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FG set to begin implementation of national youth action plan

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The Federal Government has said that it will commence the implementation of the National Youth Action Plan (YAP) on Youth, Peace and Security (YPS), across the 36 States of the Federation beginning with some pilot States.
Director Press and Public Relations Mohammed Manga in a statement said it is with aimed at harnessing their potentials towards the promotion of lasting peace, security and sustainable development of the country.
According to the Statement, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare spoke when he met with officials of the High Level Strategy United Nations System in Nigeria and Development Partners
on the implications of the Action Plan on Youth, Peace and Security (YPS).
He spoke on Friday in his Office at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja,
According to him, the YPS National Action Plan was a process to domesticate the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2250 which was launched in 2015 by the United Nations Security Council under the leadership of Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to recognize that youth have a critical and positive role to play in building sustainable peace in the world at large.

The Minister stated further that following the launching of the Youth, Peace and Security (YPS) National Action Plan (NAP) in 2021, the Ministry has concluded plans for its implementation in the 36 States of the Federation, using Adamawa, Anambra, Delta, Kaduna, Oyo and Plateau as pilot States.

The chosen States he noted, “will be used to measure impact so that the data collected will guide scaling full implementation to other states”, he said.

Dare explained that the resolution stresses the importance of addressing the conditions and factors leading to the rise of violent radicalisation and extremism among youth.

Against that backdrop, Dare said, “Nigeria began the process to develop its YPS NAP to domesticate UNSCR 2250, adding that the resolution is the first fully dedicated to recognizing the importance and positive role young women and men play in the maintenance and promotion of international peace and security.

Speaking earlier, the Co-Chair, Nigeria Coalition on Youth, Peace and Security, Mr. Theophilus Ekpon, while updating the Minister on the YPS plan, said the coalition’s main objective is to ensure that young people at the grassroot are carried along and given opportunity to be⁶
part of the Action Plan.

The coalition he said, has come up with plans based on the five main pillars for Action by the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2250 which includes participation, protection prevention, partnership disengagement and reintegration, as well as how to synergize with the stakeholders for the successful implementation of the action plan at the pilot States.

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Governor Ododo applauds Nigeria’s’ Win Over South Africa

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***Urges Super Eagles To Go For Gold

By Friday Idachaba Lokoja

Governor Ahmed Usman Ododo of Kogi State has applauded the Super Eagles of Nigeria on their Wednesday night triumph over Bafana Bafana of South Africa and qualification for the final of the Africa Cup of Nations.

Ododo who gave the applaud in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media, Ismaila Isah on Thursday in Lokoja commended the Super Eagles for their display of resilience and the “Can-do Spirit” of Nigerians.

He said that the Eagles in the thrilling semi final encounter held their nerves throughout the game and the emotionally charged penalty shootout won by the Super Eagles 4:2.

The Governor noted that the build up to the game demonstrated the undiluted passion by which Nigerians are known to rally in defence of their country in difficult times.

Ododo equally urged all Nigerians to continue to support the Super Eagles to soar in their quest to bring home the coveted continental trophy.

“This win by the Super Eagles proves that Nigeria has what it takes to bounce back from its temporary setbacks as a nation.

“We are inspired as a country and we must all support the Super Eagles to bring home the trophy as they go against the Ivory Coast in the Final this weekend”, Governor Ododo said.

The Governor also urged all Nigerians to pray fervently for the Super Eagles to clinch the Nations Cup adding that the team needed the support of all Nigerians to bring home the trophy. (Ends)

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Nigeria trashes South Africa to advance to final

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The Nigerian National Team, Super Eagles has defeated South African Bafana Bafana on penalties at the Stade de la Paix (Stadium of Peace) in Bouake, Ivory Coast to advanced to the final of the African Cup of Nations

Kelechi Ihenacho scored the winning penalty for Super Eagles as Nigeria displaced the South African team from the final of Africa Cup of Nations
Nigeria opened the scoring in the 67th minute through a penalty after Osimhen made his mark.
South Africa star player Mokoena equalised in the 90th minute sending the game to extra time, the extra time ended in a stalemate, and the game advanced to penalties.

Nigeria’s goalkeeper, Stanley Nwabali, saved two penalties, while Kelechi Iheanacho scored the winning penalty to send the Eagles to the final

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Nigeria beats Angola 1-0 to qualify for Semi-Final

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The Super Eagles of Nigeria has defeated Angola in the quart final duel with Angola to advance to semifinal of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) after Lookman’s first half goal
Moses Simon’s perceptive pass gave Lookman the rear chance to score his third goal of the knockout stage
With the victory over Angola the Super Eagles have been tipped to be the new tournament favourites however their opponents with confident had created occasional scare.

This is the first time Nigeria have won four consecutive matches at a single Afcon edition without conceding a goal.
Having scored two goals against Cameroon in the last 16 as his first ever Afcon goals, Lookman has become the fourth Nigerian to score at least three goals in the knockout rounds of a single Afcon tournament, after Odion Ighalo in 2019 (4), Jay-Jay Okocha in 2004 (3) and Rashidi Yekini in 1994 (3).

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