Nigeria: President Muhammadu Buhari urges Youths to take up sports as career

By Vanguardngr.com (Nwafor)

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The Nigerian President, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity,Malam Garba Shehu, in Daura, Katsina State, on Friday, believed that the health benefits in sports should make it more attractive to both young and old.

Shehu stated that President Buhari was speaking when he received organizers of the Muhammadu Buhari Cup Competition in Katsina and some soccer teams at his country home.

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The Muhammadu Buhari Cup Competition is held annually in Daura Emirate to encourage youths to develop interest in sporting careers and enhance their skills.

The president said: “I want the younger generation of our population to take part in sports so as to keep away from mischief and lawlessness.”

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President Buhari commended organizers of the competition for maintaining unity among the youths in the Emirate, adding that by keeping the young people positively engaged, sporting activities also protect them from negative influences.

In addition to physical and mental fitness, he said sports also provides employment and ensures wellbeing.

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“Sports provide jobs opportunities. It is also a business from which you can earn respectable incomes.

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”Those who compete and excel at state and zones will eventually rise into national reckoning with focus and determination,” he further maintained.

The Secretary of the Local Organising Committee of the competition, Malam Aliyu Bello told the President that before introduction of various cup competitions, young people in the Emirate were contending with idleness, lawlessness and in some cases, drugs abuse.

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He said revival of sporting events in the state by Alhaji Sani Abu had brought a decline in negative activities.

The Director of Sports in Katsina State, Nalado Iro Kankia, assured the President that the state government would continue to provide facilities and opportunities for promotion of sports.(NAN)

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Soyinka To Nigerian Youths: Organize Ahead Of 2023 To Take Over Leadership Roles

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By Saharareporters.com

*Don’t wait till last minute, he charges them

Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, has charged Nigerian youths to begin mobilization to take over the reins of leadership of the country in 2023.

Soyinka made the comments at the wreath-laying ceremony to commemorate the 21st anniversary of the death of Chief MKO Abiola, the acclaimed winner of June 12, 1993 presidential election.

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He said, “Sometimes I refer to this generation of youths in which one places so much hope, as a ‘gaseous’ generation because they are so full of gas.”

“But when it comes to action, you are astonished because they keep calling out names like where is Wole Soyinka? Where is Joe Okei-Odumakin? Where is Femi Falana?

“They keep churning out the same names, same expectations, they do not organise themselves for action.

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“This is what we had hoped to happen in the last elections when we called the public to jettison the two major political parties and for the youths to recognise that they actually have a powerful bloc vote and they should exercise it in a progressive way.

“Well, it didn’t work the first time, it’s a new concept to them, so, nobody should place so much expectations.

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“But one hopes that in advance, 2023, the youths should begin to organise themselves, they must not wait till the last minute.

“They should begin right now in manifesting their expectations and the possibility of the realisation of their expectations of taking up leadership positions.”

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Nigeria: Bisi Fayemi advises Ekiti youths to embrace technical education

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By Today.ng (Agencies)

Bisi Fayemi, the wife of Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi, has advised youths to embrace technical education in order to decongest the labour market.

The governor’s wife gave the advice in Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday when the Chairman of the State Board for Technical and Vocational Education, Kayode Babade, paid her a visit.

She reiterated the governor’s promise to resuscitate all the technical colleges across the state.

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“With what I (have) heard, read and watched, the one in Ado-Ekiti is now a model.

“The governor has therefore assured that policies in the education sector would be geared toward improving technical and vocational education in the state.

“There is a need for parents to enrol their children in any of the technical colleges across the state.

“I want to appreciate what the present government is doing in reducing the rate of unemployment in the state.

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“I watched the news during the last lecture you organised for the students and could see that government had equipped the college in Ado-Ekiti to function effectively.

“I will like to appeal to our youths to take advantage of this to become experts in any vocation of their choice which is crucial to saving the nation from economic crisis and youth unemployment,” she said.

She stressed the need for a paradigm shift from the erroneous perception that skills acquisition was meant for the academically weak, noting that technical education remained a potent weapon for socio-economic development.

The governor’s wife promised to embark on a facility tour of the technical college in Ado-Ekiti to ascertain areas of partnership.

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Nigeria: Quality Education Key To Youth Development – Nya-Etok

By Leadership.ng (Ruth Natsa)

Politician and Social Housing crusader, Architect Ezekiel Nya-Etok has stressed the need for Nigeria to restrategize their development plan and focus on quality education in the North

He stressed that this was because quality education is the bedrock of every development.

Architect Nya- Etok said the youth in northern Nigeria are extremely technological and very resourceful stressed the need to harness this resourcefulness and lead them to be part of the sustainable development of the country”

He noted that Northern Youths experience difficulties in getting the education and empowerment they deserved noting that one of the most crucial challenges facing the North was preparing her young for the future.

The Architect cum politician stated this during an award ceremony organised by the Northern Youth Council of Nigeria where he was awarded with the Sir Ahmadu Bello Leadership award in Abuja.

He appealed to the Elders and Leaders of the North to give the youth the Level Of Education and empowerment they deserved.

“On a serous note I think the time has come when we want to look at issues affecting northern Nigeria youth and know that whatever happen to one happen to all calling on all leaders and elders in all over Nigeria North, South, East and West to stand up for the youth.”

“ l want to tell the elders in the north that we respect them but the time has come when you need to realised that the youth have something to offer, the time has come when you’ll believe that the youth are in succession planning, the time has come when you will realise that the youth in the Northern Nigeria do not only belong to you, they all belong to all of us because Nigeria is one country whatever happen to one happen to all .

He stressed that “We will not allow the resourcefulness of the youth of Northern Nigeria to lay on tight we are all going to synergies and network to make sure we bring the resourcefulness of the youth out and together we are going to form a country where there is no diversity because I am sick and tired of religion dividing us we have to come to the realisation that if we want to have one Nigeria, we have it indeed.”

He maintained that people did not understand that the youths are enlightened because they go on social media, read about what is happening to their contemporaries.

Nigeria Youths LACKS ROLE MODELS

By T.guardian.ng (Matthew Ogune)

The Regional Youths Pastor of the RCCG, Odun Emasealu, has attributed the lack of mentorship among Nigerian youths to absence of role models and pathfinders in the country.

Addressing the press, yesterday, in Abuja, ahead of the church’s annual programme tagged: ‘Abuja Shift Emergency, ’ Emasealu regretted that Nigerian youths have lost hope in life, due to depression.

He said the church initiated the programme to guide youths into meaningful future, as well as bridge the gap between past and present generations.

He said: “We all know depression is a product of loss of hope, and what makes someone to lose hope is the realisation that he/she is not making progress in life… Unfortunately, in our country now, we are losing role models and that is the objective of this programme. We intend raising people that can go to the market place and compete…”

Also Speaking, the RCCG Assistant General Overseer, Ezekiel Odeyemi disclosed that the programme would accommodate all Nigerian youths that are ready to key into it.

Nigeria: Yoruba youths hail Fayemi’s election as governors’ forum chairman

By Pulse.ng (NAN)

The Yoruba Council of Youths Worldwide (YCYW) on Thursday hailed the election of Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti as the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF).

The Founder and President of the group, Aremo Oladotun Hassan, said a statement in Lagos that by the election, Fayemihad embarked on a a mission to serve Nigerian masses and enhance good governance.

Hassan said that the group was delighted at Fayemi’s election, adding that he deserved it.

He said that YCYW felicitated with Ekiti people, all Yoruba people and Nigerians at the election.

Hassan said: “We owe this landmark stride to his excellency’s untainted track record of excellence, team spirit and uncommon probity.

“We have a strong belief in his excellency toward widening the horizon of untapped opportunities of this highly placed office of NGF.

“We have a belief that Fayemi will aim at bringing good governance, equitable distribution of resources, and ensuring optimal performance of all governors.”

He urged Nigerians to embrace the `new dawn of hope’ expected from Fayemi which, he said, would translate into dividends of democracy to all Nigerians irrespective of political party affiliation, ethnic or religious leaning.

“We are indeed proud of Gov. John Kayode Fayemi (JKF) being elected to lead all the 36 governors at the Nigeria Governors’ Forum.

“We see this as a brighter hope for greater expectations, while we thank all the other 35 governors for the confidence reposed on our own JKF.

“We equally challenge his excellency to speed up delivery of the tasks ahead based on his promised assurances on key areas of the nation’s needs,” Hassan said.

He urged Fayemi leadership of NGF to do more to address insecurity and promote good governance, education, rule of law, agriculture, health, economy, employment opportunities and infrastructure development.

He called for a renewed efforts in enacting a constitution that would guarantee accelerated growth and peaceful coexistence.

“We foresee that the tasks ahead may be huge, but surmountable, because the right man with sound mind is in charge of the NGF, ” the youth leader said.

NAN reports that Fayemi was chosen by consensus as the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum at a meeting on Wednesday night in Abuja. He succeeds Gov. Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara.

Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State was chosen as the Vice-Chairman of the group