2019: Cost of nomination forms undermine youths – Group

The Ready to Run Movement, a Civil Society Organisation (CSO) said the high cost of nomination form and lack of internal party democracy would undermine youths participation in the 2019 general elections.

Mr Ibrahim Faruk, one of the members of the group in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja, said that the group was worried with the slim chances these two factors threw up for youth candidacy in 2019.

He said that the movement was borne out of an efforts to further operationalise the Not-Too –Young-To-Run act in the 2019 elections.

Faruk said that in spite of the signing into law of the Not-Too –Young-To-Run bill, youth’s candidacy still remained a challenge due to political party’s politics.

“The Ready to Run Movement notes with concern the underhand practices that contribute to the high cost of securing party nomination forms and internal party democracy within political parties.

“This undermines the emergence of youth candidates in the 2019 general elections.

“According to reports reaching us, aspirants for House of Assembly and House of Representatives elections in some political parties are made to pay up to two hundred thousand naira (N200,000) each.

“This is apart from the cost of expression of interest and nomination forms for screening in some states.‘’

Faruk said that the Ready to Run Movement also condemned the worrisome tactics deployed by some state governors and party executives to thwart the political aspirations of young aspirants.

He said that internal party democracy was central to the quest for sustainable electoral democracy in the country.

He added that the practice where political parties held party primaries but also proceeded to select their nominees undermined democratic competition.

He said that the movement recognised that political parties were essential to democracy because they provided a structure for participation of young men and women as well as persons with disability.

Faruk pointed out that young people have excellent leadership skills to address Africa’s governance challenges when given the opportunity. (NAN)

– Sept. 18, 2018 @ 15:35 GMT |

NYSC boss cautions Corps members against careless usage of social media

Ibrahim Muhamad, state Coordinator of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Jigawa, on Monday, warned corps members to avoid careless usage of the social media,  as it could  endanger their service.

Muhammad gave the warning during the combined passing out Parade (POP) of Batch B stream two, of NYSC members for Jigawa and Yobe state, at the Gen.Yakubu Gowon Camp, Dutse.

“I urge you to intellectually and carefully use the social media, as careless usage of it will endanger your service year.

“As you are prepared to start your service year, let it be known that the issue of discipline shall not be compromised in any way.

“It is exceptionally important that you adhere strictly to the NYSC rules and regulations which have been codified in the NYSC laws presented to you.

“My dear corps members, I am happy to inform you that the people of Jigawa state are hospitable, peace- loving and always ready to show love and tolerance to all sundry.

“These good people are genuinely excited and willing to receive you in their midst.

“To corps members posted to Yobe, I want to assure you that despite the security challenges, government is working assiduously to secure lives and property of citizens, especially corps members.

“I wish the 1135 corps members deployed to Jigawa and the 776 corps members deployed to Yobe state a successful service after this orientation. God bless all of you.” he said.

In his address at the occasion, the Jigawa Governor Alhaji Muhammadu Badaru represented by the Secretary to the State Government, AlhajI Adamu Fanini, congratulated the corps members for their successful orientation.

The governor urged the corps members to: “interact with their host communities, appreciate their culture, learn their language and avoid indulgence in any vices”.

Badaru urged the corps members to demonstrate the ideals on which the orientation was predicated and designed, to make them leaders of tomorrow.
Mrs Grace Adzer, NYSC Coordinator for Yobe assured the corps members deployed to her state that their lives and property would be secured despite the security challenges in the area. (NAN)

– Sept. 17, 2018 @ 19:19 GMT |

Former YOWICAN President warns youths against electoral violence

Daniel Kadzai, the former National President, Youth Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (YOWICAN), has warned Christian youths against being used for electoral violence by politicians.

Kadzai gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Sunday in Abuja.

He said that the warning against electoral violence and other form of violence had become imperative, to foster peace and unity ahead of the 2019 general elections.

According to him, they should be grateful to God that they are still in their fathers’ land and have the opportunity to take part in the forthcoming polls.

“Anytime this corrupt politicians approach us for violence, before we say yes to their request let’s not forget our brothers and sisters in Cameroon, Taraba, Benue, Plateau states and the Northeast of Nigeria.

“I call upon you, my brothers and sisters in the Lord, to be more resilient in your opposition to violence throughout the forthcoming polls and thereafter,” he warned.

He said that he led a compassionate Christian professor from the USA to the internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Guma, Benue, they were shocked to see 36,000 IDPs, and over 16,000 were children under the age of 10.

The former YOWICAN president called on youths to intensify prayers for the country and other brethren like themselves in captivities and crises.

Kadzai said that the Christians in those areas should not be left alone to carry their cross, because no sufficient assistance was coming to those Christians, who were victims of violence and persecution.

He pleaded with the Federal Government for social justice, and to speak against the persecution, violent attacks and other matters affecting Christians.

The youth leader also called on the leadership of CAN to look into the best approach in solving some pressing issues affecting the unity of the association.

He described the issues as denomination, tribal or religious bias, dictatorship, greed and buy-over by politicians or unholy alliance with corrupt politicians.

He, however, urged the leadership of CAN to resolve those issues and strengthen the association to be able to defend the faith.

He also called on the Church to understand the magnitude of challenges faced by Christians in the country, so as to come up with realistic options toward lasting solutions.

Kazdi added that visiting the IDPs should be a continuous exercise for every Christian in the nation. (NAN)

– Sept. 17, 2018 @ 15:05 GMT |

Youths hold key to Nigeria’s transformation – MKO Abiola’s son

Alhaji Abdulmumini Abiola, the son of Chief MKO Abiola, the acclaimed winner of the 1993 presidential election, says Nigerian youths hold the key to the nation’s transformation.

Abiola made the assertion on Friday in Ilorin on the sidelines of the maiden edition of the  National Youth Summit organised by a group, Zealous Kwara Youth.

The  summit had as  theme: “In the Interest of our Present and Future.’’

Abiola maintained that only the collective efforts of stakeholders could move the country forward.

According to him, the country is blessed with a productive youth population that could transform the country.

Abiola lauded the Muhammadu Buhari administration for setting the country on the path of socio-economic transformation and development.

He said the administration deserved the support of all stakeholders to achieve the desired change.

“This is not about being a Northerner or Southerner, Muslim or Christian, but as Nigerians in our collective resolve to move the country forward,’’ he said.

Mr John Adegboye, the President of the youth organisation, said the failure of successive administrations was responsible for the high level of underdevelopment in the country.

He expressed regrets that some of those parading themselves as youth representatives in governance were presently enmeshed in various controversies bordering on financial mismanagement and other vices.

Adegboye charged the youths to be vigilant and cautious in making politically based decisions as the processes toward the 2019 general elections gather momentum.

“You should be very cautious of those leaders you entrust with your votes and be guided with popularity, merit and transparency in making your choice,’’ he said.

Sheikh  Abdulrazak Alomota, an Ilorin-based Islamic cleric, in a lecture, said every leader must exhibit a high level of honesty, integrity, diligence and transparency in order to command the confidence and respect of followers.

According to him, the leadership in Kwara has failed in their electoral promises, adding that this is responsible for the high-level poverty being witnessed.

“There is too much hunger in the state, it takes a credible and people-oriented leader to redress these anomalies come 2019,’’ he said. (NAN)

– Sept. 14, 2018 @ 13:52 GMT |

Ambode pledges support for voluntary youth associations

Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Wednesday said the state government would continue to support all voluntary youth and non-governmental organisations whose programmes tend toward youth development and helping humanity.

Ambode made the remark during his investiture as the patron of the Lagos State Scout Council in Alausa, Ikeja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Adebule, was also invested as the Matron of the Girls’ Guide.

Ambode said that voluntary
organisations like the Scout Association comprising young people, provided a veritable platform to promote unity and mental co-existence.

According to him, these are critical to the survival, growth and development of the country.

“It is unfortunate that in recent past, uniformed voluntary organisations have not been as vibrant as they used to be,” Ambode said.

The governor said that there was an urgent need to do a self-appraisal of the current state of the organisations.

According to him, there is need to develop strategies that will improve their relevance within the context of modern realities.

Ambode advised youths to consolidate on the efforts of the state government and well-meaning organisations.

He said that these organisations took part in creating safe spaces that promote discipline, moral and healthy competition among youths and better their lives.

“If a youth is educated, trained and empowered, he or she is built, and if you build the youth, you build a nation,” the governor said.

He commended the vision statement of the association.

According to him, it says by 2023, scouting will be the world’s leading educational youth movement.

“It will enable 100 million young people to be active citizens creating positive change in their communities and in the world.

“You must, however, be reminded that vision statement alone will not yield the desired result.

“It requires sustained commitment and dedication to the actualisation of specific and time bound plans and actions,” he said.

Ambode thanked the association for the honour bestowed on him.

He said that the association was one of the leading voluntary organisations established to inculcate the virtues of discipline, leadership and community service in youths.

Earlier, the state Commissioner of Scout Council, Chief Johnson Tawose, said that the organisation had over 760,000 members in the country.

Outlining the roles of the organisation, particularly in youths development and rescue operation, Tawose pledged that the association would not be found wanting.

Ambode also had his first dance as a scout member, took his scout promise and was given the constitution of the World Organisation of Scout Movement. (NAN)

 

Unemployment: Mimiko urges investment in entrepreneurial development of youths

The former Governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko, on Tuesday called on governments at all levels, to invest more in the entrepreneurial development of Nigerian youths, to tackle unemployment.

Mimiko made the call in his address at the activities marking official opening ceremony of the “Conversations for Change” (C4C) an NGO, with support from UNFPA, in Abuja.

He said that the call for investment in entrepreneurship has become important because it is key to achieve sustainable national growth and self-reliance of young people in the country.

According to him, entrepreneurship is not just about starting businesses as most people often think, but it is a mindset, a new way of thinking and acting.

Mimiko said “in these modern age entrepreneurship involves thinking of new ways to solve economic problems and create values.

“It requires attitude, knowledge and skills, if we get this right our country will better for it, failure to invest in the entrepreneurial development of young people can hinder national growth.

“It should also be a major part of our educational curriculum; this is important because doing so will help to drive growth of our nation’s economy.

“It will also enable us to build sustainable value chains of agriculture, modern technology and create necessary jobs for teeming unemployed graduates that churned out yearly from universities.”

Also speaking, Dr Kechi Ogbuagu, President of C4C and Chairman Board of Trustees, said that the issue about unemployment had become prevalent in Nigeria, therefore the need for entrepreneurship to proffer solution.

She said that the fact governments had continued to struggle with tasks of creating jobs for young people, much still need to be done to achieve target.
According to her,hence the need for young people to be supported to become successful entrepreneurs.

Ogbuagu said “our intention is to contribute to this effort by casting a wider net to include many young people who have great ideas.

“Ideas that if well actualized will provide them and in due course other young people with effective and sustainable means of livelihood.

“300 people applied to take part in the programme, 50 of them were interviewed, but only 15 were selected as our first batch of students in the entrepreneurship fellowship programme.

“Three of them are into fashion designing, two are into ICT, four are into recycling, two into health and the remaining four are into food processing.”

She explained that the organisation has organised a one year fellowship programme for young people from 18 to 40 years of age with ideas that is tailored to make them entrepreneurs.

She explained that the programme which started since July sought to support and mentor young people to succeed and create more opportunities for others to be gainfully employed.

She identified the social media initiative, employment initiative, demographic dividend initiative and youth mentorship initiative, to be strategic focus by the organization to achieve its plan.

In a remark, Dr Eugene Kongnyuy, Director of UNFPA in Nigeria, said that entrepreneurship initiative was apt, because youths are key to nation building.

Kongnyuy said “we need to work with young people because they form 60 per cent of Nigeria’s population and if their energies are channeled into doing creative things, unem0ployment will reduce.

“Government can only go as far as trying to solve the problem about unemployment, but cannot do it all alone, jobs does not come by creating employment, by entrepreneurship.”

Meanwhile, Mr Eric Ochigbo, a beneficiary who spoke on-behalf of the programme participants, commended the establishment of the entrepreneurship initiative to be a right step in the right direction.

According to him, we have been trained on entrepreneurship skills for five days, right now we are on internship in various businesses that we selected for ourselves.

“We are to acquire practical experience in lines of business we have chosen, hopefully we are expected to establish our individual businesses after completion of the programme in 2019,” Ochigbo said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that C4C is a non-profit international organisation with the aim of empowering young people to participate effectively in all relevant areas of development. (NAN)

– Sept. 11, 2018 @ 13:15 GMT |

Osu urges youth to participate actively in 2019 general elections

The Director of Social Communications, Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, Msgr. Gabriel Osu, has urged Nigerians, especially youths of voting age, to participate actively in politics, as 2019 approaches.

Osu, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday, urged youths to get actively involved by voting and offering themselves for elective positions in the country’s polity.

“Our young people should use the opportunities presented by the National Assembly on the Not-Too-Young-To-Run bill by contesting in the forthcoming election, and participate in other electoral processes.

“We should not be swayed by the various inducements and empty promises we were used to in the past,’’ he said.

The cleric urged Nigerians not to vote based on ethnic, religious or regional sentiments, but to rather vote for credible leaders.

“This is the time to vote on past records of public service. Let us not vote for those that will run the country aground.

“This country has competent and wise persons who can navigate Nigeria to the Promised Land,’’ he said.

The cleric, who frowned at the rate at which politicians were defecting from one party to another, said it was unfortunate and unhealthy
for the country.

“It is very unfortunate that is the kind of politics being played out in this country, it cannot take us anywhere, and it is not good for our country.

“It is disheartening; it cannot take us to the greater future that we are looking ahead to,’’ he said. (NAN)

– Sept. 11, 2018 @ 12:59 GMT |

Saraki wants opportunities created for Nigerian youths

THE President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki on Monday said that for Nigeria to develop, opportunities must be created for the country’s teaming youth population.

Saraki made this assertion in Abuja while submitting his nomination and expression of interest forms to contest for PDP Presidential ticket at the party’s National Secretariat.

He said that after going round the country, he could feel the desires of Nigerians for a new country with prosperity, safety, united and one they would be proud of.

“Nigerians have come to understand that to do this you must know what to do. You cannot give what you don’t have. You can only give what you have.

“And the teeming youths are saying it is time for them to put in place someone who has the energy, youthfulness and capacity, capability and the knowledge to drive them to the future.”

Saraki, who expressed his happiness with the leadership of the party, urged them to unite all the party’s presidential aspirants.

“What is important for us is the lives of millions of Nigerians, who are going through such a tough time and who now believe that it is only through the PDP that it can happen.

“We will play our own part in ensuring that we unite everybody. It has always been my antecedent to provide unity and leadership in this kind of scenario.

“I can assure you that I will play my role in uniting all of us because we are part of one family and we are actually part of one family.

“Our problem is not in PDP but in the other parties. So, we will stay united to carry out this exercise as a family affair.

He called on all PDP supporters to keep faith with the party, saying “because we are counting the days that will begin the journey to bring back this country.’’

Asked if the aspirants was considering consensus candidate, Saraki said that was for the aspirants to decide, saying “the most important thing was to ensure internal democracy in the system and credible primaries.

“What is important is that at the end of the day we have something that is rancour free. What I can tell you is that we are working together because we are still part of one family.

“ I believe at the end of the day, we will have a process that whoever emerges will be supported by all of us.’’(NAN)

– Sept. 11, 2018 @ 10:50 GMT |

 

Refugee Commission sensitises Youths on Dangers of Irregular Migration

THE National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, NCFRMI, has staged a one-day sensitisation programme for youths on ills of irregular migration in the country.

The programme, which was held at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, UNIZIK, Awka, was to educate youths on pathways to regular migration and harnessing benefits of migration.

Sadiya Umar Farouq, federal commissioner, NCFRMI, while addressing the participants, said the programme was aimed at bringing migration awareness into the educational system.

She noted that Nigeria’s experience in irregular migration was gruesome and worrisome as no fewer than 36,000 Nigerians representing 171, 299 migrants arrived in Europe by sea in 2016.

“The number of Nigeria women trafficked mostly for sex work into Europe doubled from 5,600 in 2016 to 11,009.

“In January 11, no fewer than 200 Nigerians were reportedly drowned in the Mediterranean Sea, adding to the alarming toll of last years’ incidence,’’ she said.

Farouq expressed appreciation for the laudable initiative by UNIZIK in keying into the vision of the commission and creating a centre for migration studies to take migration discourse to the grassroots and local target groups.

She emphasised that migration was a human phenomenon, which could not be stopped but could be better managed, urging youths to migrate in a safe, regular and dignified manner.

Frantz Celestin, acting chief, Mission for International Organisation for Migration, IOM, Nigeria, who was represented by Henry Akwitti, national project officer, spoke on the implication of migration on sustainable development.

He said that IOM was partnering with other international organisations to assist in advancing management of migration issues as well as understanding migration.

Akwitti noted that effective management could support efforts of the federal government, civil society and stakeholders in curbing irregular migration.

“Migration was a dynamic and cross cutting phenomenon, which had existed for hundreds of years and could be beneficial if well managed by the migrants, countries of origin and destination.

“Crossing the Sahara Desert to North America and Mediterranean to Europe was deadly with one death recorded in every 35 arrivals in Italy.

“Not less than 70 per cent of migrants interviewed by IOM on arrival in Italy were victims of trafficking or other exploitative practices during their migrating en route the Mediterranean,” Akwitti explained.

He urged stakeholders to take the sensitisation further in order to shape academic programmes to provide solutions toward better migration.

Mitchelle Onugbolu, senior special assistant, SSA, to Governor  Willie Obiano on Social Re-Orientation,  said the government would not relent in ensuring that youths were sensitised on positive values in the state.

She commended the organisers of the event, urging them to be consistent and persistent in curbing the menace of Irregular migration in the country.

The event which was held in partnership with UNIZIK attracted representatives of Civil Society Organisations, Social Re-Orientation Unit and Federal Ministry of Justice.

 

– Sept. 6, 2018 @ 18:15 GMT |

Youth organisation vows to conduct peaceful election

The Coalition of Ethnic Nationality Youth Leaders of Nigeria, CENYLON, has promised to conduct a credible election for the emergence of new executives very soon.

The decision to conduct fresh election followed the dissolution of the caretaker committee led by Shettima Yerima, which took place at the meeting of the group in Abuja.

Eric Oluwole, national president, Yoruba Youth Council, YYC, said the dissolution of the interim executives followed the expiration of the tenure of the former executive.

He stated that the election for the new executive would hold this September and urged all different youth organisations to work towards peaceful conduct of the election.

“We are determined to conduct a credible election so as to prove to others that we are peace loving people,” he said.

The following offices were declared vacant and zones to the existing six geo-political zones. The national president will come from South-West, while the South-East will produce, deputy president.

Other positions are; national secretary; treasurer; publicity secretary; organising secretary; director of mobilisation; financial secretary and assistant secretary.

The rest are director of Welfare and director of Sport. The position of Legal Adviser has also been conceded to South-West.

– Sept. 3, 2018 @ 12:55 GMT |

Government donates office complex to NYSC office

Anambra State Government has donated a multimillion naira new office complex to the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, in Anambra State.

Kehinde Aremu, the state coordinator, NYSC, made this known during the swearing in ceremony of the 2018 Batch ‘B’ (Stream II) Corps members at Umunya, Oyi Local Government Area.

Aremu commended Anambra State governor, for the donation to the organisation, saying that space congestion challenge, occasioned by steady expansion of the scheme since 27 years of its existence was the reason for the relocation of the office.

“The community Town Hall, which housed the scheme since 1991, that the state was created was no longer accommodating us in view of the steady expansion of the administrative structure.

“We made a complaint to the governor and after seeing reason for a more befitting structure, graciously donated a building complex to us,’’ he added.

Aremu while lauding Governor Willie Obiano for being among the state governors that had been faithful in payment of allowances of corps members said the magnanimity was a demonstration of his passion for the youths in the state.

He urged the Corps members to reciprocate the gesture through their commitment and selfless service to their host communities and to the state in general.

– Aug. 31, 2018 @ 18:19 GMT |

Exhibit commitment to national ideals – Obiano urges corps members

Governor Willie Obiano has urged batch B stream 2 NYSC Corps members to exhibit loyalty, discipline and commitment toward National ideals.

The governor said this at the swearing in ceremony of 2018 batch B, stream 2, Corps members at the temporary orientation camp, Umunya, Oyi Local Government Area.

Declaring open the orientation course, the governor enjoined them to take advantage of job creation programmes in the course content to alleviate poverty and unemployment.

“The era of white collar jobs are fast giving way to an age of entrepreneurship.

“The success of every service year depends on the foundation laid during orientation camping,” he said.

The governor was represented by at the event by Solo Chukwulobelu, secretary to state government, who reassured that government’s commitment toward providing enabling environment for youths to maximize their potential.

Earlier, Kehinde Aremu, the state NYSC Coordinator, said the orientation course was packed with activities that include seminars, skills acquisition and social life.

He applauded Obiano for donating office complex to the state NYSC.

Aremu said 2007 Corps members comprised 1,261 deployed to Anambra and 746 deployed to Enugu were merged for the orientation course.

Ahmed Ikaka, the coordinator for Enugu State, while addressing those deployed to Enugu said the merger was because of the increase in the number, pleading with them to feel at home.

He noted that Enugu and Anambra states have similar cultural background.

The event also featured oath taking by the members as well as inspection of quarter guards, thug of war and taekwondo competition.

– Aug. 31, 2018 @ 18:15 GMT |

NDLEA urges youths to shun social vices

Worried by spate of youth restiveness in Anambra, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, enjoined youths to shun all forms of social vices and deviant behaviours.

Chinwe Thompson, principal staff officer, Drug Demand Reduction Unit of the Agency, gave the advice at Anaku, Ayamelum Local Government Area of the state while addressing the youths in the council area.

Thompson cautioned hard drug peddlers and those patronising them to refrain from it as government would deal decisively with anybody caught in the act.

“It makes those that indulge in it to be lazy and useless in life,” Thompson said.

She, however, appealed to parents to train their children in the way of God to enable their children to stay fixed to such right path.

While encouraging unemployed youths to take advantage of ongoing skills acquisition programme of the state government to be gainfully employed, she added that such could also take their minds away from crime.

– Aug. 31, 2018 @ 18:09 GMT |

UK announces £70m programme to create 100,000 jobs

The UK Government has announced a new £70-million programme to create 100,000 jobs in Nigeria says the Minister of State for Africa, Harriett Baldwin.

Baldwin said this during a business event as part of the activities for Prime Minister Theresa May’s visit to Nigeria on Wednesday.

Baldwin, who led a business delegation to the event, said that the programme would raise the income of three million people from the poorest parts of Nigeria.

“We are here today to talk about technology links between the UK Fintech sector and the Nigerian Fintech sector and will bring inward investment in terms of this important sector of technology.

“Today, it is all about celebrating those links through technology and I am very excited that the Prime Minister is announcing today a new £70 million programme that will create some 100,000 jobs in Nigeria and will also raise the income of three million people from the poorest parts of Nigeria.”

The minister said that the event was celebrating the role of growing businesses and entrepreneurs and also highlighted the partnerships of both countries in the area of technological development.

She added that the delegation consisted of various UK businesses were willing to invest “the kind of capital that creates jobs”.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the Ministers of Finance and Power, Works and Housing, Kemi Adeosun and Babatunde Fashola respectively, attended the event.

Osinbajo said that the Federal Government was keen on driving technology development in the country in support of the government’s economic growth plan.

The vice president said there was the need to create the right environment for technology companies to thrive and further gave an assurance of the government’s commitment to support innovation in the country.

“I think just looking at some of the start-ups that we see today, many of them started while the recession was on and they proved, by just a number of jobs, value and wealth created, that this is the future starting today.

“This is why we have started up first with the creativity and technology advisory group; many of these start-ups are members of this group where they help to formulate policies with Federal Government policy makers especially in fintech, which are some of the new areas we need to formulate policies.”

NAN also reports that the event, held at Ventures Park, an innovation hub and co-working space for entrepreneurs, showcased a number products from start-up entrepreneurs.

The founder of Ventures Park, Mr Kola Aina, said that the government’s `ease of doing business’ policy had been “relatively helpful” to the growth of small and medium-scale business in the country.

“There is also a lot of talk about incentives like the pioneer start-ups programmes that we are looking to see how start-ups can begin to benefit from.

“More than ever before, we are starting to see a lot of support from the government.”

The event simultaneously held a panel discussion highlighting opportunities for doing business among businessmen of both countries.

The panel included Fashola, Adeosun and other key government representatives.

The Lord Mayor of the City of London, Charles Bowman, was also part of the discussions alongside several other UK businessmen.

May’s visit to Nigeria is part of her tour of some African countries.

The Prime Minister is expected in Nairobi on Thursday, where she will meet President Uhuru Kenyatta and see British soldiers from Kenya and other African countries in the techniques needed to identify and destroy improvised explosive devices before they go to fight Al-Shabaab in Somalia.

The prime minister is on a trade mission in an attempt to bolster Britain’s post-Brexit fortunes. This is her first visit to Africa since she became prime minister in 2016.

She is accompanied by a 30-man business delegation as part of her efforts to “deepen and strengthen” partnerships around the world as the UK prepares to leave the European Union next year.(NAN)

– Aug. 28, 2018 @ 19:25 GMT |

NGO tasks Churches, Mosques, industrialists, others to empower youths

CHURCHES, Mosques, industrialists, civil society groups and philanthropists have been urged to join forces with governments at all levels to create employment opportunities, for youths.

“This will help them, as leaders of tomorrow at the grassroots to be gainfully engaged in profitable ventures, than being agents of risk and self-destructions,’’ Stella Blaize, a top non-governmental organisation, NGO, leader, said.

Founder, ‘Maximizing Girls Potential’, an NGO made the call while speaking to newsmen in Awka.

She expressed displeasure at use of youths for nefarious violent activities.

Blaize, then, enjoined youths, especially those in the northern parts of Nigeria to receive continuous and effective orientations on ethical and moral values of the country.

“All politicians, captains of industries, Church and Islamic leaders and other stakeholders should join efforts at creating platforms for effective youth orientation.

“This will go a long way to educate them on the need for peaceful co-existence and socio-economic growth of the country,’’ Blaize said.

She, however, called on the churches to look into their overwhelming interest in money-making and provide selfless help to youths, so they could be focused and determined to achieve their visions.

 

– Aug. 29, 2018 @ 17:10 GMT |