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Young agriculturist calls on govt to encourage youth in agric business



Mr Iorwase Asue, a young agriculturist, has called on government at all levels to encourage young people in the agriculture.

Asue made the call in an interview the Nigeria News Agency on Tuesday in Makurdi.

He urged the three tiers of government to fashion out quality modalities that would make agriculture attractive to the youths.

He said that agriculture was a lucrative venture but the youths failed to embrace it because it was made unattractive.

“If they make good policies geared towards transforming the agricultural sector, the youths will not be scrambling for white collar jobs that are not there.

“They will jettison the idea of I must work for government and strive to be self employed and become an employer instead of an employee.

“They should procure machines like power tillers, harvesters since the tractors are too expensive for the peasant farmers to buy.

“They have to make agriculture less tedious,’’ he said. (NAN)


Edited by Kabir Muhammad/Grace Yussuf


FG to empower 77,400 young farmers on agric business



The National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) says it plans to empower 77,400 young farmers to engage in agricultural business.

NALDA said the agricultural businesses would range  from crop farming to animal husbandry across  the country.

Its Executive Secretary, Mr Paul Ikonne,  said this at a news conference in Abuja on Monday.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that NALDA was established in 1992 but ceased to exist and function in 2000 before the President Muhammadu Buhari led-administration revived it.

Ikonne said: “We intend to have 77,400 young farmers injected into Nigerian farming business across the nation in different farming activities ranging from crop farming to animal husbandry.

“These young farmers will be drawn from the 774 Local Governments Areas of the country , with a pilot number of 100 per LGA.

“In this initiative, we will partner with governors for provision or donation of land and other stakeholders as this will create employment and food production will be increased,” he said.

According to him,  NALDA has also initiated ‘Back to Farm’ Programme to encourage everyone to go back to farm.

“This can be achieved by reaching out to the military and paramilitary organisations, National Assembly members, civil and public servants, journalists, corporate bodies, religious organisations and individuals.

“You will agree with me that all these organisations mentioned and some individuals have land that are not being put to use.

“We intend to encourage them to use these lands for farming even if it is for personal consumption,” Ikonne said.

He said that NALDA’s mandate was to make agriculture a business and a source of wealth creation for the country.

“We intend to achieve this by increasing palm oil and soya beans production for export, among others.

NALDA under my watch will identify and bridge lapses hindering the attainment of food sufficiency in the country,” he promised. (

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Edited By: Chioma Ugboma (NAN)



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Feature: Kenyan young learner stitching face masks to boost fight against COVID-19




Joseph Mwalo, a 13-year-old middle school pupil from Western Kenya has earned rock star status thanks to his prowess in sewing face masks that are on high demand as the fight against COVID-19 gains steam.

Since the government ordered the closure of schools to help contain the spread of the disease, Mwalo has kept himself busy with the stitching work to help fellow citizens access the vital protective gear.

Though Mwalo has never attended a fashion and design class, he has been copying the skills from his father Daniel Ondito and has since churned out hundreds of face coverings.

According to Mwalo, when the government announced that the virus had been detected in the country and that Kenyans should embrace health regulations, he approached his father and sold the idea of making face masks.

“I had brought my father an item he had sent me when a customer who wanted his clothes repaired arrived wearing the mask. I keenly looked at the mask and later I asked my father to allow me try to make similar one for myself,” Mwalo said.

It took him three days to come with the final product to the admiration of his father.

After I made the first mask, my father was excited and he asked to make more for the family,” said Mwalo.

At one time, two neighbors who were impressed by the boy’s tailoring skill placed orders for masks for their respective families.

He informed his father about the orders before his farther supported him to secure raw materials to make the masks. Unlike repairing or making new clothes, Mwalo says, stitching a mask is a laborious task.

“Materials are expensive and one has to employ enough skills to cut them into the sizes required because you do not take measurement of customers before you make the masks,” said Mwalo

He said that before sewing the masks, he washes his hands and disinfect the work station to ensure the product is not contaminated by the virus.

A few displays he had made attracted many customers to buy his products and this has improved his father’s income.

Mwalo’s lifelong dream is to become a civil engineer but his latest decision to venture into the art of sewing face masks was motivated by a desire to save his compatriots from a global pandemic.


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1 in 6 young workers lost job globally during pandemic – UN survey



A sixth of the world’s young labour force has stopped working since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a survey by the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

The Geneva-based UN body also found that the COVID-19 crisis is hurting young people’s chances of entering the labour market, as around 10 per cent of students expect that they will not be able to complete their current education.

Half said that their studies would be delayed.

“That leads us to be extremely concerned for the welfare of young people,” ILO director general Guy Ryder said in an online news conference.

He warned of a “lockdown generation” that could face lower wages and higher unemployment for years to come.

More than 11,000 respondents between the ages of 18 and 29 took part in the survey.

The ILO pointed out that global youth unemployment before the current crisis already stood at 13.6 per cent last year, above the level seen before the 2008 global financial crisis.

Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)

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Australia’s youngest COVID-19 victim dies aged 30




A 30-year-old man in the Australian State of Queensland has become the country’s youngest person to die from COVID-19, taking the national death toll to 103.

State authorities told reporters on Wednesday that the man, who is from the remote central Queensland region of Blackwater, passed away overnight, testing positive for the virus after his death.

They said that the man had a “complicated” medical history and despite showing symptoms for several weeks never went to a clinic to get tested.

The man’s partner was hospitalized in isolation after she too became ill with symptoms similar to COVID-19. However, initial tests on her returned negative for COVID-19.

Queensland State Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said how the man contracted COVID-19 remains a mystery since there were no other cases reported in the Blackwater area before. She urged anyone in the area with symptoms to get tested.

“We need to make sure that people with any flu-like symptoms are coming forward and getting tested,” Palaszczuk said.

“Blackwater has never had a case of COVID before. Contact tracing is extensively underway.”

As of Wednesday, Australia had recorded 7,133 cases of COVID-19 with 6,533 recovered.


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SAN tasks young lawyers on self-development



A Lagos-based Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Dr Babatunde Ajibade, on Friday advised young legal practitioners to engage in self-development which would enhance their practice as lawyers in an ever-changing society.

Ajibade gave the advice while speaking at a zoom webinar seminar organised by the Young Lawyers Forum (YLF) of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).

It is themed: “The Survival of Young Lawyers in a Highly Competitive Legal Market Amidst Crave for Self- Development.’’

He said that if young lawyers took out time to develop themselves in legal practice, they would stand out and be distinct in the current highly competitive legal market.

Ajibade noted that even as young lawyers of the Bar, there was much more they could do to enhance their practice, especially by being open to learning new skills of practice from senior colleagues.

“Being disposed to learning and having an enduring desire for self-development, is a major factor and drive to a successful life as a legal practitioner.

“As young lawyers, it is important to have set goals and more importantly, to work toward a realisation of these goals,” he said.

He said that this formed the basis for a successful career as a legal practitioner in Nigeria.

Ajibade urged participants at the webinar to take their personal development seriously and remain passionate about law practice.

He added that it would pave the way for them to be marketable to prospective employers.

The legal practitioner advised all participants to take courses online to broaden their horizon.

Ajibade also suggested that the young lawyers should get professional certification from reputable institutes to proceed for post graduate studies and mastering specific areas of law where they could develop expertise.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)


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Davido’s dedication inspires young talents, says budding artiste



A budding  artiste, Marcel Obute, has described music star, David Adeleke (a.k.a. Davido), as an inspiration to many youths through his dedication, achievements and encouragement of young talents.

Obute, with stage name, D Masel, said on Wednesday that Adeleke’s dedication to music  was much.


Obute, a student of  music in  the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.


He said that Adeleke encouraged young artistes to do their best.


Obute  called on other established artistes to emulate the famous musician in lifting young artistes.


NAN reports that Adeleke, a singer, songwriter and record producer,  is trending with  his recent release of chat-topping songs.


Obute said that Adeleke’s achievements had made him to be  focused on his career.


“My best artiste is Davido, the boss of Davido Music Worldwide. His  dedication to music inspires me and makes me want to achieve more with music.


“Davido also loves helping young artistes. He always says: ‘We rise by lifting others’. He does not hesitate to help young artistes especially if he sees that you have the passion and talent.



“He signed in  Mayorkun in 2014 following his effort in playing a piano version of one of his (Davido’s) oldest songs at the time.



“Artistes like Davido are rare, and I believe he should be used as a point of reference for those losing focus on their musical career,” said.



Obute advised those desiring to  have a career in  music to learn to play  at least  a musical instrument.



According to him, playing a musical instrument gives an artiste relevance.



Obute, who sings, plays keyboard, trumpet, guitar, drum set and some other  instruments, said that passion  for playing musical instruments led him to study music.


“What inspired me to choose music is the passion I have for playing musical instruments.



“I had always wanted to play a musical instrument. When I got a keyboard, my passion for music became unstoppable which led me into studying it as a course in the  university.


“It is a good thing to know how to sing and also handle musical instruments. Look at people such as  the  late Fela Anikulapo Kuti and Victor Olaiya, their relevance in the music industry was much,” he said.

Edited By: Josephine Obute/Ijeoma Popoola (NAN)

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Feature: Printing and design provides opportunity for Naminian young people amid COVID-19




While the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown has closed many doors to the labor force in Namibia, the printing and design world opens a window for some Naminian young people with entrepreneurship.

T-shirt, jacket and other clothing printing for resale to larger companies has been the bulk of business for Fillemon Shuuya under his own brand Feelingz Nation, which has helped him navigate the difficult time of the coronavirus outbreak.

According to him, his business has run well and gained a certain reputation among young customers. “Our brand is recognized locally and internationally,” the 25-year-old told Xinhua.

The statistics graduate from the University of Namibia, who came to the national capital Windhoek from the small northern town of Ondangwa, said he turned to the clothing industry partly because he could not find a full-time job.

“My desire to grow in the business is inspired by Namibia’s popular musician King Teedee who also runs a clothing line which has blossomed outside his music business,” Shuuya added.

One of the biggest business challenges for him so far, he said, is to deal with clients who order products but do not pay.

Entrepreneurship is also Jansen Nghilunanye’s answer to unemployment, particularly at a time when COVID-19 shutdowns have increased job losses everywhere. Data show the current youth unemployment rate runs as high as 40 percent in Namibia.

Nghilunanye is a 22-year-old student nurse who created the Mojah Vibes clothing line not long ago. He said his main problem now is to strike a balance between school time and making money to support himself and family members.

Currently, he earns a weekly average of 850 Namibian dollars (about 57 U.S. dollars).

With optimism and confidence about the prospect of his business, Nghilunanye said, “Local brand owners should keep pushing because without pain there is no gain.”

He said young people should stay focused and never give up if they want to find a lasting solution to unemployment.

Kuushomwa Gerson, a student at the International University of Management, launched his own printing business while taking a gap year from the university in order to make money to pay for his tuition fees.

Gerson said he started his company with money from selling his smartphone.

“I got a smartphone as a gift from my grandmother when I completed grade 12, and because I needed money to start my brand I sold the phone and used the money,” said the Namibian young man, who plans to open his own printing shop to save operating costs.

Encouraging newcomers to be innovative and go further in the printing and design world, Shuuya said, “In this type of business, one cannot be stuck at one stage, you need to be on the lookout for new opportunities and be aware of your market as well as set goals for yourself.”


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Coronavirus lockdown boosts digitization among younger Germans: survey




Forty percent of 18- to 29-year-olds in Germany used video phone calls for the very first time during the coronavirus crisis, according to a survey published by the price comparison website Verivox on Monday.

The use of a webcam was new for 20 percent of German citizens between 18 and 29 years old, according to the survey, for which 1,000 people were interviewed in April. Around 18 percent of younger Germans also listened to a podcast for the very first time during the coronavirus lockdown.

“The use of digital services in Germany is expandable in all age groups,” said Eugen Ensinger, Verivox telecommunications expert. “This is particularly surprising among the younger generation, who are said to be living a completely digitalized everyday life.”

Verivox noted that “obviously the lockdown has caused a digitalization push for many younger people.” Some 32 percent took part in a virtual fitness training for the first time and 21 percent watched a concert without an audience for the first time.

“Some young people also broke new digital ground in their professional environment,” Verivox said, noting that 25 percent attended a webinar for the first time and 18 percent attended an after-work meeting with colleagues.

More than half of the young people in Germany want to use their mobile phones more often than before the contact ban. Almost 60 percent said they were keen to use more video calls in the future.

Since the coronavirus crisis, the number of telephone calls in Germany had doubled, according to Verivox. The results of the survey would indicate “that the increased usage could be sustainable,” said Ensinger.


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Young Turks allowed outside after 42-day lockdown amid coronavirus epidemic




Turkish young people aged between 15 and 20 were allowed outside on Friday for the first time in 42 days as part of the government’s COVID-19 normalization plan.

Their four-hour permit provided them limited freedom as they were allowed to be within a short walking distance from their homes.

In the biggest Turkish city of Istanbul, they were seen mostly walking and spending some time with their friends at seaside parks.

In Turkey, the 20-year-olds and younger have been under lockdown since April 4 as part of the government’s measures against the coronavirus pandemic.

The Turkish government has recently launched a normalization process as the figures related to COVID-19 cases tend downwards.

Turkey reported 1,708 new COVID-19 cases and 48 more deaths on Friday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 146,457 and the death toll to 4,055.


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