Youths haven’t failed unless given opportunities – Ibe

As Africa advocates 30% of decision-making positions for youths.

Eminent personalities in the academia, judiciary and the Church have pull their weight behind Emperor Chris Baywood Ibe calling on governments to give our youth opportunities in decision making adding that no youth could be a failure if opportunities are not given them.

Vice Chancellor, Caleb University, Professor Ayandiji Aina; Professor Patricia Donli; Dr. Hussaini Abdu; Odein Ajumogobia, SAN; Archbishop A.A Madu and Emmanuel Afam Ugwu Ph.D spoke in one voice in Lagos during the official presentation of Beyond Rhetoric: Youth Empowerment and Political voice in Nigeria at the Civic Centre.

Speaking at the ocassion, the chief host and Founder/Chairman, Board of Baywood Foundation, Emperior Chris Baywood Ibe said ”Unless youths are given opportunities, you cannot say they have failed. Unless we make the youth part of decision making, we are sitting on a keg of gun powder” adding ”The proposed affirmative action at the African Union level advocates the reservation of up to 30% of decision-making positions in all offices – particularly in governments for the youth”.

Ibe who noted that the book was his contribution to humanity, urged everyone to search and discover reasons they exist. He said, if you have not yet found out the reason you exist, you cannot be successful.”The reason I am on earth is to put smiles on peoples face, especially the youth. Therefore, I dedicate the book to every youth, my children and your children”’, he said.

He added: ”The book is a legacy. Life is not all about making money or achieving resounding success. It’s what you dream of, think of and worked for. Who will speak for these youths? Unless youths are given opportunities, you cannot say they have failed. Unless we make the youth part of decision making, then we are sitting on a keg of gun powder”

Speaking in the same vein, Chairman of the occasion, Mr. Emmanuel Ijewere said the book is about righting the wrong, noting that rhetorics is about doing something different . He explained that the book covers a wide spectrum of ideas adding ”it is a deliberate policy to engage the youths for the political progress of the nation”.Emphasising on affirmative action, he noted that the only way out is for the youths to grab power. ”Dont just sit down, because those who have the money and power will never give up. Youths should take advantage of the opportunity and change Nigeria”, he added.

He alluded to the President of France who has been in politics since he was in the university stressing rather than talk about affirmative action, it should be complemented with direct action.On his part, the keynote speaker and Country Director Plan International, Abuja, Dr. Abdul Hussaini said he has been involved in youth issues in the last 10years adding that issues concernimg them have been key conversation globally.”Africa’s greatest strength are its youths and with them it can surmount the challenges ahead” He lamented the marginalisation and misconception of our youths, stressing that our youths are neither lazy nor criminal but only denied of their rights.”Political parties have failed to give youths the platform to make progress”, he concluded.

Source – Vanguard

Norway Provides Finance For Adolescent, Youth Development In Ethiopia

By Newbusiness

The UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme aims at building the capacity of adolescents and youth aged 10-24 through the provision of quality information and services on sexual and reproductive health, HIV, gender-based violence and harmful practices.

It also seeks to strengthen key duty bearers including government bureaus and ministries, youth-run organizations, parents, and community members to respond more systematically and sustainably to the growing and unmet needs of vulnerable adolescents and youth in Ethiopia.

The programme is planned to be implemented over a period of four years in 20 selected woredas in Afar, Amhara, Gambella, Oromia, SNNP, and Tigray Regions as well as the Addis Ababa City Administration in Ethiopia, with the potential for scale-up country-wide.

During the grant signing ceremony, Merete Lundemo, Ambassador of the Royal Norwegian Embassy to Ethiopia, said “Investing in the realization of SRH rights means enabling women and girls plan their pregnancies, complete their education and participate in the labour market. This way they contribute to achieving other development goals, another reason to support those rights at a time when they are under pressure.”

This joint programme will be implemented in partnership with key sector ministries and regional bureaus – Education, Health, Labour and Social Affairs, and Women, Children and Youth– the Federal and Regional HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Offices, and civil society organizations.

The joint programme aims to improve the capacity of government and non-governmental institutions as well as youth-run organizations to fulfil the demand of adolescents and youths in the selected woredas and regions. It will also empower communities and parents to help ensure a protective and enabling environment which includes protecting them against genderbased violence, harmful practices and violation of their reproductive rights.

Bettina Maas, UNFPA Country Representative, said during the event “The programme will empower young girls and boys to be able to make informed decisions for themselves and their families through the provision of sexual and reproductive health information and services.”

“This partnership, in Phase III of the programme, will invest in the most at-risk adolescents and young people by providing them with the knowledge, skills, services and opportunities needed to make a successful transition to adulthood and ensure their active participation in the prevention of violence, HIV, child marriage, FGM, and the promotion of sexual and reproductive health.” said Gillian Mellsop, UNICEF Representative to Ethiopia.

In line with a rights-based programming approach and the ‘Leave No one behind’ agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals, disadvantaged adolescents and youth are recognized as key actors in their own development, actively utilizing sexual reproductive health and HIV/AIDS prevention and protection services rather than as passive recipients of information, skills, and services.

Building on the experiences gained from the previous phases of the programme, Phase III of the Joint Programme will support the strengthening of protection, welfare, education and health systems, maximising results and efficiencies for more effective and sustainable services for sexual and reproductive health, protection from HIV/AIDS, violence and harmful practices so that adolescents and youth can ultimately make safe and healthy decisions for themselves.

Source – Newbusinessethiopia