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Nigerian Government seeks synergy towards harnessing youth potentials

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By Goodluck Ikiebel

The Nigerian government has restated the need

for collaboration and synergy of efforts amongst relevant stakeholders to harness the potential of the Youths in the country towards achieving the objective and aspiration for socio-economic development.

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Nebeolisa Anako, stated this on the occasion of the Commemoration of 2021 World Youth Skills Day at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.

Speaking on the objective of the World Youth Skills Day (WYSD), the Permannet Secretary, represented by the Director, Enterprise Development & Promotion Department of the Ministry, Mr. Momoh Olugbenga, emphasized that the goal of WYSD, which is an annual global event set aside by the United Nations in December 2014, is to achieve among others better socio-economic conditions by enhancing the employability of the Youth as a means of addressing the challenges of unemployment and under employment.

A statement by the Director, Press and Public Relations, Mr Mohammed Manga, noted that in the course of entrenching its importance, the Permanent Secretary stated further that ‘’the Commemoration is done today in Nigeria, in line with the permission of the United Nations to allow member states to celebrate at a day of choice’’.

While speaking on the theme of the 2021 WYSD – ‘’Reimagining Youth Skills Post Pandemic’’, Mr. Anako said ‘’ the United Nations recognizes the significance of skills acquisition to enhance the employability of the Youth and the ability to make life and work choices and access to changing labour market’’.

The UN, according to him : “designated the day to seek and generate greater awareness on the importance of technical, vocational education, and training and the development of other skills relevant to both local and global economies’’.

While extolling the virtues in collaboration amongst relevant stakeholders to realize and actualize the lofty goals embedded in the thematic message of this year’s WYSD commemoration: he explained that it would amongst others challenge all the stakeholders for enhanced commitment to skills development particularly among the Youths, which constitute almost 65% of the country’s population.

In his goodwill message on the occasion, Dr. Dimitry Sanga, who was represented by Nneka Okafor, Officer In Charge, Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO Regional Office, Abuja, gave assurances that UNESCO actively engages and supports youth skills and creativity through its Technical and Vocational Education Training Programme in Nigeria.

Also speaking, the Director-General of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), said that the NDE is poised to continue to sustain the fight against unemployment through self-Employment initiatives and investing in the Youths.

Other goodwill messages were delivered by representatives of the ILO, NYSC, SMEDAN, UNIDO, UNDP, Fed. Ministries of Information & Culture, Labour, Science & Tech. ITF, SDG and CEO, World Skills Network.


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In Lagos, cleric ‘kills 7-year-old boy, buries head at church altar’

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A Lagos-based pastor, Erinmole Adetokunbo, has been re-arraigned before the Lagos State Special Offences Court for allegedly beheading a seven-year-old boy in the Ikorodu area of the state.

Oyekanmi and Adetokunbo allegedly lured the boy from his parents’ house on Sotunyo Street to the church’s premises on Oke-Oniburokun Street, Odokekere, Ikorodu.

According to report, the police arrested the pastor for allegedly beheading a seven-year old boy and burying his head at the church’s altar.

The command’s spokesman, confirmed the arrest to reporters, saying the suspect was arrested with an accomplice.According to him, the policemen arrested one Eric, whose confession led to the arrest of the pastor and the recovery of the boy’s body.

“On investigation, one of the suspects, Eric confessed to the crime. He led a team of policemen to Odokekere/ Odogunyan in Ikorodu area to apprehend Oyekan, who later led the team to where the seven-year-old boy was beheaded and his head buried,” he said.

Adetokunbo was arraigned alongside one Adedoyin Oyekanmi on three counts bordering on conspiracy and murder.

The Magistrate, O. A. Fowowe-Erusiafe, had ordered that the two defendants be remanded in custody pending the release of legal advice from the Directorate of Public Prosecutions.

However, after four years of being remanded in a custodial centre, the case was transferred to the special offences court, where they were arraigned afresh before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo.

They pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The charges read in part, “That you, Adedoyin Oyekanmi and Erinmole Adetokunbo, on June 7, 2017, around 2pm on Oke-Oniburokun Street, Odokekere, Ikorodu, Lagos, in the Ikeja jurisdiction, did conspire among yourselves to commit felony, to wit: murder, thereby committing an offence.

“That you, on the same date, time and place, in the aforementioned jurisdiction, did kill one Kazeem Rafiu, aged seven, by cutting off his head with a cutlass, thereby committing an offence.

“That you, without lawful justification or excuse, dismembered the remains of one Kazeem Rafiu, aged seven.”

Following the pleas of the duo, Justice Taiwo adjourned the matter till November 6, 2021, for the commencement of trial.


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NSCDC dismisses viral video on ‘bandit personnel’

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has dismissed a viral video purporting that a member of the corps confessed to being a bandit.

The suspected bandit, Mr Abdullah Saidu, in the viral video called himself personnel of the Corps.

This is contained in a statement issued by the NSCDC Spokesperson, Mr Olusola Odumosu, in Abuja.

Newsmen report that Saidu was arrested in connection to a group of armed bandits terrorising some parts of Koton Karfe Local Government Area of Kogi.

The spokesperson said that the NSCDC has set up a team to investigate the available records to confirm the authenticity of Saidu’s claims that he was the corps personnel.

“The general public shall be adequately briefed on subsequent findings.“Based on the aforementioned, the purported video where the alleged suspect openly confessed to the crime did not in any way give credence to or affirm his membership to the Corps.

“Experience has shown that criminals are fond of impersonating security operatives in order to divert attention, subvert investigation or get away with the crime,” he said.

Odumosu further noted that the NSCDC was saddled with the responsibility of protecting lives and property amongst others.

“The Corps will not in any way condone any saboteur of national security or sponsorship of criminals.”He reiterated the Corps’ zeal to discharge its statutory mandates without compromise but with humility and integrity.

He said the NSCDC will continue to synergise with sister agencies to combat crimes in the country.

Source: (NAN)


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Federal government to incorporate NNPC board in six months

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President Muhammadu Buhari said on Sunday he had appointed a board for the NNPC and directed that it should be incorporated within six months, a move that could allow it to sell shares in the future.

The President signed the petroleum bill into law last month which has been in the works for nearly two decades, aiming to overhaul the sector and turn the state-owned oil company into a private firm.

The new oil law requires NNPC to be incorporated within six months, Buhari said in a statement, appointing Ifeanyi Ararume as NNPC chairman and its current Chief Executive Mele Kyari to lead the firm.

Kyari has said NNPC could consider an initial public offering (IPO) within three years. The incorporation could pave the way for NNPC to sell shares.

Buhari said last month that NNPC made its first profit in 44 years in 2020.

Source:(Global World News)


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