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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BUILDING VALUE RE-ORIENTATION IN THE YOUTH.

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Values are positive traits internalized and exhibited by persons in any society which is geared towards building the society positively. They are positive behaviours. They are positive norms that move society forward. Nations develop these values towards personal and national accomplishments. Communities develop values for their community positive growth. Institutions (private and public) all develop these ethos that galvanized them positively. Value re-orientation takes place in the mind of individuals.

Recall that in the past, our Nigerian leaders in a bid to build positive values amongst the people especially the youth had launched value re-orientation programme including National Ethical Re-Orientation under the leadership of Alhaji Shehu Shagari (1979-1983). Also the then Head of State and now our President Muhammadu Buhari (1983-1985) launched War Against Indiscipline (WAI).

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In addition, to further rekindle the importance of value re-orientation in governance of the people; our present President- Muhammadu Buhari on 8th September, 2016 launched a value re-orientation programme tagged “Change Begins With Me”. During the launching the President stated amongst other things that “the nation’s value system has been badly eroded over the years and that virtues like honesty, integrity, hard work, punctuality, good-neighborliness, abhorrence of corruption and patriotism, had given way to dishonesty, indolence, unbridled corruption and widespread impunity”.

All the above mentioned value re-orientation programmes are value creation programme for Nigerian people especially the youth. They are self-driving positive value towards human development and enhancement.

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The creation of the world by God endowed in man all the creative energy to unleash greatness on planet earth through man’s further inventions, which is achievable through persons who have acquired value self-re-orientation.

Therefore building value re-orientation in the world youth could result via:

SELF-RE-ORIENTATION: We owe it as a duty to restore our individual values of which will guarantee us values of right living and self-actualization. These are values that have lifted one from obscurity to prominence. These core self-values include vision, perseverance, respect, discipline, integrity, determination, focus etc.

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TEACHERS AS VALUE RE-ORIENTATION AMBASSADORS: It has been established that Teachers play significant roles in inculcating values in the lives of students. Declaring Teachers as Ambassadors will inculcate in them greater sense of responsibility to become carriers of this value re-orientation in class rooms. This programme would make every teacher a counselor and character builders in the society.

STRENGTHEN THE GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING UNITS: From all indications, all schools including secondary and tertiary institutions have guidance and counseling units. There is the need for this unit to be strengthened as to be proactive towards realizing their core objectives which is geared towards inculcating right values in the minds of the students.

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PROMOTING READING CULTURE: One sure way identified towards mobilizing the youths/ students with values of right living to excel and become responsible persons in the society is through reading books, and of course quality books including leadership, self and life development books, biographies of people, inspiring books etc. The power associated with book reading is a virtue many great achievers have discovered early in life. These leaders including; Chief Obafemi Awolowo(late), Dr. Myles Munroe, Ogbo Awoke Ogbo, Pastor John C. Maxwell, Dr. Rotimi Egunjobi, the Librarian of the Adeyemi College of Education (ACE) Ondo State, South West Nigeria , Dr. Ben Carson. “Read. Read books. That is how to get someplace in life”. (Kurt Schmoke, a lawyer and former Mayor of Baltimore, his message to young people).

INSPIRING SEMINARS/CONFERENCES: Inspiring Seminars and conferences are another way to inculcate value re-orientation amongst the students. Inspiring seminars and conferences would imbibe strong values amongst the students/youth. The values of integrity, hard work, determination, creativity, perseverance are inculcated in the minds of the people who attend conferences.

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In addition, through organizing conferences/seminars ready grounds will be provided for leadership development amongst the youth. At conference programmes, new leadership skills are learnt. Recent studies have proved that those who attend conferences/ seminars were better positioned towards developing leadership potentials and skills which aid the development of humanity and society.

MENTORSHIP PROGRAMME: Presently, the world is witnessing lots of anti-social vices amongst the youth; and these our students are the future of the world. These anti-social vices prevalent amongst the students includes disrespect and internalization of wrong values which have led to cultism, armed robbery, kidnapping, drug additions etc.

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However, any society where these anti-social vices are prevalent will eventually have negative effect in the entire society; political, educational, social, economic, technological etc.

Therefore, the need to recognize and mentor the world youth through the educational and societal institutions will accelerate right values amongst the students.

ESTABLISHING RE-ORIENTATION CLUBS IN SCHOOLS:To strengthen the above issues canversed, there is therefore the need to establish re-orientation clubs in schools; these would become spring board in further building values amongst the world youth. Through these club the youthful leaders would become agent of transformational leadership for the betterment of mankind and society.

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DECLARATION OF INSPIRATIONAL DAY PROGRAMME: The hallmark of inspiration is the addition of value in one’s life, with the purpose of bringing the latent potentials of one into lime light. What Americans taught their citizens through inspiring messages via exposing the biographies of their great men and women have spread to many countries of the world.

Inspirational values combine with elements of mentorship, personality growth, leadership and entrepreneurship values which develops the mind of a person. The developed personality via inspirational issues works towards positive contribution in the society.

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If a day is set apart as world inspirational day, it will go a long way to build values amongst our youths.

Finally, building value re-orientation in the youth, would inculcate in the world youth the spirit of a new value re-orientation geared towards building a new personality for the good of the society.

Written by James Okyere

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Rwanda: Youths must shun short-cuts to success

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By Newtimes.co.rw (Kenneth Agutamba)

An incident happened this week that left us with a ‘197-dollar question’ (pun intended) to reflect on, as we head into the freedom week; how much have the youth learned from the young men and women that led Rwanda’s Liberation struggle, 25 years ago?

He has since changed it but my friend, AC Group’s Patrick Buchana had the perfect Bio on his Twitter profile; ‘I have grown up watching and learning from the men and women that liberated our country; now it is time to do my bit.’

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Considering that every country has its own liberation story, the ‘197-dollar question’here is not meant for only Rwandan youths but every young African in their respective country.

The incident on Tuesday morning was disturbing to follow; young Rwandans in their thousands, gathered at the Convention Centre, responding to what later turned out to be a false-call with a vague promise of returning home with ‘$197 value bonus’ to qualified participants.

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The ‘$197 value bonus’ which was misconstrued by most to mean ‘cash handout’ at the end of the workshop only to learn otherwise at the event, left many wondering how it was possible for everyone to get it wrong; or whether the vague messaging was deliberate to attract revelers.

I am avoiding to say more about the unfortunate eventon purpose; to deny the organizers possible prominence and credibility that comes with being mentioned in this reputed publication.

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It is instead the lessons from the wrecked event that deserve being highlighted with prominence. The first lesson to draw being that, our youths are paying attention to the internet, searching for opportunities to learn and enterprise, to improve their personal financial situations.

That is a good thing and we should not in any way use it to conclude that Rwandan youths are ‘desperate for jobs and money’ as some attempted to spin in various social media chat threads.

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As my colleague Thierry Gatete pointed correctly out in one of the twitter threads on the same subject, ‘money, let alone $197 would have excited anyone in most parts of the world’ regardless of unemployment rates in their respective countries.

Indeed, some of those that turned up were employed young people who took leave from their workstations to attend the event which they saw as an opportunity to earn a quick additional buck.

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That however leads us to lessons of caution and responsibility. From the story of our country’s liberators, which we are celebrating this week, the youth should learn that there are no short-cuts to success and that they should treat with caution whoever shows up with such promises.

In consolidating the gains of their respective countries, African youths must not substitute reason with excitement especially in the face of dappled promises for quick success;such an attitude is not only a danger to national security but also jeopardizes personal destiny.

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The story of the now rehabilitated Kizito Mihigo, the once young celebrated musical icon provides a classical example of what happens when young people swallow the bait of short-cuts to success.

Consolidating Rwanda’s liberation gain requires youth that are steadfast on reason and caution before engaging in actions that could end up jeopardizing their future.

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“The liberation struggle that we participated in, has set the foundation for you to succeed and consolidate what we gained to take our country forward,” General James Kabarebe said in an address to the youth, during the Liberation week last year.

He added, “It’s the youth, in fact over 90 per cent, that were at the vanguard of our liberation struggle; for instance, His Excellency our leader Paul Kagame was only 32 years old; Fred Rwigyema was 33, and many others were in their 20s, youths, just like you.”

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Here were men, whom at 30, had just helped liberate a country and almost immediately embarked on a new campaign to liberate their own to regain the dignity of having a nationality and a country to truly call home, to which they would dedicate their lifelong effort to developing.

As someone in my early 30s, Rwanda’s liberation story has always left me and colleagues in the same age-bracket, challenged and questioning our own contribution.

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These are men and women who had proven their worth in battle and were assured of lucrative careers worth more than US$197, in a foreign country they had helped liberate; no wonder, many were already holding senior positions in different government departments.

It’s steadfast attitude and visionary wisdom even at their tender-age that informed the brave decision to embark on a military campaign whose victory was not assured; they overlooked ‘bonus values’ and short-cuts to success in a foreign country, to take the longer route to their vocation.

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Today’s youth have an opportunity to not only learn but also continue the liberation struggle which is now in the reconstruction phase after attaining victory in the military phase. But it takes strong character and steadfast focus to stay the course.

The youth of Rwanda and Africa at large, should not be distracted by short-cuts to success because real success is toiled for but the joy from such victories is very much worth it. Stay focused; think and act as the liberated youth that you are! Accept a hand-up but shun handouts!

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Uganda strives to invest in youths to tap population dividend

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By Xinhuanet.com (Ronald Ssekandi)

As the world commemorates World Population Day on Thursday, Uganda is striving to invest in its youths to explore the benefits of population dividend. The population day will be commemorated under the theme of “Renewing the promise; empowering the youth to contribute to socio-economic transformation”.

Uganda has one of the youngest and most rapidly growing populations in the world. Figures by the National Population Council (NPC), a state agency that advises the government on population issues, show that Uganda has a population growth rate of 3.3 percent per annum, making it the third fastest growing population in the world. The country’s population is projected to reach 75 million by 2040 from the current 40 million people.

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Youths below the age of 30 make up more than 78 percent of the 40 million people, according to the NPC.

More than 70 percent of the youths are unemployed and this is what the Ugandan government is striving to reverse.

Population experts argue that investing in the youth age group will guarantee a healthy and skilled human resource.

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According to the World Bank, if the increase in the number of working age individuals can be fully employed in productive activities, other things being equal, the level of average income per capita should increase as a result. The youth bulge will become a demographic dividend.

John Ssekamatte, a consultant with Uganda’s National Planning Authority, told reporters on Wednesday that for Uganda to achieve its aspiration of upper middle income status by 2040, the challenge posed by a high population growth has to be addressed.

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“For us to achieve that we must meaningfully engage the population as a productive force because if we don’t, it will be a productive liability,” he said.

Other experts have argued that if a large number of youths cannot find employment and earn satisfactory income, they are likely to become a potential source of social and political instability.

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INVESTMENT

Demographers argue that sustained economic growth is critical in creating opportunities for the youthful population that is entering the labor market. They argue that Uganda needs to invest in growth sectors like agriculture, tourism, oil and gas which can have high job multiplier effect and can spur inclusive economic growth.

The government has embarked on this by first prioritizing areas, which it argues are bottlenecks to economic development. The government is investing heavily in energy and transport infrastructure, so that if the cost of energy is low, more industries would open up and create employment. A better and efficient transport system would also reduce the cost of production since farmers or industrialists would easily transport their products to the market.

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Fred Wabwire, chairperson of the NPC, told reporters on Wednesday that the government has embarked on other measures to improve the skills of the youths to make them economically active.

Wabwire said that besides the provision of free universal primary education and free universal secondary education (USE), the government has embarked on vocational training. When the youths finish basic education, those who are unable to continue to university go to vocational training.

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“Education empowers, it provides information, and if we can keep all the boys and girls in schools up to the end of USE, that intervention scores a lot of marks,” he said.

Wabwire said youths who have completed vocational training can access funding from the government through the Youth Livelihood Program (YLP) to start up small enterprises. The YLP, which is based on three pillars of skills development, livelihood support and institutional support, targets unemployed youths, according to ministry of finance.

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United Nations Population Fund argues that the government should continue to invest in the health of the population. The population agency said that the healthiness of the country’s labor force determines the level of productivity.

It argued that for instance as children’s health and survival rates improve, family demand for more children declines. Smaller family sizes improve maternal health, which further improves child health, as well as increase women labor force participation, hence contributing to economic growth.

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Kenya: Youths Accessing Online Jobs Through Ajira Digital Program

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By Kenyanews.go.ke (Kimani Tirus)

630, 000 youths have accessed online jobs through Ajira Digital Program (ADP) courtesy of Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology.

According to Government Spokesperson (GS), Col. (Rtd) Cyrus Oguna, over 22, 000 youths have also been trained on how to secure online jobs.

“Ajira Digital platform provides opportunities for the youths to access online jobs from where they can earn a living beyond the Kenyan job market,” Col. (Rtd) Oguna observed.

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He said in order to facilitate ADP the government has been rolling out the National Optic Fibre Backbone (NOFBI) as well as establishing Constituency Innovation Hubs (CIHs) in constituencies countrywide in collaboration with local leadership.

“Already 146 CIHs have been established and a lot more are expected to come up which will provide Ajira program working space and training venues,” he said adding that 140 ICT officers deployed in all 47 counties have been trained to support the program.

To reach youth in institutions of higher learning with Ajira program, Col.(Rtd) Oguna noted, 23 Ajira Clubs have been launched in various institutions such University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.

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Meanwhile, the Government Spokesperson said the government will soon revive Kenya National Shipping Line (KNSL) which went under in 1987 due to global economic dynamics.

He allayed perceptions from some quarters that KNSL is being given preferential treatment ahead of its revival at the expense of other shipping lines in Mombasa.

“As Government, we wish to state that KNSL will only operate two berths from a total of 21. This leaves 19 other berths to be used by other shipping lines,” the GS noted.

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Concerning the relationship of KHSL and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), The GS told the press on Thursday at Kiritiri in Mbeere South that the relationship is purely commercial and in the best interest of the country.

“MSC is willing to offer Kenyans employment opportunities unlike any other shipping lines and has already offered opportunities to 125 Kenyans and another 100 Kenyans seafarers will be offered jobs by MSC by Monday next week. In total MSC projects to create 1000 jobs for Kenyans annually,” he observed.

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On Huduma Namba, Col.(Rtd) Oguna said over 37.7 Million Kenyans were registered adding that soon the government will be opening a two week window for the 11 Million Kenyans who did not register to do so through their local assistant chiefs.

He noted payment of those who participated in the exercise of registering the Huduma Namba is ongoing urging them to be patient.

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