The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) and the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), have advised controversial transgender personality, Idris Olarenwaju, aka ‘Bobrisky’, to stop promoting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender(LGBT) lifestyle or vacate Nigeria.
The youths issued the warning on Wednesday when members of NYCN took ‘Anti-LGBT’ protest to the headquarters of the NCAC in Abuja.
The youth in large numbers, carrying placards bearing different inscriptions, said they had declared Bobrisky a ‘persona non grata’ because he was a negative influence on Nigerian youths.
Comrade Akoshile Muktar, the Vice-President of NYCN (North Central), said Nigerian youths were against the activities of Bobrisky and urged NCAC as the custodian of Nigerian culture and values to make a declaration on the matter.
Muktar said: “Bobrisky should as a matter of safety and urgency leave the country if he must continue in his LGBT acts as it is alien to the culture and traditions of Nigeria.
“NYCN describes the ‘Bobrisky brand’ as ungodly, unhealthy and disgusting and completely against our moral, cultural and spiritual values.
“We, therefore, declare Bobrisky as persona non grata, as he is a man and not a woman.
“For national interest, we call on every combatant ready Nigeria youths and comrades of like minds to kick out Bobrisky as long as he has refused to change.
“Nigeria is not a place for LGBT and we shall fight to the end, as we call on the IGP and the Director-General of the DSS to use their good offices and men to stop Bobrisky.
Muktar said the group had also protested to the National Assembly, DSS and Police headquarters, adding: “we will not rest until Bobrisky is arrested and made to face the full wrath of the law.”
Otunba Segun Runsewe, Director-General of NCAC, who received the youth, commended them for taking the bold step against the Bobrisky-led LGBT group.
He note that the council under his watch was already fighting against Bobrisky and his transgender antics, describing him as ‘bad influence and harmful to Nigeria’s culture and morals.’
“I must commend the NYCN for leading Nigerian youths on this laudable protest against evil and bad influence on our youths.
“As you are aware, the NCAC has already taken a stand against Bobrisky and his gang because Nigeria has culture and values which must be upheld.
“Anyone who wants to practice gay or transgender activities should leave us alone and go to places where it is accepted but not here.
“NCAC as an institution is taking steps towards ensuring that a bill against transgender and all such activities is presented before the National Assembly,” he said
Edited By Adeboye Ajayi/Chukwudi Ekezie
Group to engage 10m youths to curtail spread of COVID-19
Chairman, National Steering Committee of the group, Malam Gambo Haruna, made the pledge at official unveiling of the Nigerian Youth Compact on COVID-19 in Abuja.
Haruna, a NAN staff, said that the unveiling of the compact marked the beginning of a paradigm shift in youth response and engagement in mitigating the COVID-19 pandemic that had taken its tolls on the global human population in all ramifications, especially in Nigeria.
He explained that the aimed of the project was to domesticate the Global compact for youth in humanitarian action and COVID-19 to complement Federal Government’s efforts in the fight against the virus at all levels.
Haruna, therefore, said the compact was a wake-up call for all hands to be on deck in the humanitarian efforts to reduce the suffering of millions of Nigerians by addressing the humanitarian needs, risks and vulnerabilities.
According to him, the compact will form a framework for action, change and mutual accountability, against which youth can collectively assess and review progress during and beyond the pandemic.
” While recognising the fact that the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, and the Federal and State Ministries of Health have the primary responsibility to mitigate the impact of the pandemic in the country.
” We are conscious of the fact that the government alone cannot win this battle. As such it needs to partner with the Civil Society Organisations to achieve the desired objectives.
” The ‘Nigerian Youth Compact’, envisaged to engage about 10 million (10,000,000) Nigerian Youths in various Humanitarian and COVID-19 Response efforts across the country.
”This, we hope, will be achieved through reliable and up-to-date information on the effects of COVID-19 on the Youth population, and how their response efforts from the Federal to community levels, can be obtained.
” The Compact will also serve as a dynamic advocacy and implementation tool for all stakeholders to advance their response efforts to the public domain and foster new commitments and partnerships.
” In the same vein, it will also provide report and testimony to the transformation that is taking place in various communities across the country.
“This is imperative for creating opportunities for meaningful engagement of young people in the fight against the pandemic, ” he said.
Earlier, the FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, expressed optimism that Nigeria would come out stronger at the end of COVID-19 pandemic.
Aliyu said that the domestication of the Global Compact for Youth in Humanitarian Action and COVID-19 by the Nigerian Youth was commendable.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Global Compact for Youth in Humanitarian Action and COVID-19 was launched recently at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, United States of America, where more than 50 International Agencies made commitments to support the Initiative at National levels, across the world.
COVID -19: Youth group inaugurates e-clinic in Kano
Dr Khalid Umar, Head of the Project, launched the e-clinic at the Centre for Infectious Disease and Research, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano, on Monday.
He said the initiative was carried out in collaboration with the teaching hospital and Private Health Instructions Management Agency of the state government.
He said the aim of the project was to carter for outpatients in the state thereby reducing their risk of contracting COVID-19.
According to Umar, the e-clinic operates through a 24/7 toll-free line that enables residents to consult highly trained and experienced physicians via voice or video call during and after the pandemic.
The director, Center for Infectious Disease and Research, Prof. Isa Abubakar, said the e-clinic would reduce the number of people who visited hospitals as a way of curbing the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
“Patients can now consult a physician at the comfort of their homes with a voice or video, which is toll free.
Abubakar commended the eight NGOs for the initiative.
He identified the NGOs that formed the alliance as the Arewa Young Entrepreneurs Initiative, Minds in Making, Orphans and Women Support Group, and Teens Development Initiative.
Appointments: Kwara youth group organises prayer for Profs Akanbi, Gambari, 4 others
The Kwara Youth Unity Forum (KYUF) on Sunday in Ilorin organised special prayers for the success of six indigenes, including four Professors, from the state that recently got various appointments.
The appointees are Professors Mohammed Akanbi and Ibrahim Gambari and four other Ilorin sons and daughter.
They offered the prayers to seek God’s blessing and protection for the beneficiaries on their appointments by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports Prof. Ibrahim Gambari was recently appointed the Chief of Staff to President Buhari while Prof. Mohammed Akanbi, was appointed the Vice Chancellor, Kwara State University (KWASU).
NAN also reports that the prayer was also for Minister of State for Transport, Sen. Gbemisola Saraki; and Vice Chancellor, University of Abuja, Prof. Abdulrasheed Na’allah.
Others were Prof. Abdullahi Yusuf as Chief Medical Director of University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), Mr Bolakale Kawu Agaka.
An Islamic Cleric, Sheik Suleiman Zubair, who led the prayer thanked Allah for the appointments of the six Ilorin emirate sons and daughter,
He said that no great man would die in vain as his history would remain to judge them.
The cleric urged the youth to work assiduously for the development of their home community, wherever they might find themselves.
Zubair described them as perfect examples of silent achievers, visionary, veritable team players to be emulated by all in the Emirate and Kwara as a whole.
He therefore prayed Allah to give them good health and long life to be able to continue to serve humanity and people of Kwara.
People in attendance recited Holy Qur’an to pray to Allah for a successful tenure in office of the six personalities.
Speaking to newsmen after the prayer, convener of the event, Alada, National Coordinator of KYUF, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for finding the Ilorin Emirate sons and daughter worthy of such appointments.
Alada appreciated their contributions to the development of their immediate environment.
He described them as illustrious sons and daughter of the emirate worthy of emulation by all and sundry.
According to him, they have performed wonderfully well assisting the less privileged in the society.
He lauded their empowerment programmes for women and youths as well as job creation and educational support programmes to indigent students in the emirate.
Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)
Spotlight: From waste into eco-friendly products, Gazan youths think big
A group of seven Palestinian young women have launched a local initiative to recycle the residential waste into eco-friendly products as a step to reduce the environmental pollution.
Glass, plastic, cardboard, metal bottles and clothing are among the most common domestic waste in the Gaza Strip which suffers from the acute garbage issue.
According to a 2018 report of the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, the average household waste in the Gaza Strip stands at 2,150 tons every day.
Burning garbage is a standard tool used by the residents in the impoverished coastal enclave to get rid of the accumulated trash in dozens of places across Gaza.
However, burning does more harm than good.
“It is no longer a secret that burning can cause long-term health problems,” said Etaf Hamad, an organizer of the initiative, adding that “living in an unhealthy environment is increasing the risk of viral infections including the coronavirus.”
Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in January and its quick spread across the globe, the World Health Organization has urged people to live in a healthy environment and maintain their hygiene to prevent the spread of the virus.
That, however, has proven to be difficult in Gaza, said Hamad, stressing that Gazans are suffering from the lack of medical staff, equipment and treatment, which prompted her and a group of other volunteers to come up with the recycling initiative that aimed at protecting the environment.
Moreover, they are also trying to involve their children in the initiative.
Encouraging mothers like themselves, the organizers had shared their videos on Facebook, calling on others to join in.
The videos went viral, with many other women deciding to participate, said Hamad.
“Women are the ones who are raising children and can thus bring about the much needed change,” Hamad explained.
Dania Abdul-Rahman from Nuseirat Refugee Camp in the central Gaza Strip was busy with her kids making soft puppets by using clothing and manufacturing flowerpots from plastic bottles.
The 42-year-old mother of five told Xinhua that she was worried about the spread of the virus in the most populated area, especially in light of medical equipment’s shortage.
“The initiative has helped me to overcome my fears and take matters into my own hands, contributing to the creation of a healthy environment,” explained Abdul-Rahman, who also taught her kids on the basics of the recycling.
In addition to that, Abdul-Rahman uses her newly acquired talent to make some money by making small puppets used as accessories for wedding halls and birthday parties.
Earning about 150 U.S. dollars a month, she said that it is enough to support her family amid the current uncertainty.
Another volunteer, Lamees Ahmed, who is only 11 years old, showed her friends a small bag that she has just made by herself from her old blouse.
“My mother taught me how to use my old clothes to turn them into something completely different,” the young girl told Xinhua, adding that she will encourage her friends to adopt the recycling mechanism.
“Such initiatives will help the community to reduce their waste that could harm the environment,” Chairman of National Institute for Environment and Development Ahmed Hilles told Xinhua, adding that 80 percent of Gaza’s waste is made of organic constituents.
He noted that his institute had implemented dozens of initiatives to help the local families reduce their domestic waste and recycle most of the organic garbage.
“The Palestinian government, as well as the area’s various environmental institutes have to support all youth initiatives that help the people to protect themselves from the disease,” Hilles added.
Legal practitioner seeks employment for youths to boost economy
Mr Yusuf Ahmed, an Ilorin based legal practitioner, has said youths empowerment should be prioritised ahead of leadership trainings to ensure economic independence and boost survival.
Ahmed, who made the call in Ilorin on Saturday while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria , said that youths deserved empowerment programme and not leadership training by government and individuals.
According to him, most government programmes on youths are solely on leadership training at different centres with little attempt on youths empowerment.
“Nigerian youths need more than leadership training to survive. Empowerment will take them out of unemployment and make them self-dependent.
“When you empower youths, you empower the nation. It will help save the country from economic collapse and reduce rate of poverty.
“Government must stop giving priority to leadership training and concentrate more on youth’s empowerment.
“Can leadership training alone give them food. Can leadership training survive them without tangible source of income?
“Please let us do more in terms of youth empowerment and stop pretending,” he said.
The legal practitioner also called on motivational speakers, politicians and government officials to concentrate on how to empower youths to improve the economy.
“Leadership training is also good but not when you are idle. Show youths how to live without relying solely on government for survival.
“It baffles me when I keep seeing banners of leadership training every weekend. We need to change our mentality and change the youths’ orientation through empowerment,” he said.
Ahmed, however, advised youths not to be lazy, but add value in whatever way by being creative.
Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)
Niger Delta youths condemn alleged attack on Akpabio’s integrity
Niger Delta Youth Council and Niger Delta Ex-Agitators Forum have unanimously condemned the alleged attack on the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr Godswill Akpabio’s integrity.
The Coordinator of the groups, Comrade Livinus Chinedu, condemned the attack in a statement he issued on Saturday in Abuja.
He said the groups had watched with concern the attack on the person and office of the minister and the interim management committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
Chinedu said it was shocking to know that such attack was coming from the National Assembly.
He said the groups viewed such attack as being orchestrated with the aim of derailing the repositioning of the commission and the Niger Delta ministry.
According to him, the role of the legislature in a democracy is to make laws for the good governance of the country and the performance of oversight functions.
He said said that the invitation of the minister by the Senate over the alleged disbursement of N40 billion contract funds approved by the president amounted to a breach of due process.
“We believe that there are unattended issues of national emergency like the ravaging insecurity that are all begging for legislative attention.”
The groupsurged Akpabio to remain focused and resolute, adding that they were solidly behind him in his capacity to rewrite the narrative of the ministry.
“We affirm our implicit and unwavering confidence in his onerous task of leaving the Niger Delta better than he met it,” the coordinator said.
The groups commiserated with Akpabio on the demise of Chief Ibanga Bassey, the Executive Director, Finance and Administration, NDDC, in the wake of the ongoing forensic audit of the organisation.
Chinedu thanked President Muhammadu Buhari, the minister and the interim management of the commission for bringing the transformation the people of Niger Delta “yearned to see and feel”.
Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Grace Yussuf (NAN)
Communal crisis: Igbo leader warns youths against land grabbing
Chief Damian Okeke-Ogene, President, Ohaneze Ndigbo in Anambra has called on various communities in the state to discourage youths from land grabbing to avoid communal conflict.
Okeke-Ogene made the call at a press briefing on Friday in Awka.
He said that if such practice was left unchecked, it would have socio-economic consequences on Igboland in the nearest future.
The Igbo leader said that land grappling among youths has been identified as one of the causes of intra and inter-community crisis, noting that Igbo culture encouraged protection of land inheritance.
Okeke-Ogene said that transfer of land from one generation to another had been the tradition of Igbo people.
He condemned the increase level of land speculation and encroachment which had put many communities under serious threat.
He advocated for establishment of land management committee in communities, villages and kindred, headed by traditional rulers, village and kindred’s heads to protect people’s land from being sold.
Okeke-Ogene also appealed to appropriate government agency to ensure strict enforcement of land laws to stop the excesses of land speculators and provide lasting peace among warring communities.
”There is need for enforcement of boundary closure. Security agencies should be alive to their responsibilities.
”State governments must prosecute people who violate the inter-State boundary closure to serve as deterrent to others,” the Igbo leader said.
Okeke-Ogene called for synergy between government and the people in curbing coronavirus as well as increase sensitisitation of the people in promoting safety protocols.
Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)
More than one in six youths out of work due to COVID-19: ILO report
More than one in six young people have stopped working since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic while those who remain employed have seen their working hours cut by 23 percent, said the International Labour Organization (ILO) in a report on Wednesday.
According to the ILO Monitor: COVID-19 and the world of work: 4th edition, youths are being disproportionately affected by the pandemic, and the substantial and rapid increase in youth unemployment seen since February is affecting young women more than young men.
The pandemic is inflicting a triple shock on young people. Not only is it destroying their employment, but it is also disrupting education and training, and placing major obstacles in the way of those seeking to enter the labour market or to move between jobs, said the report.
At 13.6 percent, the youth unemployment rate in 2019 was already higher than any other group. There were around 267 million young people not in employment, education or training worldwide.
“If we do not take significant and immediate action to improve their situation, the legacy of the virus could be with us for decades. If their talent and energy is sidelined by a lack of opportunity or skills, it will damage all our futures and make it much more difficult to re-build a better, post-COVID economy,” said ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.
The report called for urgent, large-scale and targeted policy responses to support youth, including broad-based employment/training guarantee programs in developed countries, and employment-intensive programs and guarantees in low- and middle-income economies.
We stemmed militancy in Delta through infrastructure, youth empowerment – Okowa
Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, on Tuesday, said that his government was able to halt hostilities and militancy in coastal communities in the state through infrastructural transformation and youth empowerment.
The governor, who spoke in a live programme via Skype, said that solution to hostilities in the Niger Delta remained the provision of infrastructure and youth empowerment.
Okowa said that the provision of basic amenities, such as roads, bridges and other infrastructure, stemmed the hitherto incessant hostilities in the riverine communities of the state.
He recalled that on assumption of office in 2015, when the country was undergoing recession, coupled with security challenges in oil-producing communities, he braved the odds by embarking on projects with direct bearing on the lives of the people.
Okowa said that a committee, headed by the Deputy Governor, Mr Kingsley Otuaro, brokered peace that brought the attacks on national assets, like oil pipelines, to a halt.
The governor said that what the coastal communities lacked previously was infrastructural development.
Okowa assured that more projects would be executed within the limit of funds available to the state government for development.
“We have been in good communication with our people; we engage all stakeholders and ensure that they understand the need for us to give peace a chance.
“As at today, a lot of our youths have been engaged in intelligence work and in other aspects of governance, while some of them are also being trained.
“They are beginning to see a lot of things from proper perspectives and they are happy about it.
“Secondly, we have done a lot of construction of infrastructure in the various riverside areas, which have enabled them to buy into our programmes on peace.
“A lot of roads have been constructed in various areas like Okerenkoko, Oporoza, Burutu and Ogulaha; these are all oil-producing communities.
“In Ogidigben, we are also doing road construction and these are things they never saw before, and because they saw development being brought into their places, they began to see the need to cooperate with government to ensure peace and for more development to take place.
“The deputy governor led a stakeholders’ committee to engage the people and we also have the advisory committee of the state, made up of very prominent members in the state.
”They all did great jobs as opinion leaders, engaging the people,” Okowa said.
The governor added that traditional rulers and various youth formations had also been engaged, adding that this had helped a lot.
”More importantly, our people have begun to see that it is possible to bring development to their areas.
“When they start to see it, then there will be no need to continue with disruption of oil facilities; the whole thing was going on before because the people felt neglected, even when they were producing the oil.
“There is no neglect at the moment,as they are seeing a lot of infrastructural developments,” he said.
On the judicial and legislative autonomy, Okowa hailed the executive order recently signed by President Muhammadu Buhari, saying that it had long become a law in the state.
Edited By: Dorcas Jonah and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq
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- Libya officials hold talks abroad amid fears of more fighting
- Developed countries urged to lift sanctions, offer debt relief amid COVID-19
- Earthquake jolts Indonesia’s Bali, no tsunami alert issued
- New United States restrictions on 33 Chinese firms, institutions take effect June 5
- Justice, fair play to workers remain our priority – Oyo TUC
- United States to bar Chinese passenger airlines from June 16
- COVID-19: NCoS reopens custodial centres to admit offenders
- 10 vessels expected at Delta ports– NPA
- Stock market appreciates N13bn
- Number of COVID-19 cases rise to 316 in Mozambique
- UNECA projects COVID-19 could push 29 million Africans into extreme poverty
- Bank of Canada announces unchanged interest rate
- UNGA President urges investment in cycling infrastructure
- Covid-19: Rotary Club donates food items to 200 widows in Plateau
- Over 110 Hand sanitisers production Coys registered in Nigeria- NAFDAC
- Spain reports steep increase in coronavirus cases, one new death
- Ondo 2020: Okunomo, PDP governorship aspirant, picks party’s nomination form
- UK to go ahead with 2-week quarantine for new arrivals despite potential impact: home secretary
- Union urges dialogue between Agric Ministry, contractors over contract liability
- Ekiti: COVID-19 cases rise to 25
- UN, int’l humanitarian movement call for “people’s vaccine” against COVID-19
- 5.7-magnitude quake hits 166 km N of Labuan Lombok, Indonesia — USGS
- Dozens arrested in France as protests over death of black Frenchman turn violent
- Somalia confirms 57 new COVID-19 cases, tally hits 2,146
- Lagos Taskforce recovers stolen goats from abandoned vehicle
- Elections: INEC to implement measures to mitigate COVID-19 impact – Yakubu