The Lagos State Action Democratic Party(ADP) governorship candidate in the 2019 elections, Mr Babatunde Gbadamosi, has urged government at all levels to create opportunities for young people to address the high rate of youth unemployment in the country.
Gbadamosi spoke to journalists on the sidelines of the graduation ceremony of Youth New Club (YNC) Skill Acquisition Programme, on Saturday in Lagos.
According to him, the youth are a great asset to the country as they have the energy, the number and the creativity to propel national development .
He, however, said that failure to create opportunities for the youth might force them into negative acts, hence, undermining the peace and progress of the country.
”Youth empowerment through jobs and others is very critical to national development.
”Unfortunately, governments seem to have dropped the ball, in the area of creating opportunities for young people, who actually constitute more than 70 per cent of the population .
”We must create opportunities for the youth in order to prevent the apocalyptic situation that former President Obasanjo warned us about, that if we continue to create a situation where the youths are unemployed, we will be creating a collapsing society,” he said.
Gbadamosi, who was the chairman of the graduation ceremony, said he decided to identify with YNC’s skill acquisition programme because he believed youth empowerment was the way to go.
He said apart from supporting YNC with resources to train the beneficiaries in the different vocations, he would be providing the 10 best graduands with capital to start their businesses.
While commending the youth organisation for the initiative, Gbadamosi said he would continue to provide support to ensure the sustenance of the skill acquisition programme.
He said youths could not be blamed for their low participation in politics as they were not given the right opportunity by the older generation.
Gbadamosi, however, urged the youth not to lose courage but double their efforts to seek leadership positions by taking active part in politics.
He warned young people against allowing themselves to be used and dumped by politicians during elections, urging them to start making political choices that truly care about them.
The ADP chieftain said nation-building was a collective responsibility, urging young people to do their best for the good of the nation.
He said it was not too early for Nigerians to start discussing 2023 as it was normal in politics to plan ahead.
Gbadamosi urged citizens to queue behind leaders that meant well for the country when it was time for election.
Speaking, Mr Abraham Osho, President of YMC, said the skill acquisition programme was initiated by the club in 2016 to help create entrepreneurs.
He said no fewer than 2000 youths, trained in vocations such as hairdressing, carpentry, fashion designing and others would be graduating at the ceremony.
”The essence of the programme, which for now is for youths in the Lagos West Senatorial District, is to create entrepreneurs and not job seekers.
”We believe entrepreneurship is key to national economic development, that is why we are doing this to empower young people,” he said.
He commended Gbadamosi for his consistent support for the programme,which he said, had impacted on many lives
Edited by Buhari Bolaji/Oluwole Sogunle
COVID-19: NIMASA issues advisory on vessels from high risk countries
The Management of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has notified stakeholders about 13 vessels from five countries heavily affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Eight of the vessels are expected to berth in Apapa, Lagos; four in Bonny and one in Port Harcourt in Rivers.
The Director-General of NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamoh, made this known in a statement signed by Mr Philip Kyanet, Head, Corporate Communications, NIMASA, in Lagos on Saturday.
According to him, information about the vessels, expected to arrive the three Nigerian ports between June 23 and July 17, was received through the Command, Control, Communication, Computer and Intelligence System (C4i) Centre under the NIMASA Deep Blue Project.
He noted that the project was also called the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure.
Jamoh added that the need to ensure stakeholders adhere strictly to the guidelines put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria informed the decision to red-flag the vessels.
“We are counting on the continued cooperation of frontline government agencies and private sector operators in this regard as we jointly wage the war against the COVID-19 pandemic,” Jamoh said.
The director-general said the advisory was to further alert all agencies of government and private sector operators at the ports of expected arrival of the vessels.
He urged them to demand the highest level of professionalism from all concerned officers in keeping with the agency’s earlier advice on the handling of such vessels.
He added that operators at the ports should ensure all safety measures and precautions in the best interest of the maritime community and the country were fully applied.
NIMASA had earlier given an advisory through a marine notice on the operational procedures for the ingress and egress of vessels arriving from such countries.
It requested officers of agencies concerned to immediately report any situation or circumstance that might compromise best practices in handling the arrival and discharge of these vessels and others that might be advised in the future.
Jamoh listed the name of vessels’ previous ports of call, expected time of arrival and destination to Nigerian ports as: EBONY RAY, United States Apapa-Lagos, June23; NORD SUPREME, United Kingdom, Immingham, Apapa-Lagos, June 25.
Others listed are GASLOG WARSAW, Spain, Ferrol Bonny, June 26; DESERT PEACE, United States, Houston, Apapa-Lagos, June 26; SHANGHAI EAGLE, Spain, Garrucha Apapa-Lagos, June 25; KATRINA THERESA, Spain Algeciras Bay, Apapa, Lagos, June 25.
Also on the list are: HARMONIC, Spain, Escomberas, Bonny, Nigeria June 27; DESERT HOPE, Brazil Santos, Apapa-Lagos, July 1; STENA CLEAR SKY, India, Dahej, Bonny, Nigeria, July 4; MUSKY, United States, Port Harcourt, Nigeria, July 7.
Also expected are: VECTIS OSPREY, United States, Houston, Apapa-Lagos, July 11; GRANDE ISLAND, United States, Houston, Apapa-Lagos, July 11; and LNG BONNY II, India, Dahej, Bonny, Nigeria, July 17.
Edited By: Emmanuel Okara/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)
Commission says achieving Peace in Kajuru is Possible
Kaduna State Peace Commission, Ms Priscilla Ankut, has called on the people of Kajuru Local Government Area to take ownership of the peace process midwifed by the commission in the area.
Ankut made the call at a joint meeting of the Commission and the Kajuru Truth, Peace and Reconciliation Committee, on Tuesday in Kufana.
She expressed delight at the willingness of all sides in the dialogue to live together in peace, urging them to do more in unison to confront the challenges of insecurity affecting them.
She said that achieving peace was possible among all the ethno religious groups if they could come together and deliberately work for peace in order to thwart the machinations of those whose actions threatened the peace of the area.
In his remark, the Chairman of the council, Mr Cafra Caino, pledged the cooperation of the local government to support all efforts geared toward restoring peace in the area.
He solicited for the support of all and sundry to return Kajuru to the path of enduring peace.
He further briefed the meeting on efforts so far made by the council to match the efforts of the Peace Commission and other partners, promising to do more for the sake of peace, which he said, engenders development.
Earlier, a Permanent Commissioner with the Peace Commission, Hajiya Khadija Gambo, narrated the technical support the Commission regularly provided to the committee to enable it achieve its objectives.
She pledged that the capacity of the local committee members would be improved to meet the current challenges facing them.
The chairman of the Truth, Peace and Reconciliation Committee, Mr Patrick Maigari thanked the Commission for its support and reiterated the zeal of the members to work day and night to ensure normalcy and tranquility in Kajuru./
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Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)
Gov. Diri committed to socio-economic devt of Bayelsa – UN Peace Envoy
Mr Miebi Bribena, United Nations Peace Ambassador, on Sunday expressed confidence in the capacity of Gov. Douye Diri to make Bayelsa one of the leading economies in the country.
Bribena who spoke on Diri’s leadership style on the sidelines of his 61st birthday anniversary, called on the people of the state to be patient and as well support his laudable programmes.
He said the state would leverage on the enormous fertile arable land as well as the rich biodiversity of its water resources.
Bribena, a Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), explained that the state’s policy of economic diversification would boost the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
He added that it would make the state less dependent on Federal Government allocation.
He described the governor as an astute politician whose steadfastness, maturity, understanding and peace-loving nature had endeared him to the hearts of the people of the people.
Bribena expressed delight over the governor’s extreme simplicity as well as his charismatic personality.
Bribena acknowledged Diri’s contributions to the socio- economic development of Bayelsa in his over 100 days in office.