Ghana Youth Guide To Empower 1,000 Girls In Northern Region


By Abdul Hanan


The Ghana Youth Guide, a non-partizan and advocacy organization based in Tamale, the Northern Regional capital is preparing to hold the maiden edition of the “Girls Conference 2019.

The conference is aimed at empowering some 1,000 teenage girls from various high schools in some selected districts in the Northern Region.

The prime focus is to build the capacity of young girls on their sexual reproductive and health rights, roles and responsibilities in order to avoid high-risk behaviors such us; early sexual intimacy, HIV/AIDS, early child marriage and drug abuse which is gradually consuming young girls in society.

Participanting districts in the upcoming conference includes; TamaleMetro, Savelugu, Walewale, Yendi, Sagnarigu, Tolon and Kumbungu respectively.

Prince Chentiwuni, CEO of Ghana EYouth Guide in an interview said experts in various fields of high professional standards would also lecture the girls on how to protect themselves against some social vices, path to career choices and self actualization.

He noted that, all relevant information regarding the conference has already been dispatched for effective participation in the conference.

Yet to fix a date and venue for the event, Mr, Chentiwuni revealed his outfit is still expecting some major sponsorship for the program considering the numbers involved.

He therefore appeals to the general public, cooperate bodies and government institution to partner in what he described as a worthy course.


Source Modern Ghana


Nigeria: Genuine empowerment is what the youth need from you -NYCN tells Politicians

The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Ikorodu-West chapter, Lagos State, on Monday urged political leaders and office holders not to neglect the youth, only to remember them when elections were approaching.

The president of NYCN, Ikorodu-West chapter, Mr Muyideen Yusuf, made the appeal at an interactive session in the area.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the interactive session was held with political office holders and candidates on the 2019 General Election, at the Ikorodu West council Secretariat.

Yusuf said that youths are essential in nation-building, and need to be given adequate attention by political office holders

He called on political office holders to engage youths in more educative programmes.

The empowerment programmes would go a long way in reducing violence during and after election.

“They should carry youth along in most of their plans and programmes,” Yusuf said.

He said that youths make up the highest number among the electorate and are the most vulnerable in terms of political violence in Nigeria.

Yusuf said the interactive session with political office holders was to help in getting a better attitude of political leaders and office holders to the youth.

He said it was also to warn youths not to engage themselves in political violence as the forthcoming general election draw closer.

The majority leader, Lagos State House of Assembly (LAHA) Mr Sanai Agunbiade, commended the effort of the NYCN Ikorodu-West chapter for organising the interactive session.


Source pmnews


IBM set to empower Nigerian youths with $25 million

By Damilare Famuyiwa

American multinational information technology company, International Business Machines (IBM) Corporation has disclosed plan to invest $25 million to empower Nigerian youths. The plan which was disclosed by the Director of IBM Venture Capital Group, Deborah Magid, also confirmed that the programme will be extended to other African countries.

Magid made this known at the 21st Century Women and Youth in Innovation Technology themed ‘Turning Promises into Action’ held at the UN headquarters in New York.

Magid, who is also IBM’s Director of Software Strategy and represents IBM’s $25 billion software business in Venture Capital Group, said Nigeria is one of the strategic countries for IBM in Africa.

“WE ARE GOING TO SPEND $25 MILLION JUST ON EDUCATION FOR YOUTH TO HELP THEM HAVE THE RIGHT SKILLS TRAINING FOR JOBS IN THE FUTURE,” SHE SAID.

Magid said $25 million investment is just for the youths and did not include the other IBM’s investment in Nigeria and the region.

Following the disclosure, Founder/CEO Global Connection for Women, Dr Lilian Ajayi-Ore, said there’s need for global technology giants to invest in manpower development in Nigeria and across Africa.

“I THINK THE BIGGEST AREA FOR THESE COMPANIES TO INVEST, IS MANPOWER IF THEY INTEND TO REAP, AND I WILL SPEAK FOR NIGERIA AND PART OF AFRICA. WE ARE AN ENGLISH COUNTRY, SO IN TERMS OF RESOURCES, THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO EMPLOY MORE OF THE MANPOWER AND IT WILL BE CHEAPER TO EMPLOY THIS MANPOWER RATHER THAN BRINGING THEM FROM AMERICA.”

About IBM

The IBM is an American multinational information technology company headquartered in Armonk, New York, United States, with operations in over 170 countries. The company began in 1911 as the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company (CTR) and was renamed “International Business Machines” in 1924.

IBM manufactures and markets computer hardware, middleware, software, and provides hosting and consulting services in areas ranging from mainframe computers to nanotechnology.

Inventions by IBM include the automated teller machine (ATM), the floppy disk, the hard disk drive, the magnetic stripe card, the relational database, the SQL programming language, the UPC barcode, and dynamic random-access memory (DRAM).

Source – Nairametrics

Nigeria: Galvanising policies for youth empowerment

By Collins Olayinka

It is often said that while there is an abundance of policies to tackle youth unemployment in Nigeria, the framework to make them produce the desired result is largely lacking.
Labour experts believe that there is an urgent need to fashion out appropriate action plan that is aimed at galvanising various opportunities youth can explore to escape unemployment and under-employment, that spells out responsibilities, timelines, monitoring and evaluation mechanism for implementation of policies.

Speaking at a multi-stakeholder meeting on Nigerian Youth Employment Action Plan and the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for the youths in Nigeria, the Director, International Labour Organisation (ILO) Country Office, Abuja, covering Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, and Sierra Leone and Liaison Office for ECOWAS, Dennis Zulu, submitted that Nigeria has no choice than to take practical steps to halt the growing youth unemployment in the country.

He explained: “We already see a lot of initiatives in Nigeria that are targeting this challenge. Indeed, Africa has no choice than to tackle this challenge. Youth need to be given jobs because that is the only way they can contribute to building the economy.

Youth of today are facing challenges because the economies of most African nations are not growing in a way that can create sufficient jobs and build budding entrepreneurship.

“Bringing together available frameworks and policies into an action plan by Nigeria is a way to go.”

Zulu added that with technology offering a leeway out of youth unemployment, conscious steps must be taken to provide enabling environment for the private sector to thrive.

“I think the role that the private sector plays is critical. Therefore, there must be an enabling environment for the private sector to grow and create jobs in the process.

In addition to that, the whole issue of addressing skills amongst youth because in some cases the jobs are available but the right skills are not there.

So, tackling unemployment requires looking at it from both the demand and supply sides. Supply side requires arming youth with appropriate skills to be able to get the jobs that are available in the labour market,” he stated.

For Zulu, the absence of action plans to drive policy frameworks has been a major drawback in tackling unemployment generally in Nigeria.

His words: “What we are doing today is an action plan. Usually, the problem is that there are policies often without action plan or policies without budgets.

What are doing today is discussing a national youth action plan, which clearly states what different actions need to be taken, what different strategies needed for the actions and specific responsible organisations. What is needed is not funding because funding is available locally.

So, now we have an action plan that is very clear about activities with timelines, responsible organisations so that at the end of the day, if things are not implemented according to the plan, we know who to hold responsible.”

On his part, the Executive Director, Mind the Gap, Tayo Olosunde insisted that so much more is going on with youth developing solutions to community challenges that is not known to the public.

He said: “We know so much about what is not happening in Nigeria and forget to highlight what is happening. If we don’t talk about what is happening, we would not realise that more can still happen. As we speak, a lot of discerning youths against all odds are developing a lot of ideas, solutions to problems in their communities and are gaining recognition globally.

Firms from all over are coming to Nigeria to tap into the reservoir of ability of our youths to power their economy in the future and even now. Our organisation in partnership with Goggle, which has trained over 1,000 youths in all the states of the federation that are empowered and are gainfully employed. Nobody is talking about that.”

Olosunde submitted that rejigging the education curricula of Nigeria from purely theoretical outlook to entrepreneurial focussed one would be a daunting task not minding the achievements of Nigerian youth in ICT world.

But he insisted that it is doable: “We can achieve that by developing technology. Technology is an enabler that is making very single person that is smart realise that mobile phones are becoming new universities.

People are doing programmes using their phones and getting certificates that are more recognise than certificates that are obtained in the traditional institutions of learning.

So, the discerning young ones are realising that this is the new infrastructure that the government should give them. Government should make the Internet cheap and available. Government can create education porter where resources are made available for the young people to access free of charge.

Source – The Guardian