The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has described the deregistration of 74 political parties by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as a good omen.Mr Bestman Okereafor, NYCN’s National Public Relations Officer, said this in a statement made available to Nigeria News Agency in Enugu on Friday.He said that INEC’s current position on the state of some political parties was a good step, especially in preparation for the 2023 general elections.“NYCN’s attention has been drawn to INEC’s decision to deregister 74 political parties and bringing the number down to 18.“We consider this as a giant stride and a step in the right direction, it shows that the electoral commission is poised to do it well,” he said.Okereafor congratulated the 18 political parties that survived INEC’s scrutiny, urging them to play their roles in the nation’s polity.He said it was worrisome that most political parties were mere appendages of the major ones, saying, “they are silent and unable to check the activities of the major parties.”“The NYCN congratulates the successful 18 political parties, we charge them to serve as checks to the policies of the ruling party,”Edited By: Azubuike Okeh/Felix Ajide
The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has described the nomination of Dr Kingsley Obiora as Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as a strategic step in fast tracking economic recovery and development. NYCN in a statement signed by its President, Mr Solomon Adodo, also lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for nominating the youthful economist of global repute. According to the statement the nominee is to join forces with the apex bank leadership in its effort to putting Nigeria on a sound economic pedestal. Recall that Buhari had last week forwarded the name of Dr Obiora to the Senate as a nominee for the Deputy Governor’s slot in the CBN to replace Joseph Nnanna, who retires on Feb. 2, 2020. Obiora, 43, if confirmed, will become the youngest person to head the Economic Policy Directorate of the CBN. The statement said: “The Nigerian Youth are exceptionally proud of this particular appointment. “It is to us a testimony that President Muhammadu Buhari has trust and confidence in the ability of young persons to contribute to economic and other spheres of our national development. “Obiora is an experienced expert who has worked with leading financial institutions worldwide and his appointment will definitely add value to CBN operations. “The fact that he acquired his education from primary to PhD at home excites us more as it gives credence to our educational system and will thus rejuvenate the confidence of young people studying in Nigeria.” According to the statement, Obiora’s appointment will avail the economic team of the government additional resources to make good policies. It called on the National Assembly to expedite action in confirming his nomination. “Dr Kingsley Obiora was educated here in Nigeria before he went abroad to acquire experience and he has been around Nigeria since then, long enough to be familiar with our economic situation. “As Alternate Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington DC, we are confident that he will bring the experiences he acquired over the years to bear in his new assignment at the apex Bank. “The nominee combines brilliant academic achievement with world-class experience at the IMF, making his choice as CBN Deputy Governor commendable. “More so, he is not just an academic theorist; he is hands on and from a world class financial institution,’’ the statement quoted Adodo as saying.
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The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has appealed to the Federal Government to rescind its declaration that Amotekun is illegal in the overall benefit of the country.
Operation Amotekun is a new security outfit inaugurated by six states in the South-west on Jan.9.
Mr Bestman Okereafor, the National Public Relations Officer of NYCN, made the appeal in a statement made available to the Nigeria News Agency in Enugu on Thursday.
He said the security outfit’s structure, which is from the village hunters to other known vigilance group working together in line with the Nigerian Police, presented the best form of community policing.
According to him, this grassroots-oriented and bottom-up structured as well as all-involving security framework, which Amotekun presents, is the ideal policing framework for modern policing to checkmate emerging criminality in rural and remote communities.
“The attention of the NYCN has once again been drawn to the position of the Federal Government as regards Amotekun which is a regional security outfit jointly established by the six South-west governors.
“Information at our disposal reveals that Federal Government;s position was disclosed by the Minister for Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami, through his special adviser on media, Dr Umar Gwandu, via a statement issued Jan.14 declaring “AMOTEKUN” as illegal.
“Nigerian youths consider this position as unfair and not in line with the principle of egalitarianism being preached by the present APC-led administration.
“As progressive minded Nigerian youth leadership, we expect the Federal Government to compliment the effort of the South-west governors rather than an outright rejection and condemnation of the security outfit,’’ he said.
Okereafor, however, called on all South-west residents and Nigerian youths at large to remain calm and be peaceful as ever “even as we await the position of the South-west governors and their consultations with the Federal Government on the matter,’’
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The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has renewed its commitment towards harmonising and unifying the Nigerian youths to end the ongoing crises rocking the council.
This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Mukhtar Jebba, the Organising Secretary, NYCN Headquarters, and made available to the Nigeria News Agency on Sunday in Sokoto.
According to Jebba, the statement followed the meeting of President Muhammadu Buhari and the all Progressive Congress (APC) Youth Leaders, during which the NYCN President, Mr Bello Shagari, was in attendance as a representative of youth in the country.
“President Buhari has re-emphasised his administration’s commitment to youth inclusion in government to ensure good governance.
“The President also called on the Nigerian Youth to shun ethnicity and religious discrimination.
“Hence, the Nigerian youth must heed the call of President Muhammadu Buhari in their best interest.
“As youth leaders, we will continue to work toward making a better and the best living standard among the Nigerian youth in order to ensure brighter future for all of us,” the statement read in part.
The NYCN thanked Buhari for his continued commitment toward making a better country for the youth to be proud of in the coming generation.
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The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), has urged the South-East, South-South and others to follow suit on zonal security arrangement to brace-up security network within their zones.
The NYCN National Public Relations Officer, Mr Bestman Okereafor, made the call in a statement in Enugu on Friday.
Okereafor said that governors of South-East, South-South among others should as a matter of urgency constitute their own form of “Operation Amotekun” to further tackle insecurity in their areas.
“The attention of NYCN, the apex youths governing body has been drawn to a progressive and positive decision of the South West governors with regards to the formation and inauguration of the South-West security outfit tagged: “Operation Amotekun”.
“Information at our disposal reveals that following serial killings and kidnapping in 2019, the South-West governors, at a summit convened by the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) in June, agreed to set up “Operation Amotekun”.
“As progressive minded youths, we consider this as long overdue and calling on other geo-political zones to do same, as this is aimed at tackling insecurity and will also create jobs for some of our unemployed youths.
“NYCN, however, wish to make it known that we are fully in support of this development and strongly believe that the formation of “Operation Amotekun”
is in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s war against insecurity and insurgents.
“We believe President Buhari will support this move,’’ he said.
Okereafor called on Nigerians to support the South-West security scheme to succeed just as other special security schemes exist in the country.
The NYCN spokesman, however, appealed to Nigerian Police Force, DSS, Army, Navy and others to support the south west governors move, “as security is everyone concern and business, and we must all be partners in progress”.
“NYCN is calling on all South-West governors, leaders and statesmen, irrespective of political party or affiliation to bind together as one and support “Operation Amotekun,’’ he added.
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The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has declared a three-day fasting and prayer for the unity, peace and progress of Nigeria.
A statement signed by the NYCN National President, Mr Solomon Adodo, and made available to the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja said that the prayer session would hold from Jan. 1 to Jan. 3, 2020.
Adodo urged youths well meaning Nigerians and religious leaders to participate in the three-day exercise.
He also advised them to turn away from all misdeeds and truly seek God’s face.
“The National Youth Council of Nigeria hereby calls on all Nigerian youths and indeed every Nigerian to humbly, sincerely, soberly and solemnly seek the face of God in utter repentance as we embark on three days of prayer and fasting.
“It is a known fact that Nigeria has been a highly religious nation across faith lines and denominations.
“However, we have all been significantly steeped in hypocrisy as a people, rarely practising what we preach. It is, therefore, time for us to turn away from all our misdeeds and truly seek God’s face.
“All the nations that have truthfully sought the face of God while working on their developmental goals have been able to achieve very significant progress.
“We strongly believe that Nigeria’s problems can be addressed if we sincerely seek the help of God, while assiduously working to address same.
“It is on this note that NYCN is calling on all Nigerians to embark on this sessions of fasting and prayers to seek God’s guidance in all our national affairs in 2020,” Adodo said.
According to him, while Christians are expected to gather in their respective churches during the fasting and prayer period, Muslims will meet at mosques within their areas to pray together and break their fast.
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Aid Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organisation, says it has concluded plans to mobilise one million people to plant 300,000 trees in 35 communities in Kaduna metropolis.
The Executive Director of the organisation, Mr Emmanuel Bonet, disclosed this in an interview with Nigeria News Agency in Kaduna on Friday.
Bonet said that the initiative would be implemented in 2020 under a project tagged, “Green Peace”, designed to promote peace, mitigate climate change, promote sanitation and hygiene, and discourage open defecation.
He observed that residents of Kaduna State have been divided along religious lines, adding that the move was to increase interaction and integration among the people for peace and unity.
He explained that a good number of youths from predominantly Muslim community would go and plant trees in a predominately Christian community and vice versa.
“The youths will also clean up the environment of the host communities, exchange phone numbers and ask fellow youths to help water and nurture the trees. If I plant a tree in front of your house, I will ask you to help water and nurture it.
“I will call you from time to time to find out how my tree is faring, and we’ll meet once a month, take a selfie and measure how our tree is growing.
“If this happens over a period of time, it will increase the needed bond among youths and the people in the various communities,” he said.
The executive director said that the project would be implemented in partnership with the Kaduna State Facility Management Agency.
Reacting to the initiative, Mr Zailani Musa, Coordinator, National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Kaduna South Local Government Area chapter, described the project as “crucial” to building lasting peace in the state.
According to him, the “Green Peace” initiative will surely foster and strengthen peace and harmony between the two sides of the religious divide.
“NYCN Kaduna South chapter, will support this initiative and look forward to engaging the citizens at the grassroots to fully partake in the project,” Musa told NAN.
Also, Mr Misbahu Ashu, Head of Media and Publicity, Kaduna Youth and Community Development Volunteers (KAYCDEV), acknowledged that some youths in Tudun Wada have never been to Sabon Tasha community.
Ashu told NAN that the Green Peace would provide a platform for the youths to interact and foster harmonious relationship among the people.
“Therefore, as community development volunteers, we are ready to offer ourselves in whatever capacity to ensure the success of the project,” he said.
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The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) says the release of retired Col. Sambo Dasuki and Mr Omoyele Sowore is the best Christmas gift to Nigerians by President Muhammadu Buhari.The Nigeria News Agency reports that Dasuki, was the former National Security Adviser and Sowore, a journalist, was the promoter of RevolutionNow Movement.Mr Bestman Okereafor, NYCN National Public Relations Officer, in a statement made available to NAN in Enugu on Wednesday, hailed Buhari’s decision “as a step in the right direction.”“The attention of NYCN intervention regime led by Mr Pedro Chibuzo-Obi, has been drawn to a progressive decision by our amiable President Muhammadu Buhari to release Omoyele Sowore, Sambo Dasuki and others.“His Excellency; we consider your decision as a welcomed development and a Christmas gift which shows your respect for human rights and rule of law.“Even as we commend this government for completely eliminating the previously experienced fuel scarcity during yuletide,’’ okereafor said.According to him, NYCN is in the spirit of the season passionately wishing Nigerian youths across the globe a merry Christmas and prosperous New Year in advance.“Even as the intervention regime remains committed, dedicated and willingly willing to bring back responsive representation to the council which is aimed at nation building,’’ he added.Edited by: Chioma Ugboma/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)
The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has described the timely passage and assent to the 2020 appropriation bill as the best birthday gift any President could have offered Nigerians.
It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday assented to the appropriation bill, thereby putting an end to the long wish of many that the nation gets a new budget before year end.
President of NYCN, Mr Solomon Adodo in a statement in Abuja on Thursday said that by assenting to the bill, the President has further demonstrated willingness to better the economy and guarantee better living condition for all citizens.
Adodo also said that the president demonstrated dexterous leadership by signing the budget without delay.
“Nigeria recorded yet another historical milestone yesterday, Dec. 17, 2019 when President Muhammadu Buhari assented to the 2020 Appropriation Bill (now the 2020 Appropriation Act).
“We consider it as a fantastic birthday celebration gift from the President to Nigeria.
“Achieving the elusive January to December Predictable National Budget Circle was one dream Nigerians were giving up on; the President and the National Assembly made it a reality.
“On behalf of the young people of this great country, I wish to extend our gratitude to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Distinguished Senator Ahmed Lawan and Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, and indeed the entire 9th National Assembly for elevating governance above politics in the interest of Nigerians.
“This is an act of patriotism that the youth constituency cannot ignore. We understand the unusual extra legislative hours that were invested to make this possible.
“President Buhari has shown that this country can function well if we imbibe hard work and patriotism; this is one of the ways he has demonstrated it, signing the bill in spite of an increase of N263 billion from the National Assembly.
Adodo also appreciated the contributions of the Minister of Finance and his Budget and National Planning counterpart, and other staff of the ministries for working hard to achieve this uncommon feat.
“Now, we are certain that the economy will be more stable, grow better and attract more investment.
“This is one of the ways to create more wealth, provide employment to our jobless youths and secure the future of the country.
“The National Youth Council will continue to support every programme of government that will bring improvement to the lives of Nigerians.
“This 2020 National Budget is one of such,” the statement added.
Mr Isreal Alonge, on Friday emerged as the newly elected chairman of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Kogi chapter.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that Alonge, former Kogi West leader of the council was the sole candidate in the election.
In his acceptance speech, he thanked the delegates for giving him their mandate and promised to further unite youths of the state.
He said that “The council under my leadership as a servant- leader is one that will bring together Kogi youths.
“We are the history that will be talked about in no distant time. What we choose to write with our present will definitely be read out as our history.
“We have chosen to unveil the hidden strengths and creative potential in our youths to make them useful to our dear state and the larger global community.
The newly elected chairman also promised to use his office to promote creative and political ideas that will develop the state.
`We will promote creativities, innovative ideas, entrepreneurial, active participation in politics that will promote peace, progress, growth development in our state.
“We are promising to run a transparent administration that will leave no single youth in the dark of not knowing what is happening in the council.’’
He promised a leadership that would form a synergy with the state government and be supportive to its policies.
Alonge also expressed gratitude to Gov. Yahaya Bello, for his benevolence to Kogi youths as demonstrated in appointing them to his cabinet.
The Chairman of the Council Electoral Committee, Mr Suleiman Farouk, described the exercise as peaceful and without any form of hitches.
Farouk noted that the office became vacant due to the resignation of the immediate past chairman, Mr Oladele Nihi.
He explained that Nihi resigned recently after his election in May 2017, prompting the need for another election to complete the tenure expected to expire in 2021.
Edited by: Julius Toba Jegede