A Non-Governmental Organisation, Mind to Mind Initiative has pledged to pay tuition fees of 500 students in some Lagos tertiary institutions to mark the 2019 International Youth Day themed “Transforming Education”.
The coordinator of the NGO, Mrs Chinasa Amaechi made the disclosure while addressing newsmen at the United Nation Information Centre (UNIC) office on Wednesday in Lagos.
Amaechi said paying school fees of youths who could not afford it was part of transforming education and borne out of determination and commitment to develop the youths.
“When countries invest in the education, health and empowerment of their young people, opportunities are created for them to realise their dreams as future of tomorrow.
“I urge other stakeholders to take up this challenge so as to help some of our youths back to school.
In his remarks, the Director of United Nations in Lagos, Mr Ronald Kayanja said education should be free to all, acceptable, relevant, good quality and accountable.
“Every child has the right to education as this can make them active agents of change,” he said.
Kayanja said that young people should be allowed to participate in developing ideas and work to see the youths as an opportunity for Nigeria.
“It is time when the world, governments, development actors and communities celebrate young people as a force for positive social change.
Kayanja urged youths to channel their energy towards positive things rather than constituting nuisance to the society.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the NGO was set up with a primary purpose of changing and empowering the lives of young people.
LASU VC wants Nigerians music examined, as musicologists, others seek documentation
Some musicologists and other scholars on Thursday called for a technology that would document the authorship and ownership of Nigeria musicals and ensure their survival.
They spoke at the ongoing 17th Annual National Conference of the Association of Nigerian Musicologists (ANIM) in Lagos.
The conference was organised by ANIM in collaboration with Lagos State University’s Department of Theatre Arts and Music.
The four-day conference which began on Aug. 19 had the theme: “Documentation and Archiving of Musical Practices in Nigeria”.
Prof. Abisogun Leigh, a former Vice-Chancellor of the university and Chairman of the occasion, said that many musicians would be robbed off their entitlement if their works would not be properly documented.
Leigh said that musicians, especially young ones, must be trained to use technology to document the authorship and ownership of music to ensure its survival.
“I challenge you to come out with an implementable recommendation, so that we can have an archived system for the beautiful music generated daily,” he said.
According to him, this is key because music is important to man.
Earlier, the President of ANIM, Prof. Isaac Idamoyibo, said that the theme of the conference was germane, as the importance of the documentation of music could not be over-emphasised.
“Music is the first profession at creation and the only profession that will continue after existence because the Bible recorded that angels were praising God at creation, and the only thing we will all do after existence is praising God,” he said.
Idamoyibo urged government to always make its presence and support felt at national conferences across disciplines.
He lauded Leigh for establishing the department of music in Lagos State University (LASU) during his tenure and praised the current administration of Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun for support.
In his remarks, the LASU Vice -Chancellor, Fagbohun, said that the university was proud of the association and believed that it was the active participation of members of the association from the institution that gave it the hosting right.
Fagbohun, represented by Prof. Joseph Olagunju, Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies, LASU, said that music cut across all aspects of life – from birth to death.
“We have music played when a child is born, we play music in the church, mosque and even in our local tradition to celebrate different activities,” he said.
He, however, said that there was the need to examine the kind of music pervading the society.
According to him, some are worrisome.
“I wish you all a happy session. I apologise for any inconveniences you may experience on our campus; it is due to the ongoing warning strike embarked upon by non-academics,” he said.
Dr Isaac Yekini -Ajenifuja, Secretary, Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the conference, said that the theme was selected to enable music practitioners and professionals brainstorm on how to chart a path course for music documentation.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the association presented the Ambassadors of Music Award to Leigh, Prof. C. Osun, Sir Emeka Nwokedi, Dr Richard Smith, Dr Adedeji Adeleke and Mr Akinloye Tofowomo for their contributions to the development of music in Nigeria.
NYSC swears in 1,243 corps members in Niger
Mrs Fumilayo Ajayi, NYSC Coordinator in Niger, said that a total of 1,243 corps members have been registered for the orientation course.
She said 464 of the corps members were females and 779 were males.
Ajayi said the corps members had so far exhibited exemplary behavior and adapted to the regimented orientation course designed to stimulate their minds.
She urged the corps members to pay attention to the skills acquisition programmes, adding that the programmes were designed to impact knowledge and encourage them to be self-sufficient.
Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger, advised the corps members to demonstrate high sense of responsibility and pay attention to entrepreneurship programmes to become conversant with the skills.
“Be serious in learning these skills because there is no automatic job waiting for you after your service year,” he said.
Bello, who was represented by Alhaji Shuaibu Adamu, Acting Head of Service, said that government was committed to upgrading facilities in the camp to make corps members comfortable.
Bello assured the corps members to go about their lawful activities without fear, saying that adequate security measures had been put in place for their safety.
“I want to assure you that you can sleep with your eyes closed as our security agencies have been up and doing and at 24 hours alert, therefore you are save in our state.”
Also, Alhaji Ahmed Matane, Chairman, NYSC Board in Niger, urged the corps members to engage themselves in acts that would promote unity and bring about economic growth and improve rural lives.
Matane, who was represented by Alhaji Musa Rogo, Permanent Secretary, Special Duties, enjoined them to live up to expectation and contribute their quota to the patriotic task of nation building.
NYSC wants employers pick up corps members as 2,016 register to serve in Lagos
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Lagos State, has appealed to employers of labour to pick up corps members from orientation camps to their places of primary assignments in line with the provisions of the NYSC Act.
The state Coordinator of NYSC, Mr Sunday Aroni, made the appeal at the swearing-in ceremony of the 2019 Batch ‘B’ Stream II corps members at the NYSC Temporary Orientation Camp, Iyana-Ipaja, Lagos.
He said that by law, employers of labour were expected to pick up corps members and take them to their establishments for service.
“We are just dusting the old books; the law has been there.
“Employers are expected to come to the camp, pick the corps members to their places of primary assignments because these corps members are strangers and they may miss their ways.
“The only thing you can do to welcome anybody to your establishment is to come here, pick him, take him to your establishment; then you have done well.
“It is not about the security challenges in the country; the law has been there; employers are expected to come and pick them and also drop them at the end of the service year,” he said.
He noted that the policy of the scheme required private employers to send requests for corps members to the NYSC, after which the NYSC would match available corps members to specific requests.
He, however, said that government establishments would not request for corps members because the Federal Government mandated NYSC to post corps members to government establishments.
“For private establishment, we send based on requests; NYSC does not post corps members to private establishments that have not requested for them,” he said.
Aroni said that 2,016 corps members – 916 males and 1,100 females – registered for orientation as at Wednesday (Aug. 21).
He said that during the orientation, the corps members would undergo various trainings designed to inculcate discipline in them.
He said that the corps members would be expected to use the platform to exhibit leadership qualities of courage, determination, diligence and integrity.
“On this note, I wish to re-present our appeal to His Excellency to graciously consider the commencement of construction of the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp at Agbowa, Ikorodu.
“An increase in the number of corps-producing institutions which translates to increase in the number mobilised and deployed to Lagos State makes this a necessity.
“We pray that this dream will be a reality in no distant future,” he said.
The state Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu urged the corps members to take the Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) training serious to become beneficiaries of start-up capital.
Sanwo-Olu was represented at the ceremony by Mrs Basirat Akinsanya, Director, Administration and Human Resources, Lagos State Ministry of Special Duties and Inter Governmental Relations.
According to him, the skills acquisition and entrepreneurship development initiative has been developed and added to the scheme to help corps members to acquire skills that would make them to be self-sufficient and accomplished entrepreneurs.
“I urge you to take the SAED training serious; through it, you could be beneficiaries of start-up capital from the Lagos State Empowerment Trust Fund which is in partnership with NYSC Lagos State.
“I implore you to participate actively in all camp activities and make good use of this orientation course to equip yourselves with the requisite attitude, knowledge and skills,” he said.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Chief Judge of Lagos, Justice Kazeem Alogba, administered the oath of allegiance on the corps members.
Alogba was represented by Justice Olubunmi Femi-Adeniyi.
Nacabs Poly, Akwanga commences HND programmes next session – Proprietor
Abuluya told the Nigeria News Agency , that the advanced programmes would enhance technical expertise toward promoting Nigeria’s overall development.
“We believe that the nation will benefit immensely if science and technical education is encouraged at all levels, considering their importance to societal development.
“We have acquired the necessary facilities to undertake the courses; we have modern laboratories and workshops for practicals. Quality will never be compromised,” he said.
Abuluya warned the students against corruption, cultism, examination malpractice and other negative tendencies that could undermine their academic pursuit, saying that anyone caught would be sanctioned.
Edited by Gregg Mmaduakolam and Ephraims Sheyin
Gov. Makinde promises huge investment in youth development
Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State on Thursday declared that his administration would invest hugely in youth development with a view to engage them positively.
The governor, who spoke during the swearing-in ceremony of 2019 Batch B (Stream 11) Corps members at the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) Permanent Orientation Camp, Iseyin, , also pledged to curb and reduce insecurity to the minimum.
“Our administration will do everything within its capacity to ensure a conducive and a secured environment for the corps members during and after the orientation.
“We are not unaware of security challenges being experienced in our country, to this effect, we shall put in place adequate security measures to check any breakdown of law and order,” the governor said.
Makinde, represented by Mr Oyadeyi Oludele, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Sport, further assured the corps members that their welfare would not be taken for granted.
He urged them to integrate with members of their host communities by learning, appreciating and respecting the norms and culture of the people.
Makinde advised the corps members “the Yorubas respect their culture a lot, you should therefore not go beyond the spaces provided for you in order not to contravene their belief.”
Earlier, the acting Chairman of the state’s NYSC governing board, Mrs Adegoke Oyebisi, urged corps members to be law abiding, assuring them of warm reception and hospitality of the good people of Oyo state, during their service year.
“I know you are all vibrant youths with intellectual abilities, I therefore enjoin you all to tap from the natural instinct of the people of Oyo State,” she said.
The state NYSC Coordinator, Mrs Eniola Ambekemo, said as at 12 midnight of Wednesday, a total of 1,595 prospective corps members, comprising 872 males and 723 females, were registered.
Ambekemo explained that the orientation course was targeted at instilling in the prospective corps members, leadership qualities, integrity and discipline.
She admonished them to interact amicably with one another, irrespective of their cultural differences.
The coordinator also urged them to embrace one another’s culture, especially the positive cultures of their host communities, to ensure national unity and integration, which is the core value of the NYSC.
“I implore you to embrace the Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development Programme, which is one of the course contents of the orientation for you to become self-reliant and employers of labour,” Ambekemo said.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that oath of allegiance was administered on the corps members by Justice Moshood Abass of the State High Court.