MTN Nigeria, partners tackle substance abuse among youths

By Sola Ogundipe

TOWARDS curbing the rising rate of substance abuse in Nigeria, MTN Nigeria, under the Anti Substance Abuse Programme, ASAP, led a multi sectoral roundtable on the substance abuse ecosystem in Nigeria and the need for intensified collaborative action.

The forum, which held in Lagos, was part of the Lagos state activations of the ASAP aimed at reducing the incidence of substance abuse specifically among youth in Nigeria. Speaking at the forum, the Chairman, MTN Foundation, Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi, explained that the purpose is to stimulate discourse among thought leaders, policy makers and leaders from different walks of life.

“It’s to bring us much closer towards our goal of freeing our future leaders from the evil attraction of drugs and possible addiction to opioids.”

The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, who was also present, opined that education about substance abuse was essential.

“We all can take time to educate ourselves and others about the harmful nature of these substances. Education on the impact that these drug and substances of abuse have on the individual and the society as a whole should be taught and understood.”

To the youths, the State Commissioner for Youth & Social Development, Mr. Agboola Dabiri stated: “You are the future of Nigeria; you have a lot to give. When we speak of the next level, you are the next level. ”

The issue of drug abuse is no longer on the roads; it is now within our homes. I thank MTN for this opportunity and I commend them for a job well done,

“ he stated. The State activations, which started with various activities in primary and secondary schools, motor parks, and markets, will continue with an advocacy walk that will culminate in counselling sessions for all interested persons.

It was gathered that a replication of all the activities under the ASAP initiative will be carried out in Imo, Rivers, Kano and Bauchi State as well as in Abuja.

The overall objective is to take the ASAP initiative to the streets of Nigeria and meet the youth in their comfort zones, as part of MTN Nigeria’s CSR objective of improving the quality of life.

Also in attendance was Mr. Dennis Okoro, Director MTN Foundation, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, UNODC, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, the Nigeria Police Force, the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) and a host of others.

MTN Nigeria continues to fulfill its CSR objective of improving the quality of life with various projects such as the What Can We Do Together Campaign, ICT and Business Skills training, upgrading of Sickle Cell and DNA laboratories and consistent support for arts and culture in Nigeria.

Source Vanguard


Nigeria: More women, youth will be appointed – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to give women and youth more appointments to enable them contribute to national development in the last four years of his administration.

Speaking at a dinner organised by the All Progressives Congress (APC) Women and Youth Presidential Campaign team to celebrate his re-election Saturday night in Abuja, the president only those with integrity and interest of the country would be considered for appointments in the next cabinet.

He said more women and youth would be considered for appointments because they have played significant role in his reelection.
He said the federal government, under his leadership, would not disappoint women and youth in its policies and programmes.

The president, who spoke on the activities of the Ministry in the agriculture sector, said more fertilisers would be made available to farmers at a lower rate in order increase production and reduction in food importation.
He called on Nigerian youth to embrace agriculture to ensure more food sufficiency and food export.

The president also spoke on the previous administration, saying the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) wasted the nation’s resources in its 16 years rule.

He said the country witnessed rampant infrastructure decay in spite of the huge resources earned during the period.

Source blueprint

Nigeria: Egbeme-Ijaw youths to Buratai, call your Army to order

…Warns INEC over military hijack in its statutory function

By Prince Okafor

Ahead of Saturday’s gubernatorial and state Assembly elections, Egbeme-Ijaw youths, has called on the Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai to call the Nigerian Army personnel to order.

In a statement its leader, Mr. Ebipade Kari, said, “Our attention has been drawn to purported plans by the ruling party at the centre to take over Delta State by all means in connivance with the Nigeria army.

“As peace loving citizens endowed with fundamental and inalienable socio-political rights, we wish to call on the Chief of Army Staff to call his personnel to order and not to allow the highly revered military force in Africa to be used as petty thugs by the ruling government.

“The shaky and flimsy excuse of providing security is mere gimmicks scripted to actualise the biddings of the ruling party. From the events recorded in the South-South region during the February 23, 2019 Presidential and National Assembly elections, it is clear that the ruling party is bent on controlling the states in the oil-rich region and had resorted to violence, gross deprivation of electoral rights and brutal force because it has no structure in the states therein.

“We are deeply pained and are still in a state of melancholy over the death of harmless and innocent citizens in the Southern part of the country especially Rivers, Bayelsa and Delta States and as such we shall not treat with indifference if another ugly episode is re-enacted during the forthcoming gubernatorial and state House of Assembly elections. Elections: Army sets up committee to probe alleged misconduct by troops

“It is in this state of deprivation that the ruling party is boasting and planning to use the military to disenfranchise the people of the kingdom. We want to make it abundantly clear that there is no war in Egbema as from time immemorial; the peace-loving people of Egbema have always employed diplomacy and maximum cooperation with security agencies to nip any security challenge in the bud. The youths and elders of the kingdom have sacrificed so much to ensure that there is sustainable peace in the area.

“We shall not sit down and allow a set of desperate politicians who have no regard for the socio-political and economic survival of the people of Egbema to disrupt the peace in Egbema kingdom.

“The rights of the people to decide their leaders through free, fair and credible elections must be respected and must not be sacrificed on the altar of political desperation. The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) and the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) unambiguously provides for these rights and these must be treated as sacrosanct provisions.

“On an end note, we make a passionate appeal to all youths in Egbema kingdom and Niger Delta at large to be peaceful and law-abiding during the elections. Our youths must be reminded that violence will cause our region more harm than good and as such should employ legal means whenever they are intimidated and deprived of their socio-political rights in the forthcoming elections.”

Source Vanguard

How MTN impacts lives of Nigerian youths


In November 2016, Bloomberg reported that Nigeria had reached roughly over 182 million, “with more than half its people under 30 years of age, putting a severe strain on a nation suffering from a slowing economy and declining revenue to provide enough schools and health facilities.” Director General of the National Population Commission, Ghaji Bello, said this estimate was based on the population of 140 million recorded in the last census over a decade ago. The country has boomed from its over 45 million population in 1960, and so have the various problems that have plagued the giant of Africa.

However, the vibrancy of the young Nigerian has appeared to inflate as opposed to Nigeria’s political or economical growth. Amidst the cries for political stability and credible economic and financial infrastructure, the enduring spirit of our youth seeks to fight for survival using various avenues – entrepreneurship, entertainment, tech startups, etc. Areas with youth-focused ‘capital’ have begun thriving in spite of numerous calls for strike action, prolonged strike, increasing rate of unemployment. A report in the has shown that the number of unemployed Nigerians rose by 3.3 million to 20.9 million in the third quarter of 2018, only.

The entrepreneurial spirit in the Nigerian youth has served as a fuel and thankfully, others within the shores have taken notice. MTN Nigeria kick started the maiden edition of its Pulse Invasion series in July 2018 at the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University (formerly known as the University of Ife) where hundreds of young students were held spell bound for the five-day duration of the event. One of the biggest draws for the event was the Pulse Talk Series that had famed beauty entrepreneur, Bimpe Onakoya, and life and business strategist, Steve Harris. Students gathered in droves to listen to two people who had once been in their shoes and made it ‘out’.

Onakoya built a thriving beauty empire from scratch and pure determination. Harris was a two-time college dropout who now coaches CEOS and tycoons. They were the perfect people to get the attention of the young ones to listen and learn. An extensive Google training followed, that covered using the internet to expand the entrepreneurial footprints of the students.

By October 1st, the second edition of the year had begun in earnest at the University of Calabar, Calabar, Cross River. Excitement coloured the air as impactful entrepreneurial skills was expertly served with the right doses of fun and excitement. Over the course of two months, tertiary institutions in Ogun, Delta and Kwara states received the Pulse Invasion treatment.

One of the most impressive aspects of the series has been the vastness of the fields of those who anchored the motivational sessions – Pulse Talk Series. Tech entrepreneur and co-founder at Jobberman (an online career portal from Nigeria), Opeyemi Awoyemi; Actor, film producer and director, Kunle Afolayan; Beauty entrepreneur and owner of the Tara beauty line of cosmetics, Tara Fela-Durotoye; Nkechi Founder of Aso Ebi Bella (Nigerian online wedding magazine), Nkechi ‘Ink’ Eze; Bisola Dakolo (professional photographer), and many others.

Source The Nation Online

80million Youths To Decide Who Will Lead Nigerians Beyond 2019

By Michael Ovation

THE Deputy President, National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Comrade Innocent Ndohaya, has said that 80million Nigerian youths are to determine the outcome of the 2019 general elections.

Speaking during the inauguration of NYCN Local Government Executives in Awka, the Anambra state capital, the NYCN boss revealed that judging from the figures from the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration release so far by the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, since April 2017 when exercise commence, coupled with the voting pattern in the 2015 general elections, Nigerian youths currently constitute a sizeable percentage of the total population of registered voters in the country.

Mr Nduanya was quoted by newsmen as saying, “From what we are seeing so far (in the ongoing CVR), 2019 is going to be the year of the youth. And I am boosting to you that come February 16, 2019, Presidential election, it is the youths that will decide who will lead Nigerians beyond 2019.

To be honest, quite a large number of those that have registered to vote in next year polls are youths, meaning the young boys and girls between the ages of 18 and 35. When we did the analysis of the 2015 presidential election results in one of executive meeting in Abuja, we discover that youths where the major players of that election.

When asked on the activities of thuggery, ballot box snatching, harassment, molestation of voters and other criminal behaviours perpetrated by youths during the election, the NYCN deputy President, said am assuring Nigerians under the leadership of Comrade Bello Shagari that the 2019 general elections are going to be the most peaceful Nigeria would ever conduct.

We are setting up a monitoring committee in partnership with the security agencies, the INEC, Political parties in all the 36 States and the FCT to monitor and prosecute the activities of not only the youths but politicians that may engage the youths on notorious activities during the election.

He warned political parties and politicians against vote buying in the forthcoming elections, saying the trend is capable of damaging the political future of Nigeria youths.

This articles was first published on Nigerian Tribune

Nigeria Politics: My minister of youth is going to be less than 30 years – Atiku

By Adeola Opeyemi

The PDP presidential aspirant, Atiku Abubakar, has pledged to engage more youths in his government if he is voted into power in 2019.

Atiku said 40 percent of his appointments will be allocated to Nigerian youths.

He further promised to appoint a minister of youth that is younger than 30 years of age.

The presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Power (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has promised to engage Nigerian youths in his government if elected in the 2019 election.

Atiku promised to give 4o per cent of the slot in his government to youths and appoint a minister who is 30 years of age or below.

The PDP presidential aspirant made the pledge at a Town Hall meeting with youth in Lagos on Monday, December 17, Premium Times reports.

“I have pledged that 40 percent of my government will be youth. Let me assure you that it’s a promise and I won’t break it. My minister of youth is going to be less than 30 years.

“President Buhari has confessed that the economy is in bad shape under his watch and it is clear that the President is short of ideas about how to fix the broken economy. There is no single economist in his administration and that is why we are in this mess.

“I know how to fix a broken economy. I know how to create jobs and I also know how to empower the youth. That’s the reason I’m here today – to give hope to you the youth that together we can get Nigeria working again.”

Meanwhile, earlier reported that Atiku Abubakar wished President Muhammadu Buhari a happy birthday as the latter celebrates his 76th birthday.

In a tweet on Monday, December 17, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party wished Buhari long life

He acknowledged that although they are set to battle it out at the presidential polls soon, he still believes that they are brothers from the same country.

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