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Nigeria Steps Up Awareness On Food Security.

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By Goodluck Ikiebe.

The Nigerian Government in collaboration with relevant stakeholders says that it will step up awareness creation to enable youth in the country make informed decision on food choices in line with the increasing global education on the healthiest and most sustainable options for both individuals and the environment.

Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Akin Dare, disclosed this on Friday in Abuja at the occasion of the commemoration of the 2021 International Youth Day Celebration (IYD).

According to him “Government will create the enabling environment and inclusive support mechanisms to ensure that the youths continue to amplify efforts collectively and individually to restore the planet and protect life, while integrating biodiversity in the transformation of food systems in line with the objectives of this year’s celebration”.

Dare expressed delight as the Nigerian Youths join their counterparts across the world to mark the 2021 International Youth Day Celebration.
He explained that President Muhammadu Buhari led Administration recognises the fact that, Youth hold a crucial role in the socio-economic development of the country, especially as we work towards the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and related frameworks.

 Mr. Dare added that, “recent global priorities have centered on fighting the impacts of climate change, unemployment, poverty, gender inequality, conflict, and migration.
“Many nations including our country Nigeria, have witnessed young people’s unprecedented mobilization around the world, which has shown the massive power they possess to hold decision-makers accountable.” Dare stated.

He noted that the International Youth Day constitutes part of the United Nation’s broader World Programme of Action for Youth (WPAY), an initiative targeted at promoting the general wellbeing and livelihood of young people with priority focused on education, employment, poverty and hunger.

He said that others are environment, drug abuse, juvenile delinquency, leisure-time activities, health, girls and women, HIV/AIDS, Information and Communication Technology, Inter-generational issues, armed conflict, the mixed impact of globalization, and the full and effective participation of the youth in socio-economic development and in decision making process.

The Sports Minister stated that the theme for this year’s celebration which is: “Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health”, seeks to highlight the urgency of transforming food systems, particularly in the wake of a global pandemic, stressing that it also identifies youth engagement as a key factor to the transformation of food systems.

This, according to him, is in realization of the fact that success of such a global effort may not be achieved without the meaningful involvement and participation of young people.

Mr. Dare said that it is in line with this objective that the present administration through the Federal Ministry of Sports and Youth Development is presently training close to 5,000 Nigerian Youths across the six geopolitical zones of the country in critical areas of green stimulus, digital skills, AI and Robotics as well as in clean and renewable energy.

Earlier in his remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Nebeolisa  Anako, said that, “youth involvement in every sphere of our national development plan, would not only increase investment but also promote ownership and sustainability of change interventions as well as strengthening the youth abilities to meet their own needs towards fulfilling dreams and aspirations.

Also speaking, the UNFPA Resident Representative to Nigeria, Ms. Ulla Elisabeth Mueller, emphasized that, the youths have the power to make the change and difference the world requires especially in the area of health and socio-economic development.   

Goodwill messages were delivered by representatives of Ministers of FCT, Women Affairs, Humanitarian and Social Development, Labour and Productivity, Agriculture, Health as well as Directors-General of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), among others.


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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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