The Nigerian finance minister, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun has voluntarily resigned today. The real reason behind her resignation is not yet disclosed by her but according to our source, the resignation was as a result of the allegation leveled against her for not serving the compulsory National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, and obtaining a certificate that the NYSC have disowned. It is recalled that the Ex-NYSC Director of Mobilisation at the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Anthony Ani, has cited reasons why the purported ‘Certificate of Exemption’ owned by Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, is not genuine and “wouldn’t have emanated from the NYSC”. According to PREMIUM TIMES who broke the news about the NYSC saga, "Nigeria’s Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun, did not participate in the mandatory one-year national youth service scheme. Instead, she forged an exemption certificate many years after graduation." Details later...
Ace Nigerian and award-winning singer, David Adeleke a.k.a. Davido has postponed his tour of the US to complete the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme.The `Assurance’ crooner took to his Instagram handle @Davidoofficial to announce that he had cancelled the latter part of his concert in the U.S. to concentrate on serving his fatherland.
“Due to scheduling conflicts and National Youth Service Corps commitments in Nigeria, the remaining date for the `Davido Locked Up Tour’ has been cancelled.
“Refunds will be made available at point of purchase. Davido and his team are working hard to reschedule all dates plus add new dates in the near future.
“I love you guys and see you soon. Houston, Dallas, L.A and San Francisco will be giving you all the new dates soon.
“I apologise to all my fans, but duty calls! Shout out to all the fans who sold out each City so far.OBO,’’ he wrote.
The NYSC scheme is obligatory for all graduates of higher institutions in the country.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that Davido graduated from Babcock University in Ogun State in 2015, with a degree in music.
The 25 year-old singer joins thousands of young graduates who will take part in the programme.
After undergoing his NYSC registration on Aug. 29, the singer left the Lagos Orientation Camp in preparation for his show.
He is a member of the 2018 Batch B, which orientation programme ends on Monday, Sept. 17.
In 2018, he won the Best International Act at the BET Awards and also won the artist of the year at the Headies Awards.
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Julius Agbaje, a 26-year-old 2018 Batch B National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member, on Wednesday won the 2018 Afriture Panting competition in Lagos.The Nigeria News Agency reports that Agbaje, who is serving with Silverbird Arts Galleria, went home with a cheque of 2,500 dollars, the star price. The painting competition which held at Omenka Arts Gallery, Ikoyi, had Oliver Enwonwu and Abiodun Olaku, among other panel of judges. Agbaje, who was overwhelmed with joy, said he would hold series of solo art exhibitions, help his father to build his business and invest more in his career with the money.
“I’m overwhelmed with emotions right now. I have many aspirations in line with developing my career in arts and it is a dream come true.“This is a push in the right direction for me. I have always wanted to impact lives through my work and this has given me the opportunity to achieve my dreams. “I was discouraged at some points but had to encourage myself again. I thank God today, my dream has come through,” he said. NAN reports that Agbaje’s work “Virtual Reality”, won the competition, while Emmanuel Eweje was second and Ifeanyi Ugwoke came third among eight contestants. Abiodun Olaku, one of the judges, said the criteria used in selecting the winner was the philosophy and design behind the painting. “Philosophy is synonymous with the message of the artwork, while the design is how an artist expresses the philosophy through the painting,” he said. Earlier, Mr Shogo Adaramati, the organiser of the competition, said the competition would further encourage more upcoming artists to remain focused in their chosen career. He said he was happy with the result of the maiden competition which would henceforth hold biennially. “I am happy with the outcome, I rejoice with the winner and hope this will encourage more artists out there to remain hard working and focused,” he said. Mr Matthew Gansallo, Director, Young Graduate for Museums and Gallery, British Museum, London, said that works of arts should be appraised through the in-depth message it conveys to the viewers and not the physical beauty. “For me, these works of arts are beautiful considering the in-depth message they convey,” he said. (Edited by: Bola Akingbehin/Peter Ejiofor)
The National Institute of Cultural Orientation (NICO), says no fewer than 537 Nigerians across the country benefited from its annual Indigenous Language training in 2017.
Mr Louis Eriomala, NICO Ag. Executive Secretary told Nigeria News Agency on Wednesday in Abuja.
He said that the programme aimed at teaching Nigerians to be fluent in at least one indigenous language for interaction purposes.
Eriomala, however, said that the participants were trained in Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba languages respectively.
“537 participated in the 2017 edition; I will say 2017 was better than 2016 because we recorded high number of participants.
“However, NICO is putting concrete efforts in place to ensure more participation in the 2018 edition.
“We are planning to extend the language programme to various suburbs around the Federal Capital Territory.
“We are also looking at increasing the number of indigenous languages taught in the programme.
“However, these is subject to availability of funds,’’ Eriomala said.
The NICO boss also said that the institute would soon collaborate with the leadership of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) on how to boost its indigenous programme.
According to him, the collaboration with NYSC would tilt towards posting of Nigerian Language graduates as corps members to serve with NICO.
“This will enable them contribute their knowledge as resource persons during the one-month and weekend editions of the indigenous language training programme,’’ he said.
Eriomala calls on Nigerians to use the opportunity provided by the institute to learn at least one indigenous language to enhance their relationship with others.
He said that this would bring national unity, peaceful coexistence, tolerance and collective development.
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Some of the 41candidates shortlisted for the final of the second edition of Queen Moremi Ajasoro’s (QMA) beauty pageant have advised the nation’s leaders to emulate the heroic qualities of the legendary queen for a sustainable governance.
They told the Nigeria News Agency from Ile-Ife, Osun, where they were camped for training ahead of the grand finale slated for Dec.3 that the country’s leaders must be ready to make sacrifices for national development.
They said that the legendary Queen Moremi Ajasoro (QMA) was an advocate of nationalism, peaceful co-existence, tolerance and exhibited heart of gold in her life time.
These virtues and other attributes made her to find solutions to the challenges that faced the people of Ile-Ife and its environs in those years, they said.
NAN reports that the 41candidates were selected out of no fewer than 500 girls that obtained forms.
NAN also reports that the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, also the initiator of the QMA project, provided N5million as payment for forms for those who could not afford the price.
A 24- year-old undergraduate, Miss Adebowale Akanbi-Akinlade, told NAN that she chose to participate in the project because the legend was an epitome of leadership with a heart of gold.
“Our leaders should defend our country and not just their immediate society, because Moremi Ajasoro did not do this for Ile-Ife alone.
“She extended her fight against rape, child trafficking, killings and inhumanity to other areas within the Yoruba kingdom then.
“She exhibited her bravery and courage at all expense.
“As a prospective beauty queen, we have to be brave and courageous if we want to be successful.
“We must not see the contest as just emphasing physical beauty, it involves the inner beauty which is about our good characters and responsibilities as future mothers and protectors of our people,” she said.
Akanbi-Akinlade noted that the legendary QMA promoted the Yoruba language and culture which we should strive to promote among youth and leaders.
“ We should encourage our leaders to promote our culture and traditions through festivals.
This will encourage our youths to embrace the wearing of their traditional clothes, eat native foods, and encourage them to visit their home towns to learn more about their roots,’’ she said.
Also, Miss Theressa Oladele, who runs a skincare business, said that the legacies of QMA were so relevant in contemporary society that it should not be overlooked but should be emulated and exhibited by our leaders.
“The queen’s traits are legacies we should all endeavour to exhibit, especially by our leaders to engender effective peace and development,’’ she said.
Oladele said that promoting culture and tradition had always been something she aspired to doing since was growing up under her grandma.
“My grandma really helped in teaching and impacting our culture into my lifestyle.
“ I can proudly say I do not have difficulties speaking Yoruba language despite English language being Nigeria’s language of instruction.’’
She said if successful, she would like to set up a foundation that would empower women, defend rape and sexually molested victims.
Another candidate, 20-year-old Ajibade Oluwatomiloba and a graduate of political science, said she chose to participate in the pageant because she would want to eliminate gender inequality in the country.
Oluwatomiloba, said that the queen was a model of sacrifice which every leader should possess.
“I will draw from QMA experience that leadership is earned by sacrifice which I will project when I win by assisting the internally displaced persons in Nigeria in particular.
“Her qualities are relevant to the development of our contemporary society, because it illustrates the early involvement of women in politics in Yoruba society and also highlights her heroic deeds.
“I speak Yoruba language very well and fluently and I will be promoting our culture and tradition by encouraging women to speak our language and wear African brands,” she told NAN.
Similarly, Miss Fadekemi Folarin, 22, said she chose to participate in the project because she wanted to exhibit selfless service, which she learnt from the queen.
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member said, “ I chose to participate in the project because I want to represent my people and project my culture locally and Internationally, and also serve my people.
“The legendary queen was a beautiful, intelligent and selfless leader, who went as far as sacrificing her only son (Oluorongbo) to the Esirinmi River Goddess.
” How many can do that? And that stood her out and made her a relevant leadership model to our contemporary society especially to our Yoruba people,” she said.
Folarin, a graduate of Guidance and Counseling urged ladies and women to emulate such courage, sacrifice, intelligence and bravery in promoting the culture and tradition of the nation.
NAN also reports that the tenure of the incumbent queen, Miss Blessing Animashaun, a 600-level dental surgery student of the University of Ibadan, would end on Dec.3. She emerged the winner out of 375 contestants and was crowned by Oba Ogunwusi in Ile Ife in 2016.
Princess Ronke Ademiluyi,the ambassador of QMA also said that the overall winner would get a N5 million investment fund, a brand new saloon car and become the Cultural Ambassador to the Ooni of Ife for one year.
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Ms Amina Mohammed, the UN Deputy Secretary-General has urged Nigerian leaders to bequeath a “decent future” to Nigerian youths
Mohammed was speaking when the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammad Buhari on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Mrs Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, led the Nigerian team to the High-Level Political Forum on SDGs on a visit to her.
The UN deputy chief particularly urged Nigerian leaders to take advantage of Agenda 2030 to better the lives of the young people in the country.
“There should be quality primary education and quality primary healthcare in Nigeria; there’s no reason why these should not work in Nigeria.
“With this Agenda 2030, there’s going to be change in the next generation; they must be carried along.
“We must bequeath a decent future for the youth; if we do that, they will excel because we are blessed and have resources in Nigeria.
“Our generation should not bequeath a wrong future to these young ones,” said Mohammed, a one-time Senior Special Adviser to the President on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Orelope-Adefulire had earlier briefed the UN deputy scribe about the progress and status of the SDGs in Nigeria, pledging that Nigeria will ensure that no one is left behind in the SDGs implementation.
The former Deputy Governor of Lagos said Nigeria was on course to implementing the SDGs.
“As part of the national SDGs advocacy and campaign programme, my office has entered a partnership with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
“We are training graduating youths in becoming SDGs Champions in their local communities and areas of deployment for national service,” the presidential aide said.
She explained that key policy and institutional as well as regulatory measures had been put in place to create the necessary enabling environment for mainstreaming SDGs into national policies.
The former Deputy Governor of Lagos said an Inter-Ministerial Committee on the SDGs had been established and operational guidelines developed in order to guide the coordinated engagement with Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
The presidential aide said a Private Sector Advisory Group and a Donor Forum on the SDGs had recently been inaugurated in order to fully harness available resources and effectively engage other stakeholders.
“Similarly, the Civil Society Organizations Advisory Group on SDGs is already working towards some SDGs targets,” Orelope-Adefulire said.
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The National Film and Video Censors Board (NFCVB) has confiscated no fewer than 6,000 obscene movies at major markets in Jos North and South Local Government Areas of Plateau.
Mr Paul Ailewon, the Zonal Coordinator of the board in the North Central, told the Nigeria News Agency on Thursday in Jos that the exercise would be a continuous one.
Ailewon said that the exercise was part of the mandate given to the board under his leadership to ensure that only videos approved by the board were released to the public.
“The film board is expected to approve only those videos that will teach moral values, especially, among children.
“ We have seized more than 6,000 pornographic movies at Terminus Market in Jos North and Bukuru Market in Jos South Local Government Areas, this year.
“This is to ensure that the public is fed with only videos approved by the board as it has guidelines that should be strictly adhered to by film producers and marketers.
“We are in partnership with traditional and religious leaders, because they command high respect in the society to achieve this task.
“We see them as partners that will be able to inculcate in their followers, the ills of exposing their children to movies and videos that have strong language, violence and obscene scenes, “he said.
The zonal coordinator said that media literacy campaigns had been carried out in 20 schools across five local government areas of the state, in partnership with members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
He listed the council areas to include, Jos North, Jos South, Bassa, Bokkos, and Barkin Ladi.
“The campaign was to educate school age children on film classification, incorporate them as our ambassadors in sending messages to the public and teach them how to be safe online, “he said.
NAN reports that NFVCB, North Central Zone, inaugurated the NYSC members as media ambassadors for its campaign at the community levels in Plateau in February 2016.
The partnership was the first in Nigeria because of the enthusiasm showed by the corps members after the various outreach to their camps.
The North Central Zone in March also hosted an international conference on film classification in Jos.
Theme of the conference was, ` ` Leveraging on Institutional Collaboration/Models For Improved Standards and Social Inclusion in an Open Society.’’
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