Angry youths in Lafiagi community in Patigi Local Government Area of Kwara State have burnt down a house belonging to one of the senators from the state.
The residence, said to be owned by Senator Shaba Lafiagi who represents Kwara North, was reportedly set ablaze on Friday night over what the youths called bad representation and lack of benefits of dividends of democracy.
The youths claimed they had earlier warned the senator in a letter written to him not to come home for Saturday’s local government elections.
Senator Lafiagi was said to have arrived in the community around 8:00 pm on Friday and was accompanied by two trucks loaded with security personnel.
However, the unruly behaviour of the youths to deny the lawmaker entrance into the community resulted in a shooting, leading to the death of two of them while several were injured.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Ajayi Okasanmi, also confirmed the incident during an interview with Channels Television.
Mr Okasanmi blaming blamed it on the skirmish between the senator’s supporters and that of the opposition which he said led to the burning.
He, however, said police are yet to confirm the death of anyone during the crisis and promised that the crisis would be curtailed as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, a source also told Channels Television that another cause of the incident was the alleged imposition of candidate for the chairmanship election which he said did not go down well with the youths.
The community, according to him, is very tense as people have stayed indoors and might not likely partake in the local government polls for fear of being arrested.
Panelists at the grand finale of the Global Entrepreneurship week, have advised youths to be creative, innovative, and purpose-driven in order to be self-reliant.
This formed the core of the event which took place in Osogbo, the Osun state capital.
According to the panelists, there is a need for youths to be goal oriented, sharpen their skills and be empowered to harness ready potentials in Osun state to turn it into wealth.
The Global Entrepreneurship Week is a celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth, and expand human welfare.
A member of the state House of Assembly, Mr Babatunde Olatunji who was on the panel, urged the Youths to be purpose driven.
“The government has done quite a lot but a whole lot also needs to be done to ensure that some of these programmes impact more than they have been doing. Government is a continuum, the role of government is to continue to be an enabler, but it will also be the responsibility of every individual to see the opportunity therein in Osun and get things done,” he said.
Also, the Chief Executive Officer of RAVE FM, Mr Femi Adefila, explained that youths need to see the viability in investing in Osun state.
“Entrepreneurship is what we must all cultivate, unfortunately, the curriculum of our educational system was not tailored to make us self-dependent and reliant, we were all trained in the Universities to be job seekers.
“It is high time that we changed that narrative that we train our students that when they step out of the four walls of the University that there is no job waiting for them out them, education is meant to get you ready for the challenges waiting for you out there,” he said.
Leveraging Nigeria’s massive youth population through enterprise development in innovation and technology took centre stage on Tuesday at the Global Entrepreneurship Week.
The Lagos Business School Enterprise Development Centre assembled a crop of Nigerian entrepreneurs to discuss the global trend of youth entrepreneurship with emphasis on Nigerian youths.
At the event, the Chairman of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria and Channels Media Group, Mr John Momoh, who was the Keynote Speaker, called on youths to be purpose-driven.
He said, “The youths must have a right attitude. The attitude should be one of goal orientation. The youth should be purposeful and not be carried away the enticements of the moment. Any eye on the future helps the drive for more work, hunger which can be rewarding at most times.”
The Global Entrepreneurship Week is a decade old tradition across about 180 countries. This year the event focuses on a disruptive innovation for technology in national development, and the Lagos event attracted over 500 youth corps members.
Also at the event, the Chief Executive Officer of Nehemiah Company Ltd, Mr Adeniyi Aromolaran, praised the National Youth Service Corps scheme for preparing the youth for life’s challenges.
“The NYSC is a national orientation programme, orientation for national mentality thinking. That is the first thing the NYSC should do. It should give us a nationalistic thinking,” he said.
On his part, the CEO of Wilsons Juice Company, Mr Seyi Abolaji, cautioned the youth against becoming entrepreneurs for the sake of it. He said, “Not everybody should be an entrepreneur, not everybody should own their own business. Some people need levels of comfort, moving forward. I personally don’t need comfort right now.”
The Coordinator of FATE Foundation, Mrs Adenike Adeyemi, urged youths to think of positive ways of translating their vibrant ideas into sustainable and viable businesses.
As part of the event, some of the corps members participated in a pitching programme after which three of them emerged winners for best business ideas. They walked away with cash prizes ranging from N200,000 to N500,000.
The Federal Government has explained the rationale behind its decision to engage 10,000 youths to monitor pipelines across the country.
The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr Usani Uguri, during an appearance on Channels Television’s Question Time which aired on Thursday, highlighted the impact of the government’s decision on the communities in the region.
He said, “The government has decided to engage the youths of the region together. I think the basic pre-condition is to have youths from the region.
“I do not think anybody has the right of franchise as it were to suggest that this is the body that nominates the youths to be engaged.
“There will be a set criteria, of course, that will be used to engage the youths. And one thing we want to do is to be sure that the communities that are worst affected or most affected in terms of having the economic infrastructure in the locations that desire to be engaged.”
The Minister further said the controversial battle of supremacy between the Pan Niger Delta Elders Forum (PANDEF) and the Host Communities of Nigeria (HOSTCOM) in guarding pipes should not even have arisen.
“Whether one belongs to PANDEF or you are a host community all mean the same thing because PANDEF is said to be a pan-regional organization that speaks as a voice for the people.
“There are several other groups, the HOSTCOM is a voice that speaks for the communities that host these oil installations and so on and so forth. So it is not particularly controversial as to which one takes precedence over the other, it only depends on the issues of engagement,” he added.
Mr. Uguru described as ‘faulty’ the allegation that the Federal Government was indecisive in averting a crisis regarding the selection process while stressing that some procedures were already in place.
He added, “It is faulty to think that the Federal Government is indecisive. The FG has laid out criteria by which this selection will be made or the choices will be made. And so it is not that the government is indecisive.
“Instead, it is the fact that everything in this sector as a policy, how to take gradual procession. And so it is step by step procedure so that we don’t get back again and have the controversies that are already besetting some other programmes in the past looking as is the government is unserious.”
Ahead of the political party activities set to commence in some states across the country, the National Orientation Agency (NOA), has advised youths in the country should embrace peace and shun all activities that could cause chaos in the country.
Director-Generalneral of the agency, Garba Abari said this in Owerri, the Imo state capital during a youth workshop organised by the NOA.
Youths from different groups in Imo State were present at the event which according to the Imo State Director of the NOA is aimed at providing a platform for discussion with youths in the state on the importance to collaborate with the government to achieve peace and political stability.
Abari said it is necessary to call for peace and cooperation concerning the forthcoming elections in states like Anambra, Osun and Ekiti of which the youths are major stakeholders.
He also urged all political parties to ensure that campaigns remain peaceful and non-violent
The representative of the state government at the event, Special Assistant to the Governor on Youth, Kenneth Emelu, said NOA should improve the sensitization programmes and carry youths along in decision making.
A former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, has challenged the youths to brace up for the challenges posed by science and technology in the 21st century by embracing Robotics education in order to be employable in the world labour market.
He made the call in Abeokuta the Ogun state capital at the opening ceremony of a two-day Robotics Education training for students and teachers from selected schools from five states of the federation.
The two-day Robotics Education training was organized by the office of the United States Consulate General office to boost technology education among participants by engaging them in hands to robotics activities and stimulate their interest in mathematics and science.
”The point really is this, the future is here, no matter where we are in the process of moving ahead with the future and we better start moving with the future so that what would be the cutting edge of science, technology, engineering in the near future, we are part and parcel of it.”
”Even though, we are still far behind in what we should be doing and where we should be in general education.”
So, robot or robotic training; designing; learning how to build; learning out to use; learning how to manipulate or learning how to really move along with these wonderful things in our hands, so that we are not left too far behind.
”Let me also comments on what has been the fear of some people, here we are with the problem of unemployment and people will say we need to create massive employment opportunities for our people, if we start introducing robots, then you will deny people employment opportunities, it will not be so”.
”Because what will happen normally is that we will have other jobs that will emanate from robotics that will be available to compensate for what robotics will take over. We have seen that throughout history.”
”The synergy came, and people thought that there will be no way for road; road came and the same engine was still working; railway came, the roads were still growing and people thought when aeroplane came, there will be no use for railway and cars but today, roads are being built and we are not able to build enough to provide for cars and yet airports are being built, enlarged and even train, railways are being built.”
”So, if we actually plan well, robots will have their place and other jobs will be created for our teeming population not only in Nigeria, not only in Africa but all over the world,” the former president concluded.
The United States Consul General, John Bray says this is in a way to help Nigeria develop its human capital for global competitiveness
”Today nearly 200 students and their teachers are here to learn, innovate, think and have fun. I can feel how excited you are to get back to your Robots”he said
”Children who receive Robotic education training will be better prepared to solve real-life problems with more creativity, critical thinking and effectiveness, these are the tools that they will need to compete effectively in the global economy”
Some of the participants shared their experiences in the two day workshop
”In the last two days we have been exposed to Robotic training a field that is generally new to us, we have been thought how to create and manipulate robots,in fact its been educative and fun .”
Over 300 participants drawn from 32 schools and five states of the federation with little or no experience in Robotics education were captured in the two-day workshop.
Cross River State Police Command has decried the high rate of proliferation of arms and light weapons among youths in the state.
As a result, the Command called on parents to be vigilant about the activities of their wards both within and outside their immediate environment.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Hafiz Inuwa, said ensuring security was a collective responsibility, stressing that parents have a major role to play.
He was speaking at the State CID in Calabar, the state capital while parading 17 young men with different kinds of arms and ammunition.
Mr Inuwa reiterated the Command’s resolve to arrest and prosecute lawbreakers in the state and called for the cooperation of the public, especially parents on guarding their wards towards the right paths.
The suspects were arrested by the police for various offences such as the armed robbery at the University of Calabar Staff quarters and different locations in the state, attempted kidnapping, unlawful possession of firearms and cultism among others.
Other items recovered from them include plasma televisions, gadgets, locally made pistols and army jungle caps among other items.
Hundreds of youths on Monday held a peaceful rally in support of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in Kaduna State.
The youths, drawn from various states in the Northern region, asked the President to ignore the call for his resignation.
The spokesman for the group, Ibrahim Garkuwa, said they are happy with the manner which President Buhari’s administration has governed the country in the last two years.
A member of the group, Mohammed Sani, also noted that in spite of repeated attempts to portray the present administration as not performing, the President has achieved far better than his predecessors.
The group insisted that President Buhari has fulfilled his campaign promises to Nigerians, especially in areas of anti-corruption fight and security despite the challenges he met on ground.
They described those calling for his resignation as enemies of the country who are not happy with the successes recorded by his administration in ridding Nigeria of corruption.
The group maintained that the President has not violated the Constitution to warrant the call for his resignation after he had properly handed over to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo.
After taking the rally to the Government House in Kaduna, some government officials addressed the youths on behalf of the state governor, Nasir El-Rufai.
The rally comes more than 90 days after the President left the country for the United Kingdom where he is receiving medical attention.
His absence from office has, however, triggered the call for his resumption or resignation by a group of youths, as well as a counter protest by another group among several demonstrations across the country.
Nigerians, especially youths, have been asked to take advantage of the N300m grant which the Bank of Industry has promised to fund the business of arts and craft in the country.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who gave this challenge says the grant is capable of generating two hundred thousand jobs in the sector.
The bank of industry at the weekend signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Council for Arts and Culture, to support Nigerians who are in the arts and craft business to grow their businesses.
According to Mohammed, the MoU, can ensure the growth and development of the craft industries.
He said, “I am reliably informed that top on the list of benefits that will accrue from this landmark MoU is that it will create about 200,000 jobs. This is indeed epochal and is in line with one of the cardinal programmes of this administration, which is job creation and empowerment.
“The MoU will also act as a catalyst for the development of the country’s craft industries, create a finance window and make available loanable funds to be accessed by all in the arts and craft industry, as well as assist in capacity building for this people.
“In a nutshell, the MoU will enable producers of cultural products and services to work towards the attainment of global practices in the packaging of our cultural products to enable them compete favourably in the global markets and earn our artists a decent living.”
Youths in Eleme Local Government Area (LGA) of Rivers State have protested the alleged negligence of Indorama Petrochemicals to address the payment of dividends accruable to them.
The protesters, drawn from the six communities of the LGA, on Monday stormed the major streets in the state to press home their demands.
The leader of the protest, Benjamin Ngokanya, alleged that a company, Elano Investments Limited, which was appointed to access the shares on behalf of the host communities, had confiscated the returns.
The youths accused the company and Indorama Petrochemicals of working together to deprive the communities of their benefits.
However, both companies denied the allegations.
The Head of Corporate Communications at Indorama Petrochemicals, Jossy Nkwocha, briefed Channels Television crew on their own side of the story.
The matter seemed to have become more controversial, as another set of youth leaders were apparently in support of Elano Investments.
However, various stakeholders have called for a quick resolution of the issues to avert possible violent clash.