Nigeria: Golden Eaglets will fly high at 2019 AFCON in Tanzania – Seni Saraki

By David Ngobua

The Chairman of Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) Football Club, Ilorin, Seni Saraki has expressed confidence that the national U-17 team, the Golden Eaglets will do the nation proud by winning the 2019 AFCON in Tanzania. He disclosed this on Tuesday when he paid the team a surprised farewell visit at their training ground in Abuja. The football enthusiast and administrator also spoke on his team’s chances in the ongoing Nigeria National League.

What prompted you to visit to Golden Eaglets training?

Thank you. I am here to felicitate with the team, especially ahead of their visit to Tanzania for the U-17 AFCON. You know they are our ambassadors, and they need this type of motivation. Again, it’s an opportunity for me to see and talk to two of my players in the team. I have Olakunle Olusegun and Gata Mubarak in the team. They are the products of our U-15 team that won the LaLiga Promises championship in 2017. My visit will boost their morale in the African championship, from where they will fight for a World Cup ticket.

You watched the team’s training, how confident are you ahead of the U-17 AFCON in Tanzania?

The players are in good condition and shape, based on what I have seen, and also, going by the results of the matches they have played so far.

Again, we have coaches who understand the terrain. Coach Manu Garba has previously been involved in two glorious outings at this level, and Coach Nduka Upgrade, apart from been the Captain of the first team that won it in 1985, was also part of the teams that have won the title at one time or the other. I have the confidence that they will do the nation proud.

Another very important factor is the pedigree of Nigeria at youth level, both in Africa and world level.

Apart from your visit to the team today, what other means of motivation do you have for the team?

It wouldn’t just end here with this visit. I will have to re-adjust my programme and schedules, because I already promised to be in Tanzania to cheer them throughout the competition.. I will want to personally be there when the whole thing happens.

But do you think this team had the best of preparations ahead of the competition?

I am a football administrator, and I have been following the progress of this team, just like other national teams we have, and not because of my players in the team.

I will therefore, want to commend the Nigeria Football Federation for their efforts at developing football, especially at the grassroots.

I will also want to thank the League Management Company for participating LaLiga in organizing the U-15 Promises competition, which has given us the opportunity to have two players in that team.

We have six players from that class of 2017 in our main team presently, which two are in other Nigeria National League teams.

We are participating in the on-going LaLiga Promises as the defending champions. We are using that to groom the next set of champions by the grace of G

Now to your club, ABS FC, what is the expectation this season?

Thank you. The expectation is to have a successful campaign in this season’s Nigeria National League (NNL). Our target is to qualify for the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), where we rightly belong.

We are running pure professional outfit, by all standards. For this season, we have hired a coach that has gone through this journey twice before, Coach Hassan Abubakar, and we are ready for the season.

We have changed our club camp, this in order to ensure more comfortability for the players and coaches, and we will surely improve on our Welfare packages, in order to get the best out of the players. With the preparations we have put in place so far, we are hopeful of a fruitful campaign this season.

Year-in-year-out, you always have younger players in your team. What’s the secret?

ABS FC is no doubt, a modest club, and we have strived over the years to make a model for other clubs. We believe so much in the youths, and the club was initiated because of them. It’s a platform for developing and empowering the young and talented footballers. It’s a veritable platform, and a launchpad for the youths to rise to stardom. Many of them have benefited, many are currently benefiting, and many of them will still benefit. I earlier told you we are currently participating in the on-going LaLiga Promises. The current team has about 50 percent U-13 players, especially those that won the Channels Kiddies International tournament in Lagos last year. Our projection was that next season, we will play in the NPFL, and by then, they will be about 14 years old. By the time they are doing that, we are already working on another set of younger players. That is what we do at ABS FC.

And are you planning to sustain the structure?

The structure is already on ground, and was well laid. We are planning to build on that in the nearest future. Among the long term plan was to have our own stadium, and we are already working on that.Right now, we have an existing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Kwara Football Academy, which covers technical development and player exchange, and we also hope to build on that as time goes on.

Last but not the least, what is your assessment of the Nigerian league?

We are not doing badly, despite the challenges. There is room for improvement. We are still learning, and I believe we will get there very soon. Thanks.

Source Daily Trust

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Tanzanian youth urged to engage in movements

The youth in Tanzania has been urged to actively engage in movements, during the 2nd Change Tanzania Forum on rights and responsibilities of the citizens of the country.

This was a message which was shared to the youth during the forum, organised by Change Tanzania, under the slogan ‘Wenye Nchi ni Wananchi’, loosely translated ‘It’s Citizen who Own the Country’, today.

Activist and the co-founder of Change Tanzania, Maria Sarungi Tsehai, said the movement started as a hashtag on Twitter, and its aim was to influence Tanzanian citizens to participate in bringing positive change in different aspects of life.

“It started on social media as an informal grouping of individuals who are focused on bringing positive and sustainable change to Tanzania,” she said.

Lawyer, journalist and social commentator, Jenerali Ulimwengu, said activism was all about positive change, and that being an activist was a sign of being alive.

“The founders of all the major and astonishing things in the world are youths, but also a large percentage of the youth are the source of all the political and economic problems in nations. This is how powerful youths are,” he said.

The second Change Tanzania Forum was held, three years since the first Change Forum occurred in 2016. The Forum aims to center on the motto of Change Tanzania that change comes from “few committed and thoughtful citizens” and therefore push back against the rhetoric and also provide historic, legal and practical insight to being an active citizen.


Source African Daily Voice


TANZANIA: Renewable energy technical training is giving youth a second chance at an education and long-term employment

Youth attending Don Bosco Oysterbay, located in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, are able to access technical training in renewable energy thanks to a project that was launched two years ago in partnership with Misereor, a German Catholic Bishops’ Organization for Development Cooperation, to help advance this training capacity.

Funding from the partnership with Misereor has equipped Don Bosco Oysterbay with tools, training materials and enough equipment to provide education to 120 students every year.

The program, which started in 2017, has been training vulnerable youth in technical skills that will help them become change makers in their communities as innovators, technicians and entrepreneurs. To prepare them for the workforce, trainees benefit from career guidance and entrepreneurship skills provided by Don Bosco’s Job Placement Office. The job placement office empowers youth to realize their full potential by connecting them with employers and entrepreneurship opportunities. In addition, trainees are able to access soft skills training to build their self-confidence and communication skills.

The first 35 trainees who completed the three-year electrical course at Don Bosco Oysterbay were enrolled in a six-month specialization course which consisted of both electronics and solar system training. The specialization course was designed to provide a technical foundation for solar technologies and reinforce classroom learning with hands-on demonstrations. The 35 trainees have graduated and already 70 percent of them have found work as solar technicians.

One of the graduates is 23-year-old Charles Urio who completed secondary school in 2013. At that time, he could not progress further in his studies because his grades were not good enough and his family didn’t have the money for private school. He resigned himself to work as a salesman in an electrical shop. There, he developed an interest in the work and even began accompanying technicians to help carry out installations. Soon he was learning the art of installation.

He applied to Don Bosco Oysterbay for the three-year electrical installation course. When he completed the course, Salesian missionaries offered to enroll him in a six-month course specializing in solar photovoltaic (PV) design, installation and maintenance. Urio says, “The fact that I was now furthering my education fully paid for by Don Bosco was a dream surpassed.”

The solar PV course provided him in-depth knowledge of installing solar and solar water pump equipment. He adds, “The solar course gave me an advantage in securing a job at Ensol Tanzania Company Ltd. Some of my electrical installation classmates are still out there looking for stable jobs. I am grateful to Don Bosco for moving me from zero to hero.”

Logolye Melita is another graduate of the Don Bosco Oysterbay solar PV course. The 23-year old completed secondary school in 2012 but was unable to proceed to high school because his grades were not good enough. He started a small business in his village in Arusha before moving to Dar es Salaam to take advantage of the more varied business opportunities there.

While in Dar es Salaam, he met one of his former classmates who introduced him to staff at Don Bosco Oysterbay. As his desire was to become an electrician, he immediately applied for admission to study electrical installation at Don Bosco Oysterbay. He began his coursework in 2015 and upon graduation, was selected to proceed to the six-month solar PV course.

“The solar course has enabled me to conquer life challenges, and I am able to solve people’s energy challenges. I am fulfilled when I install solar for people and improve their standard of living,” says Melita, who is now employed at ALFA, a company in Dar es Salaam.

In August 2018, with funding from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, this same training program was launched in Don Bosco training centers in Dodoma and Iringa. This has led to the establishment of training laboratories and the remodeling of the solar and electronic classes and workshops at the centers, as well as the installation of training equipment, furniture and the development and training of instructors on the new syllabus.

When fully established, the Don Bosco training centers in Dar es Salaam, Dodoma, and Iringa will train a population of 300 students annually in installation, operation and maintenance of solar PV equipment. The centers will collaborate with solar energy companies and the government to provide apprenticeship opportunities for instructors and students.

Source MNW

Tanzania: 10 Traders Among 28 People Held Over Njombe Children’s Killings


By Godfrey Kahango & Sharon Sauwa


Njombe/Dodoma — At least 10 prominent businesspeople from Makambako and Njombe are among the 28 suspects who are being held for questioning by the police in connection with a spate of brutal killings of children in Njombe Region, the Parliament heard yesterday.


The Makambako Member of Parliament, who is also respected businessman in the area, Mr Deo Sanga (CCM), told Parliament yesterday that the situation was tense throughout Njombe and that it has reached a point whereby visitors are viewed as suspects -killers or collaborators.

“At least 10 prominent businesspeople – who employ a total of 200 people – have been arrested. They are behind bars for four days now and we do not know what is actually happening,” Makambako MP, Deo Sanga said noting that a number of economic activities have ground to a halt.

Mr Sanga was contributing to a point that was raised by his Lupembe counterpart on the ruling party ticket, Mr Joram Hongole, who stood up on a-point-of-order basis and asked the Speaker to allow the legislative body to suspend its routine business for the day to pave way for a debate on the brutal killings. It is believed that the killings of children are motivated by witchcraft beliefs whereby perpetrators use body parts in rituals that are said “to bring riches, success, power or enhance sexual desire. ”

Regional authorities say at least 10 children have been killed in Njombe in a period of one month and that the killers were also chopping off the children’s reproductive and respiratory organs in the killings that are linked to superstitious beliefs.

Speaking in Njombe yesterday, the Njombe Regional Police Commander (RPC), Ms Renata Mzinga, confirmed that several prominent businesspeople were among the 28 suspects who were being held for questioning by the police in connection with the killings of children.

She said the police force has uncovered a network of culprits who have been involved in the abduction and killing of children in Njombe Region, promising that even those that had fled the area will be hunted until they are brought to book.

“We have uncovered the network of people who have been involved in these killings. In partnership with a special team from the Police Headquarters in Dar es Salaam – which has joined our team in the efforts to arrest the situation, we will hunt them wherever they are. So far, we have arrested 28 people, including businesspeople, traditional healers and other ordinary citizens,” she said.

And in Parliament yesterday, the Speaker of Parliament, Mr Job Ndugai, gave the government up to February 8, to issue a statement on what has actually transpired in Njombe.

“It is quite sad and unfortunate. These brutal killings require a strong statement from the government. I now ask the government to prepare a comprehensive statement and present the same in this House before the adjournment of the ongoing sitting,” he said.

The current session will be adjourned on Friday, February 8.

Earlier, responding to Mr Hongole, the Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (Policy, Parliamentary Affairs, Labour, Employment, Youth and the Disabled), Ms Jenista Mhagama asked that the government be given time for it to issue a comprehensive statement on the issue.

“As government, we need to compile a comprehensive statement, explaining in details, the steps that we have taken so far to contain the situation,” she said.


Source The Citizen


Tanzania Parliament Speaker gives Government four days to explain children killings


By Sharon Sauwa


In Summary

  • The topic regarding the ongoing brutal killings of children in Njombe found its way into the National Assembly on Monday, February 04, 2019, with the Speaker of Parliament, Mr Job Ndugai, giving the government up to Friday, February 8, to issue a statement on what has actually transpired.
  • At least 10 famous businesspeople, who employ a total of 200 people, have been arrested in NJombe in connection with the brutal killings, according to the Makambako MP on the ruling party ticket, Mr Deo Sanga

The topic regarding the ongoing brutal killings of children in Njombe found its way into the National Assembly on Monday, February 04, 2019, with the Speaker of Parliament, Mr Job Ndugai, giving the government up to Friday, February 8, to issue a statement on what has actually transpired.

Mr Ndugai’s statement followed one by the Member of Parliament (MP) for Lupembe, Mr Joram Hongole (CCM) who stood up on a-point-of-order basis and asked the Speaker to allow the legislative body to suspend its business for the day to pave way for a debate on the brutal killings.

In Njombe, like in other African communities, children are being killed for their body parts which are used in witchcraft rituals because of superstitions that they can bring riches, success, power or sexual conquest.

Regional authorities say at least ten children have been killed in Njombe in a period of one month and that the killers were also chopping off the children’s reproductive and respiratory organs in the killings that are linked to superstitious beliefs.

Speaking in Njombe on Monday morning, the Njombe Regional Police Commander (RPC), Ms Renata Mzinga, said several prominent business people were among the 28 suspects who were being held for questioning by the police in connection with the brutal killings of children.

And speaking in Parliament on the same day, Mr Hongole said people in Njombe were living in fear and that economic activities have been halted after reports that at least 10 children have been killed in the region within one month.

“The tension is high in Njombe. People are no longer engaging in economic activities as women are required to escort their children to and from school,” he said, advancing a plea for the Parliament to debate the issue comprehensively.

His Makambako counterpart, Mr Deo Sanga (CCM), echoed similar sentiments, saying the situation was tense and that it has reached a point whereby visitors were being seen as people who have gone to Njombe to kill and/or fuel the killings.

“Some famous business people have been arrested. They have been behind bars for four days now and we do not know what is actually happening,” said Mr Sanga.

According to Mr Sanga, at least 10 famous business people, who employ a total of 200 people, have been arrested in Njombe.

“This situation has brought the conduct of economic activities to a halt,” he said.

The Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (Policy, Parliamentary Affairs, Labour, Employment, Youth and the Disabled), Ms Jenista Mhagama asked that the government be given time for it to issue a comprehensive statement on the topic.

“As government, we need to compile a comprehensive statement, explaining in details, the steps that we have taken so far to contain the situation,” she said.

At that point, Mr Ndugai said the brutal killings were surely an issue that required a comprehensive statement and thus he gave the government side four days to present the statement in the House.


Source The Citizen