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2021 Int’l Youth Day: Osun govt committed to sustaining youth-oriented programmes – Oyetola

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… as Osun youths engage Oyetola in interactive session

The Government of the State of Osun, on Thursday, reiterated its commitment to ensuring the sustainability of its youth-oriented policies and programmes.

The government noted that it has become imperative to properly harness the embedded potential in youths for greater productivity, as welfare of the people, particularly the youths, remains non-negotiable for the Administration.

Governor Oyetola said these during an interactive session to commemorate the 2021 International Youth Day.

While fielding questions from youths at the Osun Staff Development Centre, Abere, Osogbo, Oyetola said his Administration is putting modalities in place to ensure adequate sustainability of its youth-oriented policies in manners that produce more self-sustaining and independent youths in the State.

This, according to him, is aside government’s previous empowerment programmes where not less than 5,000 youths have benefitted from different vocational trainings.

Governor Oyetola added that the recently-launched Osun Youth Policy Document will soon begin to birth new opportunities for the teeming youths.

Oyetola, who spoke extensively on government’s interventions across sectors as they affect the wellbeing of youths, said his Administration has invested in education, mining, agriculture and tourism to gainfully secure the interest of youths in these sectors, which his administration has identified as growth sectors in the State.

On Agriculture, Oyetola disclosed that the sum of N1 billion has been disbursed to farmers, largely youths, through the Anchors Borrower’s Programme since assumption of office.

“I welcome all great Osun youths and congratulate them all on the important occasion of the 2021 International Youth Day, which has the theme ‘Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health.’

“For me, the theme underscores the importance of enabling our young people to play a major role in the ongoing global challenges to sustain the economy, society and the environment.

“I, therefore see today’s interaction as another opportunity for us as a Government to engage with you, our future leaders, and to further develop strategies towards creating the Osun of our dreams.

“Recall that only recently, we launched the Osun Youth Policy, which enunciates our Administration’s grand vision and specific youth development strategies. We are already following through to ensure effective implementation”, Oyetola said.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Hon. Yemi Lawal, lauded youths in the State for their tenacity and hard work at all times despite the challenging time confronting the nation.

Lawal, who described Governor Oyetola’s Administration as youth-friendly, assured them of government’s commitment to improving the quality of lives of the young ones and creating opportunities to achieve their dreams.

“It is to be noted that the youths in the State have played active roles in nation-building and I am assuring you that this Administration will continue to sustain youth-oriented programmes targeted at creating job opportunities for the unemployed ones in the State.

“I wish to commend youths in the State for their tenacity and hard work at all times despite the challenging time that is confronting us.

“I also commend the strong zeal of the present Administration in the State under the leadership of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola who is committed to improving the social economy and general well-being of the young people in the State”, Lawal said.


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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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Niger state becoming safe haven for fleeing Zamfara bandits

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Shiroro Local Government in Niger State has cried foul over the influx of bandits and terrorists fleeing Zamfara state.

The bandits/terrorists are identified by their masks and motorcycles, and their presence is causing fear and apprehension among the locals, spokesman of the local government, Salis M. Sabo disclosed in a statement.

Sabo said the bandits are believed to have flown from “Zamfara or other adjoining troubled states which the Niger State borders through Shiroro.

“The marauders have started showing their ugly faces in Galadiman Kogo, Zama, Magami, Maganda m, Paleli, Iburo, Chukuba, Dnasapa all in Shiroro Local Government.

“The military operation going on in Zamfara needs to be well coordinated and replicated in other States on Zamfara borders so as to save the vulnerable neighboours from bearing the brunt arising from the operation.

“The Coalition of Shiroro Associations (COSA) calls on the authorities concerned to swiftly intervene and listen to the cries of the people of Shiroro” Salis M Sabo said.


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