The Director-General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig.-Gen. Suleiman Kazaure, says NYSC is strategizing on inter-agency data collections using modern Information Communication Technology (ICT) platform to overcome posting challenges.
Kazaure disclosed this in Sokoto at the 2018 Batch ‘A’ three day pre-mobilisation workshop tagged: ” Enhancing Data Integrity in NYSC mobilisation Process” on Thursday in Sokoto.
Kazaure said the effort was geared towards enhancing posting, mobilisation and other processes between corps members and their producing institutions.
He said the workshop was part of effort to strengthen inter-agency collaboration towards achieving successful mobilisation.
Kazaure said the forum will facilitate exchange of ideas among stakeholders and promote harmonious working relationships that would ensure efficiency.
The D-G thanked the National Universities Commission (NUC), National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), West African Examination Council (WAEC) and other corps producing institutions on their support to NYSC.
Speaking earlier, Sokoto State’s Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Alhaji Garba Tsitse, urged the NYSC management to always upgrade its systems and tackle emerging challenges on Cyber crimes.
Tsitse called on NYSC to also sustain rural health outreach and empowerment schemes initiatives due to their importance to Nigerians.
He stressed that millions of Nigerians have been accessing free treatments through health outreach by professional corps members and assured NYSC of continued support for all its activities.
He described NYSC scheme as beneficial to Nigerians on promoting cultural understanding, national unity, integration and social economic development.
According to him, the introduced skills acquisition and entrepreneurship development programme had greatly impacted on lives of Corps members’ self-reliance.
Sokoto State Coordinator of NYSC, Alhaji Musa Abubakar, said participants were drawn from all the 36 states of the federation and FCT, noting that corps members serving in Sokoto collect the highest stipends amongst other states.
Abubakar said NYSC enjoyed maximum support from the Sokoto state government and also enjoyed cordial relationship with sister organisations and non-governmental institutions in all its activities.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the event started on Wednesday with professionals from various institutions delivering lectures on various challenges and ICT solutions.
Edited by: Constance Athekame/Felix Ajide
Marriages between couples from different tribes in our multilingual society has attracted divergent views from various residents in the FCT on reasons why some fail, while others seem to thrive well.
Some of these residents told the Nigeria News Agency on Friday, that such marriages fail where there were interference, sentiments, insecurity and inadequate understanding of cultural differences.
Other respondents further said that respect; love and mutual understanding enhance the relationship between couples from different tribes, which further unites the diverse people in the country.
Mrs Awazi Ebitimi, a mother of two, from Eggon in Nassarawa State, said she met her husband an Ijaw, from Delta state during their NYSC in Kogi.
Ebitimi said they received a lot of condemnation from family members while preparing for their marriage due to their tribal differences.
“People are always quick to judge and generalise others based on their ethno-religious differences without giving the person an opportunity to express her or himself. ’’
According to her, they were able to resolve the issue when she threatened to elope with her then fiance, and with proper counselling from the Church they eventually got married.
She added that they have been married for over 10 years, with three children and she has no regret for going into the relationship.
Similarly, Mr Joshua Nenka, from Plateau and married to an Igbo woman, said interference from family members affected his marriage.
“Some family members were always quick to interfere in our marriage dispute, thereby compounding the issues, rather than reconcile us,’’ he said.
According to him, his Church counseling units and some elders in the family resolve the issues and warned other family members to desist from the act.
Also, Mr Abdul Adejumoh, a civil servant, said that he had no regrets marrying his Jaba wife from Kaduna State.
“My wife is a northerner and a Christian, while I am from Kwara and a Muslim. We met in school and have been married for over 20 years with five children.
“I do not regret marrying her and we both have been practicing our religion because we show respect for each other’s religion and cultural differences have not allowed any interference from anybody or the society.’’
Mr Bala Ibrahim, a banker, said mutual respect and understanding had contributed immensely to his peaceful marriage.
“Even though we are both from different regions, we ensure that we don’t cross our boundaries and we respect and seek better understanding of our differences in other to live peacefully,’’ Ibrahim said.
On her own part, Miss Promise Ekpeyong, an applicant said her family stopped her from marrying her northern fiancé, whom she met during NYSC due to the insecurity bedeviling some parts of the country.
“One of my family members was unfortunately killed in Kaduna during the 2011 presidential election; my family is yet to recover from the loss, my family threatened to disown me if I marry him.”
Ekpeyong said she had to call off the engagement and they went their separate ways, even though they still communicate and visit each other often without the family’s knowledge.
Similarly, Umar Abdullahi, a media practitioner said the family of his ex-fiancée stopped them from getting married due to his Fulani origin and religion.
“Her family claims that the crisis in the north would affect our relationship because I am a Fulani Muslim, while she is from the East and a Christian.”
According to him, they both seized communication and are both married to different partners.
Mrs Murna Imade, a teacher, said love and tolerance was the major key to peaceful coexistence among persons from different tribes.
“With love, we can conquer all differences and live or have good relationship with people irrespective of our tribal differences,” Imade said.
Mrs Patience David, a marriage counselor, advised couples to show respect for each other’s religion and tribe, be tolerant, supportive and unite to defy outside forces and interference.
“It is so sad that we have allowed religious and tribal sentiments to affect our relationship with people.
David, therefore, stressed the need for families and society to support couples from different ethno-religious background, and not to condemn or judge their decision to get married.
Edited by: Felix Nwadioha/Ekemini Ladejobi
Atinuke Hassan, the Creative Director of House of Tinurella, says a regulatory body governing the make-up industry in the country is desirable.
Hassan told the Nigeria News Agency in Ibadan on Monday that having a highly regulated industry would further strengthen the profession.
“There are persons who now parade themselves as make-up artists, which to me they are not; all they do is to copy other people’s work and parade them as theirs.
“They are the bad eggs in the profession, hence the need to set standards in order to have an industry filled with only professionals.
“I have been a make-up artist for five years and it hasn’t been easy.
“A lot of people think it’s a joke when you tell them you’re a make-up artist, they don’t take us seriously, but now people are beginning to actually see it as a real deal.
“People are beginning to see that one can make a good living out of this profession, ” she said.
She added that people need to discover their talents and put it to maximum use.
“ There are no jobs out there and besides we all can’t work in the corporate world. We youths have to empower ourselves.
“Every youth should rediscover themselves and find that thing they love and make a living out of it.
“I’ve always loved makeup; I used to do it for leisure when I was in the university, so toward the end of the NYSC, I saw the need to empower myself.
“ I decided to make my passion my business and I went for a professional class and the rest is history. From time to time, I go and update my skills to be up to date.
“ The industry keeps evolving and it’s pivotal to get acquainted with the latest trends, ” she said.
Hassan also said that one of the greatest challenges being faced in the profession was making people understand that you need to place a price on your service.
` A lot of people think it’s make-up and at the end of the day, they will wash their face off and that it shouldn’t cost much.
“ People need to change their notion about that because it’s more than that. The products used in giving them the desired results actually cost a lot, ” she said.
She advised aspiring make-up artist to know that passion is the most important thing in the profession.
“ If they go into a business solely because of money, they will give up easily when it’s not forthcoming initially.
“Passion will keep you there, also they should be consistent, develop yourself all the time and work hard, ” she said.
Hassan added that the availability of made-in- Nigeria make-up products had eased the stress and had reduced the expenses of make-up artists in the country.
“Having our Nigerian made products is a very good thing as this has eased a lot of stress of getting things abroad.
“ I am advocating that this should be encouraged with more companies producing Nigeria make-up brands, ” she said.
(Edited by: Mufutau Ojo)
The death of an unidentified National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member in Akwa Ibom State dominated searches on the internet search engine Google this week.
Google’s spokesman Mr Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade made this known in a statement on Thursday in Lagos.
According to him, the top trending search terms on Google Nigeria this week revolved around foreign news.
Kola-Ogunlade said another issue that trended on Google search was in the world of spots as the Ivorian former professional footballer, Emmanuel Eboue was reportedly battling depression and had attempted suicide.
He said that the depression was as a result of a London court ordering him to forfeit his property to his ex-wife in a divorce settlement.
He said that fans of Eboue turned to Google to find out more details about the alleged reports making ‘Emmanuel Eboue’ a top trending search term.
The Golden Globe Awards, which honours actors in film and American television, was dominated by female winners this year, the Google manager said.
He said that one such winner was Oprah Winfrey who received the coveted Cecil B. deMille award in recognition of her career and leadership.
“In her acceptance speech, Oprah gave a personal and comprehensive view of pressing issues such as diversity and human dignity. Oprah’s speech has since gone viral making her a top trending search term this week,” he said.
The Google manager said that Facebook’s Oculus started the year on a high note, announcing its intention to launch a new Virtual Reality (VR) headset in partnership with Chinese tech giant Xiaomi.
“Facebook, the social networking platform giant is launching the headset through Oculus, a VR company it acquired in 2014, with the goal of getting one billion people using virtual reality.
“The new headset was unveiled at a press conference at the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas this week as part of the CES conference that is underway there.
“Excited fans raced to Google to search for more information about the new virtual reality headset, making it a top trending search term,” he said.
NAN reports that Google Trends was launched in May, 2006, and it shows popular searches and their demography have been over time on Google.
Edited by: Grace Yussuf
The Director-General, National Youth Service Corp (NYSC), Brig.-Gen, Sulaiman Kazaure, says a national curriculum vitae bank and job portal will empower Nigerian graduates.
Kazaure made the remarks on Friday in Lagos at the formal launch of the two projects, which was in collaboration with Diamond Bank, Dragnet Solutions Ltd, Gr8jobs Ltd and Sigma Pensions Nig.
The website address, through which graduates can access the portal is http://www.nuscjibs.org.
According to the NYSC boss, the launch of the portal was to take care of the welfare of both serving and past corps members.
“The portal will, among other benefits, serve as a platform for corps members to get information on job vacancies and market themselves to prospective employers, who are searching for suitable candidates.
“It will also provide means of verification of credentials.
“Among the strides we have made so far, are the in-camp and off-camp training in various skills in partnerships with the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Bank of Industry.
“Through this, the corps entrepreneurs will benefit from start-up loans at single digit interest rates,’’ Kazaure said.
According to him, the management of the NYSC is consolidating on the successes of the programme through initiatives such as the establishment of Zonal Integrated Skills Centres in the six geopolitical zones.
“The ones for the South-west and North East are already at completion stage at both Ekiti and Gombe states respectively.
“It is gratifying to note that the number of corps members that are subscribing to the SAED programme has continued to grow.
“The reason stems from the fact that self-employment remains the best option in the face of the difficulty of securing white collar jobs.’’
Kazaure commended the NYSC state coordinator and others, whose ingenuity gave birth to the initiative and urged corps members to take advantage of them.
In her keynote address, Mrs Omomene Odike, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Gr8jobs Ltd, one of the partners, said that the initiative would contribute to Nigeria’s economic development.
“This will show that technology remains the only way out in driving today’s economy.
“I, therefore, urge corps members to get on the job portal as it connects all graduates nationwide.
“It is going to give access to the latest job available in the market as well as avail you opportunity to showcase your skills,’’ she said.
Mr Robert Giles, Head, Retail Banking at the Diamond Bank Plc, remarked that youths need more of information beyond banking.
According to Giles, the youths need a platform to showcase themselves and their talents.
He said that it was a good thing that NYSC bought into the initiative.
“We are proud to work with you and are committed to ensuring the sustainability of this initiative,’’ he said.
In his remarks, the Lagos State Coordinator of NYSC, Mr Mohammed Momoh, said the link created by the national job portal between outgoing corps members seeking jobs and employers of labour was a step in the right direction.
Momoh noted that such graduates would use the platform to reach out to the job market as well as create contacts.
He added that the initiatives would also reduce unemployment among youths in the country.
Edited by: Abdulfatah Babatunde/Ismail Abdulaziz
Brig-Gen Suleiman Kazaure, Director General of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC), inspecting a guard of honour mounted by corps members in his honour recently in Ogun
Kiaiama (Bayelsa), Aug. 9, 2017 Brig-Gen Suleiman Kazaure, the Director-General, National Youths Service Corps (NYSC), has advised corps members to always respect the tradition and culture of their host communities.
Kazaure gave the advice during an inspection tour of the orientation camp on Wednesday in Kaiama, Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of Bayelsa.
The Director-General, represented by Mrs Josephine Okuonghae, the Director of Corps Welfare and Inspectorate, noted that respecting the host communities’ values was pertinent to promoting the objectives of the scheme.
Kazaure, who is on tour of the 2017 Batch ‘A’ Stream 11 orientation camp in Bayelsa also charged corps members to be more patriotic to move the nation forward.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Batch ‘A’ corps members, who are presently undergoing orientation, will complete the three-weeks training on Aug. 15.
“ I must advise you, in the course of your service year to obey and respect the tradition of your host communities.
“When you go to your places of primary assignments, do not begin to show them that you are more superior to them; you must not begin to make a mockery of their values.
“Always respect their ways of life and their traditions while their culture must be respected.
“By doing so, you integrate with other Nigerians, appreciate their ways of life and that justifies the establishment of the scheme.
“As you continue to live and abide by the rules of the camp, try to avail yourselves of opportunity for self-employment through the NYSC Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurial Development programme,’’ Kazaure said.
While inspecting the camp, the director-general said he was impressed by the structures and applauded the state government for supporting NYSC.
On the welfare of corps members, Kazaure said that the scheme planned to demand improved allowances for servicing corps members across the country.
Earlier, the NYSC Coordinator in Bayelsa, Mrs Loto Bolade, said that steps had been taken to make corps members comfortable at the temporary orientation camp in the state.
Bolade said that the orientation course had been hitch-free as the camp officials were working diligently to ensure the success of the orientation.
“Activities on camp are gradually coming to a climax in anticipation,’’ the coordinator said.
According to her, the corps members are highly disciplined, motivated and patriotic.
She thanked the D-G for supplying 200 double bunk beds for accommodation on camp and requested for release of 3,000 life jackets for the safety of corps members in Bayelsa.
According to him, the state is composed of 80 per cent coastal communities.
“In the course of the orientation, we have received supports from various bodies and state government.
“A podium was received from the Nigerian Air force, Bayelsa Mobility Command, 50 chairs came from Ecobank, while drugs were donated by the African University and Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa among others,’’ she said.
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Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy, Mr Aruna Amirthanayagam on Friday said that 140 Nigerian students have received scholarships worth more than six million dollars from different schools in the U.S. in 2017.
Amirthanayagam made this known at the pre-departure orientation for the students organised by the embassy in Abuja.
The envoy said that the students were awarded full and partial scholarships.
“Today we celebrate the more than 140 young men and women, members of EducationUSA, who have received offers of admission and scholarships to attend U.S. colleges and universities.
“The list of acceptances is quite impressive including more than 560 schools in all; among them are Boston University, Cornell University, Johns Hopkins University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Vanderbilt University, to name a few.
“To support these Nigerian scholars, this year EducationUSA members received more than six million dollars in scholarships from these institutions.”
The envoy said some of the students got multiple offers from different schools which left them with choices to make.
He also said that the objectives of the scholarships was mutually beneficial to both countries and the opportunity would help groom the next generation of leaders in Nigeria.
“The U.S. offers some of the best educational institutions in the world and I believe that students going to study would benefit tremendously and so will the U.S.”
He further said that more than 10,600 Nigerian students were currently studying in more than 980 colleges and universities, according to the latest Open Doors Report of the Institute of International Education.
He said that the figure was a 12 per cent increase from 2016 and it also contributed to a five per cent increase for all of Africa.
“Nigeria continues to be the undisputed leader in Africa, sending more international students to the United States than any other country on the continent, ranking number 14 among countries worldwide.”
The envoy further explained that EducationUSA advising provided clear and authoritative information on U.S. undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate academic programmes.
He said the embassy had advising centres in Abuja and Lagos which also assisted “high-achieving, low-income students” to apply to schools in the U.S. that would offer them admission with full scholarships.
“This Opportunity Funds programme removes the financial barrier to U.S. study for some of Nigeria’s most talented students.”
Ms. Malate-Ann Atajiri, an Education Adviser, explained that the programme sought out and assisted academically excellent students to get full scholarships from schools in the U.S.
Atajiri said that 12 students benefited from the programme in 2016 and 17 students benefited in 2017.
“Some of those things we have done is we seek out those students, we work closely with them, we pay for all the costs that come along with applying to schools in the U.S.
“Last year, we were able to send about 12 of such students to the U.S. and this year we are sending 17 students; 11 undergraduate and six graduate students coming from different schools in the country.
“One thing that all the students have in common is that they are academically talented; on average the undergraduate students that we work with have seven As in WAEC and graduate students are all first class and have published works in international publications.”
She said that about 60,000 dollars was the total funds spent by the embassy in 2017 for the 17 students of the Opportunity Funds programme.
She also added that the total scholarships awarded by different schools in the U.S. to these students was more than 1.5 million dollars.
“Besides the monetary value, one thing that the Opportunity Funds programme strives to do is to develop those ethos of giving back; we are making an investment in the lives of individuals and our hope is that they will think of ways to impact other people’s lives,” she said.
Mrs Folashade Adebayo, EducationUSA Advising Supervisor, explained that the students who benefited from the Opportunity Funds programme were still part of the 140 students who were awarded scholarships by different schools in the U.S.
Adebayo also said that the embassy reached out to students through schools, visiting NYSC camps and through adverts on their website.
“Both our offices in Lagos and Abuja send letters to public and high schools in the country who select these students and we also advertise on our website.
“They principals make recommendations and this year we got more than 500 applications for undergraduate studies and we are only going to take 20 people.
“It is a very selective programme.”
She said that 1,500 applications had already been received for 2018.
She also said that EducationUSA advising centre of the embassy would work with and assist students selected for the programme for a year during which they would fulfil the requirements of admissions into schools.
Edited by: Sadiya Hamza
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.’’
Edited by: Remi Koleoso/Peter Dada
Renowned veteran artist, Bruce Onobrakpeya, and eight others will hold a one-week art exhibition at Adam and Eve Departmental Store in Ikeja, Lagos State from June 18 to June 25, Nigeria News Agency reports.
The others are: Kolade Oshinowo, Lekan Onabanjo, Raqib Bashorun, Duke Asidere, Alex Nwokolo, Zino Orara, Fidelis Odogwu and Tola Wewe.
The artists would display not less than 36 artworks during the exhibition with the theme: “The Content”.
Mrs Modupe Ogunlesi, the curator of the exhibition as well as the Managing Director, Adam and Eve, said that theme connotes, “buy from the store, take the content home.
“It is a way of encouraging the public to appreciate creativity,’’ Ogunlesi said, adding that the exhibitions would take place on Lagos Mainland.
“People on the mainland are closer to that art beauty, so that they will appreciate it.
“We equally want people from the Island to cross the bridge to see what is displayed on the mainland,’’ she said.
She said that various artists would be allocated different sections of the store to display their artworks.
“I don’t want the artworks clustered in one section of the store as it used to be in a gallery,’’ she said.
She said everything about home and offices were being sold in the store except artworks.
“Adam and Eve is about functional art; you can see the beauty of house hold and office arts if you tour the store’s various departments.
“If you have good interior decorators at home or offices but artworks are missing, it is not complete. It is an appreciation of beauty as well,’’ she said.
NAN reports that Mrs Ogunlesi has been managing Adam and Eve Store for 16 years out of its 20 years of existence.
She graduated as an accountant from University of Lagos, in 1975 and did her NYSC in 1976.
She also studied at the London School of Accountancy to become an Associate of the Certified Chartered Institute of Accountancy (ACCA).
Edited by: Adeboye Ajayi/Peter Dada
2017 The Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), in collaboration with the reigning Miss Health Nigeria, Rita Chinedu on Friday held a ‘Malaria Awareness Walk’ in Abuja.
Mr Agility Onwurah, the Chairman of the Guild in FCT, said that the event was for celebrities to raise a common voice in support of government’s campaign and efforts toward eradicating malaria.
“This is Celebrity Awareness Walk”, initiated to create awareness about the menace of malaria and how to prevent it.
“April 25 was World Malaria Day, and as part of its social responsibility, the Actors Guild decided to stage this walk to tell people about the dangers of malaria.
“We are not only telling people to protect themselves against mosquito, but also advising them to go for test and avoid self-medication in handling malaria,” Onwura said.
On the test kits and medications administered to people during the occasion, Onwura said they were procured through donations and support from individuals and organisations of goodwill.
Earlier, Rita Chinedu, the 2016/2017 Miss Health Nigeria, stressed the need for people to embrace preventive measures against malaria.
“Information is very important in the fight against malaria, and that is why we as celebrities decided to use this day to create the necessary awareness about malaria.
“We are urging every Nigerian to maintain a clean environment and also use their mosquito nets to prevent mosquito bites,” she said.
High point of the rally was the provision of free malaria screening and medications to members of the community by a team of medical experts.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that actors and other celebrities, as well as NYSC members, gathered at the Access Garden at Garki for the campaign tagged “End Malaria for Good.”
The UN had in 2007 declared April 25 every year as World Malaria Day to provide education and understanding of malaria as well as spread information on year-long intensified implementation of national malaria-control strategies.
These include community-based activities for malaria prevention and treatment in endemic areas.
World Malaria Day allows for corporations, multinational and grassroots organisations to work together to create awareness on malaria and advocate for policy changes.
Edited by: Ifeinwa Okonkwo/Ese E. Ekama