U.S. Embassy, FBI Warn Nigerian Youths

The U.S Embassy in Abuja on Tuesday advised professionals and young people including students to desist from clicking on any site except those considered secure to guard against cyber fraud.

Ms Kathleen FitzGibbon, Chargé d’ affaires, U.S. Embassy, Nigeria gave the advice while speaking with journalists on the sidelines of the Cybersecurity Awareness Seminar with the theme: “Own IT, Secure IT and Protect IT” held in Abuja.

FitzGibbon said that although the use of internet was paramount for professionals and students, “everyone must learn to consciously protect their presence on the internet, especially on all social media platforms”.

According to her, some people reveal too much information on their platforms, a situation which gives easy access to bad actors to carry out crimes with the details available to them.

She urged the students not to click on any site except the ones they know are secure.

The Chargé d’ Affaires also warned against using free WiFi in restaurants, hotels, and airports, saying that though free, some of the internet accesses could be dangerous when not secure.

FitzGibbon also urged youths not to upload images on social media platforms that would affect their reputation in the future or put anyone’s image on social media platforms without their permission.

“The seminar is to create awareness on Cybersecurity for the youths, to secure and protect what they put out on the internet.

“Because what you do now as youths might be a little embarrassing later on in life.

“So, it is just to get people to think about managing their image on the internet.

“The internet is non-avoidable today. If you need to put anything on the internet you need to ensure that it is safe and is the actual reflection of who you are,” she said.

Similarly, Heather Armstrong, an FBI agent in the U.S. embassy said that Operation Security (OPSEC) was a process used to identify critical information outlines for potential threats and risks.

She said that individuals should protect information such as photos, hobbies, dislikes, names, hate speech, making post of daily activities, and sharing exact location – that people, especially bad actors, could use against them.

According to her, using the same password for all internet platforms can be risky and can make it easy for hackers to have access.

She urged the publc to guard against unprotected communication such as the use of public hotspot.

Armstrong warned youths against posting inappropriate content such as drinking, drugs use, hate speeches, offensive gestures, and profanity on the internet, saying that some posts could be difficult to retreive and that one would never know who might have seen such posts.

She added that such posts could ruin an individual’s reputation, and could get one in trouble with the law, parents or school. She emphasised that such situations could destroy a person’s future opportunities.

“Some people share too much online (and such materials) reach people they don’t expect them to reach “Some people post everywhere they are at, and at every moment, which is dangerous.

“They post home addresses, phone numbers, locations, and email addresses, which bad guys such as hackers, scammers, theives, and stalkers can use.

“To avoid this, always use different passwords on each account. Use privacy settings, limit access to your location, and don’t share anyone else’s information.

“Don’t post revealing images which can be used to blackmail you and don’t ask or pressure anyone to share their image, which are the privacy rules,” She added.

Source Daily Trust

Kenya: County signs deal with USAid to create jobs for youths

The county government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with United States Agency for International Development to empower youths to access job opportunities.

The MoU, which is being implemented by Kenya Youth Employment and Skills (K-YES) and referred to as The Kisii County Youth Employment Compact, incorporates public sector organisations and the business community.

Speaking during the signing of the deal at Nyaore Vocational Training Centre yesterday, Deputy Governor Joash Maangi noted that a majority of Kenyans are under the age of 29 and are struggling to find employment.

“A majority of the population is below 29 years old, we are working closely with Kenya Youth Employment and Skills Programme to ensure youths have opportunity of being productive members of the society,” said Maangi.

He noted that time has come for the public and private sectors to work together to empower the youth instead of working on parallel programmes.

Maangi said the essence of the programme is to reach a formal agreement where vocational training systems work to improve training and employment outcomes for the youth and in return businesses, colleges, and other organisations provide jobs to the youths.

Education Executive Amos Andama said the county is committed to improving the quality of education in vocational training centres to satisfy the market demand for highly-skilled people. Andama further called on the public to make use of the centres, saying most of the facilities remain underutilised.

Source Stardard Media

Youths from around the world champion wildlife protection

Environmental crime has become the world’s fourth-largest crime sector, growing at 2–3 times the rate of the global economy. INTERPOL and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) estimate that natural resources worth up to US$258 billion are being stolen by criminal syndicates, depriving countries of their resources, revenues and development opportunities.

The World Youth Wildlife Summit took place in September at the Kruger National Park in South Africa, bringing together educators and conservation leaders to discuss and address the threat of wildlife crime. About 150 young conservationists from the Southern African Development Community and their counterparts learned how to influence environmental policies at national, regional and international levels.

The summit came at a time when youths are becoming more proactive in identifying solutions to existing and emerging environmental challenges. Since they make up more than 75 per cent of the total population, youths can dramatically shape socio-political and cultural decision-making processes on environmental issues.

The Project Rhino and the Kingsley Holgate Foundationorganizations, the main facilitators of the event, are harnessing this incredible potential. They provide forums for youth to engage in wildlife conservation activities, in collaboration with experts from different countries and organizations, at the same time providing the opportunity for different stakeholders to network and come up with national and regional frameworks that would promote wildlife conservation.

According to Francis Du Toit, the Project Rhino Ambassador, “3.6 million people in Africa are employed in the wildlife economy, creating 40 per cent more full-time jobs than the same investment in agriculture. It has twice the job creation power of the automotive, telecommunications and financial industries and provides more job opportunities for women compared to other sectors.”

“In South Africa, 769 rhinos and 72 elephants were poached by criminal syndicates in the year 2018,” Chris Galliers, Coordinator of Project Rhino said.

At the summit, several youths were recognized for their wildlife conservation efforts, including advocacy, and photography. The delegates made declarations to engage and support the youths more to conserve African wildlife heritage.

Unemployment among young people has for a long time been a challenge in most developing countries, creating a loophole through which crime syndicates lure the young people into drugs, crime, human trafficking, and illegal trade in wildlife and their products. With the ever-growing technological inventions, and with the right exposure, youths have the potential to spearhead the development of sustainable solutions for the challenges faced in Africa and promote the Sustainable Development Goals.

Their potential to influence the development of and implementation of conservation strategies through their innovative thinking to solve complex issues is a facet that is yet to be realized and utilized at large by governments and conservation sectors. Efforts to conserve nature and advocate for its conservation and sustainability has often been perceived as obstacles to development in not only the African continent but across other continents such as Asia.

In 2015, the heads of states and governments of the African Union adopted the Agenda 2063, which is Africa’s roadmap for transforming the continent into the global powerhouse of the future. For African governments to achieve this, there is a need to harmonize all societal sectors including the private sector, civil society and local communities, including marginalized communities such as indigenous people, women and youths to work collaboratively and develop and commit to a systematic environmental conservation plan.

Source UN Environment

Gambia: VP Touray Urges African Youths To Be Critical Minded

The Gambia Vice President Dr. Isatou Touray has urged African youths to be more critical minded and use non-violent means of engaging their governments in addressing their concerns, aspirations and wishes.

She made the statement Tuesday at opening of 3rd African Youth Forum Organize by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO OHCHR, other United Nations agencies, CODESRIA, Trust Africa, ARTICLE 19 and the Rosa Luxembourg Foundation, in close collaboration with the Gambia Government, PAYNCOP and the African Commission on Human and People’s Right (ACHPR) at a local hotel..

“Am very happy to hearing young people saying we want development, we want to move forward, we want to alleviate poverty and I believe the only way we can achieve these is to move in a way that is non-conflict means of engagements. We need critical minds and critical consciousness, is not seating down and go out there and organized protests and start attacking because you don’t know where it will end”, said Dr. Isatou Touray.

The forum known as Banjul + 3 Forum will also focus on the roles and place of young women and men in the areas of reflection namely; democracy, human rights, guarantee of freedoms expression, governance, peace and security, heritage, creativity and social transformations.

Organizers says the forum the objective is to provide young African leaders of both sexes, of all categories and backgrounds with a platform to reflect and exchange between different segments of youth and to give them the opportunity to interact with other actors in the societal space to create the necessary synergies to bring solutions to their problems and those of society.

Dr. Touray, challenge African youths to love their continent by protecting the continent, their countries and communities in a bid to move Africa forward.

She pointed out that war and conflict will only derail the growth and progress of the continent at a time when other regions are on the move.

“Dear participants the current political and developmental discourses we are facing are competitive, the various political economies that are dominant in developmental discourses are acknowledging and recognizing’s the potentials of our continent.

Therefore, they are focusing attention on Africa which is very positive and we as Africans must be ready to take this advantage, we must also be ready to engage our leaders in a peaceful, non-violent means in our collective desire to move the continent forward”, VP Touray told young African.

She called on the African youths to work towards changing the narratives about Africa from negative to positive, noting that all what is said of Africa is about killings, tribal and ethnic problems, the unruly behaviors of the youths plus everything negative about Africa, arguing that continent’s youths can learn from the positive stories of The Gambia youths who ended 22 years of dictatorship in the country through non-violent means.

“The Gambian youths and women were leaders in changing the country from dictatorship to a democracy through the use of the social media and in a non-violent way. We mobilize, we organized ourselves, shares one common mission to change what was happening because we were all suffering and this was done through the use of the social media in a positive way.

The use of the social media is not to create problems or to create coup’d’état on the various social platforms”, Gambia’s Vice President told African youths.

Dr. Touray said the doors of The Gambian Government is widely open to engage, promote and enhance the potentials growth and development of youths, nothing that youths are the leaders of today and tomorrow and President Adama Barrow government will leave no stone unturned as far as youth matters are concern.

Source Voice Gambia

Zambia: Why Youth Development Fund has failed to create jobs and changes needed

“The evaluation found that the YDF created a total of 742 paid jobs from 2011 to 2015.The involvement of politicians in the disbursement of funds has negatively influenced the public perception of the Fund and its potential as a youth economic empowerment vehicle. The Fund is highly linked to the political structures” (ZIPAR)

The 2020 Budget presented by Minister of Finance, Dr. Bwalya Ng’andu on September, 27, 2019 did not cover the issue of Youth unemployment comprehensively as one would have expected. There were a few theoretical and cavalier sentences in budget that the minister read like: “ With regard to skills development, support to technical, vocation and entrepreneurship development as a means for job and wealth creation will remain a priority”, which did not inspire confidence about its practicality and impact. Youth unemployment is an issue I consider as the number one social, political and economic problem facing Zambia to day but one gets the impression it is no getting enough attention.

The practical aspect of Youth empowerment that the Minister should have addressed in the budget was the reform of the moribund Youth Development Fund. In the current article, I will address factors that have contributed to its failure to achieve job creation. The next one will provide comprehensive and practical solutions on how the Fund can be redesigned to create jobs for young people.

The Republic of Zambia government created the Youth Development Fund (YDF) in 2000 in order to address the issue of Youth unemployment through encouraging young people who could not find formal salaried employment to pursue entrepreneurship and self-employment. This option to employment is one of the universally and internationally recognized solution to youth unemployment.

However, 19 years down the line, there is nothing much to show for it. This article will address the reasons why the programme has miserably failed and why it needs to be revisited and refined as it still offers hope to the issue of solving youth unemployment if innovatively implemented.

According to the study and evaluation of the programme done by the Zambia Institute for Policy analysis and Research (ZIPAR) in 2018, they concluded that the programme failed to achieve its objectives

“The evaluation found that the YDF created a total of 742 paid jobs from 2011 to 2015. Compared to the amount of resources that were invested in the YDF, the jobs did not sufficiently contribute to reduction in the high youth unemployment rate. Additionally, the welfare of the beneficiaries did not improve compared to that of the non- beneficiaries”, ZPAR study concluded.

The intentions of the policy were noble but any knowledgeable person would have predicted or foreseen that the programme was destined to fail from the word go. The reasons why the programme was not going to achieve its objectives was because of flaws in its design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation.

In the first instance, the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Child development was charged with the task of managing the fund – loan assessment and disbursement of funds – for Youth empowerment. It is curious how one could have expected a line ministry to all of sudden become a financial institution and expected to carry out the complicated task of loan assessment, disbursement and recovery. It is obvious that issues of capacity, skills set, and experience were certainly going to arise in the administration of the fund.

The Youth Development Fund Programme (YDF), was premised on the flawed assumption that money was the panacea to youth unemployment and is the only impediment to youth going into business. And as such, once funds were provided, Youth were going to set up businesses and create jobs. But if any comprehensive independent research had been done, the programme would have been designed in such way that other resources like business development services, practical youth entrepreneurship training, information dissemination, mentoring and coaching and the use of 21st century digital tools would have been incorporated in the programme. These were clearly absent.

There is also the big and persistent mistake that Government bureaucrats make by thinking that they can come up with private sector policies including those relating to job creation to the exclusion of the people with the expertise and who know how jobs are and be created – the private sector. It is crystal clear that one of the major reasons why the YDF failed is the fact that the Private sector was not involved by government in the design of the programme, its implementation and its monitoring. There was need for the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Child Development to involve the private sector by tapping into private sector expertise and possibly out sourcing some of the services as well as entering into some form of Public Private Partnerships (PPP).The line Ministry would still have been able to be in charge of the overall management of the programme.

The Youth Development Fund started in 2000 but there was no strong formal Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework in place to find out how the fund was performing and whether it was achieving its objectives. The first M& E was contracted in 2017 which is 17 years after its commencement. It was, therefore, impossible to track and measure the impact the fund was making so that improvements could be made.

The other major problem that contributed to the fund failing to achieve its objectives is the fact that it is highly politicized. The various administrations under the MMD and PF have abused the Fund for political purposes and the Zambia Institute for Policy analysis study alludes to this.

”The involvement of politicians in the disbursement of funds has negatively influenced the public perception of the Fund and its potential as a youth economic empowerment vehicle. This is because the Fund is highly linked to the political structures, which make youths think the funds are a political reward or benefit, and this perception could have significantly affected repayments”. ZIPAR study observed.

The idea of solving youth unemployment with entrepreneurship and self-employment initiatives is a noble one and can achieve its intended objectives but the big question is the vehicles and tools used to implement the policy. If innovatively designed, and in tandem with the knowledge and ICT economy of the 21st century, entrepreneurship and self-employment can solve the youth unemployment problem. The government should rethink the design of the Youth Development Fund.

It is imperative that the promotion of youth entrepreneurship should be approached comprehensively in order to achieve lasting impacts. A mix of financial and non-financial support as well as partnership with the private sector can influence the success and sustainability of such policies.

Source Lusaka Times

South Africa: Government should be fixated on youth employment – Pityana

Unisa’s former head says learners should be paid to stay in school.

The preoccupation of government “day and night” should be on the 55% of young people under 30 who are unemployed, with many of them never having been employed, says Barney Pityana, the retired principal and vice chancellor of the University of South Africa.

“If [as government] I get nothing else right, this is what I must get right yesterday,” he told the Tshwane Leadership Summit on Wednesday.

Pityana was critical of the lack of imagination in government and questioned why there was not a major government initiative right now to address “this ticking time bomb”.

He added that if he was in government, he would be making a big announcement that addressing youth unemployment was the priority.

Pityana said this would involve raising dedicated capital from all businesses for this initiative, with “some of it voluntary but if it doesn’t come, by other means”.

Pass a law if necessary

He said this capital would be used to ensure, even if a law had to be passed, that every young person who was not at school, university or working, would be in a training programme for 12 months where they would get supported and receive incentives.

Money would also be made available for all kinds of training centres countrywide and when they finished their training in 12 months’ time, there would be a fund to enable them to have start-up businesses, he said.

“All over the country there will be young people well engaged in training and learning and whatever is happening so they don’t just stay on the streets or are lying about,” he said.

‘Pay learners to stay in school’

Pityana said he would also do what former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher did in paying young people of 18 and 19 years old to stay in school for another two years to get further training.

“The point I really want to make is that if you have leadership with imagination, you wouldn’t just be stuck in the old way of doing things and simply say that this is the way the economic forces are actually working and therefore there is no other way.

“That is not good enough for a country in an environment like ours. Young people in our country are entitled to expect better of us,” he said.

He pointed out that there is no other country that had an unemployment rate of 25% and retained the same government.

He said this was part of the dilemma in South Africa, which did not make sense at all, where the government does not deliver for the people at the level where it matters and yet these people still vote for the same government.

Tragic ethical gap

Turning to corruption, Pityana said there was a “tragic gap” in South Africa in that there was nobody at a high level who did not hate corruption but what they did and the way they acted was at a very different level.

“Even those who are right in the thick of it, they will tell you – and will probably mean it – that they hate corruption. It’s like seeing Ace Magashule [ANC secretary-general] saying that we the ANC have been working so hard against corruption and we say: ‘Ha! Who is talking?’”

The reference to Magashule is related to various allegations of corruption that have been levelled against him.

Pityana stressed that people have to be able to be critical of themselves and capable of having a critical insight of human conduct, including their own.

“If you don’t have a critical sense and the courage to respond to your own critical intuition and insight, you will never be able to see anything that is wrong,” he said.

Pityana referred to the extent to which good men and women for some reason had been able to capitulate to what was obviously a crooked programme.

He said those who know Brian Molefe – one-time CEO of the Public Investment Corporation, Transnet and Eskom – would never have expected a few years ago that he would be an agent for a corrupt project.

Molefe has been linked to corruption involving the Gupta family.

Pityana said Zuma boasted that he never went to school but his power over educated people would “put all of us to shame”.

“He has been able to manipulate very educated and knowledgeable people way beyond his own intelligence and education.

“What kind of country is that? How can we have a country where at the end of the day educated people cannot act like intelligent people?

“That is something that needs further examination,” he added, “because I’m no longer able to confidently say that educated people, on account of their education and knowledge, are able to distinguish and to discern right from wrong, and to know the consequences of what they are doing our country.”

Source Money Web

Rider Lotto to Empower Nigerian Youths

Executive Chairman, Ridersport Software Nigeria Limited (RSNL), Omoba Omotosho has said that the launch of Rider Lotto, a licenced company to operate online sports betting and games, will provide opportunity for Nigerians, especially the youths, to be gainfully engaged.

This is in terms of becoming approved agents, who are paid commissions on turnovers. He said further that apart from that, those that win Rider Lotto will alleviate poverty in their lives.

Speaking during the maiden draws of the prize for its daily million lotto which, took place in Lagos recently, Omotosho said the numbers are drawn from 1-49 and if they match six numbers of an individual, he/she will automatically become the jackpot winner of N1 million for the day, adding, “we also have other prizes in the sense that if you match three, four or five numbers, you are also a winner with just #100.”

Speaking further, he said, “After our licence, we went back to the drawing board to see how we can engineer products that would be acceptable to the Nigerian public, that would benefit Nigerian public and that would empower Nigerian youths in terms of being our agents who sell to the public.
“All you need to do is to go online to http://www.riderlottery.com, deposit your email, username, and password and submit and you can play at any time and at any place you want – in the comfort of your home and even in your office.”

While encouraging Nigerians to play Rider Lotto, Omotosho revealed that part of the proceeds goes for good courses , like building schools in the localities, empowerment and ensuring that the community is built upon wealth through sharing of the benefits of Rider Lotto.

“We have thought carefully that lottery as it is practiced all over the world is fun and entertaining. Lottery is not sports betting, lottery is where you generate your own memorable numbers like date of birth and other anniversaries”, he said.

“It is a pool of several players and where a power ball machine rolls out the numbers that detect the winners. The entertainer is able to relate with people at the grassroots and to let everybody know that playing rider lotto is fun and entertaining but you have to be above 18 to play Rider Lotto”, he noted.

Source Thisday

20 years skilling South African youth

2019 marked the twentieth anniversary of the Go for Gold Education-to-Employment programme. For the past 20 years, Go for Gold has boasted the efficacy of public-private partnerships, combining expertise and passion for tangible transformation in South Africa.

The programme culminated in 1999 when founder Shaun Webber, then CEO of NMC Construction noticed the shortage of black technical graduates entering the industry. He identified that students were already disadvantaged at school level, particularly in the poor Maths and Science Bachelor Pass rates and had no post-schooling provisions to support students’ career aspirations to enter the built environment. Originating in the Western Cape, in 2015 the programme expanded to Gauteng and Eastern Cape.

The 4-phased programme was created to act as a skills development pipeline, advancing black students’ performance in Maths and Science at some of South Africa’s poorest schools as identified by one of Go for Gold’s partners, the Department of Education. Qualifying students must express a strong interest in pursuing technical vocations, have adequate Maths and Science marks and be dedicated to joining the industry.

Once enrolled in Phase 1, students receive two years of intensive Maths and Science tuition in Grades 11 and 12, Leadership Development (Life Skills) training and enjoy numerous site visits and presentations by technical professionals from 24 Go for Gold partner companies. Once matriculated, the programme and partner companies sustain post-schooling opportunities for the students through paid internships (Phase 2) that help these young adults determine their course of study, based on practical exposure to the industry prior to entering tertiary institutions (Phase 3), therefore suitably utilizing bursaries at tertiary institutions. Once graduated, partner companies enjoy retaining their investment by employing the students they have supported since Grade 11. Each phase of the programme benefits industry partners whom each year aim to meet their transformational and human capital needs for technical professionals.

Go for Gold, a registered NPO and a structured programme under the Construction and DTI Codes, has received international recognition and numerous awards over the last 20 years. However, the success of the programme would not be possible without the progressive built environment companies who have proven they are passionate about transformation and have partnered with the programme. These include, but not limited to, Martin & East, Stefanutti Stocks, Haw & Inglis, Concor, Civils 2000, PERI Formworks, Sutherland Engineers, dhk Architects, Power Group, Aveng-GrinakerLTA, CSV Construction, Mokwena Surfacing, Triamic Construction, Danoher, Axsys Projects, Amandla Construction, W Unser Construction, Esor Construction, Smart Civils, iKusasa Rail, R&N Master Builders, Kew Maintenance, Grindrod Rail and Burger and Wallace. Education partners include the Department of Education, Star Schools Programme, Kutlwanong Centre for Maths, Science and Technology, Routes to Resilience and all tertiary institutions in the Western Cape and Gauteng regions. The Go for Gold board carries representation by heads of industry from the built environment, alumni and the Department of Education who ensure the organization stays aligned with industry needs and norms.

At a time where South Africa’s youth unemployment problem is still a contentious issue and our President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged the private sector to support youth development, the Go for Gold Education-to-Employment programme is South Africa’s best kept secret. While continuing to provide tangible solutions to numerous Sustainable Development Goals, the future of Go for Gold will entail growing and diversifying the number of partner companies to support hundreds more deserving youth. Go for Gold plans to welcome other industries that require technical professionals, including the manufacturing sector and companies asserting careers in the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Source Engineering News

Kenya: Lessons for our youth from Chef Maliha’s world record cooking feat

Maliha Mohammed, a young self-taught Kenyan chef recently entered the annals of history by breaking the Guinness World Record for the longest cooking marathon by an individual.

She prepared over 400 recipes in 75 hours of non-stop cooking. In doing so, she joined a galaxy of Kenyan achievers who set world records in diverse human endeavours.

The 36-year-old is an authentic role model and an inspiration to our youth. She has demonstrated that nothing is impossible.

And that success is the result of determination and persistence in whatever one excels in regardless of their background.

The same lesson comes from great Kenyan athletes like Tegla Lorupe, Samuel Wanjiru, Paul Tergat, who have shattered world records in their stellar careers.

Other Kenyans in the Guinness World Records are Joseph Love who in 1992 milked 30 cows in 24 hours, and Kimani Maruge who in 2003 became the oldest person in the world to enroll in primary school.

There are many lessons from the accomplishment of these and other outstanding Kenyan achievers.

Notably, they all came from humble backgrounds but went on to defy all odds and set world records. They used the little available resources they had to become world champions.

For Maliha, she honed her cooking skills via YouTube tutorials. Her path to success mirrors that of Julius Yego, the self-trained Kenyan javelin thrower and former world record holder.

Our youth should borrow a leaf from Maliha and Yego first, by identifying their talents, then acquiring the skills and knowledge to actualise their potential.

In other words, lack of formal training or college fees should not be a barrier to success in life.


Given the high levels of unemployment, we should encourage our youth to pursue their talents, for example, through entrepreneurship.

Many Kenyan youths have undiscovered talents they could use to change society.

Maliha is a shining example of how human endurance, resilience and grit contribute to success.

Prior to breaking the world record in August, she had spent many gruelling hours rehearsing for the big day – 36 hours in June and 54 hours in July.

The key lesson is, there is no short cut to success. No matter one’s vocation or profession, we must constantly strive to be the best by tirelessly perfecting our skills.

Another important lesson from Maliha’s feat is that to have an impact, we should set the bar high. Maliha set out to compete with the best globally.

The previous world record for the longest cooking marathon was 68 hours by American Ricky Lumpkin in 2018.

Great human achievements have no boundaries. By setting her sights on the global arena, she put Kenya on the international map with her new world record in cooking.

Local talent

The likes of Maliha need all the support they can get to flourish.

And not just from the government but also the private sector which should be encouraged to support local talent. This is crucial to unlocking hidden talents in diverse fields among our youth.

Many talented people do not have people to mentor them or even offer crucial financial and logistical support.

This is exactly where businesses come in as part of their corporate social responsibility to transform lives and communities.

This thinking inspired Pwani Oil to offer logistical support to Maliha through providing food ingredients and paying her participation fee to Guinness World Record.

There’s need to identify and support more talented Kenyans to showcase their skills to the world.

Kenya’s international profile rises when achievers like Maliha put Kenya on the world map with their accomplishments.

Think of the way our athletes have made the country famous. We should replicate this success in other fields including arts, entertainment, literature, science, and so on.

In addition, youth engagement is required if Kenya is to realise her targets as part of the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) agenda. The youth constitute the bulk of Kenya’s population.

Promoting youth talent is a sure path to eradicating poverty and achieving common prosperity as envisaged in the SDG framework.

Besides, young people should be empowered to become innovators and drivers of social and economic change.

They are capable of being leaders who can shape the future. Encouraging and supporting the likes of Maliha is an important step toward building a better world.

Source Stardard Media

Nigeria: Lawan assures of inclusion of young parliamentarians

President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, has assured young parliamentarians of inclusion in the affairs of the legislature.

A statement in Abuja on Tuesday by Mr Ezrel Tabiowo, his Special Assistant on Print Media said the president of the senate gave the assurance while inaugurating principal officers of the Young Parliamentarians Forum (YPF).

Lawan, who presided over the election of the principal officers, said the inauguration of the YPF was aimed at securing inclusion and participation of youths in the process of deepening Nigeria’s democracy.

He stated that the determination of the legislature to return Nigeria’s budget cycle to January-December timeline with the passage of the 2020 budget in record time was also part of plans by the National Assembly to build new momentum for good governance.

“The idea of the YPF is to give emphasis on the inclusion of young parliamentarians across the world, and particularly in the National Assembly.

“The young anywhere in the world provide new energy for development and they represent the future and the promise of any nation.

“The young are the hope of tomorrow and the group around which leadership would revolve,” Lawan said.

He added, “If you want to see the future of a nation, look at what it is doing with the young; that will tell you whether that country or society has a future.

“Our tomorrow is prepared today with our young parliamentarians.”

The president of the Senate noted that the forum, a body carved out of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, affirmed the importance of the young.

According to him, having an understanding of the youth is eventually made easier when a good number of them are in parliament.

He, therefore, tasked Nigerian youths to take advantage of the Not-Too-Young-To-Run Act to ensure representation every four years.

“The inauguration of the YPF of the ninth National Assembly is one big step.

“We are taking to sustain the forum through which young person across the nation have not only found a voice, but an instrument to be part of the decision-making process in the National Assembly.

“This is to make the voice of a young person at the grassroots to count.

“It is also to ensure that they are part of decisions that affects them today and in the future.

“I want to assure the forum that the senate is ready to provide the needed support to achieve the concept of inclusion across Nigeria.

“These roles of the YPF are indeed very timely. It is a fact that we need to stabilize our democracy. It is also a fact that democracy is a system, requiring involvement and participation of all.

“With these activities, we have built a new momentum, preparatory to delivering our mandate of good governance.

“With the imminent inauguration of the Inter-parliamentary Union (IPU) Young Parliamentarians Forum (YPF), we have also begun another phase”, Lawan said.

Earlier, members of the YPF of the ninth National Assembly, unanimously elected Hon. Kabiru Tukura (APC, Kebbi) as Chairman and Ibrahim Babajide Obanikoro (APC, Lagos), Deputy Chairman.

Both lawmakers who are serving members of the House of Representatives are aged 35 and 38 years.

Present at the election of the principal officers and inauguration of the YPF are, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Idris Wase, representing the Speaker and Clerk of National Assembly, Alhaji Mohammed Omolori among others

Source PM News