Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara says his administration will continue to prioritise the engagement and empowerment of youths to enhance their growth and ensure the realisation of their potentials.
AbdulRazaq said this in Ilorin on Wednesday when he received Pastor William Kumuyi, the Founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Christian Ministry, during a courtesy visit to Government House.
He said the #ENDSARS protest of 2020 was another signal for governments worldwide to listen to and properly engage young people to channel their energy to positive things.
The governor said that his government was young people oriented, adding that many of its programmes are targeted at empowering them.
“Indeed, the focus of this government is youth engagement. This is why we are investing heavily in the education sector to be able to capture them young.
“Although we have challenges in funding because of dwindling resources, we still believe in human capital development, which includes catering for young people and their future.
“After paying salaries, which is our first line charge, there is really not much left but we are managing ourselves very well.
“We have been pushing the youth agenda and inclusion even in the coming elections in the state. Our primaries have just been concluded.”
The governor noted that a 26-year-old man vied for the State House of Assembly seat.
He said that the state government was also pushing the gender parity agenda by passing a bill that guaranteed the 35 per cent employment and appointment of women.
According to him, the employment beneficiaries are mostly youths.
He added that many youths were seeking public office, as seen by the surge in the number of women and young people coming out for elective offices.
“We are indeed happy to receive you this morning in Government House. The YES programme you’ve talked about is a welcome development.
“It is a programme that will ignite the interest of the youths in political participation, business, community service and all spheres of life.
“We have great youth engagement here in Kwara, including at cabinet level. Just last week, also, we held a youth fair where youths showcased their talents in marketing and business.
“It was a successful event, which was the second one under us. And some of those who participated in the first event were able to get NAFDAC registration for their products, and they are doing well,” he said.
The governor said there was need to direct youths and make them confident in themselves to be able to achieve and know that the space is there for them to fulfil their destinies.
He appreciated the clergyman and his entourage on the visit to the state and assured them of the government’s hospitality throughout their stay, saying the government is fully in support of the YES programme.
Speaking earlier, Kumuyi said that he visited the state to seek the support of the government for the ministry’s YES programme that was coming up in Kwara.
He said that the initiative was inspired by some of his recent engagements with young people outside Nigeria.
“My mission is to engage the youth, not just the Christian youths or Muslim youths.
”I want to open the eyes of the young people and show them who they can be and what they can be, and refocus them.
“If Your Excellency could come to address people as the governor of the state, it would be appreciated. I want to carry your voice to the rest of the world.
“Talk to them, redirect their minds positively and give them vision so that in our own time the young people we are handing over to will have something concrete from us and will be confident when we hand over to them.
“So, I invite the government to come and take part in it and encourage them. We’ve subtitled it ‘Youth Ego Swallow – YES’. We want to tell them we say yes to them, and if they say yes to us there is no limit to where they can get to,” the cleric said.
Kumuyi lauded the governor for always reaching out to the youth and engaging them in his administration.
He appreciated the governor’s policy and ways of handling things, describing AbdulRazaq as a leader for the grassroots and for everyone.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the visit was part of activities heralding the Deeper Life Ministry’s “Youth Ego Swallow (YES)” programme in Ilorin.
The programme is aimed at engaging and mentoring young people towards making them realise their huge potentials for development.
“Our vision is to empower an additional 100,000 'Williams' by aef2029 to bridge the gap between population growth and energy access. The initiatives are there, the need is there, the entrepreneurs are everywhere and YES! is here to identify them and give them the tools to succeed…” Harry Gibson, EnergyNet (www.EnergyNet.co.uk).
William will be accompanied by:Joseph Nganga of the Rockefeller Foundation and the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet; Anne Ezeh, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at GE Gas Power; Dan Kammen, Professor of Energy and Resources in Berkeley, California and USAID advisor; Dr. Kenneth Namunje, Kipeto Energy Habiba Ali, CEO, Sosai Renewable Energies; and others
As well as exciting students, educators, entrepreneurs and early career professionals including:Atiku Jafar, International President, African Law Students Association Glory Oguegbu, Executive Director, Renewable Energy Technology Training Institute Prof. Howard Njoku, University of Nigeria Logyne ElGhor, Cairo University Noella Molefe, Eskom Olakunle Alao, Student and Executive Director of Kapit.ly Thuso Kuali, JP Morgan Noella Molefe, Eskom Zeddy Bariti, KenGen
Launched at this year's Africa Energy Forum (aef), the Youth Energy Summit (YES!) begins our journey to Nairobi in 2023, where the first 'YES! Expo' will be held for more than 1,000 of Africa's future energy players.
YES! in Brussels welcomes 40 students, educators, budding professionals and entrepreneurs to a 3-day workshop designed to discover and elevate the development needs of the next generation of energy leaders. This will include inspiring and intimate discussions with leading figures including Habiba Ali (Sosai Energy), Dr Kenneth Namunje (Kipeto Energy) and Gamunchirai Mutoza (Global Entrepreneurship Network Africa).
After Brussels, YES! will launch a series of focus groups in Nigeria, South Africa and Egypt. These will be supported by a 24/7/365 digital platform that will be free to access for YES! participants and organizations that work with us to deliver these crucial impact-driven initiatives.
In Nairobi in 2023, YES! will provide funding for up to 1,000 'participants' to travel and contribute to the meeting with businesses, organisations, stakeholders and government. We will build the business readiness of both the people and the programs that are proliferating across the continent to support them. Our goal is to boost the number of energy projects that reach financial close from the current 10% to at least 20%, thereby unlocking the potential of young energy leaders.
To be successful, we will identify (100,000 William Kamkwambas) with the goal of reaching 20,000 energy entrepreneurs from across the continent by aef26 (June 2026).
Gov. Gboyega Oyeola of Osun, says he is not ready to engage in “fire for fire politics ” as being propagated by some politicians ahead of the forthcoming July 16 governorship election in the state.Oyetola said that the desperation of some politicians in their campaign to engage in do-or-die politics was not his character, but rather politics is a call to service to him.The governor said this during an engagement programme with members of Osun Chapter of Young Farmers Association of Nigeria on Sunday in Osogbo.He said decency should be the watchword in political space, rather than the use of inciting words that could heat up the polity.Represented by his Special Adviser on Civic Engagement, Mr Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, the governor said that he would rather engage in an issue-based campaign than in campaign of calumny.Oyetola said that the continuation of the various development projects he had embarked on since inception of his administration was the reason for his re-election campaign.He said it was only those who lacked the basic knowledge of governance that would see the election as a thug of war.Oyetola, however, said that he was optimistic of winning the election, which he hoped would be free and fair.Oyetola, who noted that his modest achievements in all sectors of the state would speak for his re-election, said the masses were also behind him.The governor said as part of his love for the people, the process of enrolling 30,000 vulnerable youths into Health Insurance Scheme(OHIS) had begun.He also said that government had kick started massive recruitment of youths into Osun Youth Employment Scheme, popularly called (O’YES).The governor said the recruitment was part of government’s efforts to maximise the potential embedded in the youths, for them to contribute their quota to the growth and development of the state.Oyetola also said that the recently flagged off of N 3.2 billion road rehabilitation in Osogbo, Olorunda, Federal Constituency and Egbedore Local Government Area was part of his pledge to deliver good road network across the state to unleash socio-economic development.The governor, who also noted that he had been prioritising workers’ and pensioners’ welfare, said that he ensured they get their salaries and stipends as and when due.” We ensure payment of gratuity and pensions regularly because we believe that our pensioners deserve to receive their dues after labouring so hard to build our state.” We will continue to release funds regularly to take care of the current pensions and gratuities and to clear the backlog which we inherited. This is my pact with our senior citizens,” he said.The governor, therefore, appealed to all registered voters to get their Permanent Voter Cards to support his re-election for the good work to continue.Oyetola, who commended the young farmers for their involvement in farming, described the youth as the most productive, efficient and energetic segment of the population.He said his administration had invested tremendously in them as part of efforts to build a virile, sustainable economy and ensure all-round development.
He said his administration had been engaging youths productively as loans ranging from N500,000 to N 2.5 million were facilitated for 4,650 of them and that efforts were on to increase the number of the beneficiaries.
The governor said his administration would continue to encourage young men and women to go into farming and ensure they get government support.In his remarks, the Chairman of the association, Prince Oyekunle Laide, commended the governor for his achievements in the area of infrastructure, health, education and empowerment.Oyekunle promised that member of the association would support the governor’s
A Danish flag flies in front of the country's embassy in Moscow, Russia, on March 29, 2018. Shemetov.
Moscow, May 5, 2022 Russia on Thursday expelled seven Danish embassy workers in response to the expulsion of Russian diplomats from Denmark.
“On May 5, the Danish ambassador to Russia, Carsten Søndergaard, was summoned to the Foreign Ministry because Copenhagen unjustifiably declared 15 employees of the Russian embassy and trade mission in Denmark undesirable.
"And because the Danish authorities are providing military assistance to kyiv," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
The Danish diplomats will now have to leave Russia within two weeks.
Since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, there has been a series of diplomatic expulsions.
By Moscow's count, some 400 Russian diplomats around the world have had to leave their host countries.
Rome, May 5, 2022 Pope Francis uses a wheelchair to protect his injured knee.
The 85-year-old head of the Catholic Church was pushed by a Vatican employee into an audience with nuns on Thursday.
The pontiff recently said that his doctors had told him to rest his aching right knee.
He has been seen limping in recent weeks and had to cancel some events.
According to information from the Vatican, the Pope may have to use a wheelchair again from time to time in the future, but his next appointments will take place as planned.
Francis said this week in an interview with the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera that he was suffering from a knee ligament injury and would need a small injection.
According to press reports, the injection took place on Tuesday.