The Committee of Youth Mobilisation and Sensitisation (CYMS) has urged a greater participation, involvement and engagement of youths in the 2023 general elections.
The Director General, CYMS, Mr Obinna Nwaka, said this during the stakeholders’ conference organised ahead of the 2023 general election on Thursday in Abuja.
Nwaka said the organisation was, indeed, elated with the overall turnout of Nigerians, especially the youth during the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) exercise recently concluded by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
He said the peaceful and secured environment during the exercise, with the support of security agencies and the awareness by stakeholders like traditional rulers, religious leaders, entertainment industry, among others, were laudable.
He said the CVR exercise recorded the highest participation and acceptability since the democratic dispensation began despite the insecurity in some parts of the country.
He said it was important to note that youths were indispensable in the electoral process.
He added that peaceful coexistence, religious tolerance and integration during elections should be imbibed by the youth across the country.
According to him, elections in the country are improving and key players must continue to support the process.
“The youth are expected to indulge in acts of patriotism that will project the image of our country.
“The act of using the social media to disparage the processes of government should be discouraged, rather there should be participation from them to make the process work.
“They should equally be law abiding and not take laws into their hands at as it will always result to anarchy,” he said.
Nwaka said the organisation was collaborating with the Nigerian Police Force to address issues such as destruction of national assets, reawakening the consciousness of the public to be law abiding and patriotic citizens.
He said the organisation had also established a good working relationship with the Economic And Financial Crimes Commission.
This, he said, was to monitor vote buying, campaign against corruption and other social vices battering the image of the nation.
EFCC partners CYMS on vote buying, cyber crimes, corruption.
The EFCC Chairman with CYMS delegateThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has agreed to partner with the Committee of Youth on Mobilisation and Sensitisation (CYMS), to curb the menace of vote buying during elections.
This is to orientate Nigerian youths against vote buying, cyber crimes and other systemic corruption degrading the integrity of the nation.
This is contained in a statement by the Director, contacts and mobilisation, Mr Kelechi Ugwumba made available to Journalists on Thursday in Abuja.
Ugwumba said that the partnership was agreed on when the CYMS delegation led by its Director-General, Mr Obinna Nwaka, paid a courtesy visit to the EFCC headquarters in Abuja.
He said that the meeting was part of efforts to sanitise the society and rid it from crimes and other related vices.
Speaking, the Executive Chairman, EFCC, Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa, commended the organisation for its interest in complementing the agency’s efforts in ridding the country of corruption.
Bawa said the the youths constituted a higher proportion of the country’s population and were major determinants of the development of any country and as such should be patriotic citizens.
He emphasised the need for sensitisation of youths in the country, saying, ”out of the 2,210 cyber crimes related cases the agency had prosecuted as at Aug. 5 , 70% of those convicted were youths.
” He reiterated that sensitising young people would go a long way in focusing their attention to the right direction, as well as redeem the image of the country among comity of nations.
The EFCC boss urged the CYMS to engage volunteers and deploy them to all polling units across the country to monitor and report suspected cases to the commission.
Bawa also granted the request of CYMS in appointing a Senior Officer from the commission to serve as a liaison officer to the organisation.
Speaking earlier, Nwaka commended Bawa for his achievements in the fight against corruption.
Nwaka recalled how CYMS strove to ensure that Abdulrasheed Bawa’s nomination as the substantive chairman of the EFCC was confirmed by the National Assembly.
He said the CYMS was committed to working with the EFCC in ensuring that the commission achieves its mandate.
The DG also said the commission of CYMS proposed lined up activities and its efforts towards the launching of Youth Against Corruption (YAC) programme.
This, he said, was aimed at reawakening the consciousness of the public especially the youths to shun corrupt practices and support the fight against corruption.
“Other programmes include stakeholders conference to sensitise people at various states on the policy thrust and mandate of the commission.
“Monitoring of vote buying to ensure credible people emerge from the polls and to curtail the mobilisation of money to the polling Units for financial inducement during voting among others.
“This is also a motive to identify persons who have passed Integrity test using Mrs Dorcas Arekhamhe, a Deputy Director, SERVICOM at the Federal Ministry of Water Resources who won the Best Nodal Officer in the MDAs. “Also, Mrs Eunice Onuegbusi from Anambra, who rejected 5,000 vote buying during Governorship election, would be used as shining example, ” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the EFCC, presented a complimentary plaque to CYMS in appreciation of it’s unflinching support to the commission.
The Committee of Youths on Mobilisation and Sensitisation (CYMS) has reaffirmed its committment to collaborate with the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) to promote zero-oil export and encourage entrepreneurship in the country.
The Director-General, CYMS, Mr Obinna Nwaka, said this when he led members of his team on a courtesy visit to the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, NEPC in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that some members of team include Tonto Dikeh, CYMS’s Director Socials and Empowerment and Malam Shamsudeen Haruna, Director, Planning & Strategy, among others.
Nwaka said that the aim of the visit is to seek more partnership with the council to identify and mobilise young entrepreneurs as well as create awareness on the need to divert their attention from oil export.
He said that it was important to project to the world the creativities and productivities of the Nigerian youth to secure patronage for their Made-in-Nigeria products and services.
He added that the idea was to encourage the economic diversification activities from over-dependence on oil into manufacturing, production and exportation of non-oil products to accelerate economic growth.
According to him, promoting of such will reduce unemployment and restiveness among the youth.
“We are here to inform you about our forthcoming national conference, trade-show coming up in July in Houston, US. and the need for partnership with the council.
“We want the council to be part of our programmes to encourage the Nigerian youths on the importance of Zero-oil export.
“The awareness of zero-oil export is very important especially in the South-South and South-Eastern part of the country where most of their indigenes involve in illegal oil activities which recently led to the fire hazards that burnt more than 200 persons in Imo.
“We will like to be part of the creation of policies, implementation of policies, so that youths can be part of your activities”, he said.
On his part, Dr Ezra Yakusak, Executive Director, NEPC, appreciated the group for the visit and assured him of the council’s readiness to partner with the group.
Yakusak, represented by Ms Estelle Igwe, Director, National Export Office, NEPC, charged the the group to help to sensitise Nigerian youths and entrepreneurs on the activities of the council.
By Priscilla Osaje
A dance group, known as ‘Miracle crew’, has emerged winner of the 1st Edition of Abuja Mega Street Dance Competition.
The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that the Abuja Mega Street Dance Battle, is a talent show created to give young people on the streets of Nigeria, opportunity to showcase their talents.
The miracle crew, which comprised of three talented dancers, beat three others contestants; `Dimension’, ‘The Virgin Boy’ and ‘Charles’, to cart home a cash prize of N100,000, at the shimmering Grand Finale, held at Saturday night, in Abuja.
The 10 contestants who auditioned for the show were selected, but only four showed up for the competition.
Master Divine Uche, a 14-year- old boy, and key dancer of the group, won the heart of the judges by his splendid performance and was selected to compete with one of the contestants, Charles, for the final.
Uche was declared winner, as he excited the audience with his God-given talent and unique dance styles, earning him accolades from judges and the audience.
An ecstatic Uche said words were not sufficient to express his joy for emerging winners of the competition.
“I am overwhelmed with joy, getting to this stage today was not easy. I thank the organisers for giving us the opportunity to pursue our dreams and showcase our hidden talents.
“I really thank God for everything because He is the one that gave us this victory, to Him alone be all the glory, and I am grateful,
“I want to use this opportunity to appreciate my crew for the tireless efforts they put for us to win,” Uche said.
Miss Bright Igwe, CEO of Ladi Bee Royal Empire (LBRE), organisers of the event, in her remarks , said the competition was a platform for dancers to showcase their talents for global recognition.
Igwe said the competition was aimed at promoting street dancing in order to facilitate easy recognition and harnessing of talents.
She said she was inspired to create opportunities for young people, and so thought encouraging talented dancers was one of such platforms.
“I believe that some young people on the streets have the passion for dancing, but are not being given the opportunity to actualise their dreams.
“Our aim is to help people from their little beginning, as it is the main reason why it is called ‘street battle.
“We try to bring together people from the street for empowerment, so they could make the ight decision.
“This is a platform for promoting and raising talented teeming youths into reaching enviable heights in their field of expertise and career,” she said.
Igwe commended the Miracle Crew for its outstanding performance, and encouraged the group to keep up the tempo.
Mr Obinna Nwaka, Director General, Committee of Youth on Mobilisation and Sensitisation (CYMS), an NGO, commended the organisers for coming up with such an idea.
Nwaka, a special guest/award recipient at the event, said the competition was a showcase of cultural heritage, National integration, as well as exposure of young talents in the dancing profession.
“We are happy to witness this kind of historic event in Abuja, which is meant for the youths to showcase their talents.
“The purpose is for them to also be discovered by notable artistes so that they can promote and assist them to further their career in dancing.”
He urged the competitors to take the judges’ opinion as one of the key ways of improving their performance.
“Accept defeat and deem it fit to congratulate your fellow contestants that emerged winners,” he added.
Mrs Lucy Akaedu, CEO, OLucee Brand, commended the organisers for the wonderful initiative.
Akaedu, a celebrity, judge, and awardee of the event, said the content and idea of the competition was to encourage young people, who loved dancing, but did not have a platform to showcase their talent.
She commended the judges for the good job, noting that with so much talents competing, choosing a winner was not an easy task.
Akaedu urged the winners not to relent in the pursuit of their goals, but to keep pushing until they achieved their desired height.
reports that there were awards for business people and celebrities who had contributed to the entertainment industry.
Awards were given to Kenneth Okonkwo, a veteran actor, Mr Chukwudi Okereke, Manager of Peka Park and Gardens, as well as Nwaka and Akaedu. www.
By Ibironke Ariyo
Dr Kenneth Okonkwo, a Nollywood veteran actor has tasked the Federal Government to improve on infrastructure and security towards empowering Nigeria’s teeming youth.
Okonkwo made the call during a football talent show tagged “Study and play football scholarship empowerment programme” on Saturday in Abuja.
He said that the two are essentials in sustaining a lasting empowerment as well as engender economic development through the contribution of the large number of youths in the country.
He was nominated by the Committee of Youth on Mobilisation and Sensitisation (CYMS) as the brand ambassador of the project.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a Dubai-based football club, Gulf United FC and CYMS are working on plans to offer both academic and football scholarship to 120 Nigerian youth.
The club was a leading football academy in the UK and Middle East that had been committed to mentoring young people in both football and academic career.
The aim of the programme was to raise professional footballers that would also be highly educated in other professional fields as engineering, law, medicine among others.
Speaking at the event, Okonkwo said that there was urgent need for the government to step up in addressing the major problems affecting the growths of the youths in Nigeria.
He also called for the review of the educational system to cater to improve teaching and learning as well as eliminate the incessant industrial actions by lecturers.
“Now even if the youths go to school, they are unemployable. Most of the lecturers do not even know how to use ICT, is it the student that will then know how to use it?.
“So, we need to overhaul the education system so that we will be churning out employable graduates and the lecturers should also learn how to sit down and teach.
“However, the government should also learn how to treat them well in terms of salary and welfare,” he said.
The veteran actor said that youth empowerment was key as it was one of the ways to inspire them.
“So, getting a collaboration between the foreign and the domestic people to help the youth to learn and to play is one of the best things you can do for youths.
“This is so because at their useful age, they are prone to entertainment, they have the strength and the charisma and when they are reading alongside playing, you have given them a total package.
“They are acquiring skills, they are using their talent and acquiring knowledge as well. This is just what I have as a dream for the youth, having been blessed with talents in Nigeria.
“As the ambassador of this project, I want to make sure that every Nigerian child has a skill, talent and vocation and has the knowledge and wisdom to go with them,” he said.
Head Scout and Consultant, Gulf United Nigeria Showcase, Mr Marcellinus Anyanwu, said that unemployment would reduce drastically in a country filled with educated people.
Anyanwu described education as a meal ticket to greatness, urging the youths to make best use of the opportunity that would be given to them.
The Director, Gulf United FC, Mr Jordi Shiel, said that the football club was looking forward to seeing the greatness in the youths to be given the scholarship.
Shiel said he believed that after the empowerment programme, the youths would positively impact Nigeria and the world at large.
The Director-General of CYMS, Mr Obinna Nwaka, said that the organisation had been complementing government’s efforts on youth empowerment and development.
Nwaka said that the group was delighted to be facilitating the project to help curb unemployment in the country.(NAN)
By Sumaila Ogbaje
A Dubai-based football club, Gulf United FC, and Committee Of Youth On Mobilisation and Sensitisation (CYMS) are set to offer both academic and football scholarship to 120 Nigerian Youths.
This was disclosed during the arrival of the management team of the club led by its Director, Mr Jordi Shiel, to the country on Wednesday in Abuja.
Shiels said that the club was a leading football academy in the UK and Middle East that had been committed to mentor young people in both football and academic career.
He said the aim of the programme was to raise professional footballers that would also be highly educated in other professional fields as engineering, law, medicine among others.
According to him, the club has over 200 partner universities where they negotiate the right school for the right boy, depending on the level of football skill, place and family support.
“We work in the middle east football and we know that there are many talented Nigerian footballers there but what we are looking for is not necessarily the next Jay-Jay Okocha or John Mike Obi.
“We are looking for people who are really interested to study and would have a sporting family who will encourage them to study to highest level.
“So they will have high level of football skills and also attain highest level of education so that regardless of whatever either as professional footballers, engineers, lawyers or doctors, they will excel for life,” he said.
Head Scout and Consultant, Gulf United Nigeria Showcase, Mr Marcellinus Anyanwu, said the programme was about “study and play in the US and Canada” targeted at Nigerian youths who had sound educational background.
Anyanwu said that the team was in the country to conduct talent hunt from over 5,000 applications received with a view to selecting 120 suitably qualified candidates for the scholarship.
He said that intention of the team and its partner, CYMS, was to select 60 candidates each from Abuja and Lagos centres, respectively.
“We are targeting those players that have good background in WAEC and have footballing skills so that they can go there, play and study.
“So if they don’t succeed in playing football, they would fall back on the certificate side.
“The player must be between the age of 16 years and 20 years; must be someone with a very good background in education and then good footballing skill.
“We negotiate with schools in U.S. and Canada and we take students there and Gulf United has been doing this for a very long time.
“We have done it in India, we have done it in some European countries and this is the first time that we are doing in Africa and as a Nigerian, I told my team, let us come to Nigeria.
“I am happy they listened to me and they are here now and I pray that everything is going to be successful.
“We asked people to apply for this since April and we got more than 5,000 applications which we have trimmed down to 120.
“We will pick 60 players from Abuja centre and another 60 from Lagos centre,” he said.
The Director-General of CYMS, Mr Obinna Nwaka, said the organisation had been assisting the Federal Government in implementing its policies and programmes that affected youths.
Nwaka said the mandate of the organisation was to mobilise and facilitate youth empowerment to young people who were not engaged in meaningful jobs.
He said that CYMS engaged with the club to discuss the partnership with a view to facilitating the scholarship for Nigerian youths to ensure that young people from the country keyed into the programme.
According to him, unemployment is a big challenge here in Nigeria as well as youth restiveness and other social vices.
“So we believe this opportunity is one of the millions and it is not everywhere in the world and we are glad that it is coming to West Africa and Nigeria in particular.
“We encouraged young people to key into it; but one of the things we did as a principal partner is to make sure that we publicise the programme.
“The government is also impressed with what we are doing and other security agencies have also keyed in to make sure that they give the maximum support.
“The partnership is key and we are glad that GUFC are in Nigeria and Africa to empower a lot of young Nigerians who are desirous to further their football carrier and also study overseas,” he said.
Nwaka expressed appreciation to the club for their interest in Nigeria. (NAN)
A group known as The Committee of Youth on Mobilisation and Sensitisation (CYMS), on Thursday condemned the incident that occurred on Tuesday night at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos causing the death of some young Nigerians.
The Director-General, CYMS, Mr Obinna Nwaka, made the condemnation in a statement issued by the organisation’s Media Director Otobong Gabriel on Thursday in Abuja.
Nwaka described the incident not only as disheartening but also regrettable.
According to him, a situation where armed soldiers are alleged to have attacked and killed unarmed young peaceful protesters calls for worry.
He, however, called on the Federal Government to listen to the demands of the Nigerian youth and find ways of reaching a peaceful resolution.
The director-general further called on government at all levels to demonstrate urgency and responsiveness by immediately acting on the yearnings of the patriotic Nigerians.
This, according to him, will facilitate a just and peaceful resolution of all the challenges confronting the country and “save it from impending fire and catastrophe.
“It is no longer news that Nigerian youths are tired of being `benched’ by the old politicians.
“And as a matter of urgency, we demand full integration of the Nigerian youth into all levels of our democratic governance.
“The youth have all the noble values needed to inject into our polity so that our country can realise its potential as a world power.
“It is disheartening to note that our youths are taking to the streets as a result of high rate of unemployment, lack of sense of belonging, under utilisation of their potential and lack of engagement by leaders they voted for.
“As a principal officers of an organisation focusing on sensitisation, promoting youth inclusion and good governance, we have come to realise that people who should pacify or directly engage the aggrieved are not also encouraged,” he said.
He, however, said as a patriotic Nigerian organisation, the committee would not relent in the efforts to always ensure peaceful coexistence among the country’s youth.
Nwaka then urged government to set a timeline for the implementation of the demands of the #EndSARS movement and immediately investigate the circumstances that led to the avoidable confrontation and consequent loss of lives.
He added that it should be with a view to swiftly fishing out the unlawful attackers who must be made to face the full wrath of the law.
The director-general also urged the youth to refrain from further protests to save their members from being victims of circumstance, as the peaceful protests had been totally hijacked by hoodlums and unpatriotic elements.
Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Donald Ugwu
The Committee of Youth on Mobilisation and Sensitisation (CYMS), on Wednesday honoured Mr Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity with certificate of excellent performance.
The presentation was made in Abuja by a three-man delegation of CYMS led by its Director-General, Mr Obinna Nwaka.
At the event, Tonto Dikeh, the CYMS’s Director, Socials and Empowerment, briefed the Presidential aide on the organisation’s activities as well as informed him on its forthcoming programme on empowerment, sensitisation and employment.
Dikeh, who is also the Ad hoc Chairman on COVID-19 Youth Empowerment Scheme (CYES), said that the organisation focused more on empowering Nigerians youths with access to verified information on Federal government policies and programmes, capacity building and grants support.
While presenting its official concept documents, Mr Abdullahi Abba, Director, Special Duties and Inter-governmental Affairs, emphasised on the need for the group to work assiduously with the office of the Presidential aide in areas of promotion and Sensitisation.
“Moreso, now that Nigerians need to be informed down to the grassroots level by direct and indirect engagement on government’s activities”.
Responding, Mr Femi Adesina commended the organisation’s effort in reawakening the consciousness of Nigerians on the policies and programmes of the government.
The Committee of Youth on Mobilization and Sensitisation (CYMS) is a Federal government group, set up to drive youth inclusion in governance, empowerment opportunities and active participation in every decision making process that concerns the young people of the country.
CYMS is a monitoring, mobilisation and sensitisation platform of young people, and also assisting the Federal government in areas of sensitisation, promotion of its policies and programmes.
In the same vein, it encourages the youths to ensure patriotism and key into the programmes of the Government.
Edited By: Felix Ajide
From Left: Director, Special Duties, Mr Abdullahi Abubakar, Director, Social & Empowerment, Tonto Dikeh, Mr Femi Adesina and Mr Obinna Nwaka, Director General, CYMS.
Abuja, Sept. 1, 2020 The Committee of Youth Mobilisation and Sensitisation (CYMS) has commended the Department of States Services (DSS) over display of maturity and civil responsibility without reprisal attack following the murder of its operatives in Enugu.
News Agency of Nigerian reports that there was a clash between some suspected members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and security agencies, which resulted to loss of lives and injuries.
Some policemen were alleged to have stormed an IPOB meeting at Community Secondary School, Emene and attempted to disperse the group, their actions were resisted and the encounter turned bloody.
According to him, we sympathise with the families of the Operatives and victims, who where murdered in Enugu last week.
“The DSS after murder, have displayed high level of maturity and civil responsibility without reprisal attack.
“However, Nigerians should not take them for granted because if same had happened to other security agencies, Enugu state would have been turned into a battlefield, ” he said.
Nwaka noted that incessant underperformance, abuse of office and corruption by political appointees were as a result of appointments without consultation of the DSS and over looking negative antecedents of some nominees.
“Appointment of desperate de-campees, who are not among the formation of a government and persons without the ideal of the administration will always result to sabotage.
“Appointment without proper consultation, loyalty and proper understanding of the ideology of the ruling party in line with its campaign manifestos should be discouraged, ” he said.
Nwaka recommended that appointees should always subject themselves to DSS and other security agencies after appointment or confirmation for questioning when neccessary.
“Nominees for appointments should appear before the DSS for proper scrutiny, clearance and profiling for further recommendation to Mr President for appointment or before forwarding their names to National Assembly for confirmation.
He, however, said that staff strength of the DSS should be increased for proper service delivery, adding that this would help improve service delivery in political and economic activities in the country.
Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)
The Committee of Youth on Mobilisation and Sensitisation (CYMS), has called for inclusion of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) under the supervision of the Presidency to ensure transparency and equity in service delivery.
The Director General, CYMS, Mr Obinna Nwaka, who made the call while addressing the newsmen on Monday in Abuja, said that the observation, facts findings and evaluation of the committee had birth the decision.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that NDDC was established to salvage the plights and overall predicaments of the member states, which are Edo, Imo, Abia, Ondo, Rivers, Delta, Akwa-Ibom, Cross Rivers and Bayelsa.
Nwaka, however, said that the CYMS as an evaluation, monitoring and mobilisation organisation had carried out an independent opinion poll across the nine states.
He noted that research was with the assistance and support from its state structures and networking partners just to ascertain the level of performance, development and intervention which was not encouraging.
According to him, you will agree with us that NDDC have not been able to deliver its mandate on provision of basic amenities such as roads, water, empowerment, electricity among others.
This, he said, was due to appointments of politicians without good principles, ideologies and the interest of Niger Delta people at heart.
“However, they have rather turned NDDC into an industry of looting, home of drama, embezzlement, financial retirement and a good platform to empower only their political associates devoid of administrations political party.
“We are here today to reawaken Nigerians to the need for us to have a good supervision of the NDDC.
“We want to let Nigerians know that CYMS is now out to assist the Federal Government in ensuring there is adequate monitoring, mobilisation and evaluation of it policies and programmes.
“We at CYMS feel the pains of these citizens in the aforementioned states and also understand that their plights can only be salvaged when there is transparency, equity, robust supervision of NDDC and swift response to challenges.
“At this junction, following our observation, facts finding and evaluation, we hereby humbly submit that NDDC should be under the supervision of the presidency, “he said.
Nwaka called on the National Assembly to ensure a speedy legislative support towards the recommendation and implored all relevant stakeholders from the Niger Delta States to support the clarion call.
He noted that only the enemies of Niger Delta people would kick against the clarion call, adding that it was the only way to ensure efficiency in service delivery, equity and transparency in NDDC.
He added that CYMS in line with its mandate would be part of every process to ensure sensitisation, evaluation and monitoring of NDDC activities with a view to promote and sensitise the people to the Federal Government projects and developmental efforts.
Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)