Yobe Deputy Governor Asks Nigerian Youth To Shun Immorality

Yobe Deputy Governor Asks Nigerian Youth To Shun ImmoralityThe Deputy Governor of Yobe State, Abubakar Aliyu, has cautioned Nigerian youth to desist from drugs and other social vices that are inimical to their progress and that of the country.

The Deputy Governor stated this when he received the leadership of the Arewa Students Forum who paid him a visit at the Government House in Damaturu, the state’s capital in northeast Nigeria.

He said the future of the country is in their hands, adding that any mistake on their part will affect the country negatively.

Mr Aliyu also noted that the development in the information and communication technology in recent years has placed them on the advantage to excel ahead of youths in the 90’s, 80’s and bellow.

“You should count yourself lucky as the development in communication has giving you added advantage and such advantages should be used for academic excellence.

“You have better and more conducive atmospheres to learn and let me urge you to make the best use of this opportunity,” he said.

The Deputy Governor stressed that the honour he received from the forum will spur him to do more for humanity.

“The recognition you have given me will ginger me do more for students and humanity as a whole,” said Aliyu.

The leader of the forum, Mr Yusuf Maje, appreciated the Deputy Governor for the various assistance he gave to students and urged him not to relent.

While thanking him for the word of encouragement, Maje assured him that they will do their best to be better than the founding fathers of the forum.

He further presented a plague to Mr Aliyu in recognition of his immense contributions to the development of the forum and humanity as a whole.

Forget About Biafra, Buhari Urges Youths From South-East

Biafra, NYSC, South east, Nigerian YouthPresident Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday in Daura called on Nigerian youths, particularly those from the South-East, to take their minds off the actualization of Biafra and promote national unity.

Receiving over 100 National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members serving in Daura local government area, in his residence, President Buhari pledged his unalloyed commitment to the unity and prosperity of Nigeria.

He urged them to remain focused in life, pursue their dreams and reject those fanning embers of discord and disintegration of Nigeria.

Speaking specifically to corps members from the South Eastern states, the President said: “Tell your colleagues who want Biafra to forget about it.”

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“As a military commander, I walked from Degem, a border town between the north and the east, to the border between Cameroons and Nigeria.

“I walked on my foot for most of the 30 months that we fought the Nigeria-Biafra civil war, in which at least two million Nigerians were killed.

“We were made by our leaders to go and fight Biafra not because of money or oil, because oil was not critical factor then, but because of one Nigeria.

“So if leaderships at various levels failed, it was not the fault of the rest of Nigerians who have no quarrel with one another.

“So please tell your colleagues that we must be together to build this country. It is big enough for us and potentially big enough in terms of resources.

“Those who work hard will earn a respectable living. I have seen this country, I fought for this country and I will continue to work for the unity of this country,” the President said.

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The President, who specially recognised corps members from the Niger Delta and South-Eastern states serving in Daura, praised the vision of former President Yakubu Gowon in setting up the scheme in 1973.

The President said that the scheme has creditably promoted national unity and cohesion by exposing young people to the uniqueness and cultural diversity of Nigeria.

“I asked for those from the other extreme of Nigeria because I very much appreciate the NYSC scheme and whenever I see General Gowon, I always thank him for that.”

In his remarks, Mr Egbewumi Adebolu, the Corps Liaison Officer in Daura, thanked the President for the honour of receiving them and making their stay in Daura memorable.

He said the youths strongly believed in the programme of the President to reduce unemployment and create jobs for more Nigerians.

Adebolu thanked the President for his personal gifts of cows, bags of rice and cash to corps members in the community for Salah celebration.

YOU WIN Creates 26,000 Jobs In Three Years – Jonathan

Nigerian president, Goodluck Jonathan, on Monday announced that the Youth Enterprise With Innovation programme has created over 26,000 direct jobs.

Addressing a gathering of young entrepreneurs and government officials at the ceremony marking the initiative’s third anniversary, which held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the President reiterated that YOU WIN was founded to tackle the growing unemployment rate.

Nigeria had a high percentage of unemployed youth of about 35 per cent at the beginning of his administration.

“The YOU WIN programme is unique in the sense that it depends on the Nigerian youth to create jobs for the Nigerian youths,” he explained.

He reminded the gathering of his promise to make available a minimum of 80,000 jobs through the programme and announced that over 26,000 direct jobs have been created across 6 geo-political zones.

Speaking at the event, the Minister of Finance, Okonjo Iweala, said the government initiative allowed Nigerian youths to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. The YOU WIN programme was created to “empower our youth to start or expand existing businesses and to create jobs, not only for themselves but for their peers.”

The programme is implemented as an annual business plan competition in which winners win grants up to the sum of 10 million Naira (about 64,000 dollars).

The first cycle of the initiative received less than 24,000 applications while about 65,000 applications were received in the second run.

Okonjo-Iweala said that the success recorded was indicative of the trust youths now have in the country via the YOU WIN programme. ‘They believe in YOU WIN,” she added.

President Jonathan inspected an exhibition of businesses which winners of the Youth Enterprise With Innovation Nigeria, YOU WIN, programme have established.

At an exhibition, beneficiaries of the first batch of YOU WIN showed the President what they had achieved with the grants they got from the government.


National Conference: Nigeria’s Most Confusing Event in Recent Times – Eke

A legal practitioner, George Eke, has described the on-going debate on the proposed National Conference as a very confusing exercise for many Nigerians because of the ambiguity of language, terms and multiple analysis of it.

He said this while appearing as a guest on Sunrise Daily.

“There is this omnibus language of ‘let us talk’, we don’t know what we are going to talk about, we don’t know who we are going to talk (with), we don’t know whether it is supposed to be an ethnic dialogue which David Mark suggested, we don’t know if it will end up as a constitutional conference which is what they are expecting that there is going to be a constitution thereafter that is going to be supreme or take precedence over what we have”.

Reacting to the suggestion that the above observation is part of the main purpose for which the the Advisory Committee was consituted, he said:

“Part of the confusion is that even (in) the advisory committee; you will notice that some people are making remarks that there is no youth in the committee.

We are talking about advice; the president could have as well just asked his minister for special duties to advise him. We are already even quarrelling with the composition of the advisory committee, not to talk of what is going to come out”.

Mr Eke said that he is not ‘crazy’ about the National Conference, because he has been an ardent follower of those who argue for this conference and by the recommendation of philosophy, political science, sociology and law and referring to famous old philosophers, he posited that;

“Sovereignty is that inherent capacity of the society to govern itself but through social contract, but some people have misinformed either mischievously or they do not know”.

“The society confers or transmits willingly this sovereignty to the government.”

He disagreed with some lawyers’ opinion that the people can donate part of the sovereignty to the government, arguing that sovereignty cannot be partly given to the government because it is in itself synonym with government. Therefore Nigerians’ sovereignty is wholly and entirely in their government, he said, adding that, “sovereignty belongs to the people but resides in the government”.

He spoke further on the argument that the Conference is important because the 1914 amalgamation was wrongly done without consulting the will of the common Nigerian. He posited that it is practically impossible to be able to truly get all Nigerians to contribute to a conference that is happening in Abuja. According to him, they may not be more than 500, 000 people clamouring for the conference, so it is purely politics as the voice of many Nigerians will not be heard in the whole plan.

He recommended that good integrative leadership is the solution to Nigeria’s problem as only then can the common man be truly represented because a new constitution can only help when the people elected to implement it are truly representing the people.

He also suggested that the power at the center is neutralised through a constitutional conference which he said would have been a better name for the conference.

APC Will Put PDP On Its Toes – Afegbua

The Special Assistant to Governor Adams Oshiomhole on media and public affairs, Kassim Afegbua has said that the official registration of the All Progressive’s Congress (APC) will empower the merger to keep the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on its toes.

He said this while speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily.

Speaking about the merger and its mission to unseat the ruling PDP, Mr Afegbua responded to comments made by a former member of the PDP Board of Trustees, Ebenezer Babatope,  who described the merger ‘a conglomerate of strange bed fellows.’

“What unite them is a common ideology of what they intend to achieve,” he said.

He added that the PDP from formation was an amalgamation of all manners of persons, all shades of opinions coming together with the sole purpose of easing out the military from government.

“So it will be wrong of anybody in the PDP to see another party as being made up of strange bed fellows,” he said.

He said that Nigerians, for the past 14 years, have been under the PDP rulership, so they have seen the limits, (sharps and bends) of the PDP and so to a large extent they are yearning for an alternative

APC will put PDP on its toes.

“If it is not performing, it will now wake up. If it was performing, the agitations and yearning of most Nigerians would not be there in the first place.”

He said a two party system is gradually evolving with PDP and APC as the strongest parties currently dominating the nation’s political system.

A two party system will checkmate the excesses of any ruling party.

He also accused the PDP of not following its manifesto to the letter. Former president Olusegun Obasanjo, discarded the manifesto to set up the Presidential Policy Advisory Council headed by former defence minister, TY Danjuma produced another document which jettisoned the original manifesto.

He also said that all ACN turned APC governors are performing better than their PDP counterparts. He added that there are ‘available, verifiable’ facts to prove this.

The former PDP member said he likes to ‘play opposition’ because the ‘ruling party will not give room to ventilate your opinion’.

While defending the APC for having many ‘older generation’ leaders, Mr Afegbua said his former position as acting national chairman of the National Democratic Party revealed that “there was no way you can run political parties without having those individuals who have seen it all”.

“You must tap experiences from people,’ he said.

He called for attitudinal change on the part of the youth.  He said the quality of the mind of the youth is ‘something to worry about’.

Singapore To Build Skill Acquisition Centers In Nigeria

Singapore has offered to assist Nigeria to expand its skill acquisition centers in order to harness the potentials of the nation’s youths.

The Ambassador of Singapore to Nigeria, Mr. Shabbir Hassanhai said the establishment of skill acquisition centers in the 36 states of the federation will help curb crimes in the country

The Director-General of the Industrial Training Fund, Professor Longmas Wapmuk estimated that N4 billion will be required to establish 25 skill centers in order to properly harness the potentials of the nation’s youths.

He noted, the skill acquisition center provides 5 skill programmes but can offer 15 programmes if expanded.

Professor Wapmuk who received officials from the Embassy of Singapore said there is the need for introduction of more programmes at the center to meet the needs of young Nigerians who want to develop their entrepreneurial skills.

While the nation has in recent times been confronted with issues of insecurity and increased crime rate, the Ambassador of Singapore to Nigeria said the establishment of skill acquisition centers in the 36 states of the federation is necessary.

He also added that Singapore will be willing to assist Nigeria to harness the potentials of its youths.

Agriculture To Create 3.5 Million New Jobs By 2015 – Jonathan

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has disclosed that that his administration has embarked on bold policy and institutional reforms aimed at adding 20 million metric tonnes of food to domestic supply and creating at least 3.5 million new jobs by 2015 in the agriculture and allied industries.

The President made this known on Tuesday while speaking at the formal opening of a meeting with members of the Eminent Persons Group on the Transformation of Nigeria’s Agricultural Sector at the World Economic Summit in Davos, Switzerland.

President Jonathan said that the present administration’s objective was to build on Nigeria’s tremendous natural resources, reverse the decline in the agricultural sector’s productivity which followed the discovery of oil, establish domestic self-sufficiency in food and make the country “a major net exporter of food”.

“Such a shift will not only reduce the billions of dollars we spend importing basic food items, but will also create millions of jobs, especially for our youth,” the President said.

He also told the gathering that his administration was wholly committed to a government-enabled, private sector driven transformation of the nation’s agricultural sector.

He further disclosed that the initiative to transform Nigeria’s agricultural sector through the private sector is already paying off with new private sector investments worth about Eight Billion U.S. Dollars now committed to agriculture.

Thanking members of the Eminent Persons Group for their support, he stated that their contributions will not only help to achieve food security for the nation, but also help to create more new jobs to take millions of unemployed youth off the streets and into productive employment.

Nigerian youths have become the nation’s problem – Minister of Youth

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Bolaji Abdullahi, has declared that rather being an asset to the nation, the Nigerian youths have become a major source of problem because of the poor level of education given to them.

Speaking at the Emerging Leader’s Forum on the final day of the 18th Nigerian Economic Summit in Abuja, Mr Abdullahi explained that he use to belong to the school of thought that sees the youth as the nation’s asset but that has since changed due to the poor quality of education.

“For the Nigerian youth to be relevant, they have to be educated, have the ability and understanding of issues, and be part of the political mainstream for them to have an impact in the nation’s drive for a new society” he stated.