youth Day

It is a great pleasure for me to address you this morning at this important occasion as we join other nations across the world to commemorate the 2015 International Youth Day. I am aware that it is in line with the United Nations Resolution 54/120 (19th Dec. 1999) to observe 12th August of every year as a day to celebrate and appreciate the contribution of the youth to their various communities. The appointment of an Envoy on Youth by the United Nations Secretary General is a clear indication of the attention youth issues are accorded around the world.

2.?The International Youth Day, therefore, constitutes part of the United Nation’s broader World Programme of Action for Youth. This is a laudable initiative targeted at promoting the general wellbeing and livelihood of young people with its priority focus on education, employment, poverty and hunger, drug abuse, HIV/AIDS, inter-generational issues amongst others. This year’s theme tagged youth “Civic Engagement” is very apt. We strongly believe that the engagement and participation of young people is necessary in order to accelerate economic growth and sustainable development.

3.?As we commemorate this year’s International Youth Day, let me use this moment to once again pay tribute to all the young people who played significant roles in making the 2015 General Elections a model for democratic governance in Africa. The role you played, individually and collectively, in not only being peaceful members of the electorate but also galvanising the social media platform and mobilizing your peers to make the right choice. Your role contributed in no small measure to having a credible election in an atmosphere that was hitherto tense and volatile. The outcome is today being celebrated worldwide. Your role is greatly appreciated.

4.?I can assure you, my young compatriots, that you have written your names in history and you will be remembered as true heroes of our democracy and as architects of change.

5.?Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, you may wish to note that Africa is the most ‘youthful’ continent in the world. According to the figures I have been presented with, at least 20 percent of the continent’s population of 1.2 billion is between the age bracket of 15 – 24 years, with about 42% below 15 years of age. As the rest of the world gets older, Africa is getting younger. This is neither a good thing nor a bad thing. It all depends on what we make of it.

Therefore, one of the greatest challenges facing governments and policy makers in Africa today is how to provide opportunities and meet the needs of young people, the vast majority of whom need to be empowered to enable them to lead decent lives and contribute their quota to the socio economic and political development of their countries.

6.?Correctly harnessed, this tremendous labour force could propel us to take a quantum leap in developing our infrastructure so that Nigeria can join the 21st Century.

7.?Some of you may recall that African leaders, at the Malabo 2011Summit, committed themselves to providing employment, whether directly or indirectly, for at least 3% of its unemployed young people every year. For us, the meeting in Malabo 2011, marked another turning point in the continent’s quest for development. The summit adopted that all member States should advance the youth agenda and adopt policies and mechanisms towards the creation of safe, decent and competitive employment opportunities. This would be achieved by accelerating the implementation of the Youth Decade Plan of Action (2009 – 2018) and the Ouagadougou 2004 Plan of Action on Employment Promotion and Poverty Alleviation. African leaders have since stepped up efforts to give voice, visibility and platforms to the youth to advocate for more investments in their future.

8.?It is, however, an issue of serious concern that in Nigeria, so far, economic growth has not translated into commensurate and improved social outcomes, especially for our 60 million young people who made up the majority of the population. Consequently our youth migrate from rural to urban areas and from this country to other countries across borders, in search of greener pastures.

9.?Distinguished ladies and gentlemen and my beloved youth, I want to assure you that the new Administration will place high premium in tackling challenges facing the youth sector.

10.?According to the National Bureau of Statistics, unemployment remains a major concern in Nigeria, with rates rising from 6.4% in 2006 to 24.20% in the first quarter of 2015. The unemployment rate among youth is even more disturbing and considered to be over 50% due to the sheer number of unemployed graduates and a huge number of youth who have had no chance to go to school roaming about the streets.

11.?It is worth noting that although educational attainment by Nigerian young people has increased significantly in the last decade, the relevance of curricula, quality of education and the fit with skills required by the job market, still remains a challenge for us as a country.

Unsuitable qualifications limit our young peoples’ employment prospects and potential to contribute to national development. Our new Administration is poised to providing an enabling environment for the private sector to thrive so as to ensure greater opportunities for jobs to be created for our young people.

12.?This we believe will assist in reducing criminal activities and terrorism. We have resolved to provide adequate infrastructure and strengthen our job creation institutions in order to increase opportunities for our young people. For Nigeria to sustainably create jobs and ensure growth, we will pay special attention to the growth of our Small and Medium Scale Enterprises. This can be achieved through boosting the intervention funds as guaranteed by the Central Bank of Nigeria.

13.?In order to ensure that young people are healthy, skilled and educationally empowered, we will strengthen our academic and vocational training institutions as well as significantly improve our healthcare delivery system.

14.?Young Nigerians, let me conclude by reiterating that we are very much committed to fulfilling all our campaign promises. We, therefore, seek your cooperation and patience in this regard. Be assured that “change” for us is not a mere political slogan but the beginning of a new era desired by the majority of Nigerians. The youth must therefore be vanguards of this change and at the same time be the change that they wish to see. To this end and knowing that sustainable development cannot take place in the absence of peace, we must all work together towards the actualization of sustainable peace and harmony to enable this administration to build an enduring legacy. It is on this note that I wish the Nigerian youth happy 2015 International Youth Day celebration.

15.?Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria!

I thank you all.

Bukola Saraki Joins Nigerian Youths To Mark International Youth Day

As the world marks the International Youth Day, Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki today joined Nigerian youths to mark the event.

The Senate President received members of All Progressive Youth Forum (APYF) at his office in the National Assembly and cherished the moment with a series of selfies as depicted in the pictures.

The Senate President took to his Facebook page to write: “I wish the youth of Nigeria a successful commemoration of International Youth Day (?#?IYD2015?).

“I join you all in celebrating your industry, perseverance and courage. Based on the theme of #IYD2015, every young person in Nigeria must continue his or her commitment to civic engagement.

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“When you, as young people, succeed politically, socially, and economically, we all succeed as a nation.”

In his tweet, he commended the APYF for having representatives in all 774 LGAs of Nigeria which made the party pick 3 of the members as BOT of the party an indication to other youth groups that “If you #TakePart, you can #TakeCharge.”

Youths Block Highways In Kaduna To Protest Appointment Of Interim Council Chair

There is currently tension in Kaduna as youths, predominantly Gbagyi, blocked the ?major roads leading to Chikun local government area of Kaduna State in protest of the appointment of Hajiya Hadiza Yahuza as interim chairman of the local government.

The situation attracted heavy traffic jam? as workers were prevented from accessing the road to their work places.

Meanwhile, heavily armed policemen are? presently using tear gas to disperse the angry youths.  About five youths have been reportedly shot by the police,but it is not certain whether they are alive or dead. The area is temporarily cleared now by the police, but no one can tell the next line of action of the protesting youths.

Meanwhile, the Interim Management Committees (IMC) are expected to be sworn in today by the Governor Malam Nasir El-Rufai.

It would be recalled that prior to the screening and confirmation of the said chairman on Friday last week, the youth had on Thursday protested to the state House of Assembly against her appointment and requested that their own be appointed instead.

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Youth Participation In Governance and Policy Making By Abdulkadir S. Abdulkadir

The youth and young persons are indispensable ingredients of our today’s democracy as they represent at least two thirds of the votes. The voices of the youth is the mandate political office holders enjoy at all levels of government. Days are gone when young people are only recruited during election to create violence and terrorise those opposing their pay masters. Youths are now the engine and again drivers of our democracy as they determine the tune and dimensions of the political space.

A value added quality that can’t be denied of the young people is their dynamism, creativity, talent and energies that can be channelled into policy formulation which directly or indirectly affect them. The optimism of young people in ensuring that the newly elected government get things right can not be over emphasised as the feeling of having the ownership of the states and the nation at large is growing in geometric rate. Hence, the need to lay the right foundation for their future as they prepare to be the civic leaders, parents, employers or employees through the next decades.

The general notion that Policy Making (formulation, implementation and evaluation) is duty restricted to ‘Aged Professionals and Experienced’ persons while young citizens even with the professionalism are still considered to have no necessary skills or experience continues to have grounds even in an ‘information and knowledge worker age’ where what you knew actually matters less. Equally, there is a persistence of stakeholder attitudes which frustrate the participation of young people in policy-making forgetting that the same young brains are Key Stake Holders in formulation of Policies that Directly affect them. These include but not limited to job creation, education, health, social security.

There is a special need to protect young people as a group from exploitation and neglect while ensuring their economic, civic, social and cultural participation in government and governance are met. However, current state of youth restiveness, high level of unemployment even among the skilled and schooled group is a product of previous efforts to make representation of young people from amongst the perceived experienced aged. Connecting the dots as regards the real problems and aspirations of the target group is near impossible hence, formulating policies that satisfy only the makers personal imaginations.

In a nut shell, participation of young people encourages them to become active members of the society and democratic agents. By involving and empowering young brains through the political process, they tend to develop important skills, improve self-confidence and some sense of belonging in governance while taking home a greater understanding of governance that is important in both newly formed and well-established democracies.

In conclusion, I will like to borrow words from the former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Anan who says “Normally when we need to know about something we go to the experts, but we tend to forget that when we want to know about youth and what they feel and what they want, that we should talk to them”

Abdulkadir S. Abdulkadir is an advocate of social justice, wrote from Lagos Nigeria. @abdul003

Views expressed are solely that of author and does not represent views of www.omojuwa.com nor its associates

Rivers’ Youths Applaud Jonathan & State’s New Administration

Youths aligned to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the Rivers State have paid tribute to former President, Goodluck Jonathan, and hailed the inauguration of local Governor, Nyesom Wike. They hailed Jonathan for conceding defeat to new head of state, Muhammadu Buhari, and Jonathan’s presence at the latter’s swearing-in ceremony on Friday.

Party youths trekked from Rivers’ to Jonathan’s homeland of the Bayelsa State to Abuja for Buhari’s inauguration while others gave the former an astounding welcome.

The Rivers State youths said that they embarked on the exercise in honor of Jonathan conceding defeat for the sustenance of democracy in Nigeria. The grouping also hailed the successful swearing-in of Wike. The youth organisation described Wike as “our long awaited deliverer who shall put an end to our long suffering with his new vision for Rivers State.”

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Buhari Plans Youth Employment In First 6 Months

The President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari , has stated that his administration will work towards empowerment of the Nigerian youths within his first six months in office.

Buhari stated this yesterday at a symposium with the theme: “Maximizing the potentials of Nigerian youths as Economic Drivers for a secured nation in the next dispensation,” organised by Buhari Volunteers Network (BVN).

Buhari, who was represented by a Political Science and International Relations lecturer at the Pace University, New York, Prof. Mohammed Garba, stated that his administration would focus on opening up the mining and oil and gas sectors so as to create jobs for the youths, adding this will ensure youths engage in commercial activities and mentoring programmes.

“Nigerian youths have been supporting the General (Buhari) and the party. They have exhausted all their time and energy on the General and the success of the party. So we are looking forward to see how to get them employed, trained or involved in commercial activities and mentoring programmes. That is what we are going to be looking at in the next six months because these youths are computer and IT savvy. They are very knowledgeable in various fields. So we have to harness all those talents into one group. We cannot predict the number of youths to be employed because right now there is financial crisis.

“Let the government be on ground, we will tackle each problem one at a time. The issue of probe, yes, we have to investigate before prosecution, we have to know who spend the money and where the money went to,” he said.

Earlier, in his welcome address, the convener and national coordinator of the group, Comrade Olayemi Success stated that his group will constantly remind and support the President to deliver on his electoral promises, while also persuading and educating Nigerians on the need to trust the government with maximum cooperation, which will help fast track development.

He stated that the symposium was to x-ray the potential of the Nigerian youth and debate on how to maximally harness it to drive the economy of the nation.

The chairman of the occasion, and the former vice chancellor, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, University, Bauchi, Prof. Abubakar Sani Sambo, urged the incoming government to explore the power and energy sector to create jobs for the youths.

He called on the government to embarked on immediate review of various agreement with the new owners of the electricity generation and distribution with the hope of making the owners fulfil the agreement to boost election distribution and generation in the country..

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Police Arrest Youths For Tearing First Lady’s Posters

Men believed to be aggrieved youths of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) interrupted a Benin rally hosted by Patience Jonathan yesterday when they tore down posters bearing the First Lady’s face.

The incident, which took place at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, took place when the men allegedly climbed a fence where the banners were placed and proceeded to tear them in time for the First Lady’s arrival.

Policemen and youths wearing t-shirts bearing the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria logo accosted the suspects and swiftly whisked them away in a police vehicle.

Chris Nehikare, PR Secretary for the ruling party, suspects that the vandals may belong to the All Progressives Congress (APC). Nehikare added that a thorough investigation would be conducted into the matter.

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Boko Haram Recruiting Cameroonian Youths

Cameroon’s security forces are predicting a drawn-out battle with Boko Haram as evidence filters out that the insurgents are now recruiting there.

“We don’t doubt that Boko Haram is recruiting in Cameroon,” said Col. Joseph Nouma, commander of Operation ALPHA, a special military operation set up by Cameroon’s government to fight the Nigerian terrorist group.

He says communities bordering Nigeria have been emptied of men between the ages of 10 and 45. “Many of them are found across the border in Nigeria, training with the terrorists,” he told CNN.

This has made it difficult for the country’s defense forces to adequately estimate the power of the terrorist group. Nouma said the number of militants may be greater than is widely believed, though there is no reliable estimate of the group’s strength.

“Boko Haram is a permanent metamorphosis, dying every day but recruiting every day as well,” says Col. Jacob Kodji, interim commander of the 4th Military Region. “And this complicates a lot of things for us.” Nouma agreed: “We kill them, but they keep on coming.”

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Come To Bayelsa And Watch Us Give You Massive Trouble – Bayelsa Youths Tell Patience Jonathan

Some concerned youths in Bayelsa State, under the auspices of the Bayelsa Youth Vanguard, have threatened to disrupt the Peoples Democratic Party presidential rally if President Goodluck Jonathan’s wife, Patience, comes with her husband for the campaign.

The rally is slated for February 5 at the state capital, Yenagoa.

The organisation therefore warned Patience not to accompany her husband to the presidential campaign.

It accused her of causing crisis in the state and warned her to desist from that or face the consequences.

The warning, the group said, was sequel to what it described as attempts by the President’s wife to destabilise the state and fuel needless crisis and political tension in the state.

The spokesperson for the BYV, Precious Ebi Johnson, in a statement in Abuja on Thursday, said that Patience would only be allowed to come to the state “unless she retraced her steps or otherwise we will mobilise against the President’s rally.”

The statement read in part, “We are constrained to issue this statement to bar the President’s wife from accompanying President Goodluck Jonathan to Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, for the presidential rally on February 5.

“Our action is well informed by the various steps and activities of the President’s wife in recent times which portend clear danger for the good health of our dear state.

“We note with regret the various attempts by the President’s wife to create crisis in the state through subterfuge or using surrogates.

Goodluck Jonathan Promises Youths Additional 8million Jobs in 4 Years

President Goodluck Jonathan has promised that the Federal Government, under the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, will create 8 million jobs for the youths if he is re-elected as President.

He said his administration has already started talks with influential Nigerians, including UBA chairman, Tony Elumele, in the private sector to ensure that this target becomes a reality.

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