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  •  The War Against Self Destruction WASD an NGO has tasked students on the need to be change agents to propagate a drug free society The Team Leader of WASD Mr Ojong Ogar made the call in Maraba on Friday at an event to commemorate the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is usually commemorated on June 26 as stipulated by the United Nations in her charter since 1986 The event was in collaboration with SAA Adamu Save De Future International Initiative Ogar said that the organisation targeted secondary school students to make them ambassadors to champion the cause of drug abuse and illicit trafficking among the youths According to him the war of drug abuse has become a general war which has brought all and sundry together seeking the best way to bring it to a zero tolerance level The ills have destroyed uncounted lives especially that of the youths who today seem to be the most vulnerable age bracket The country has suffered so much loss of lives property and dignity due to the involvement of well meaning Nigerians abusing and trafficking drugs The only way we can stay off drug abuse or even its illicit trafficking is when we have been able to give ourselves a true definition of who we are and which will require building of positive self image through pre defination of self esteem he said He called on the students and all Nigerians to join forces to fight the menace to a standstill Also the Chief Executive Officer of Fata Super System Limited Dr Aliu Fatai who expressed concern about the ASUU strike said the disrupted timeline had left students sourcing for ways to cope with pressure thereby resulting to drug abuse Fatai who was represented by the Manager of the organisation Mr Taofeek Fatai said that the onus lied on the youths to say no to pressure and challenges of the society capable of luring them into drug It is no secret that drug abuse is highly prevalent among a particular demographic the YOUTHS in a fast paced world constantly evolving competitive unforgiving and brutal and we are constantly playing catch up and juggling the demands of meeting up The anxiety levels of youths today is the same as that of psychiatric patients Everybody is anxious The need to make it in life the need to not be a failure the need to not be a disappointment the need to succeed are all reasons why youths engages in drug he said Also a Teacher from the Paris Africana International School Mr Benjamin Wamunuko called on the teachers parents and the government to be alive to the responsibility of ensuring that the society was free from drug Wamunuko tasked governments to collaborate with private organisations to create awareness in schools across the country saying that doing this would step the tide of drug abuse and trafficking in the country NAN reports that participating schools included the Kings International College Epitome Model Islamic School St Augustine Secondary School and Paris Africana International School NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Drug Abuse: NGO advises students to be change agents for drug free society
     The War Against Self Destruction WASD an NGO has tasked students on the need to be change agents to propagate a drug free society The Team Leader of WASD Mr Ojong Ogar made the call in Maraba on Friday at an event to commemorate the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is usually commemorated on June 26 as stipulated by the United Nations in her charter since 1986 The event was in collaboration with SAA Adamu Save De Future International Initiative Ogar said that the organisation targeted secondary school students to make them ambassadors to champion the cause of drug abuse and illicit trafficking among the youths According to him the war of drug abuse has become a general war which has brought all and sundry together seeking the best way to bring it to a zero tolerance level The ills have destroyed uncounted lives especially that of the youths who today seem to be the most vulnerable age bracket The country has suffered so much loss of lives property and dignity due to the involvement of well meaning Nigerians abusing and trafficking drugs The only way we can stay off drug abuse or even its illicit trafficking is when we have been able to give ourselves a true definition of who we are and which will require building of positive self image through pre defination of self esteem he said He called on the students and all Nigerians to join forces to fight the menace to a standstill Also the Chief Executive Officer of Fata Super System Limited Dr Aliu Fatai who expressed concern about the ASUU strike said the disrupted timeline had left students sourcing for ways to cope with pressure thereby resulting to drug abuse Fatai who was represented by the Manager of the organisation Mr Taofeek Fatai said that the onus lied on the youths to say no to pressure and challenges of the society capable of luring them into drug It is no secret that drug abuse is highly prevalent among a particular demographic the YOUTHS in a fast paced world constantly evolving competitive unforgiving and brutal and we are constantly playing catch up and juggling the demands of meeting up The anxiety levels of youths today is the same as that of psychiatric patients Everybody is anxious The need to make it in life the need to not be a failure the need to not be a disappointment the need to succeed are all reasons why youths engages in drug he said Also a Teacher from the Paris Africana International School Mr Benjamin Wamunuko called on the teachers parents and the government to be alive to the responsibility of ensuring that the society was free from drug Wamunuko tasked governments to collaborate with private organisations to create awareness in schools across the country saying that doing this would step the tide of drug abuse and trafficking in the country NAN reports that participating schools included the Kings International College Epitome Model Islamic School St Augustine Secondary School and Paris Africana International School NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Drug Abuse: NGO advises students to be change agents for drug free society
    General news3 months ago

    Drug Abuse: NGO advises students to be change agents for drug free society

    The War Against Self Destruction (WASD), an NGO, has tasked students on the need to be change agents to propagate a drug free society.The Team Leader of WASD, Mr Ojong Ogar, made the call in Maraba on Friday at an event to commemorate the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is usually commemorated on June 26 as stipulated by the United Nations in her charter since 1986.The event was in collaboration with SAA Adamu Save De Future International Initiative.Ogar said that the organisation targeted secondary school students to make them ambassadors to champion the cause of drug abuse and illicit trafficking among the youths.According to him, the war of drug abuse has become a general war which has brought all and sundry together seeking the best way to bring it to a zero tolerance level.“The ills have destroyed uncounted lives especially that of the youths who today seem to be the most vulnerable age bracket.“The country has suffered so much loss of lives, property and dignity due to the involvement of well meaning Nigerians abusing and trafficking drugs.“The only way we can stay off drug abuse or even its illicit trafficking is when we have been able to give ourselves a true definition of who we are and which will require building of positive self image through pre-defination of self esteem,” he said.He called on the students and all Nigerians to join forces to fight the menace to a standstill.Also, the Chief Executive Officer of Fata Super System Limited, Dr Aliu Fatai, who expressed concern about the ASUU strike, said the disrupted timeline had left students sourcing for ways to cope with pressure thereby resulting to drug abuse.Fatai, who was represented by the Manager of the organisation, Mr Taofeek Fatai, said that the onus lied on the youths to say no to pressure and challenges of the society capable of luring them into drug.“It is no secret that drug abuse is highly prevalent among a particular demographic-the YOUTHS, in a fast paced world, constantly evolving, competitive, unforgiving and brutal and we are constantly playing catch up and juggling the demands of meeting up.“The anxiety levels of youths today is the same as that of psychiatric patients.“Everybody is anxious. The need to make it in life, the need to not be a failure, the need to not be a disappointment, the need to succeed are all reasons why youths engages in drug,” he said.Also, a Teacher from the Paris Africana International School, Mr Benjamin Wamunuko, called on the teachers, parents and the government to be alive to the responsibility of ensuring that the society was free from drug.Wamunuko tasked governments to collaborate with private organisations to create awareness in schools across the country, saying that doing this would step the tide of drug abuse and trafficking in the country.NAN reports that participating schools included the  Kings International College, Epitome Model Islamic School, St. Augustine Secondary School and Paris Africana International School.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Hundreds of youths in Katsina State on Tuesday staged peaceful protest over the increasing rate of banditry kidnappings and other security challenges in the state The protest was organised under the auspices of National Youths Council of Nigeria NYCN and Coalition of Northern Groups CNG The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the protest was monitored by the Commissioner of Police Sanusi Buba who also addressed the protestors The youths had planned to converge on the Katsina Emir s Palace but their plan was scuttled by security agents who blocked all roads leading to the palace The protestors however passed through Kofar Durbi to GRA carrying placards with different inscriptions like stop the bloodshed do the needful before they finish us and banditry and kidnapping are our monsters among others The security agents also blocked all roads leading to the Government House to prevent the youth from getting there The state Chairman of NYCN Katsina State Lukman Umar Kankia said that the state which was known for peace is now facing mounting security challenges including banditry kidnapping and cattle rustling among others Bandits operate with brazen impunity their audacity is appalling In broad daylight they sack villages and annihilate the people They rustle animals raze markets and reduce houses to rubble they defoliate farms and pillage resources They rape women and abduct men and demand a ransom their relations couldn t afford he said He therefore urged the Federal and state governments to intensify efforts in protecting peoples lives and property The government should employ more police for the affected areas proffer stiffer punishment for anyone found aiding bandits and kidnappers he said Addressing the youths the police commissioner assured them that the government and security agents were doing their best to overcome the security challenges in the state We are aware that we have challenges these challenges were built up over 30 years yet some Nigerians want these problems that have been accumulated over 30 years to be solved within a period of months We are determined more than ever before to ensure that these problems are solved and that is why we have joint security operations to bring the situation under control he said Buba admonished the youths not to be misguided and thanked them for conducting themselves in a matured manner Thank God it is a peaceful protest there was no any violence and when I talked to them they listened Edited By Maharazu Ahmed NAN
    Youths stage peaceful protest over security challenges in Katsina State
     Hundreds of youths in Katsina State on Tuesday staged peaceful protest over the increasing rate of banditry kidnappings and other security challenges in the state The protest was organised under the auspices of National Youths Council of Nigeria NYCN and Coalition of Northern Groups CNG The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the protest was monitored by the Commissioner of Police Sanusi Buba who also addressed the protestors The youths had planned to converge on the Katsina Emir s Palace but their plan was scuttled by security agents who blocked all roads leading to the palace The protestors however passed through Kofar Durbi to GRA carrying placards with different inscriptions like stop the bloodshed do the needful before they finish us and banditry and kidnapping are our monsters among others The security agents also blocked all roads leading to the Government House to prevent the youth from getting there The state Chairman of NYCN Katsina State Lukman Umar Kankia said that the state which was known for peace is now facing mounting security challenges including banditry kidnapping and cattle rustling among others Bandits operate with brazen impunity their audacity is appalling In broad daylight they sack villages and annihilate the people They rustle animals raze markets and reduce houses to rubble they defoliate farms and pillage resources They rape women and abduct men and demand a ransom their relations couldn t afford he said He therefore urged the Federal and state governments to intensify efforts in protecting peoples lives and property The government should employ more police for the affected areas proffer stiffer punishment for anyone found aiding bandits and kidnappers he said Addressing the youths the police commissioner assured them that the government and security agents were doing their best to overcome the security challenges in the state We are aware that we have challenges these challenges were built up over 30 years yet some Nigerians want these problems that have been accumulated over 30 years to be solved within a period of months We are determined more than ever before to ensure that these problems are solved and that is why we have joint security operations to bring the situation under control he said Buba admonished the youths not to be misguided and thanked them for conducting themselves in a matured manner Thank God it is a peaceful protest there was no any violence and when I talked to them they listened Edited By Maharazu Ahmed NAN
    Youths stage peaceful protest over security challenges in Katsina State
    Defence/Security2 years ago

    Youths stage peaceful protest over security challenges in Katsina State

    Hundreds of youths in Katsina State, on Tuesday staged peaceful protest over the increasing rate of banditry, kidnappings and other security challenges in the state.

    The protest was organised under the auspices of National Youths Council of Nigeria (NYCN) and Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG).

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the protest was monitored by the Commissioner of Police, Sanusi Buba,who also addressed the protestors.

    The youths had planned to converge on the Katsina Emir’s Palace, but their plan was scuttled by security agents, who blocked all roads leading to the palace.

    The protestors, however, passed through Kofar-Durbi to GRA carrying placards with different inscriptions like: “stop the bloodshed”, “do the needful before they finish us” and “banditry and kidnapping are our monsters” among others.

    The security agents also blocked all roads leading to the Government House to prevent the youth from getting there.

    The state Chairman of NYCN, Katsina State, Lukman Umar-Kankia, said that the state, which was known for peace, is now facing mounting security challenges, including banditry, kidnapping and cattle rustling, among others.

    “Bandits operate with brazen impunity, their audacity is appalling. In broad daylight, they sack villages and annihilate the people.

    “They rustle animals, raze markets and reduce houses to rubble; they defoliate farms and pillage resources.

    “They rape women and abduct men and demand a ransom their relations couldn’t afford,” he said.

    He therefore urged the Federal and state governments to intensify efforts in protecting peoples lives and property.

    “The government should employ more police for the affected areas, proffer stiffer punishment for anyone found aiding bandits and kidnappers,” he said.

    Addressing the youths, the police commissioner, assured them that the government and security agents were doing their best to overcome the security challenges in the state.

    “We are aware that we have challenges, these challenges were built up over 30 years, yet some Nigerians want these problems that have been accumulated over 30 years to be solved within a period of months.

    “We are determined more than ever before to ensure that these problems are solved, and that is why we have joint security operations to bring the situation under control,” he said.

    Buba admonished the youths not to be misguided, and thanked them for conducting themselves in a matured manner.

    “Thank God it is a peaceful protest, there was no any violence and when I talked to them, they listened.”


    Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

  •  An NGO the Leadership Entrepreneurship and Advocacy LEAD Network has urged youths to engage leaders and hold them accountable as the nation marks 2020 Democracy Day on June 12 The Executive Director of LEAD Network Mr Chukwuma Okenwa made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Enugu NAN reports that President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 recognised the outcome of June 12 1993 Presidential Election and declared June 12 as national Democracy Day According to Okenwa young Nigerians should live up to their responsibilities by getting involved in governance and by asking relevant developmental questions He said that youths must stand out as symbol of the future radiating zeal strength innovation and vibrancy especially on issues of governance and leadership He added that youths are leading the way in new development and ideas everywhere in the world Young Nigerians should be weary of the status quo tagged the Nigeria factor they should embrace only the dream of a Nigeria that they can be proud of Democracy in Nigeria should not just be of the people because the mandate is given to leaders by their people Democracy should be by the people and for the people through youths active participation in governance and citizenship engagement Okenwa also called on the legislature to stand its ground as the hallmark of democracy while creating legal frameworks and laws that are people centred and people oriented He therefore urged lawmakers in the country to carry out their legislative businesses with due recourse to their constituents which are co stakeholders in a democracy There is the need for legislators to carry their constituents along while sponsoring or supporting bills so as to get their opinions This is because the legislators are there for their people and not for themselves That makes a good case why young Nigerians should engage political office holders especially their representatives he said Edited by Bola Akingbehin Hadiza Mohammed Aliyu
    June 12: Youths should engage leaders on accountability – LEAD Network
     An NGO the Leadership Entrepreneurship and Advocacy LEAD Network has urged youths to engage leaders and hold them accountable as the nation marks 2020 Democracy Day on June 12 The Executive Director of LEAD Network Mr Chukwuma Okenwa made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Enugu NAN reports that President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 recognised the outcome of June 12 1993 Presidential Election and declared June 12 as national Democracy Day According to Okenwa young Nigerians should live up to their responsibilities by getting involved in governance and by asking relevant developmental questions He said that youths must stand out as symbol of the future radiating zeal strength innovation and vibrancy especially on issues of governance and leadership He added that youths are leading the way in new development and ideas everywhere in the world Young Nigerians should be weary of the status quo tagged the Nigeria factor they should embrace only the dream of a Nigeria that they can be proud of Democracy in Nigeria should not just be of the people because the mandate is given to leaders by their people Democracy should be by the people and for the people through youths active participation in governance and citizenship engagement Okenwa also called on the legislature to stand its ground as the hallmark of democracy while creating legal frameworks and laws that are people centred and people oriented He therefore urged lawmakers in the country to carry out their legislative businesses with due recourse to their constituents which are co stakeholders in a democracy There is the need for legislators to carry their constituents along while sponsoring or supporting bills so as to get their opinions This is because the legislators are there for their people and not for themselves That makes a good case why young Nigerians should engage political office holders especially their representatives he said Edited by Bola Akingbehin Hadiza Mohammed Aliyu
    June 12: Youths should engage leaders on accountability – LEAD Network
    Politics2 years ago

    June 12: Youths should engage leaders on accountability – LEAD Network

    An NGO, the Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Advocacy (LEAD) Network, has urged youths to engage leaders and hold them accountable as the nation marks 2020 Democracy Day on June 12.

    The Executive Director of LEAD Network, Mr Chukwuma Okenwa, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria   on Thursday in Enugu.

    NAN reports that President Muhammadu Buhari, in 2019, recognised the outcome of June 12, 1993, Presidential Election and declared June 12 as national Democracy Day.

    According to Okenwa, young Nigerians should live up to their responsibilities by getting involved in governance and by asking relevant developmental questions.

    He said that youths must stand out as symbol of the future, radiating zeal, strength, innovation and vibrancy, especially on issues of governance and leadership.

    He added that “youths are leading the way in new development and ideas everywhere in the world.

    “Young Nigerians should be weary of the status quo tagged: `the Nigeria factor’, they should embrace only the dream of a Nigeria that they can be proud of.

    “Democracy in Nigeria should not just be ‘of the people’, because the mandate is given to leaders by their people.

    “Democracy should  be by the people and for the people, through youths’ active participation in governance and citizenship engagement.”

    Okenwa also called on the legislature to stand its ground as the hallmark of democracy, while creating legal frameworks and laws that are people-centred and people-oriented.

    He, therefore, urged lawmakers in the country to carry out their legislative businesses with due recourse to their constituents, “which are co-stakeholders in a democracy.

    “There is the need for legislators to carry their constituents along while sponsoring or supporting bills so as to get their opinions.”

    “This is because the legislators are there for their people and not for themselves.

    “That makes a good case why young Nigerians should engage political office holders, especially their representatives”, he said.

    Edited  by  Bola  Akingbehin/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu

     

  •  Barely a month to the governorship primaries of the PDP in Edo the youth wing of the party has started raising funds to assist a chieftain of the party Mr Kenneth Imasuangbon to purchase the party s nomination form for the governorship race The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Imasuangbon 54 is among a crowded field of aspirants seeking to contest the Edo governorship election on the platform of the PDP The coordinator of the fund raising campaign Mr Idemudia Clifford told a news conference in Benin on Wednesday that the gesture was to support Imasuangbon in his bid to become the next governor of Edo Clifford said that youths decided to purchase the nomination form for Imasuangbon as a show of appreciation for what the politician had been doing for young people According to him market women artisans professionals and students from the three senatorial zones of the state are also contributing to the initiative Clifford said that youths in Edo State believed that Imasuangbon popularly known as Rice Man would be the candidate to beat in the Edo governorship elections slated for Sept 19 Imasuangbon is a household name in Edo State He has been consistent in reaching out to the poor and needy in society Our desire to raise the money for the nomination form for Imasuangbon is to show our gratitude and tell him we are truly behind him I want to inform you that many people across the state have called in to pledge their support It melts our heart to receive calls from all parts of the state Edited By Silas Nwoha NAN
    Edo 2020: Youths mobilise funds to buy nomination form for guber aspirant
     Barely a month to the governorship primaries of the PDP in Edo the youth wing of the party has started raising funds to assist a chieftain of the party Mr Kenneth Imasuangbon to purchase the party s nomination form for the governorship race The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Imasuangbon 54 is among a crowded field of aspirants seeking to contest the Edo governorship election on the platform of the PDP The coordinator of the fund raising campaign Mr Idemudia Clifford told a news conference in Benin on Wednesday that the gesture was to support Imasuangbon in his bid to become the next governor of Edo Clifford said that youths decided to purchase the nomination form for Imasuangbon as a show of appreciation for what the politician had been doing for young people According to him market women artisans professionals and students from the three senatorial zones of the state are also contributing to the initiative Clifford said that youths in Edo State believed that Imasuangbon popularly known as Rice Man would be the candidate to beat in the Edo governorship elections slated for Sept 19 Imasuangbon is a household name in Edo State He has been consistent in reaching out to the poor and needy in society Our desire to raise the money for the nomination form for Imasuangbon is to show our gratitude and tell him we are truly behind him I want to inform you that many people across the state have called in to pledge their support It melts our heart to receive calls from all parts of the state Edited By Silas Nwoha NAN
    Edo 2020: Youths mobilise funds to buy nomination form for guber aspirant
    Politics2 years ago

    Edo 2020: Youths mobilise funds to buy nomination form for guber aspirant

    Barely a month to the governorship primaries of the PDP in Edo, the youth wing of the party has started raising funds to assist a chieftain of the party, Mr Kenneth Imasuangbon, to purchase the party’s nomination form for the governorship race.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Imasuangbon, 54, is among a crowded field of aspirants seeking to contest the Edo governorship election on the platform of the PDP.

    The coordinator of the fund raising campaign, Mr Idemudia Clifford, told a news conference in Benin on Wednesday that the gesture was to support Imasuangbon in his bid to become the next governor of Edo.

    Clifford said that youths decided to purchase the nomination form for Imasuangbon as a show of appreciation for what the politician had been doing for young people.

    According to him, market women, artisans, professionals and students from the three senatorial zones of the state are also contributing to the initiative.

    Clifford said that youths in Edo State believed that Imasuangbon, popularly known as “Rice Man’’ would be the candidate to beat in the Edo governorship elections, slated for Sept. 19.

    “Imasuangbon is a household name in Edo State. He has been consistent in reaching out to the poor and needy in society.

    “Our desire to raise the money for the nomination form for Imasuangbon is to show our gratitude and tell him we are truly behind him.

    “I want to inform you that many people across the state have called in to pledge their support. It melts our heart to receive calls from all parts of the state.’’


    Edited By: Silas Nwoha (NAN)

  •  Farmers who are mainly youths in Nasarawa have called on the state government to adopt new irrigation technologies to boost dry season rice production in order to avert hunger after the novel Coronavirus COVID 19 pandemic The farmers made the call on Monday during a visit to demonstration farms in three communities in Lafia Local Government Area of the state The farmers were trained and exposed to the new irrigation technologies on rice production under the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation Water Enabler Compact TAAT WEC project The project funded by the African Development Bank AfDB is led by the International Water Management Institute IWMI and implemented in Nigeria through the Institute of Agricultural Research IAR at the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria aimed at water conservation and boosting agricultural productivity Ayuba Abimiku one of the farmers at Gidan Mai Akuya community said that the pressured plastic piped sprinkler and advanced wet and drying scheduling irrigation technologies had made dry season farming a lot easier Abimiku noted that with the new system less water was required unlike the old method where they often flooded their farms This system allows for proper water management and the farmer can determine the right amount of water needed in the field per time he said Similarly Godiya Ovey from Madagba community said that the system had made dry season rice farming attractive to the youths who hitherto do not want to get themselves dirty This is a system that does not require much effort once you know how to set it up You can combine it with other endeavours he added Also Moses Tsaku another youth farmer from Azuba Bashayi community said the technology had changed his perception about farming He encouraged other farmers to consider going into dry season farming using the technology and not rely only on rain fed farming for rice production The farmers therefore urged the state government to scale up the technology and provide the necessary support in order to ensure an all year round rice production and sufficiency after the Coronavirus pandemic Prof Henry Igbadun the Project Coordinator who was represented by the Nasarawa state coordinator Oklo Jonathan said that the project began in 2019 with the training of 40 youths and agriculture extension workers on the new irrigation technologies According to him the farmers were trained and introduced to the technologies with field demonstration where the farmers in groups of 10 applied the technologies in rice production from nursery transplanting and almost ready for harvest soon He said that the essence of the project was water management for increased rice production The project is aimed at building the capacity of a cadre of trainers including innovation platform facilitators extension agents champion farmers and youths in the proper use of irrigation and water management technologies as well as implementation of good irrigation management practice Igbadun said Also Mr Jonathan Joshua Chairman of the Bukan sidi rice innovation platform lauded the TAAT WEC project saying it has engendered youth interest in agriculture Joshua therefore advised the state government and other agricultural stakeholders to scale up the project in order to ensure food sufficiency especially with the looming food shortage occasioned by the COVID 19 pandemic Edited By Remi Koleoso and Isaac Ukpoju NAN
    Rice: Youths urge Nasarawa gov’t to adopt new irrigation tech. to boost production
     Farmers who are mainly youths in Nasarawa have called on the state government to adopt new irrigation technologies to boost dry season rice production in order to avert hunger after the novel Coronavirus COVID 19 pandemic The farmers made the call on Monday during a visit to demonstration farms in three communities in Lafia Local Government Area of the state The farmers were trained and exposed to the new irrigation technologies on rice production under the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation Water Enabler Compact TAAT WEC project The project funded by the African Development Bank AfDB is led by the International Water Management Institute IWMI and implemented in Nigeria through the Institute of Agricultural Research IAR at the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria aimed at water conservation and boosting agricultural productivity Ayuba Abimiku one of the farmers at Gidan Mai Akuya community said that the pressured plastic piped sprinkler and advanced wet and drying scheduling irrigation technologies had made dry season farming a lot easier Abimiku noted that with the new system less water was required unlike the old method where they often flooded their farms This system allows for proper water management and the farmer can determine the right amount of water needed in the field per time he said Similarly Godiya Ovey from Madagba community said that the system had made dry season rice farming attractive to the youths who hitherto do not want to get themselves dirty This is a system that does not require much effort once you know how to set it up You can combine it with other endeavours he added Also Moses Tsaku another youth farmer from Azuba Bashayi community said the technology had changed his perception about farming He encouraged other farmers to consider going into dry season farming using the technology and not rely only on rain fed farming for rice production The farmers therefore urged the state government to scale up the technology and provide the necessary support in order to ensure an all year round rice production and sufficiency after the Coronavirus pandemic Prof Henry Igbadun the Project Coordinator who was represented by the Nasarawa state coordinator Oklo Jonathan said that the project began in 2019 with the training of 40 youths and agriculture extension workers on the new irrigation technologies According to him the farmers were trained and introduced to the technologies with field demonstration where the farmers in groups of 10 applied the technologies in rice production from nursery transplanting and almost ready for harvest soon He said that the essence of the project was water management for increased rice production The project is aimed at building the capacity of a cadre of trainers including innovation platform facilitators extension agents champion farmers and youths in the proper use of irrigation and water management technologies as well as implementation of good irrigation management practice Igbadun said Also Mr Jonathan Joshua Chairman of the Bukan sidi rice innovation platform lauded the TAAT WEC project saying it has engendered youth interest in agriculture Joshua therefore advised the state government and other agricultural stakeholders to scale up the project in order to ensure food sufficiency especially with the looming food shortage occasioned by the COVID 19 pandemic Edited By Remi Koleoso and Isaac Ukpoju NAN
    Rice: Youths urge Nasarawa gov’t to adopt new irrigation tech. to boost production
    Agriculture2 years ago

    Rice: Youths urge Nasarawa gov’t to adopt new irrigation tech. to boost production

    Farmers, who are mainly youths in Nasarawa have called on the state government to adopt  new irrigation technologies to boost dry season rice production in order to avert hunger after the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

    The farmers made the call on Monday during a visit to demonstration farms in three communities in Lafia Local Government Area of the state.

    The farmers were trained and exposed to the new irrigation technologies on rice production under the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation – Water Enabler Compact (TAAT-WEC) project.

    The project, funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB) is led by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and implemented in Nigeria through the Institute of Agricultural Research (IAR) at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, aimed at water conservation and boosting agricultural productivity.

    Ayuba Abimiku, one of the farmers at Gidan Mai-Akuya community, said that the pressured plastic piped,  sprinkler and advanced wet and drying scheduling  irrigation technologies had made dry season farming a lot easier.

    Abimiku noted that with the new system, less water was required unlike the old method where they often flooded their farms.

    “This system allows for proper water management and the farmer can determine the right amount of water needed in the field per time,”he said.

    Similarly, Godiya Ovey from Madagba community, said that the system had made dry season rice farming attractive to the youths, who hitherto do not want to get themselves dirty.

    “This is a system that does not require much effort once you know how to set it up. You can combine it with other endeavours,”he added.

    Also, Moses Tsaku, another youth farmer from Azuba-Bashayi community, said the technology had changed his perception about farming.

    He encouraged other farmers to consider going into dry season farming using the technology and not rely only on rain-fed farming for rice production.

    The farmers, therefore urged the state government to scale up the technology and provide the necessary support in order to ensure an all year round rice production and sufficiency after the Coronavirus pandemic.

    Prof. Henry Igbadun, the Project Coordinator, who was represented by the Nasarawa state coordinator, Oklo Jonathan, said that the project began in 2019 with the training of 40 youths and agriculture extension workers on the new irrigation technologies.

    According to him, the farmers were trained and introduced to the technologies with field demonstration where the farmers, in groups of 10, applied the technologies in rice production from nursery, transplanting and almost ready for harvest soon.

    He said that the essence of the project was water management for increased rice production.

    “The project is aimed at building the capacity of a cadre of trainers, including innovation platform facilitators, extension agents, champion farmers and youths in the proper use of irrigation and water management technologies as well as implementation of good irrigation management practice,”Igbadun said.

    Also, Mr Jonathan Joshua, Chairman of the Bukan-sidi rice innovation platform lauded the TAAT-WEC project, saying it has engendered youth interest in agriculture.

    Joshua, therefore, advised the state government and other agricultural stakeholders to scale up the project in order to ensure food sufficiency, especially with the looming food shortage occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.



    Edited By: Remi Koleoso and Isaac Ukpoju (NAN)

  •  The newly appointed Enugu State Commissioner for Youths and Sports Mr Manfred Nzekwe has assumed work amidst the ravaging pandemic in the country Public Relations Officer of the Enugu State Ministry of Youths and Sports Mr Dan Onwuegbuna disclosed this to newsmen in Enugu on Tuesday Nzekwe while taking over office charged the staff of the ministry to be dedicated loyal disciplined and punctual to work He called for the cooperation support and harmonious working relationship with the staff members to achieve success The new commissioner commended the out going one Mr Vitus Okechi for his achievements within his short time in the ministry He expressed joy taking over from Okechi whom he described as his long time friend promising to tap from his wealth of experience from time to time Nzekwe described sports as a big entertainment industry and a source of employment health and physical well being of individuals Speaking outgoing Commissioner Okechi enjoined the staff members to give his successor maximum cooperation He said the new commissioner is his friend and wished him well in his new assignment promising to give him full support The PRO of the ministry on behalf of other staff members assured the commissioner of the support loyalty and dedication to duty from the workers Edited By Chidi Opara Donald Ugwu NAN
    Enugu Commissioner for Youths, Sports assumes duty
     The newly appointed Enugu State Commissioner for Youths and Sports Mr Manfred Nzekwe has assumed work amidst the ravaging pandemic in the country Public Relations Officer of the Enugu State Ministry of Youths and Sports Mr Dan Onwuegbuna disclosed this to newsmen in Enugu on Tuesday Nzekwe while taking over office charged the staff of the ministry to be dedicated loyal disciplined and punctual to work He called for the cooperation support and harmonious working relationship with the staff members to achieve success The new commissioner commended the out going one Mr Vitus Okechi for his achievements within his short time in the ministry He expressed joy taking over from Okechi whom he described as his long time friend promising to tap from his wealth of experience from time to time Nzekwe described sports as a big entertainment industry and a source of employment health and physical well being of individuals Speaking outgoing Commissioner Okechi enjoined the staff members to give his successor maximum cooperation He said the new commissioner is his friend and wished him well in his new assignment promising to give him full support The PRO of the ministry on behalf of other staff members assured the commissioner of the support loyalty and dedication to duty from the workers Edited By Chidi Opara Donald Ugwu NAN
    Enugu Commissioner for Youths, Sports assumes duty
    Sport2 years ago

    Enugu Commissioner for Youths, Sports assumes duty

    The newly-appointed Enugu State Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Mr Manfred Nzekwe, has assumed work amidst the ravaging pandemic in the country.

    Public Relations Officer of the Enugu State Ministry of Youths and Sports, Mr Dan Onwuegbuna, disclosed this to newsmen in Enugu on Tuesday.

    Nzekwe while taking over office, charged the staff of the ministry to be dedicated, loyal, disciplined and punctual to work.

    He called for the cooperation, support and harmonious working relationship with the staff members to achieve success.

    The new commissioner commended the out going one, Mr Vitus Okechi, for his achievements within his short time in the ministry.

    He expressed joy taking over from Okechi whom he described as his long time friend promising to tap from his wealth of experience from time to time.

    Nzekwe described sports as a big entertainment industry and a source of employment, health and physical well being of individuals.

    Speaking, outgoing Commissioner Okechi enjoined the staff members to give his successor maximum cooperation.

    He said the new commissioner is his friend and wished him well in his new assignment promising to give him full support.

    The PRO of the ministry on behalf of other staff members assured the commissioner of the support, loyalty and dedication to duty from the workers.



    Edited By: Chidi Opara/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

  •  The Concerned Shiroro Youth in Niger on Monday appealed to the Federal Government to beef up security in Shiroro Local Government area of the state in order to tackle incessant attacks on people by suspected bandits Mr Sani Kokki the Co convener of the group made the appeal in Minna while briefing newsmen on the continued siege of the area by the suspected bandits Kokki said that in spite of the deployment of security forces to many parts of Shiroro since 2015 when the bandits began their activities government had yet to tackle the menace Shiroro Local Government area of Niger state has become the epicentre of armed bandits cattle rustling kidnapping and wanton killings Consistently criminals have attacked our communities at will with little or no efforts from the appropriate authorities to repel the attacks The attacks which started like child s play around 2015 has metamorphosed into cataclysmic catastrophe with women raped and children orphaned Able bodied youths are also being killed villages sacked and destroyed cattle rustled farm produce destroyed properties stolen and people kidnapped for ransom I therefore appeal to the Federal Government to increase the security forces in Shiroro communities to beef up the current security in order to restore normalcy he said Kokki said that the measure had brought uncertainty and hardship to the area as socio economic activities of the people who were mainly farmers had been badly affected The co convener said that the recent attacks on Shiroro communities occurred on April 12 and April 13 leading to people fleeing to Bosso Primary School in Minna for safety He advised the state government against returning those who had been displaced to their ancestral homes now as the suspected bandits were still in the area Edited By Abiemwense Moru and NAN Wale Sadeeq
    Banditry: Increase security presence in Shiroro LG, Niger Youths urges FG
     The Concerned Shiroro Youth in Niger on Monday appealed to the Federal Government to beef up security in Shiroro Local Government area of the state in order to tackle incessant attacks on people by suspected bandits Mr Sani Kokki the Co convener of the group made the appeal in Minna while briefing newsmen on the continued siege of the area by the suspected bandits Kokki said that in spite of the deployment of security forces to many parts of Shiroro since 2015 when the bandits began their activities government had yet to tackle the menace Shiroro Local Government area of Niger state has become the epicentre of armed bandits cattle rustling kidnapping and wanton killings Consistently criminals have attacked our communities at will with little or no efforts from the appropriate authorities to repel the attacks The attacks which started like child s play around 2015 has metamorphosed into cataclysmic catastrophe with women raped and children orphaned Able bodied youths are also being killed villages sacked and destroyed cattle rustled farm produce destroyed properties stolen and people kidnapped for ransom I therefore appeal to the Federal Government to increase the security forces in Shiroro communities to beef up the current security in order to restore normalcy he said Kokki said that the measure had brought uncertainty and hardship to the area as socio economic activities of the people who were mainly farmers had been badly affected The co convener said that the recent attacks on Shiroro communities occurred on April 12 and April 13 leading to people fleeing to Bosso Primary School in Minna for safety He advised the state government against returning those who had been displaced to their ancestral homes now as the suspected bandits were still in the area Edited By Abiemwense Moru and NAN Wale Sadeeq
    Banditry: Increase security presence in Shiroro LG, Niger Youths urges FG
    Defence/Security2 years ago

    Banditry: Increase security presence in Shiroro LG, Niger Youths urges FG

    The Concerned Shiroro Youth in Niger, on Monday, appealed to the Federal Government to beef up security in Shiroro Local Government area of the state in order to tackle incessant attacks on people by suspected bandits.
    Mr Sani Kokki, the Co-convener of the group, made the appeal in Minna, while briefing newsmen on the continued siege of the area by the suspected bandits.
    Kokki said that in spite of the deployment of security forces to many parts of Shiroro since 2015 when the bandits began their activities, government had yet to tackle the menace.
    “Shiroro Local Government area of Niger state has become the epicentre of armed bandits, cattle rustling, kidnapping and wanton killings.
    “Consistently, criminals have attacked our communities at will, with little or no efforts from the appropriate authorities to repel the attacks.
    “The attacks, which started like child’s play around 2015, has metamorphosed into cataclysmic catastrophe, with women raped and children orphaned.
    “Able-bodied youths are also being killed, villages sacked and destroyed, cattle rustled, farm produce destroyed, properties stolen and people kidnapped for ransom.
    “I, therefore, appeal to the Federal Government to increase the security forces in Shiroro communities to beef up the current security in order to restore normalcy,” he said.
    Kokki said that the measure had brought uncertainty and hardship to the area, as socio-economic activities of the people, who were mainly farmers, had been badly affected.
    The co-convener said that the recent attacks on Shiroro communities occurred on April 12 and April 13, leading to people fleeing to Bosso Primary School in Minna for safety.
    He advised the state government against returning those who had been displaced to their ancestral homes now, as the suspected bandits were still in the area.


    Edited By: Abiemwense Moru and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

  •  Mrs Ramatu Aliyu the Minister of State Federal Capital Territory on Thursday said that the outbreak of COVID 19 pandemic has brought out the best of the creative talents of the youths Aliyu made the remark at the unveiling of No contact Hand Washing Machine held in Abuja The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the machine was constructed by some Nigerian youths to tackle the spread of the COVID 19 pandemic The minister expressed optimism that after the pandemic the country would be better positioned by such initiatives of the youths She called on ministries and agencies to patronize goods with local contents in order to encourage the thriving of Nigeria s local businesses According to her We are indeed delighted that our youths are looking inward rather than looking forward to foreign designers With the outbreak of this COVID 19 they have the burning desire to be creative and innovative This is indeed impressive It is also a challenge to other ministries and agencies to also look inward by patronizing our own products to serve as an encouragement to do more COVID 19 has brought out the best in our youths Definitely I am convinced that after the COVID 19 pandemic we will never be the same again Hopefully we will be better off upgrading our healthcare system our attitude and culture will also change for good she said Mr Sunday Dare the Minister of Youth and Sports Development said that the youths of the country have taken up the task to finding solution to address coronavirus pandemic Dare said that some corps members are also producing face masks hand sanitizers to help fight the virus According to him the machine was a dual purpose sanitizing and hand washing machine fitted with a water tank and a hose pipe for draining dirty water He said that the initiative was effectively complementing the Federal Government s efforts to stop the spread of COVID 19 among the citizens He challenged the youth to key into the ministry s programmes and initiatives that would build their capacity for Digital Skills Entrepreneurship and Work place Experience The Director General of National Youth Service Corps NYSC Brig Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim expressed satisfaction that corps members are making use of their talent to join in the fight against coronavirus Ibrahim noted that as the world battles the Coronavirus scourge which unfortunately remains a big threat to human existence corps members across the country have deployed their creative ingenuity towards its fight The NYSC boss said that the production of such materials was the demonstration of the gains of the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development initiative as well as the Community Development Service programme of the scheme Mr Festus Keyamo Minister of State for Labour and Employment said that the federal government was paying more attention to promoting the use of local materials for production Keyamo called on Nigerians to support the youths to develop their talents According to him if Nigerian youths are encourage and supported the country may be able to export face masks and other items in the future Mr Jerry Mallo the producer of the machine explained that the youth who are 13 in number thought of how they could participate in the fight against coronavirus pandemic and they came up with the idea He said that they came up with the best way people can handle the hand washing soap and sanitizers without contacting the virus The machine is produced in a way that one will use the leg to operate it without any contact with the items You match your leg on the panel to get the soap and water after that pick the tissue and match again to get the sanitizer This steps will ensure that one does not touch any of the items in order not to contract the virus Mallo said NAN reports that the representatives of the Minister of Science and Technology Minister of Industry Trade and Investment and some directors attended the event Edited By Modupe Adeloye Ismail Abdulaziz NAN
    COVID-19: Youths unveil ‘No-Contact Hand Washing Machine’
     Mrs Ramatu Aliyu the Minister of State Federal Capital Territory on Thursday said that the outbreak of COVID 19 pandemic has brought out the best of the creative talents of the youths Aliyu made the remark at the unveiling of No contact Hand Washing Machine held in Abuja The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the machine was constructed by some Nigerian youths to tackle the spread of the COVID 19 pandemic The minister expressed optimism that after the pandemic the country would be better positioned by such initiatives of the youths She called on ministries and agencies to patronize goods with local contents in order to encourage the thriving of Nigeria s local businesses According to her We are indeed delighted that our youths are looking inward rather than looking forward to foreign designers With the outbreak of this COVID 19 they have the burning desire to be creative and innovative This is indeed impressive It is also a challenge to other ministries and agencies to also look inward by patronizing our own products to serve as an encouragement to do more COVID 19 has brought out the best in our youths Definitely I am convinced that after the COVID 19 pandemic we will never be the same again Hopefully we will be better off upgrading our healthcare system our attitude and culture will also change for good she said Mr Sunday Dare the Minister of Youth and Sports Development said that the youths of the country have taken up the task to finding solution to address coronavirus pandemic Dare said that some corps members are also producing face masks hand sanitizers to help fight the virus According to him the machine was a dual purpose sanitizing and hand washing machine fitted with a water tank and a hose pipe for draining dirty water He said that the initiative was effectively complementing the Federal Government s efforts to stop the spread of COVID 19 among the citizens He challenged the youth to key into the ministry s programmes and initiatives that would build their capacity for Digital Skills Entrepreneurship and Work place Experience The Director General of National Youth Service Corps NYSC Brig Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim expressed satisfaction that corps members are making use of their talent to join in the fight against coronavirus Ibrahim noted that as the world battles the Coronavirus scourge which unfortunately remains a big threat to human existence corps members across the country have deployed their creative ingenuity towards its fight The NYSC boss said that the production of such materials was the demonstration of the gains of the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development initiative as well as the Community Development Service programme of the scheme Mr Festus Keyamo Minister of State for Labour and Employment said that the federal government was paying more attention to promoting the use of local materials for production Keyamo called on Nigerians to support the youths to develop their talents According to him if Nigerian youths are encourage and supported the country may be able to export face masks and other items in the future Mr Jerry Mallo the producer of the machine explained that the youth who are 13 in number thought of how they could participate in the fight against coronavirus pandemic and they came up with the idea He said that they came up with the best way people can handle the hand washing soap and sanitizers without contacting the virus The machine is produced in a way that one will use the leg to operate it without any contact with the items You match your leg on the panel to get the soap and water after that pick the tissue and match again to get the sanitizer This steps will ensure that one does not touch any of the items in order not to contract the virus Mallo said NAN reports that the representatives of the Minister of Science and Technology Minister of Industry Trade and Investment and some directors attended the event Edited By Modupe Adeloye Ismail Abdulaziz NAN
    COVID-19: Youths unveil ‘No-Contact Hand Washing Machine’
    Health2 years ago

    COVID-19: Youths unveil ‘No-Contact Hand Washing Machine’

    Mrs Ramatu Aliyu, the Minister of State, Federal Capital Territory, on Thursday said that the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic has brought out the best of the creative talents of the youths.

    Aliyu made the remark at the unveiling of “No-contact Hand Washing Machine”, held in Abuja.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the machine was constructed by some Nigerian youths to tackle the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The minister expressed optimism that after the pandemic, the country would be better positioned by such initiatives of the youths.

    She called on ministries and agencies to patronize goods with local contents in order to encourage the thriving of Nigeria’s local businesses.

    According to her, “We are indeed delighted that our youths are looking inward rather than looking forward to foreign designers. With the outbreak of this COVID-19, they have the burning desire to be creative and innovative. This is indeed impressive.

    “It is also a challenge to other ministries and agencies to also look inward by patronizing our own products to serve as an encouragement to do more.

    “COVID-19 has brought out the best in our youths. Definitely, I am convinced that after the COVID-19 pandemic we will never be the same again.

    “Hopefully we will be better off, upgrading our healthcare system, our attitude and culture will also change for good,” she said.

    Mr Sunday Dare, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, said that the youths of the country have taken up the task to finding solution to address coronavirus pandemic.

    Dare said that some corps members are also producing face masks, hand sanitizers to help fight the virus.

    According to him, the machine was a dual purpose sanitizing and hand washing machine, fitted with a water tank and a hose pipe for draining dirty water.

    He said that the initiative was effectively complementing the Federal Government’s efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 among the citizens.

    He challenged the youth to key into the ministry’s programmes and initiatives that would build their capacity for Digital Skills, Entrepreneurship and Work place Experience.

    The Director-General of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, expressed satisfaction that corps members are making use of their talent to join in the fight against coronavirus.

    Ibrahim noted that as the world battles the Coronavirus scourge, which unfortunately remains a big threat to human existence, corps members across the country have deployed their creative ingenuity towards its fight.

    The NYSC boss said that the production of such materials was the demonstration of the gains of the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development initiative, as well as the Community Development Service programme of the scheme.

    Mr Festus Keyamo, Minister of State for Labour and Employment, said that the federal government was paying more attention to promoting the use of local materials for production.

    Keyamo called on Nigerians to support the youths to develop their talents.

    According to him, if Nigerian youths are encourage and supported, the country may be able to export face masks and other items in the future.

    Mr Jerry Mallo, the producer of the machine, explained that the youth who are 13 in number thought of how they could participate in the fight against coronavirus pandemic and they came up with the idea.

    He said that they came up with the best way people can handle the hand washing soap and sanitizers without contacting the virus.

    “The machine is produced in a way that one will use the leg to operate it without any contact with the items. You match your leg on the panel to get the soap and water after that pick the tissue and match again to get the sanitizer.

    “This steps will ensure that one does not touch any of the items in order not to contract the virus,” Mallo said.

    NAN reports that the representatives of the Minister of Science and Technology, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment and some directors attended the event.



    Edited By: Modupe Adeloye/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

  •  Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has appointed Mr Nzekwe Manfred as the new Commissioner for Youths and Sports to replace Mr Vitus Okechi The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Okechi has been redeployed as the new Commissioner for Housing The Public Relation Officer of the state Ministry of Youths and Sports Mr Dan Onwuegbuna announced this to newsmen in Enugu on Thursday According to him Manfred was the former Executive Chairman of Oji River Local Government Council of the state Manfred was also a one time Director of Enugu State Tourism Board and Special Personal Assistant SPA to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi on Culture and Tourism he said Onwuegbuna said that the new sports commissioner has vast experience in administration and believed his experience would come to count in sports I believe that Manfred will use his vast experience to galvanise youths of Enugu State and propel sports development in state We welcome him on board in his aspiration to contribute to the development of youths and sports in state Onwuegbuna said Edited By Muhammad Suleiman Tola NAN
    Enugu gets new Commissioner for Youths, Sports 
     Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has appointed Mr Nzekwe Manfred as the new Commissioner for Youths and Sports to replace Mr Vitus Okechi The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Okechi has been redeployed as the new Commissioner for Housing The Public Relation Officer of the state Ministry of Youths and Sports Mr Dan Onwuegbuna announced this to newsmen in Enugu on Thursday According to him Manfred was the former Executive Chairman of Oji River Local Government Council of the state Manfred was also a one time Director of Enugu State Tourism Board and Special Personal Assistant SPA to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi on Culture and Tourism he said Onwuegbuna said that the new sports commissioner has vast experience in administration and believed his experience would come to count in sports I believe that Manfred will use his vast experience to galvanise youths of Enugu State and propel sports development in state We welcome him on board in his aspiration to contribute to the development of youths and sports in state Onwuegbuna said Edited By Muhammad Suleiman Tola NAN
    Enugu gets new Commissioner for Youths, Sports 
    Sport2 years ago

    Enugu gets new Commissioner for Youths, Sports 

    Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has appointed Mr Nzekwe Manfred as the new Commissioner for Youths and Sports to replace Mr Vitus Okechi.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Okechi has been redeployed as the new Commissioner for Housing.

    The Public Relation Officer of the state Ministry of Youths and Sports, Mr Dan Onwuegbuna, announced this to newsmen in Enugu on Thursday.

    According to him, Manfred was the former Executive Chairman of Oji River Local Government Council of the state.

    “Manfred was also a one time Director of Enugu State Tourism Board and Special Personal Assistant (SPA) to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi on Culture and Tourism,” he said.

    Onwuegbuna said that the new sports commissioner has vast experience in administration and believed his experience would come to count in sports.

    ”I believe that Manfred will use his vast experience to galvanise youths of Enugu State and propel sports development in state.

    ”We welcome him on board in his aspiration to contribute to the development of youths and sports in state,” Onwuegbuna said.


    Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

  •  The Family Planning 2020 FP2020 on Thursday advised Nigerian youths to make good use of the COVID 19 lockdown period by engaging in self development activities Its Youth Focal Point Nigeria Ms Bless me Ajani gave the advice in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos Ajani also advised them that rather than engaging in unprotected and avoidable sexual activities they should be responsible in their Sexual and Reproductive Health SRH habits and be positively occupied while inside their houses According to her though the social distancing policy which is the only reasonable thing to do at this time involved closing down of schools and other places it is making many people to be idle Consequently adolescent girls and vulnerable women may end up in various compromising situations hence the need to deploy measures to avoid them As young people we should endeavour to make good use of this period by engaging in productive self development activities such as reading a book trying out new hobbies digital skills or even documenting your social distancing experience You will be amazed how your writing skill would have improved by the end of this period she said Ajani advised young people to endeavour to practise abstinence at this time and where they could not they should get handy condoms and emergency contraceptives It is crucial that we all take responsibilities for our sexual needs during this time she said According to her the reality is this is not a good time to have unplanned pregnancies Because the pressure of the pandemic on the health system will affect and disrupt routine SRH services including family planning ante natal services post abortion caf services and immunisation services she said Ajani urged government agencies and parastatals to educate the public the implications of perpetrating sexual domestic and gender based violence during this time Edited By Vivian Ihechu Olagoke Olatoye NAN
    COVID-19: Engage in self-development activities during lockdown period, Youths urged
     The Family Planning 2020 FP2020 on Thursday advised Nigerian youths to make good use of the COVID 19 lockdown period by engaging in self development activities Its Youth Focal Point Nigeria Ms Bless me Ajani gave the advice in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos Ajani also advised them that rather than engaging in unprotected and avoidable sexual activities they should be responsible in their Sexual and Reproductive Health SRH habits and be positively occupied while inside their houses According to her though the social distancing policy which is the only reasonable thing to do at this time involved closing down of schools and other places it is making many people to be idle Consequently adolescent girls and vulnerable women may end up in various compromising situations hence the need to deploy measures to avoid them As young people we should endeavour to make good use of this period by engaging in productive self development activities such as reading a book trying out new hobbies digital skills or even documenting your social distancing experience You will be amazed how your writing skill would have improved by the end of this period she said Ajani advised young people to endeavour to practise abstinence at this time and where they could not they should get handy condoms and emergency contraceptives It is crucial that we all take responsibilities for our sexual needs during this time she said According to her the reality is this is not a good time to have unplanned pregnancies Because the pressure of the pandemic on the health system will affect and disrupt routine SRH services including family planning ante natal services post abortion caf services and immunisation services she said Ajani urged government agencies and parastatals to educate the public the implications of perpetrating sexual domestic and gender based violence during this time Edited By Vivian Ihechu Olagoke Olatoye NAN
    COVID-19: Engage in self-development activities during lockdown period, Youths urged
    Health3 years ago

    COVID-19: Engage in self-development activities during lockdown period, Youths urged

    The Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) on Thursday advised Nigerian youths to make good use of the COVID-19 lockdown period by engaging in self-development activities.

    Its Youth Focal Point, Nigeria, Ms Bless-me Ajani, gave the advice in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos.

    Ajani also advised them that rather than engaging in unprotected and avoidable sexual activities, they should be responsible in their Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) habits and be positively occupied while inside their houses.

    According to her, though, the social distancing policy, which is the only reasonable thing to do at this time, involved closing down of schools and other places, it is making many people to be idle.

    “Consequently, adolescent girls and vulnerable women may end up in various compromising situations, hence, the need to deploy measures to avoid them.

    “As young people, we should endeavour to make good use of this period by engaging in productive self-development activities such as reading a book, trying out new hobbies, digital skills or even documenting your social distancing experience.

    “You will be amazed how your writing skill would have improved by the end of this period,’’ she said.

    Ajani advised young people to endeavour  to practise abstinence at this time and where they could not, they should get handy condoms and emergency contraceptives.

    “It is crucial that we all take responsibilities for our sexual needs during this time,” she said.

    According to her, the reality is, this is not a good time to have unplanned pregnancies.

    “Because the pressure of the pandemic on the health system will affect and disrupt routine SRH services including family planning, ante-natal services, post-abortion café services and immunisation services,” she said.

    Ajani urged government agencies and parastatals to educate the public the implications of perpetrating sexual, domestic and gender-based violence during this time.


    Edited By: Vivian Ihechu/Olagoke Olatoye
    (NAN)