Jos, Dec.9, 2019 The Police Command in Plateau has warned residents of Jos and Bukuru metropolis against breaching public peace during the yuletide through indiscriminate use of firecrackers.
The command’s Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), ASP Gabriel Ujah, gave the warning in an interview with Nigeria News Agency in Jos on Monday.
According to Ujah, the ban on the use of firecrackers was still in force, stressing that officers and men of the command would arrest and prosecute those contravening the order.
We know that some people are still selling and buying knock-outs in spite of the ban on it in the state but we would ensure that such people are arrested and prosecuted,” he said.
Ujah said the sounds of the devices were similar to the sounds of gunshots, adding that such sounds could unduly cause tension in the metropolis.
He appealed to members of the public to heed to the warning and report the indiscriminate use of the firecrackers to the security agents nearest to them.
Reacting to the warning, Mr James Oridupa, a resident of Jos,described it as “timely” ,saying every night since Dec.1, the sound of firecrackers had ceaselessly pervaded his neighbourhood.
According to Oridupa, the youths in the area were in the habit of striking the devices.
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No fewer than 40 youths from Oyo and Ekiti states on Friday received farming equipment and cash worth N7.5 million from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and AfricaRice.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the beneficiaries are participants who completed the two-week training under the Youth Employment in Agri-business and Sustainable agriculture (YEASA) project sponsored by International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD).
The YEASA Project Coordinator at IITA, Miss Yemi Adunoye, said this during the Grant Award ceremony held at IITA, Ibadan, that the youths were trained on cultivation of different commodities such as cassava, maize, soybean and cowpea.
According to her, the training entailed production, value addition as well as soft skills such as marketing, emotional intelligence and customer relations.
She said that the aim was to reduce unemployment rate by providing the youths with entrepreneurship and technical agricultural skills to enable them establish profitable agri-business enterprises.
“The event is to award them a starter pack, including multipurpose weeder, knives, grinding machines, sealing machine, gas burner and gas cylinder,” she said.
Also speaking, the AfricaRice Regional Representative and Coordinator, Dr Francise Nwilene, said the border closure would serve as a good market platform for youths to thrive in agriculture and food production, thereby creating more jobs.
He noted that AfricaRice was interested in empowering youths through agriculture.
“It’s not enough to train people without empowering them.
“We want to see millionaires among youths, we can’t continue to import rice while we have vibrant youths who can produce that in the country,” Nwilene said.
The YEASA Project Manager, Prof. Amos Onasanya, advised the trainees to use the equipment and cash wisely in their local areas.
He urged them to be self disciplined so as to succeed in life as well as work as a team to make more profit.
“We will certainly be checking your business and anyone that’s doing well will have more reward and additional training,” he said.
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NESSACTION, an NGO, on Friday called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure increased participation of women and youths in the electoral processes of the country.
Ms Eniola Cole, Executive Director, NESSACTION made the call while fielding question from journalists on the group’s observation of the Kogi and Bayelsa governorship elections in Abuja.
Cole said further inclusion of women and youths could be enhanced by using legislation to increase their participation in politics.
“NESSACTION calls on INEC to deepen gender, youth and Persons Living with Disabilities (PWD) inclusion efforts by encouraging the amendment of electoral laws to capture the Not-Too–Young-To-Run constitutional amendment bill.
“Political party candidates who are Not-Too-Young-To-Run should not have to access the ballot through court orders but be freely allowed to exercise their franchise as electoral contestants.
“The youths occupy over 50 per cent of Nigeria’s population and deserve fair representation in electoral process.
“INEC is also encouraged to disaggregate youth data by sex in Permanent Voter Card distribution and Election Day Voter Turnout in addition to Gender and PWD data.
“Specifically, we at NESSACTION would like to know the figures for inclusion of young women and men between the ages of 18-35 years,“ she said.
The executive director also advised the electoral umpire to create environment that would enable the participation of more PWDs in the electoral process.
She called on the commission to deploy Braille ballots, magnifying glasses and other election materials to the physically challenged in the society to assist access polling units.
Cole lauded INEC for building capacity of staff and implementing best practices for the conduct of elections in Nigeria.
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, No fewer than 2,000 repentant Youths who terrorised Gusau, Zamfara, handed over 190 locally made rifles and shotguns to Gov. Bello Matawalle at the Government House, Gusau.
The Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the governor on Media, Mr Zailani Bappa, disclosed this in statement on Thursday.
Bappa said the youth were led to the government house by the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Security, Abubakar Dauran.
He quoted Dauran as saying that he was convinced that the youths had genuinely repented.
According to him, Dauran said in the recent past, major cities of the state, especially Gusau were highly unsafe as banditry, youth restiveness and other crimes were the order of the day.
The governor’s aide, however, expressed happiness that the youth were towing the line of the repentant bandits and also repenting from their bad ways.
Leader of the repentant youths popularly known as Sani Shaidan, said that they were encouraged by what the State Government did, alleging that the immediate past administration in the state did not care about their welfare.
He said that they were convinced that the present administration in the state genuinely intended to address the ills in the state, hence their resolve to allow peace to reign.
Responding, Matawalle assured the repentant youths of the state government`s earlier commitment to finding lasting solutions to their plights.
The governor urged them to form committees that would monitor those youths who refused to accept the peace initiatives.
He donated five Peugeot cars for the monitoring of youths within the metropolis.
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Abeokuta, Dec. 5, 2019 The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has urged Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun to make use of experts in agriculture to train youths in food production.
Mr Azeez Adeyemi, the association’s National Public Relations Officer, stated this in a statement issued in Abeokuta on Thursday.
Adeyemi noted that the best way to take the youth out of unemployment was through agriculture.
He explained that the students’ union body was concerned about factors which could move the nation’s economy forward.
Adeyemi added that government could also convert some of the abandoned model schools scattered across the state into training centres for the youth on food production.
He identified the rector of one of the polytechnics in the state as someone who had recorded successes in the training of people in the agricultural field in other states, saying he could be made to replicate same in the state.
“As progressive students, who are concerned about factors which can move our economy forward for the collective benefit of all, it is important we call government’s attention to the hidden treasures noticed through our tentacles across the country.
“It has become imperative for us as students to call the attention of Gov. Abiodun to an agricultural expert who is capable of reducing the unemployment rate among young people through agriculture.
“We are of the opinion that the government of Ogun state should make the rector the chairman of a committee which will be saddled with the responsibility of training corps members and develop their interest in farming,” he said.
Adeyemi pledged the continued supports of students to governments at all levels, saying they would be giving necessary advice for the growth and development of the country.
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The Agricultural and Entrepreneurial Skills Development Initiative for Women and Youths (AESDIWY) has called for robust exposure of the youth to the great opportunities in agribusiness and agricultural value chains in the country.
Dr Modupe Ogunniyi, AESDIWY National Coordinator, made the call in Ilorin on Wednesday in her presentation at the Farm2Fork dialogue organised by AgroNigeria, a communication outfit.
Ogunniyi asserted that for government to succeed in its agricultural policies, there was a need for deeper engagement with Non-Governmental Organsiations (NGOs) and Community-Based Organisations (CBOs) who were closer to the grassroots.
“My NGO, in engagement with the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), have discovered that Nigerian youths are ready to take the lead, if provided the right knowledge, tools and enabling environment,” Ogunniyi said.
On food security and job creation, she said some NGOs and CBOs were already helping in that direction through “Master-Trainer Scheme”, a platform where young women and girls are trained based on their passions in agribusiness and agric value chains.
These areas, she said, included fish processing and marketing, catering services and running efficient restaurants among others after which they would be attached to successful entrepreneurs.
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An NGO, the Youthslens Movement of Nigeria, has charged youths from different parts of the country to rise against cultism by spreading the danger associated with the scourge to both their friends and family members.
She said that the rate at which the young ones were involving themselves in cultism was worrisome
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the theme of the seminar was “The Nigerian Youth and Cultism today”,.
She said that the fight for a safe society against cultism must start with the youth who should be ready to spread all they had heard against cultism to their friends, family members and the society at large.
Francis, who is the Crime Editor of New Telegraph Newspaper, said the statistics of young people in cultism gave birth to the idea of the programme.
She stressed that the reasons given by many for joining cultism were not acceptable.
“No reason is acceptable for anyone to participate in crime, even when there is no food at home and they don’t have parents. No reason is acceptable for any young persons to join cultism.
“They should know that their choices will have consequences.
“Any negative action by them will affect their family members and their future. They should know that life is not a competition.
“Parents and the society must keep on talking against it now more than before,” she said.
Also, an Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Sango-Otta area of Ogun Police Command, ACP Monday Agbonika, said that some communities were experiencing cultism due to their locations.
Agbonika said that factors such as: peer pressure, revenge against presumed enemies, emotional instability, family problem and political association could force young people to join cultism.
The area commander noted that one of the challenges why cultism thrives on campuses is because policemen are not allowed to enter higher institutions for operations except on invitation.
He commended Juliana Francis for the seminar, stressing that this was one way to check cultism among youths.
He appealed to individuals and cirpirate organisations to keep on talking about the dangers of cultism among youths.
Agbonika said that some of the effects of cultism include: failure in academics, school dropout, armed robbery, rape, and prostitution.
Also, the Lagos State Police Command spokesman, DSP Bala Elkana, said that cultism was a serious problem to the society.
He said that it needed the attention of all to tackle it adding that the involvement of many young ones had made it become very serious.
Elkana urged parents to live an exemplary life for their children to emulate and become responsible citizens in life.
He said, “The most painful thing to do as Police Public Relations officer is to parade young persons who are supposed to be leaders of tomorrow as suspected cultists or criminals .
“It is not about taking cultists to court for prosecution, but addressing the root cause of why young people were joining cultism. This is where every one is involved. The police arrest cannot solve the scourge.
“Parents and various people in positions of authorities must do the needful,” he said.
A prison reform advocate, Pastor Darlington Ajilemisan, said that the current correctional centres (prisons) in Nigeria were adding to criminality with over crowded inmates.
Ajilemisan said that many people turned criminals because they were detained with hardened criminals while in prison custody.
He also alleged that many violent crimes were some times organised by prison inmates.
He said, “I cannot talk about prison without talking about what took me to prison. I was a criminal and I was taken to the prison.
“There, I was introduced to other crimes. I happened to become the chaplain after I met Christ.
“I have been going to the prison at the age of three. I was an assassin, professional killer, I was a small boy in prison.
“In prisons, there are homosexuals , if you think you go to the prison and be better, that is a lie.
“The prison will change your intelligent quotient (IQ) no matter what your religion may be.
” I have served in prison in four continents. You enter the prison, you will come out either as a hardened criminal, homosexual or be involved in other crimes you were not involved in before.”
Ajilemisan wondered why the public was fond of comparing prisons in Nigeria with that of the US. He said that prisons in Nigeria were over populated.
“Prison is for reformation, and a correctional centre. But when you have warders or prison officials who are not educated, but feed on the inmates, how will they correct such inmates, “ Ajilemisan said.( NAN)
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The Enugu Bee Keepers Association (EBKA) says it has concluded plans to sensitise the youth in the state to the practice and business of bee keeping and honey making.
Dr Uchenna Anikwe, the President of the association and the traditional ruler of Diogbe Community near Nsukka, made this known to Nigeria News Agency on Wednesday in Enugu.
NAN reports that nutrition experts have over time recommended the use of honey instead of sugar or sweeteners for daily meals.
Honey has also been prescribed by modern and traditional medical practitioners for cure of some diseases such as cough, sore throat, burns and vision problem, among others.
Anikwe said that the statewide sensitisation was part of the association’s plan to catch-them-young and get more youths involved in bee keeping farming and honey production.
According to him, this will ensure that the youth tap into the multi-million dollar global honey business.
“We are going on with the statewide sensitisation in the 17 council areas of the state to teach and enlighten the youth on the immense healthy and monetary benefits of honey production through bee keeping.
“There is a whole lot of market for honey both at the local level and at the international market running into several multi-million dollars,’’ he said.
The EBKA President also appealed to the Federal and state governments to assist the association especially the youth among them with modern hive equipment to produce large quantity of honey for export.
He noted that the association would keep to its standard of producing high grade and unadulterated honey.
He said that a 75cl bottle of pure honey, especially the popular `Nsukka Grade -1’, was sold for about N4,000; which was costlier than the adulterated one sold below N3,000.
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A sculptor, Mr Efiok Effiong, has urged the youth, especially graduates, to acquire skills in different areas to be self-reliant and add value to the society through job creation.
Effiong made the call in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Wednesday in Kula, Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers.
He said that with the unavailability of white-collar jobs for all employable graduates, skills acquisition was necessary to be economically independent.
“Youths that are graduates need to look beyond their formal education and be engaged in different skills that can enable them to feed themselves and meet other needs.
“Irrespective of the qualification you have in the University, Polytechnic and Colleges, there is need to be skilled and add value to it,” he said.
The sculptor called on the three tiers of government to provide opportunities for the youth to be trained in different skills.
“Sculpture has taken me round to different countries to work, and by God’s grace, I do not beg to eat or take care of myself.
“Some of us could be engaged in the training of youths in different skills and distract so many of the idle youths from the temptation of partaking in atrocities,” he said.
The sculptor said he was in Kula to mould a lion for his host and that was already an attraction in the community.
He said communities, aside government, could establish sculpture gardens as recreational centers for tourism and generate revenue.
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An NGO, Opportunity is Given International (OGI) Crupto-Currency Department, says it has trained no fewer than 500 youths, mostly from tertiary institutions, on how to maximise benefits of digital economy to create wealth and make a living.
The National Coordinator of the NGO, Mr Henry Iyoke, who made the disclosure on Wednesday in Enugu during the training, said that the training had exposed youths to new ways of self-employment and making a living.
Youths were taught online marketing and trading; being agents to online payment systems, using smart phones for real-time banking and commercial transactions and crypto-currency (bitcoin trading).
Iyoke noted that the training had availed youths knowledge of self-employable businesses beyond what they were used to in their immediate environment in Enugu.
He said that it was very imperative that Nigeria youths fully key into the digital economy, adding that youths in advance countries had continued to reap the huge benefit of such training.
“Yesterday, those we know as wealthy are the farmers with huge cultivate lands and huge harvest; but today it has changed.
“So for today, those that think they are wealthy today must embrace and move along with the digital economy and opportunities it offers, to remain relevant and wealthy tomorrow.
“A lot of things is changing and digital technology and economy is already creating a lot of changes in the way we do things and our lifestyles,’’ he said.
Speaking, Mr Chimbo Obieze, South-East Coordinator of the NGO applauded President Muhammadu Buhari for being visionary in creating the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.
Obieze, who said that the burden of job creation existing in the country could be solved by Nigerian youths keying into the digital economy, called on youths to join the rest of the world on how modern technology drives businesses and commerce.
One of the participants, Miss Blessing Eke, said that she had been taught on how to use her smart phone to improve her online fashion design and cloth sales business.
“I have been taught on the use of photo-shop and other digital applications to advertise my products better and engage more contacts and potential buyers,’’ Eke said.
Another, Mr Linus Onyeka, a student of Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), Enugu said that he had been exposed to lots of opportunities through digital economy training.
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