The Federal Government of Nigeria has given the assurance that it will understudy the issues raised at the just concluded Commonwealth Youth and Students Summit (CYSS), African Region which have direct impact on the lives of the Nigerian youths for implementation
The Minister of Youth and Sports Development Mr Sunday Dare gave the assurance in Abuja when he declared closed the one week international event.
A statement by the Director of Press and Public Relations, Mohammed Manga quoted the minister to have observed that issues of advancing youth development is a multi-faceted phenomenon which requires a multi-sectoral approach as no one agency or organ of government can adequately address youth issues and challenges in any country not to talk of Africa as a Region.
This he said is why all hands must be on deck in tackling all forms of challenges that hinder the development of our productive youth, especially in the African Region.
The Minister explained that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Administration over the years had initiated and implemented various programmes and projects to curtail youth unemployment by engaging them in meaningful and productive ventures that contributed to socio-economic growth and development of the country.
He explained further that, the National Youth Policy (NYP) and Nigerian Youth Employment Action Plan (NIYEAP) as well as the National Youth Employment Template were all developed by the Federal Ministry of Sports and Youth Development to respond to Youth employment in Nigeria.
Dare added that the Federal Government through the efforts of the Ministry approved N75b (Seventy-Five Billion Naira), Nigeria Youth Investment Fund (NYIF) for young entrepreneurs to have access to loans at minimal interest in order to establish and improve their businesses.
“The Federal Ministry of Sports and Youth Development under my watch launched the DEEL initiative aimed at giving Nigerian Youth a comparative advantage and a competitive edge in the global employment demand and supply. DEEL is an acronym for D-Digital Skills acquisition, E-Employability, E-Entrepreneurship and L- Leadership.
“The DEEL initiative has equipped 200,000 youth with digital skills-basic, intermediate and advanced skill in areas such as Web design and management, software training, cloud competing, Artificial intelligence, App development, code and data processing,” Dare said.
Also speaking, the Honourable Minister of Communication and Digital Economy Professor Isa Ali Pantami stated that Nigeria is committed to the development and empowerment of its Youth in the country.
That he said is the reason the present administration came up with numerous youth Programmes to empower the nation’s teeming youth populace. “These include: Digital Skill Acquisition, Cybersecurity, Web Development, Robotics, Applications Development, E- Business Management, E-Commerce/Digital Marketing, Digital Photography, Coding, among others.”
He advised the youth in the African Continent to ensure improvement in skill acquisition rather than taking pride in the acquisition of academic certificates alone without practical knowledge. “The world is moving away from certificates to skills. If you want to be relevant then improve your skills with that you are set to compete globally”, Pantami said.
In her remarks at the event, the Honourable Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen stated that her Ministry has identified Gender Based Violence (GBV) as a challenge to youth development.
Based on that she indicated that ministry is collaborating and intensifying advocacy with relevant government agencies, civil society organisations and relevant stakeholders with a view to putting an end to Gender Based Violence (GBV) so as to provide African Youth the opportunity to excel in their life endeavours.
She therefore called on Commonwealth countries, and all well-meaning Nigerians to join hands in the fight against GBV with a view to particularly protect the girl child so as to ensure a healthy continent.
In his closing remarks, the Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Sports and Youth Development, Alhaji Ismaila Abubakar thanked the Commonwealth Nations for ensuring the participation of their delegates at the Summit.
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for agreeing to host the event and urged the youth to take advantage of the Summit to network for a better African continent.
Akume inaugurates 15-man Committee for 63rd independence anniversary
The Federal Government has inaugurated a 15-man Inter-Ministerial Committee to organise the celebration of Nigeria’s 63nd Independence Day anniversary.
The committee is headed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator George Akume with the special adviser to the President on Policy and coordination Hadiza Bala Usman.
Speaking during the inauguration, Akume said the committee was constituted to plan, organise and execute all approved activities befitting Nigeria’s 63nd Independence Anniversary celebration on October 1, 2023
While reading his address Akume said,
“The celebration of the 63° Independence Anniversary provides an opportunity to reflect on the contributions and sacrifices of our national heroes and heroines who fought for the independence of Nigeria from the colonial masters.
“The Celebration also affords the government an opportunity to showcase its achievements in dealing with myriads of challenges in social and economic sectors confronting the nation.
“Based on the foregoing, it Is expedient to note that time is of essence regarding the preparation for the 63° Independence Anniversary Celebratigh.
According to him, the proposed activities for the celebration would be subject to finalization by the Inter-Ministerial Committee and would Involve the following to be anchored by sub-committees: Worid Press Briefing 25″ September
and Church Service 1st October, Juma’at Service 29″ September, Symposium/Public Lecture 28″ September, Presidential Broadcast 1st October and Parade 2nd October
“The Terms of Reference of each Sub-Committee and list of members would be sent by the Secretariat while Sub-Committee Secretaries would present their budgets for consideration and approval as soon as possible.
Members of the committee includes, Minster of information and national orientation, Minister of interior, minister of foreign affairs, minister of FCT, inspector General of Police, the Commander Guards Brigade. The director of DSS, special adviser to the President Policy and Cordination, Permanent Secretary General services, permanent secretary Ecological project office, permanent secretary Ministry of Health, permanent secretary special services office, permanent secretaries political and economic affairs office.
Akpabio grieves over the demise of Akintola Williams
President of the Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has expressed deep grieve over the death of Nigeria’s first indigenous chartered accountant, Chief Akintola Williams who died on Monday in Lagos at the age of 104.
Akpabio in a condolence message signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Public Affairs and Communications, Rt. Hon. Eseme Eyiboh lamented that the nation has lost an icon, adding that the late Williams was an institution.
“I received the news of the loss of our first indigenous chartered accountant, Chief Akintola Williams with utmost sadness because there could not have been a better time than now that Nigeria needs to drink from his fountain of knowledge and savour his fatherly advice and wisdom.
“It is indisputable that no Nigerian has impacted the accounting profession as the late sage for his achievements are firmly entrenched on the sands of history and would remain indelible in the history of our country”, the Senate President stated.
According to Senator Akpabio, “Nigeria has indeed lost an icon, an institution and father of accountancy who stood for truth and honesty and proclaimed the principle of accuracy and integrity with passion.
“Chief Williams was a perfect gentleman, a professional to the core and a strict disciplinarian whose footprints will be difficult to be matched by any accountant in Nigeria. He symbolized hard work, resilience and determination.
“As the first indigenous chartered accountant, he played a significant role in etching Nigeria’s enviable place on the world map in the accounting profession. He was also a role model to many generations of accountants who took to the profession because of him.
“I join millions of well-wishers across the globe to condole his immediate family, the accounting profession and indeed the entire Nigerians on.the loss of this sage.
“May the Almighty God grant the family the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss and may He have mercy on the soul of Chief Akintola Williams and welcome him in His paradise, amen,” the statement stated.
Obi celebrates boy who won global Toyota dream car art contest
By John Akubo, Abuja
Presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, has congratulated a 10-year-old Nigerian pupil, Oluwademilade Odumuboni, who won the global grand prize for the 2022/23 edition of the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest.
Odumuboni, pupil of Corona School, Gbagada, Lagos, achieved the feat after beating 782,852 other contestants from 90 countries. The contest is organised yearly by Toyota Motor Corporation, Japan for pupils worldwide, challenging them to draw their dream cars with an inspirational idea.
Odumuboni’s waste converter drawing, with the concept of helping countries, especially African communities, in food production and ensuring clean environment, was adjudged the best. He was on September 2 honoured and presented with a prize money of $5,000, a trophy, and a certificate. His school, Corona, was also given $10,000 prize money.
Obi who tweeted on his verified Twitter handle, wrote: “Oluwademilade Odumuboni has carved his name on the global map at such a young age after creatively presenting a unique and truly inspirational idea.
“His story, therefore, reinforces my ever-consistent message on the overwhelming importance of education, especially at the basic level, and the need to invest aggressively in it.
“With over 18 million out-of-school children in different parts of the country, Nigeria misses out on the great opportunity of raising creative kids like Odumuboni, who will bring honour to the nation and grow to be responsible citizens, contributing to national development.”
“We will not only prioritise investment in education but ensure that every Nigerian child has access to at least, basic education, to be productive in today’s fast-changing world.
“I congratulate Master Oluwademilade Odumuboni, once again, and wish him the best in his future endeavours.”
He said with a future built on such bright upcoming stars, a greater Nigeria is Possible.
Culled from the Guardian
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