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Youth Group seeks to collaborate with Police Force on effective policing



The Committee of Youth on Mobilisation and Sensitisation says it is ready to collaborate with the Nigeria Police Force towards peace building and effective security mobilisation in the country.

Mr Obinna Nwaka, the Director General of CYMS, said this during a courtesy visit to the Nigeria Police Force Headquaters in Abuja.

Nwaka said their organisation in partnership with other youth organisations in the country would appreciate if the Force would consider giving youths the opportunity to train to help boost security.

“We humbly request for partnership with the Nigeria Police Force to enable us contribute immensely towards peace building and security in Nigeria.

“The youths would be glad to be given an opportunity to undergo trainings under the Police Force to boost our security outfit.

“It will enhance intelligent gathering of information and adequate reportage to the Nigeria Police.

“We seek for nomination of one officer, who is youth-oriented that would serve as a liaison officer in the organisation to enable us quickly process information that will help the Police.

“There shall be a yearly or quarterly programme involving youths depending on the security situation of the country.

“Political actors, youth groups shall attend the programme; it will serve as an avenue where few police officers who are diligent, will be appreciated for their good work.

“The conference will also serve as an extension for the people to relate and learn more about community policing,” he said.

In response to the organisation, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, represented by AIG Border Patrol, Moses Jitoboh, appreciated the Committee of Youth on Mobilisation and Sensitisation for the visit, adding that the group initiative was commendable.

Adamu added that the leadership of the Police is trying to reach every angle in the society and with their initiative, they’ll be very helpful to achieve the objective of security in the society.

“I’ve gone through the speeches, I am very impressed, it’s very patriotic.

“It is noteworthy that CYMS, even without being told, would be a very good ally to the Police. The mission, vision and statements here are very encouraging.

“So far, all the initiatives that you have are very patriotic and I must commend you all.

“And these are what the leadership of the Nigeria Police is doing, and with your partnership we are going to break bounds.

“The leadership of the I-G of Police, we can all attest, it is breaking bounds; there is a shift in the activities of the Police.

“It’s sinking down from top to the bottom; the paradigm shift is clear, and with you supporting us, we are going to go places.

“The I-G is a forerunner in driving Community Policing to every nook and cranny of this country,” he said.

He further implored the organisation to go to schools to create awareness on cultism and other negative vices that youths fall into.

CYMS, in appreciation of the efforts of the Police Force, gave the I-G and the AIG an award of recognition.

Edited By: Felix Ajide



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Ondo Assembly cautions youths against uncouth character



Ondo State House of Assembly on Thursday advised youths to shun bad habits that could hinder them from benefitting from opportunities around them.

Mrs Favour Tomomewo, Chairman, House Committee on Women Affairs and Social Development, gave the advice during an oversight visit to the Ondo State Christian Welfare Board on Thursday in Akure.

Tomowemo, who was reacting to the board’s complaint about abscondment of some youths during their pilgrimage to Jerusalem, asked youths to be morally guided and imbibe moral character.

“Let me talk to the youths now that they must be morally guided so that they will not cut short various opportunities and benefits which abound around them,” she said.

She asked the Christian board not to deny the youths some of the knowledge that could be gained while attending pilgrimage.

“The image the board painted about our youths is ugly but we must not deny them of the opportunity because there are a lot of benefits that they will extract.

“I will only advise the board to lay down some policies restricting our youths during pilgrimage and work with some prominent personalities in the state like lawmakers to present trusted youths that will not abscond.

“I want to urge them not to strike out the opportunities from the youths,” she said.

The committee chairman tasked the board to be proactive and come up with ideas on sourcing funds from well-to-do people in helping the Christian body.

Earlier, Mr Tunde Ilesanmi, the Secretary of the board, said that the board had put stringent conditions on youth pilgrimage because of incessant cases of abscondment.

Ilesanmi explained that anybody below 50 years of age was always disqualified.

The secretary, who cited several cases of such abscondment, said that there was training session on agriculture for youths during pilgrimage.

The committee, which also visited the state Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, applauded the ministry for its unrelenting efforts in defending and catering for  the vulnerable in the state.

Tomowemo asked the ministry to adopt more strategies in addressing high rate of rape in the society and synergize with the committee on the provision for widows and others.

She stated that the ministry should create enough publicity for its humanitarian roles and prosecute rapists to serve as deterrent for others.

Earlier, Mrs Titi Adeyemi, the state Commissioner for Woman Affairs and Social Development, explained that the ministry was concerned and disturbed by rise in rape cases.

Adeyemi said that the ministry was collaborating with traditional rulers in the state on curtailing the menace of rape, promising that the House of Assembly would be briefed later.

The committee also visited the Ondo State Muslim Welfare Board.

Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Edo Assembly condoles with APC Youth Leader over father’s death



The Edo House of Assembly, on Thursday, condoled with the All Progressives Congress (APC) Youth Leader in the state, Valentine Asuen, over the death of his father, Chief Scotty Asuen.
The Speaker, Francis Okiye
, who led members of the Assembly to the residence of the youth leader in Benin, described the late Asuen as a great leader.
“On behalf of members and staff of the Edo house of assembly, I wish to express my sincere condolence to you on the passage of your father.
“Our consolation is that your father lived a good life worthy of emulation. He was a father and beacon of hope to many people,” Okiye said.
He said that the deceased left legacies that would see his children through life.
In his response, the youth leader thanked the speaker and other members of the Assembly for the visit.
“On behalf of myself and my family, I thank you for your visit. I am honoured.
Mr Emma Asuen, an elder brother to the youth leader and APC chieftain, who spoke on behalf of the Asuen family, also thanked the lawmakers for their visit.
“My speaker, as a fellow party member, I am satisfied with your leadership style. You have shown yourself to be a man of integrity.
“We feel very proud of our father, because he lived a good life. He died in April at the age of 78,” Asuen said.

Edited By: Bola Akingbehin and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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Zambia minister encourages deepened exchanges among Zambian, Chinese youths




A senior Zambian government official says Chinese work culture should be inculcated in Zambian youths for enhanced national development, encouraging youths of the two countries to have more exchanges.

Emmanuel Mulenga, Minister of Youth, Sport and Child Development said Thursday that the Chinese hard-working culture should be indoctrinated in Zambian youths to have a strong generation for strengthened development.

“We (are) looking forward to having youths mentored with Chinese work culture,” he said in an interview.

Mulenga said the ministry is focused to have Zambian youths go for online exchange programs during this period when the world is faced with the challenges of COVID-19.

According to the minister, Zambia will continue to work with China in various youth development programs for continued national youth education projects.

Nathan Mulenga, a student in Luanshya in Zambia’s Copperbelt Province, said the government is trying, by all means, to educate the youths through various programs in conjunction with other countries such as China.

He called on Chinese youth groups to consider partnering with Zambian youths groups for education exchange programs in various fields such as technology.

China is a good model for Africa in terms of furthering national development that is beneficial starting with the youths, he said.

Mulenga is hopeful that the Chinese youths will have more technology exchange programs with their Zambian counterparts.


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Group to engage 10m youths to curtail spread of COVID-19



The Nigerian Youth Compact on COVID-19, a humanitarian outfit, says it will engage about 10 million youths to serve as information agents to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

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.

“These youth will serve as an information hub, where stakeholders can learn more about the pandemic and many of the major initiatives on COVID-19 and other humanitarian efforts.

”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.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Felix Ajide (NAN)



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COVID -19: Youth group inaugurates e-clinic in Kano



A youth group, known as COVID-19 Relief Alliance (CORA) has inaugurated an e-clinic to cater for the health needs of the people of Kano State during the COVID -19 pandemic.

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.

“These days people are afraid to go to hospitals because of the pandemic. This technology will go a long way in helping the less privileged and poor ones in the society,” he said.

Abubakar commended the eight NGOs for the initiative.‎

Head of Mobilisation of CORA, Bashir Suaid, said the organisation received about 4,000 calls and distributed palliative to 1,450 people during a10-day test run.

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.

Others, he said, are: Angels of Hope, Jamar Health Foundation, Hope for Healthy Society and the Exceptional Girls Network. (NAN)

Edited By: Chidi Opara/Salif Atojoko (NAN)


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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.

The prayer was jointly organised by the National Coordinator of Kwara Youth Unity Forum (KYUF), Mr Shafi Alada; the PRO, Nigeria Legion, Kwara State chapter, Mr Omolale Olusegun.

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)

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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.


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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)

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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)

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