The National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) has been commended for proposing to establish its skills acquisition centre in Keffi.
Alhaji Mohammed Idris, Chairman, National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Keffi Local Government Chapter, Nasarawa State, made the commendation in a statement in Keffi on Sunday.
He commended NESENI’s Executive Vice Chairman, Prof.
Mohammed Haruna, for choosing Keffi as the location for the North-Central skills acquisition centre.
The youth leader said the centre would provide skill-learning opportunities for the people of the area when it came on stream.
According to him, it will enable youths in the area to imbibe skills that will make them to become self-reliant.
”The proposed centre will help tackle unemployment, poverty and insecurity in Keffi to a reasonable extent,” he said.
The NYCN official also commended NASENI for setting up a committee for the symbolic inauguration of the agency’s North-Central Zonal Agricultural Machinery Equipment Development Institute, Lafia.
Idris said that the establishment of the skills acquisition centre in Keffi and the institute in Lafia by NASENI was a good omen to the state.
He said that the projects were a demonstration of the Federal Government’s resolve to tackle poverty in the country.
He commended the President Buhari-led governnment for providing the needed funding for the agency to perform its functions.
”The agency has been able to prove its mettle and delivered on its core mandates.
”It has done so well in terms of technology transfer, training, food security and agriculture mechanisation,” he said.
National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has commended Prof. Mohammed Haruna, the Executive Vice Chairman, National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) for his giant stride achievements on human capital development.
The NYCN Chairman, Keffi Local Government Chapter, Alhaji Mohammed Idris, made the commendation in a statement on Wednesday in Keffi, Nasarawa State.
Idris also applauded NASENI for ensuring the implementation of collaboration between Nigeria and Jordan on technology transfer, training, food security and agriculture mechanisation which were outcomes of the recent agreement signed between the agency and the Gheras, Decapolis and Ebsilon Group, Hashemite, Jordan.
The youth leader said the agency, under Prof. Haruna, had proved beyond reasonable doubt its capacity to deliver development goods through its achievements in the production and promotion of local content with its numerous innovations.
He also hailed the agency for the establishment of many entrepreneurship centres across the country which had the capacity to train youths in various new and emerging technologies and to make them self-reliant.
” We the leadership of NYCN Keffi Local Government, the native town of the NASENI boss, are pleased with how he is repositioning and transforming the agency in line with its mandate.
” We are glad that NASENI, under Prof. Haruna’s watch, has evolved a new approach to addressing the need for a viable and or the laying of a sustainable foundation for the industrialisation of Nigeria.
” We are also grateful to NASENI boss for offering employment opportunities to many indigenes of Keffi and Nasarawa State.
“This is what we have been yearning for in our locality. We need more people who value human capital development.”
Idris, therefore, called on other sons and daughters of Keffi and Nasarawa states to emulate the efforts of NASENI boss in providing empowerment opportunities for the younger generation.
Dr Emmanuel Akabe, thevDeputy Governor of Nasarawa State, says the government will continue to come up with programmes that will benefit the youths in all relevant sectors.
He said in Akwanga on Wednesday that Gov Abdullahi Sule led administration could not afford to neglect or toy with the future of youths in the state.
Akabe made the assertion while declaring open a leadership retreat and inauguration of local government and development area officials of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN).
He said “government will always provide a platform for youths to explore their potential.
“That is why it is encouraging them to be resourceful for their general wellbeing and overall development of the state.
He appreciated the youth for their support to the present administration, saying as a youth- friendly government, every necessary thing would be taken to improve their lots.
The deputy governor urged officials of the youth council in the state to be exemplary in leadership.
He noted that their input is needed to entrench the much desired socio-economic transformation of the state.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the occasion, Vice Chancellor, ANAN University Kwall, Plateau, Prof. Musa Fodio, said “to build the youths is to build the nation”.
Speaking on the essence of the leadership retreat, the state Chairman of NYCN, Mr Ja’afar Loko, noted that apart from orienting the newly elected local chapter officials, it was with a view to chatting a new course for the development of youths in the state.
Loko explained that the training programme would expose participants to the rudiments of the council’s activities and business of governance.
On his part, the Chairman, Akwanga Local Government Area, Mr Safiyanu Isa-Andaha, commended the youth in the state for their support to the government.
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The Nasarawa State Government has renewed its commitment to youth empowerment aimed at curbing youth restiveness in the state.
Dr Emmanuel Akabe, the Deputy Governor of the state said the current administration cannot afford to neglect the future of the youths in the state.
Akabe stated this during a two-day leadership retreat and inauguration of the state, local government and development areas officials of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) in Akwanga on Tuesday.
This, he said, was why the state government would continue to initiate good policies and programmes that would improve on the standard of living of the youths.
He said that Gov. Abdullahi Sule’s administration was commitment to youth empowerment for the overall development of the state.
The deputy governor appreciated the youths for giving their maximum support to Sule’s adminisitration to succeed beyond 2003 and called for its sustenance.
“The state government under the leadership of His Excellency, Gov. Abdullahi Sule, is committed to youths development.
“We will continue to empower the youths to enable them become self- reliant and contribute their quota positively to the development of the state and the country at large,” he said.
Akabe urged them to be exemplary in their leadership in the interest of peace and for the overall development of the state.
He also urged the youths to remain peaceful at all the times for development to thrive.
The Chairman of Akwanga Local Government Council of the state, Mr Safiyanu Isah, also appreciated the youths for supporting Sule’s policies and programmes to succeed.
Isah urged the officials of the council to live above board, while discharging their duties.
Earlier, Mr Jafar Loko, the Chairman, NYCN, Nasarawa State chapter, said that the leadership training was to expose participants to the rudiments of the council’s activities and business of governance.
He said that the retreat was also to give orientation to the newly elected local chapter officials of the council.
The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Kogi chapter, on Monday solicited the support of its Rivers State counterparts and APC youth leader for Gov. Yahaya Bello’s (GYB) 2023 presidential ambition.
The youths made the call at a Stakeholders’ Roundtable in Port Harcourt, while canvassing support for “a youthful and purposeful leader like Bello” during the 2023 general elections.
The Kogi NYCN Chairman, Amb. Usman Ogohi, appreciated the audience granted to his team and commended the Rivers youth leadership and stakeholders.
According to him, NYCN is a non-partisan group, which is poised to ensure adequate and capable leadership across all sectors, especially as it relates to youth welfare and representation.
Ogohi noted that Bello’s emergence in Kogi was a clear signal of what a capacity-filled youth could do if allowed to handle the helm of affairs.
He stressed that the Governor had made youth participation and inclusiveness in politics to take a new dimension in Kogi.
He also called for the unity of Nigerian youths, to take over power in 2023.
“if we don’t support and stand for what we believe in, no one will do that for us and we would be doing ourselves a great disservice,” he said.
The Kogi NYCN Chairman stressed that what set Gov. Bello apart from others was his strong belief in equity, fairness and justice.
He noted that these had reflected severally in his appointments and spread of development projects across the state.
In his response, the Rivers APC Youth Leader, who is also an APC statutory delegate, Baridakara Gbarato, thanked the Rivers NYCN chairman for making necessary arrangements for the roundtable.
Gbarato noted that beyond individual and party interests, youths must strive to build good relationships and leverage on building a networking platform that could improve members of their constituency.
He further tasked the youth on active political participation, adding that, ”if politics is left in the hands of the elders, youth constituency will continue to suffer misrepresentation and good governance”.
While lauding Kogi NYCN’s efforts towards Governor Yahaya Bello for President advocacy in the country, he stressed that at the right time, his profile would be accessed and the needful would be done accordingly.
Earlier, the Rivers NYCN Chairman, Nwisabari Bani, commended the leadership traits of Kogi NYCN Chairman and for showing strong desire towards the Governor Yahaya Bello for President emancipation project ahead of the 2023 election.
Bani urged the youth to wake up to the reality of the need to be politically partisan, stressing that youth could not achieve their dream or change the narrative without playing their part in the political system.
The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) Northwest has declared its support for Governor Yahaya Bello's (GYB) presidential ambition by 2023.
The youth made the statement at the Kaduna stakeholder meeting for northwestern states, organized by the Kogi chapter.
The Nigerian News Agency recalls that the Kogi NYCN chapter under the chairmanship of Amb. Ogohi Usman, in 2021, embarked on a tour of the 21 local government areas of the state.
The youth further extended the interstate tour throughout the north central states to rally support for Bello's presidential ambition.
In his remarks, Kaduna NYCN Chapter President, Host State, Mr. Bagudu Nathaniel, expressed his satisfaction at having NYCN delegates from Kogi, noting that the chapter had done well under Bello's administration.
According to him, the search to support the GYB2PYB aspiration for the 2023 presidential elections is born simply from the capacity shown by Bello and the transformation projects that are carried out in Kogi.
He added that he was quite confident and positive that when Bello took over the presidency from Yahaya Bello (PYB), the total transformation that he brought to Kogi would be replicated in Nigeria, with the issue of security in mind.
In their various remarks, the Kano NYCN State Chairs, Mr. Awwalu Mohammed; and Jigawa NYCN President Mr. Aliyu Yahaya praised Bello's credible achievements in Kogi and the bold step taken to lead the presidential race for all young Nigerians.
They noted that Bello's accomplishments already spoke for him, adding that NYCN's network chain in all 36 states, including FCT, would be used appropriately.
Therefore, they assured the Governor of the full support of all Nigerian youth in the North West as well as in the Northern states in general.
Earlier, Kogi NYCN President Usman urged young Nigerians to unite to seize power in 2023, saying "power, as we all know, is not given but taken without violence."
According to him, following the official declaration of GYB, to honor the call of the youth of Nigeria to participate in the 2023 presidential elections, the NYCN Kogi chapter has continued its campaign for the emancipation of GYB2PYB.
According to him, removing and supporting a candidate is only the beginning of an electoral process.
“Hence we know that our voices must be heard through the candidacy of Yahaya Adoza Bello, who has finally heard the call of the Nigerian youth.
“We must all come out with our strength and our voices to support him to the end.
“When Bello assumed the governorship, Kogi was groaning and bleeding, kidnapping and armed robbery were two twin crimes that gained notoriety, making it one of the most insecure and insecure in the country.
“Although, situation that he inherited, he did not swell, but it was his first test and he grabbed the state bull the safest place in the country.
“With an emphasis on five thematic areas covering health, infrastructure and public services, pension reform and public services, education and youth participation.
"Bello knew how to structure government plans, programs and policies that promoted and implemented all his projects by leaps and bounds." he said.
Usman further emphasized that surely time is the 0' clock of youth and it was time for youth to take their future in their hands.
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The Federal Government, through the Ministry of Police Affairs, has sensitized stakeholders in the North Center about the activities of the inaugurated Police Public Complaints Committee (PPCC).
In his opening speech on Thursday in Lokoja, the Minister of Police Affairs, Dr. Muhammad Dingyadi, said that the campaign aimed to make the good people of Kogi and other states in the areas aware of the existence and mandates of PPCC.
According to him, PPCC is a direct response from the government to prevent a recurrence of violent anti-police protests, like the ENDSARS protests that recently swept the nation.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that the minister, Director of Legal Services at the ministry, was represented.
The minister explained that the PPCC, according to Buhari's instructions, was inaugurated on April 7, 2021, among other things, to bridge the gap between the police and the population to build sustainable trust and mutual cooperation.
He noted that the first and second editions of the awareness campaign were held in Lagos and Sokoto states for the Southwest and Northwest geopolitical zones, respectively.
He thanked stakeholders for their commitment to the success of the ongoing police reform program in the area of service delivery, respect for the rule of law and human rights, as well as deepening relations between the police and the public.
”This initiative furthers President Mohammadu Buhari's quest for people-centered policing arrangements that prioritize respect for citizens' rights.
“He addresses genuine cases of violations to promote inclusiveness in police engagement with the public and promote peace and security for national development.
”Our meeting here is to sensitize Nigerians about the actions they should take when their rights are trampled on in the performance of their constitutional responsibilities.
”The idea is to establish a permanent structure as a proactive mechanism that will help nip civil unrest in the bud with its undesirable effects and disturbing tendencies.
"Provide the public with an opportunity to channel their complaints about perceived unethical conduct by police personnel to the appropriate venues for necessary action," it said.
According to him, the PPCC is made up of the Ministry of Police Affairs (Chairman), the Police Service Commission, the National Human Rights Commission and an NGO, the CLEEN Foundation.
Others are the Nigerian Police Force, the Police Community Relations Committee, the Public Complaints Commission and the Police Inspection Department (Secretariat).
The minister emphasized that the primary objective of the PPCC was to serve as a platform for monitoring the activities of police personnel, that is, their interaction with the public.
He assured the public that the PPCC had been duly briefed and prepared to discharge its duties dispassionately.
In his speech, the Inspector General of the Police (IGP), Alkali Usman Baba, who was represented 8, Ede Ayuba, thanked the minister for the cordial relationship between the police and his supervisory ministry.
In addition, he praised the minister for creating the PPCC platform through which the population could use to denounce human rights abuses.
The IGP urged people to express their opinion without fear, saying that the police are there to serve the people since they are financing themselves with money.
In your messages of goodwill; the president of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Kogi chapter, Apostle Olaniyan Adebayo; and His Royal Highness Dr. Muhammadu Maikarfi, the Maigari of Lokoja, urged the Federal Government to improve the welfare of police officers.
The royal father urged police officers not to feel bad every time a petition was written against him, and admonished the public to convey their complaints politely.
Also speaking, the president of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Kogi chapter, Usman Samuel, said that the establishment and full start of operations of PPCC was certainly the answer that many Nigerians have been longing for.
“We believe that this committee is here to give the Nigerian Police Force a completely new look and further improve the operations of its officers.
“In the wake of the recent outcry over the Nigerian Police Force strike, I wish to ask for your leniency, sir, to give due consideration to the welfare of the police,” he said.
Samuel urged the federal government to continue to do more and urgently for the welfare of the police.
inform that the general public can submit their requests through https://ppcc.policeaffairs.gov.ng
The Nasarawa state chapter of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has approved the appointment of Malam Jaafar Loko as state chairperson of the council.
This is contained in a statement issued at the end of the Nasarawa NYCN Extraordinary Meeting, signed by Alaku, Secretary of State and Malam Liman Akaro, Vice President, on Thursday at the Keffi local government area in the state.
The statement explained that the meeting deliberated extensively on issues bordering on Executive Council leadership and all NYCN business in the state.
“Officials from across the state attended and held dispassionate discussions on issues related to the council's alleged dereliction of duty, mismanagement of resources, and lack of accountability that violates the council's constitutional provision.
Therefore, a vote of no confidence was passed against Mr. Idris Ojoko, who was the State President of the Council. As a consequence, Jaafar Loko unanimously emerged as the new state chairman of the council.
”The council also relieved Muhammad Atose, who until now was the vice-chairman of the council due to his busy schedule in his new assignment.
"And Mr. Louis Azige emerged by consensus as the new Vice President of Nasarawa NYCN."
The statement revealed that the council advised the public, government and people of Nasarawa, particularly youth, not to do business with Ojoko on behalf of NYCN.
However, the council assured the state's youth that it is ready to reposition youth activities and create an enabling environment for all young people to pursue their aspirations and promote their well-being.
In response, Loko pledged to provide a level playing field for all youth to realize their potential and support the policies and programs of the Nasarawa state government.
Loko is currently a special assistant to Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa.Keep reading
Sports and Youth Development Minister Sunday Dare says the ministry trained 200,000 young people in the Digital Literacy, Skills Acquisition, Entrepreneurship, Employability and Leadership program.
Dare made the revelation at the launch of a book titled: “It is Youth Time in Nigeria”, written by Ojoko, President of the 36 State Forum and FCT Presidents of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), held Thursday in Abuja.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that the event also featured the presentation of a minister award by NYCN, as the 'Best Acting Minister in Nigeria.
On behalf of Ebitonye, his special assistant in multimedia, Dare said the award was a call to greater service in the pursuit of excellence, adding that it was a call to work harder.
“I am more inspired now than ever to be fully committed to the Federal Government and the mandate of this ministry in crafting policies, initiatives, programs and projects that will uplift Nigerian youth.
“One of our cardinal and most important programs is DEEL, an acronym for Digital Literacy and Skills Acquisition, Entrepreneurship, Employability and Leadership.
“Within the framework of this initiative, we have worked a lot. about 200,000 young people have received one form or another of training.
"Our plan starting in 2022 is to improve this and get more young people to benefit from these activities," he said.
Previously, the book critic and president of Peugeot Automobile Nigeria Ltd., Alhaji Ahmed Wadada, said that the book laid out the theory and practice of the roles, challenges and participation of young people in nation-building.
”So that current and future leaders can understand how to plan, design and evaluate youth programs that allow them to thrive.
“I found the book to be well thought out. Most people believe that our young people are not workers. I, however, do not think that is true.
"The way the author talks about the roles of youth in nation-building and the need to restructure Nigeria's leadership machinery for greater youth participation in the book speaks highly of the youth group as that we all belong ".
Wadada exhorted young people to be faithful, committed, courageous and courageous in pursuing their dreams and aspirations to avoid being repressed or oppressed for wanting to do so.
Additionally, Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello urged young Nigerians to strive for elective office in the 2023 general elections.
Represented by the staff, Abdulkareem Asuku, Bello, urged young people to imbue themselves with the right attitude and change their mindset from dependence on the government and political patronage to self-reliance.
The author of the book, Ojoko, who explained that it focused on the role of youth in national development, advised the government to provide vocational training institutes to improve the capacity of youth in the country.
He asked President Muhammadu Buhari to name 12 young people, no older than 40 years; two from each geopolitical zone as senior special assistants and consider the youth constituency for ministerial appointments.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that the event was attended by all 36 federation states and FCT.
The West African Institute of Public Administration and Managers (WIPAM), on Saturday, reiterated its commitment to the promotion and development of public administration and management in Nigeria.
This is even as it awarded Nigerians who have excelled in public administration and service to humanity, including including Dr Magdalene Ikenyei-Agada and Dr Aloysius Agada of the Open Hands Amazing Charitable Organisation.
The Registrar-General of WIPAM, Dr Anayo Agu, said this at the Induction/Conferment of Honorary Doctorate and Business Leadership Awards organised in Abuja.
Represented ’s Legal Adviser, Mr Smith Enyi, Agu said that the event was designed to promote a culture of excellence in various sectors of the nation’s economy.
“It is worthy of note that the institute’s conferment of membership on any person is in recognition of the person’s distinguished effort and performance in public administration and management.
“It is expected, therefore, that the conferment of membership, honorary doctorate awards and icon of excellence, and fellowship today, imposes the responsibility on you to contribute to the development of public administration and management.
“This essentially you can do maintece and observance of ethical standards and professionalism in your practice of public administration and management.
“It is hoped that your membership of this professional body, through this conferment today, will enhance your career growth and development”, Agu said.
He further urged the awardees to always attend the various programmes of the Institute, to acquire more knowledge that would enable them actualise their professional goals.
In a keynote address, Dr Fabian Agore, Principal consultant of I am-path Research, commended the award initiative as apt, in terms of promotion of excellence in administration and management.
According to him, excellence was key because it created room for outstanding performance in administration and management, regardless of tribe or ethnic religion.
“This Institute is designed to train professionals who would excel in any field they have chosen. So, you may need to consider that seriously and on how you enrol your staff, brothers, sisters and colleagues for this programme,” Agore said.
He commended Nigerians who had excelled at various careers across the world, such as Mrs Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Prof. Charles Soludo, Mr Akinwunmi Adesina, among others, to be worthy of emulation.
Speaking on behalf of the awardees, Dr Prince Echem, former Vice President of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), expressed gratitude to the Institute for conferring the award on them.
“We want to thank the Institute for finding us excellent enough to be awarded Honorary Doctorates.
“On behalf of the awardees, we promise and make a strong commitment to be brand ambassadors of this organisation,” Echem said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event featured conferment of eight doctorate awards and five business leadership awards to distinguished personalities, respectively.
The high point of the event was the citation, issuance of certificates and plaques to the awardees, including Dr Magdalene Ikenyei-Agada and Dr Aloysius Agada in absentia.
reports that the duo were recognised for their humanitarian assistance and series of free medical outreaches in the southern part of Nigeria where thousands of Nigerians have benefitted.
WIPAM focuses on creating professional excellence in public administration, management and business leadership.