Youth Empowerment Crucial To National Development – Abdulfatah Ahmed

Abdulfatah-Ahmed, National Discovery, Governor Ahmed, RescessionThe Kwara state government has called on youths to take advantage of all available windows for self-sustainability to empower themselves instead of engaging in endless search for white collar jobs.

Speaking through his Senior Special Assistant on Youth Empowerment, Alhaji Saka Babatunde, at a one-day sensitization workshop on empowerment held in Ilorin, the State Governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed said: “his government believes that when youths are idle, they become susceptible to perpetuate crime and commit all sorts of atrocities”.

This, according to the governor, compelled the state government to intensify and widen the scope of its training programmes for its youths.

“Our intention is to empower youths to be self-reliant and enterprising”, the governor added.

He further explained that apart from several other programmes initiated for the youths, the Malete Youths Integrated Farm since its inception, had trained over 500 students who had in turn, contributed to manpower development in the state.

“We have acquired hectares of land for youths farming and also set aside substantial revolving loan scheme for the youths to access for various kind of farming ranging from poultry, fishing, animal husbandry among others”.

He also disclosed that the present administration had established the International Training and Entrepreneurship College (ITEC), Ajase-Ipo, to provide vocational training for the teeming youths, adding that “the state government just appointed a rector and other management staff of the institution to pave way for the commencement of academic activities in the college in the next few weeks”.

Rate Of Unemployment

Babatunde, who noted that there had been increase in the rate of unemployment across the federation, said youths should develop themselves in entrepreneurial skills that would make them employers of labour.

He opined that if youths can properly utilize all the avenues and opportunities open to them, achieving the united nation’s 2030 agenda for sustainable development would become achievable.

The governor also called on other youths who were still perpetuating crimes to desist from such and take advantage of the several training programmes and empowerment initiatives of his administration to be self-reliant.

Babatunde therefore, urged the general public not to shield criminally-minded youths who were fond of disrupting peaceful co-existence of Kwarans, saying that the government would not tolerate such and would decisively deal with such individuals.

He said the programme which was organized by the Kwara state government in collaboration with the Tony Elemelu Foundation, was aimed at empowering youths in terms of resources which he identified as the major problem in starting business.

Furthermore, he stressed the need for Nigerian higher institutions to tailor their curriculums in line with present reality.

The State Coordinator of Kwara Agro Mall and representative of Tony Elumelu Foundation, Mr Temitope Amoju, said one of the objectives of the programme was to sensitise youths on how to create their own businesses.

He advised the youth to stop blaming the present situation of the country on mismanagement of some past leaders, but rather make the best use of the present situation to empower themselves and boost the economy.

Sultan Tasks State Governors To Prioritise Youth Empowerment

 Sultan of Sokoto, Sa'ad Abubakar, Youth, KogiThe Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has tasked the Nigerian state governors to give priority to job creation and youth empowerment.

The Sultan, who is the President of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, proposed that the recommendation would end the menace of restiveness and violent crime bedeviling Nigeria.

He noted that if youths were fully engaged in meaningful ventures, they would not avail themselves as tools for perpetrating violence and other heinous crimes in the society.

The monarch made the recommendation in Lokoja during the inauguration of the Kogi State Revenue House which was built by the Governor Yahaya Bello led administration.

He commended Governor Bello for striving hard in bringing development to the people in the face of the economic recession and dwindling resources.

The Sultan urged the people of Kogi State to support the governor in the development of the state.

“Today we’ve gathered to (witness) this very important occasion after praying at the mosque this afternoon.

“We are here to commission the building which of course, you all know the importance of money.

“Nothing works without money; money is needed in everything to achieve a goal.

“We are therefore grateful to God for us to be part of history to commission this project,” he said.

Lack Of Vision

In his address, the Executive Chairman of the revenue board, Mr Yakubu Oseni, said that what existed as a revenue house before the building was erected was nothing to write home about.

“In retrospect, we may recall that at his inauguration ceremony, his excellency (Governor Bello) declared unreservedly that he will take this state to an enviable height.

“True to this declaration, we have gathered here to witness the commissioning of the revenue house.

“There is no better way to walk the walk than for us to witness the commissioning of this revenue house today.

“Your royal majesties, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, let me emphasise for better understanding that what existed as revenue house before we came on board left a lot to be desired, it was in a state of comatose.

“This was largely due to lack of vision and mission, accountability, transparency and sound leadership,” he said.

The event was witnessed by top government functionaries, royal fathers, religious leaders and indigenes from the 21 local government areas of the state among others.

The ceremony also marked the first year of Governor Bello’s administration as the fourth Executive Governor of Kogi State.

Governor Emmanuel Asks Youths To Embrace Development

udom-emmanuelYouths in Akwa Ibom State have been asked to to key into the development efforts of the state government in order to secure a better future for the state that all would be proud of.

Governor Udom Emmanuel made the appeal in Uyo during a carnival organised by the youths to celebrate the end of year 2016 and the beginning of 2017.

Governor Emmanuel said he was on a mission as governor to lay a solid foundation for the youths and enjoined them to eschew any form of division amongst them and join hands with his government to move the state forward.

“I came here today to renew my pledge to you during the one million- man match. I’m here for the youths. We will do everything for the youths. The future of Akwa Ibom is for the youths. Once we can have a solid foundation for the youths, we have secured the future of Nigeria. I appeal to you to embrace the development that is coming into the state. If we remain backward, we will regret in the future,” he stressed.

The governor further advised them to take advantage of the ongoing recruitment exercise into any of the nation’s security establishments including the Navy, Army, Air Force and Police among others, noting that their enrolment in the security services would be beneficial to the state, as it would afford sons and daughters of the state the opportunity of producing service chiefs in the future.

“Endeavour to apply to the forces that are coming to the state, because it is through this that we will have Chief of Naval Staff, Chief of Army Staff and Inspector General of Police.

“If you don’t want to leave Akwa Ibom State, I will do everything possible for you to be posted to the state.

“If you have any issue, contact the Special Assistant to the Governor on Youths Matters, Comrade Iwa Udofia, and I will do everything possible to have the issue solved,” he assured them

The State Executive Officer expressed confidence in Comrade Iwa Udofia’s leadership of the youths in the state, and directed all youth bodies in the state to work under him.

“Let us remain together as youths. Let there not be any division among us. Party youths are there to maintain the structure of the party. There is only one youth organisation in the state,” he added.

North-West Governors Meet To Discuss Economy, Security

North-West Governors Meet To Discuss Economy, SecurityGovernors from the north-west zone of Nigeria have met in Kaduna to discuss issues affecting the region and the country in general.

The meeting was held behind closed door at the Kaduna State Government House and had in attendance the governors of Kebbi, Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto as well as the deputy governors of Kaduna and Kano states.

Briefing journalists at the end of the meeting, Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina state who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, said that the meeting focused on how to revive agriculture as a way of boosting the revenue profile of the states especially during this present economic recession.

“We discussed the issue of taking advantage of the policies of the federal government in the area of agriculture in particular and the states are mobilised towards taking full advantage of the programmes by the federal government,” he said.

He further explained that the governors appraised the ongoing war against cattle rustlers and armed bandits in the region.

“I think cattle rustling has been really reduced to the barest minimum now and we are working together with law enforcement agencies to ensure that the issue of cattle rustling is addressed once and for all,” he promised.

Besides the plans to enhance the security in the region, the governors have also came up with a plan on youth empowerment and job creation that will be implemented by various states.

This, according to him, is to encourage the youths to go back to agriculture which the north is known for.

Osun Speaker Lauds Ooni’s Efforts At Yoruba Unity, Youth Empowerment

Osun Speaker Lauds Ooni's Efforts At Yoruba Unity, Youth EmpowermentSpeaker of the Osun State House of Assembly, Najeem Salaam, has lauded the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi (Ojaja II) for picking the gauntlet against divisive tendencies among the Yoruba traditional rulers in the last one year of his ascension to the throne.

Speaking to newsmen in his office at the House of Assembly complex in Osogbo, the state capital, Speaker Salaam asserted that Ooni Ogunwusi has shown the world that the Yoruba nation is endowed with rich culture, value and moral fibers coupled with wise rulers, with the way the King has conducted himself.

Speaker Salaam stressed that the state parliament under his watch was proud of the Arole Oodua and his relation with other traditional rulers in the state and across the country.

“We, at the State of Osun House of Assembly are proud of Ooni Ogunwusi and his royal candor in relating with other traditional rulers in the state and across the country.

“We cannot but agree more to his world view on unity and the leaders across board for the good of the nation”, Salaam reiterated.

“I congratulate the great monarch as he clocks a year on the revered stool and pray that Ooni Ogunwusi would live long in good health to attract prosperity.

“He has been of great encouragement to youths in Ile-Ife and beyond, particularly in his drive towards reducing unemployment ‎among the youths,

“He has shown that the youths can still go back to the farm and make their life worthwhile. In many ways he has rehabilitated many youths who have gone astray and has given them a new approach to life.

“What more can the people of Ile-Ife ask for? What more can Osun state ask for and what more can the Yoruba race ask for?

“Here is a king who understands what it means to unite the Yoruba race. We are so proud of his reign and we believe God will always be with our king.”

Ooni of Ife Urges Traditional Leaders To Support Youth Empowerment

Ooni of Ife, youth empowermentThe Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has challenged ‎other monarchs across the globe to be dedicated towards youth empowerment in their various communities, so as to reduce the rate of unemployment in the country.

Oba Ogunwusi said this at the signing of a one billion Naira Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), between the ‎House of Oduduwa and the Bank of Industry, (BoI), which would provide loan facilities to both women and youths in Ile-Ife. Osun state.
Prominent among the features of the MoU is the provision of one billion Naira loan at an interest rate of 7.5 % to the beneficiaries.

Oba Ogunwusi signed for the House of Oduduwa, while the Acting Managing Director of ‎BoI, Mr Waheed Olagunju, represented the financial institution.

The monarch emphasized the need to get youths empowered, saying that it was necessary for the nation’s continuous growth.

According to him, “I challenge monarchs across the country to be dedicated to developing youths in their communities.”

He said, “I won’t mind going hungry to empower the youths. If the youths of today are empowered, many generations will benefit from them and poverty will be abolished.

“Today’s event is another giant step in the history of Ile-Ife. We are moulding the future of our youths in the areas of agriculture and agro-allied industry.

Therefore, “I put a challenge to other monarch’s to engage in community partnership. We should stop relying on government. There are so many initiatives that community leaders can tap into.

ooni-of-ife-mou“Community leaders should go into partnership with multinational companies and financial institutions to benefit these people.

“This one billion Naira funding will obviously help the youth of the entire House of Oduduwa and beyond. This is a very good template that should be emulated by others. As monarchs, we should think of what we can do for our people and support government in its empowerment moves.

“Government at all levels should set up a body that will particularly focus on local contents initiative. The body should also be responsible for quality assurance and‎ control. With this, over 60% contracts will have local input.”

On his part, Waheed Olagunju explained that the initiative was aimed at reducing youth unemployment in communities.

According to him, a substantial part of the loan would be disbursed to women and businesses that show high sustainability, agriculture, solid minerals and services, especially those who deal in Made in Nigeria Goods.

He said, “We have been partnering with multinational and corporate companies, but today we are collaborating with traditional rulers. These are people who have access to the grassroots.

He stressed that partnering with them is a way of ‎democratizing entrepreneurship.

“We identify areas in which communities have comparative advantages and invest in them.

Explaining further he said: “The beneficiaries will be selected using the world best practices. For this edition, about 15 to 20% of them will be those who deal in local products. ‎We are working with the entrepreneurship centre of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.

“Applications are expected to be submitted and a joint committee of BoI team, the Oduduwa House and OAU team would assess it.

“They are to be monitored by members of the committee and elders, especially the traditional rulers. We estimate that about 5,000 youths will benefit from this,” he said.

Also speaking, the Chief Executive Officer of Hephzibah Network, Olamide Awosunle‎, estimated that with the loan, Ile-Ife would begin to supply food to South-West states.

“This is to complement the Agro-prenuership Summit and it will help to grow Ile-Ife and south Western Nigeria.

“In a short time, Ile-Ife will be ‎feeding the whole nation and South West states especially will depend on Ile-Ife to get food,” ‎Mr Awosunle stated.

#NigeriaAt56: Ganduje Promises Kano Residents More Development

kano, Ganduje, Youth empowerment,In Kano state, North West Nigeria, hundreds of residents turned out to celebrate Nigeria’s Independent Day anniversary held at Sani Abacha Stadium in Kofar Mata.

Channels TV correspondent reports that the celebration was conducted in a colorful manner as the State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, promised to continue to execute development projects for the people of the state.

Security agencies, students, workers and labour unions as well as paramilitary agencies across the state had a match past to add variety the celebrations.

Governor Abdullahi who reviewed the match past, said that government was fully aware of the hardship citizens were facing, owing to the economic recession and that they would continue to work hard in solving the problems of the people.

Governor Ganduje said that so far his government, in collaboration with all security agencies has succeeded in curtailing the activities of cattle rustlers, and that kidnapping had also reduced to the barest minimum.

He assured residents that he would complete all the ongoing projects before the end of his tenure and urged them to continue to pray for the continued existence of the country.

FG Launches Digital Training For Nigerian Youths

Yemi Osinbajo, Google Training for Nigerian YouthsVice President Yemi Osinbajo has expressed optimism that Nigeria can overtake India in the market for technology and innovation talent.

The Nigerian Vice President made the statement on Tuesday during a flag-off ceremony of Google digital training for youth empowerment in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

Empowering Nigerian Youths

He said the administration would continue to explore creative ways at empowering Nigerian youths.

“This would mean that we would be building more local capacity to build, assemble hardware and to write innovative programmes.

“We will also be focusing on technology for media and entertainment,” he said.

While the empowerment initiative launched is targeting 400,000 Nigerian youths at a start, Professor Osinbajo said the government was determined to give every opportunity to younger generation to ensure they excel with the use of modern technology.

He hinted that a special initiative on innovative technology and start-ups, as well as presentation of prospective participants had already been done in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt.

To achieve this, the Vice President stated that there were many opportunities, as practically anything could be learned online today.

He added that there were also important opportunities for those in the performing and film arts, which go beyond actual performing to effective management of their talents, programmes and projects.

On her part, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefilure, said that the programme was part of the government’s Sustainable Development Goals’ commitment.

She explained that it would be replicated in every state to lift Nigerian youths from poverty.

Other top government officials at the event – the Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu, Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung and Minister of Labour,  Chris Ngige – harped on the importance of the training to youth development.

They promised to key into the move for positive development of the youths.

The theme of the event was “Diversifying the Nigerian Economy: Enabling Youth through Digital Skills Training”.

Kano Govt. To Invest Two Billion Naira In Youth Empowerment

kano, Ganduje, Youth empowerment, The Kano State Government plans to invest two billion Naira in the establishment of youth empowerment centers across the 44 local government areas of the state.

During the 2016 International Youth Day celebrations in the state on Friday, Governor Umar Ganduje said eradicating poverty and job creation were among the priority areas of his administration.

The celebration was geared towards identifying relevant challenges of unemployment and poverty among the youth, with the theme: ‘Road to 2030: eradicating poverty and achieving sustainable production and consumption”.

Hundreds of youths drawn from the 44 Local Government areas of the northwest Nigerian state, stormed the Sani Abacha Stadium to conduct a march past in celebration of the day.

Empowerment Through Entrepreneurship

Governor Ganduje while addressing the youths, said that his government had planned various entrepreneurship development programs that would train and empower youths to reduce idleness.

Governor Ganduje, who was particularly concerned about the future of Nigerian Youths, said very soon his government would embark on a massive establishment of youth training centers across the state, of which the main focus would be to train youths via various skills acquisition programmes.

Kano State Commissioner of Information, Youth and Sports, Muhammad Garba, asked youths in the state to remain patient with the Government while the administration tries to solve the poverty and unemployment problems facing youths in Kano.

Mr Garba also said that his ministry would soon embark on some recruitment exercises via various entrepreneurship platforms.

The National Youth Council of Nigeria passed a vote of confidence on the Governor and declared Mr Ganduje ‘The Grand Commander Of Youth Empowerment And Economic Development’.

There was also a presentation of certificates which was one of the highlights of the day.


Eid-el-Fitr: Governor Bello Challenges Muslims On Global Peace

Eid-el-Fitr, Muslims, Yahaya Bello, Kogi State, Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has asked Muslims around the world to restore the global peace that has been challenged by wars and economic instability.

Governor Bello stated this after observing his prayer on Wednesday in commemoration of the Eid-el-Fitr in Okene, Kogi State.

He also urged the civil servants in the state to be law abiding, saying government was doing its best to provide them the dividends of democracy.

The Governor added that his administration was on track to re-position Kogi State through quality education, efficient healthcare delivery and youth empowerment.

He also assured the people of the state in north-central Nigeria of better days ahead.

The people of Okene could not hide their joy as it was the first time a sitting governor will travel down to the town to observe prayers during festivity.

Youth Empowerment: Kogi Government Sponsors Over 1000 Youths

Vocational trainingThe Kogi State government has trained 1,097 youths in different vocations from across the 21 local government areas of the state under its Youth Advancement Programme For Kogi (Yad4Kogi), bringing the total number of participants to 7,731 from the inception of the scheme in 2012 to date.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Youths Advancement and Women Development, Dr Mrs Temitope Sinkaye made this known on Tuesday at the closing ceremony of the eight batch of the programme, after the successful completion of a two-week training, which held at the NYSC Camp, Asayan, In Kabba.

The programme aimed at equipping the youth for economic development and also rebuilding in them self esteem, dignity of labour, discipline as well as ethnic and cultural values.

In her opening speech, Sinkaye disclosed that there were new developments on the scheme, including skills acquisition programme where participants were taken through vocations such as shoe cobbling, beads and earring production, handbags and hat production among others.

The State Governor, Captain Idris Wada, in his message delivered by the Commissioner for Environment, Mr Tayo Aremu, restated his commitment to taking the youths of the state away from destructive activities and make them useful to themselves and the society.

Representative of participants under each vocation came out one after the other to showcase their skills on item displayed, and at the end, work tools were presented to the representative of the youths.

Prizes were also presented to some participants for there outstanding performance during the training.

NIGER DELTA: Communities Celebrate 9 Years Of Capacity Building

Some communities in the Niger Delta are celebrating 9 years of consistent development and capacity building by Chevron Nigeria Limited, through their Global Memorandum Of Understanding, GMOU.

The GMOU which was signed with 8 communities in 2005 has seen almost a decade of empowerment of member communities in 5 states funded by Chevron.

The community leaders say over 600,000 people in about 400 communities have benefited from the initiative under which over 91 million dollars has been expended.