U.S. Embassy, FBI Warn Nigerian Youths

The U.S Embassy in Abuja on Tuesday advised professionals and young people including students to desist from clicking on any site except those considered secure to guard against cyber fraud.

Ms Kathleen FitzGibbon, Chargé d’ affaires, U.S. Embassy, Nigeria gave the advice while speaking with journalists on the sidelines of the Cybersecurity Awareness Seminar with the theme: “Own IT, Secure IT and Protect IT” held in Abuja.

FitzGibbon said that although the use of internet was paramount for professionals and students, “everyone must learn to consciously protect their presence on the internet, especially on all social media platforms”.

According to her, some people reveal too much information on their platforms, a situation which gives easy access to bad actors to carry out crimes with the details available to them.

She urged the students not to click on any site except the ones they know are secure.

The Chargé d’ Affaires also warned against using free WiFi in restaurants, hotels, and airports, saying that though free, some of the internet accesses could be dangerous when not secure.

FitzGibbon also urged youths not to upload images on social media platforms that would affect their reputation in the future or put anyone’s image on social media platforms without their permission.

“The seminar is to create awareness on Cybersecurity for the youths, to secure and protect what they put out on the internet.

“Because what you do now as youths might be a little embarrassing later on in life.

“So, it is just to get people to think about managing their image on the internet.

“The internet is non-avoidable today. If you need to put anything on the internet you need to ensure that it is safe and is the actual reflection of who you are,” she said.

Similarly, Heather Armstrong, an FBI agent in the U.S. embassy said that Operation Security (OPSEC) was a process used to identify critical information outlines for potential threats and risks.

She said that individuals should protect information such as photos, hobbies, dislikes, names, hate speech, making post of daily activities, and sharing exact location – that people, especially bad actors, could use against them.

According to her, using the same password for all internet platforms can be risky and can make it easy for hackers to have access.

She urged the publc to guard against unprotected communication such as the use of public hotspot.

Armstrong warned youths against posting inappropriate content such as drinking, drugs use, hate speeches, offensive gestures, and profanity on the internet, saying that some posts could be difficult to retreive and that one would never know who might have seen such posts.

She added that such posts could ruin an individual’s reputation, and could get one in trouble with the law, parents or school. She emphasised that such situations could destroy a person’s future opportunities.

“Some people share too much online (and such materials) reach people they don’t expect them to reach “Some people post everywhere they are at, and at every moment, which is dangerous.

“They post home addresses, phone numbers, locations, and email addresses, which bad guys such as hackers, scammers, theives, and stalkers can use.

“To avoid this, always use different passwords on each account. Use privacy settings, limit access to your location, and don’t share anyone else’s information.

“Don’t post revealing images which can be used to blackmail you and don’t ask or pressure anyone to share their image, which are the privacy rules,” She added.

Source Daily Trust

Rider Lotto to Empower Nigerian Youths

Executive Chairman, Ridersport Software Nigeria Limited (RSNL), Omoba Omotosho has said that the launch of Rider Lotto, a licenced company to operate online sports betting and games, will provide opportunity for Nigerians, especially the youths, to be gainfully engaged.

This is in terms of becoming approved agents, who are paid commissions on turnovers. He said further that apart from that, those that win Rider Lotto will alleviate poverty in their lives.

Speaking during the maiden draws of the prize for its daily million lotto which, took place in Lagos recently, Omotosho said the numbers are drawn from 1-49 and if they match six numbers of an individual, he/she will automatically become the jackpot winner of N1 million for the day, adding, “we also have other prizes in the sense that if you match three, four or five numbers, you are also a winner with just #100.”

Speaking further, he said, “After our licence, we went back to the drawing board to see how we can engineer products that would be acceptable to the Nigerian public, that would benefit Nigerian public and that would empower Nigerian youths in terms of being our agents who sell to the public.
“All you need to do is to go online to http://www.riderlottery.com, deposit your email, username, and password and submit and you can play at any time and at any place you want – in the comfort of your home and even in your office.”

While encouraging Nigerians to play Rider Lotto, Omotosho revealed that part of the proceeds goes for good courses , like building schools in the localities, empowerment and ensuring that the community is built upon wealth through sharing of the benefits of Rider Lotto.

“We have thought carefully that lottery as it is practiced all over the world is fun and entertaining. Lottery is not sports betting, lottery is where you generate your own memorable numbers like date of birth and other anniversaries”, he said.

“It is a pool of several players and where a power ball machine rolls out the numbers that detect the winners. The entertainer is able to relate with people at the grassroots and to let everybody know that playing rider lotto is fun and entertaining but you have to be above 18 to play Rider Lotto”, he noted.

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Nigeria: Lawan assures of inclusion of young parliamentarians

President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, has assured young parliamentarians of inclusion in the affairs of the legislature.

A statement in Abuja on Tuesday by Mr Ezrel Tabiowo, his Special Assistant on Print Media said the president of the senate gave the assurance while inaugurating principal officers of the Young Parliamentarians Forum (YPF).

Lawan, who presided over the election of the principal officers, said the inauguration of the YPF was aimed at securing inclusion and participation of youths in the process of deepening Nigeria’s democracy.

He stated that the determination of the legislature to return Nigeria’s budget cycle to January-December timeline with the passage of the 2020 budget in record time was also part of plans by the National Assembly to build new momentum for good governance.

“The idea of the YPF is to give emphasis on the inclusion of young parliamentarians across the world, and particularly in the National Assembly.

“The young anywhere in the world provide new energy for development and they represent the future and the promise of any nation.

“The young are the hope of tomorrow and the group around which leadership would revolve,” Lawan said.

He added, “If you want to see the future of a nation, look at what it is doing with the young; that will tell you whether that country or society has a future.

“Our tomorrow is prepared today with our young parliamentarians.”

The president of the Senate noted that the forum, a body carved out of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, affirmed the importance of the young.

According to him, having an understanding of the youth is eventually made easier when a good number of them are in parliament.

He, therefore, tasked Nigerian youths to take advantage of the Not-Too-Young-To-Run Act to ensure representation every four years.

“The inauguration of the YPF of the ninth National Assembly is one big step.

“We are taking to sustain the forum through which young person across the nation have not only found a voice, but an instrument to be part of the decision-making process in the National Assembly.

“This is to make the voice of a young person at the grassroots to count.

“It is also to ensure that they are part of decisions that affects them today and in the future.

“I want to assure the forum that the senate is ready to provide the needed support to achieve the concept of inclusion across Nigeria.

“These roles of the YPF are indeed very timely. It is a fact that we need to stabilize our democracy. It is also a fact that democracy is a system, requiring involvement and participation of all.

“With these activities, we have built a new momentum, preparatory to delivering our mandate of good governance.

“With the imminent inauguration of the Inter-parliamentary Union (IPU) Young Parliamentarians Forum (YPF), we have also begun another phase”, Lawan said.

Earlier, members of the YPF of the ninth National Assembly, unanimously elected Hon. Kabiru Tukura (APC, Kebbi) as Chairman and Ibrahim Babajide Obanikoro (APC, Lagos), Deputy Chairman.

Both lawmakers who are serving members of the House of Representatives are aged 35 and 38 years.

Present at the election of the principal officers and inauguration of the YPF are, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Idris Wase, representing the Speaker and Clerk of National Assembly, Alhaji Mohammed Omolori among others

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MANY NIGERIAN YOUTHS UNEMPLOYABLE – IVIE TEMITAYO – IBITOYE

Ivie Temitayo-Ibitoye, is the lead consultant at Elite Hunters, a recruitment and HR development firm. She speaks with MOBOLA SADIQ about the mistakes many businesses make regarding HR structure and talent management

As the lead consultant at Elite Hunters, what exactly do you do?

I am responsible for developing strategies to attract, develop and retain talent for corporate organisations and SMEs in diverse industries across Nigeria, as well as provide individuals with recruitment opportunities and employability strategies for career growth.

How would you describe your experience as a recruitment and HR development consultant?

My experiences have been very educative and revealing. I have become more aware of the employability gaps amongst potential employees in the country, as well as the mistakes many businesses make regarding HR structure and talent management.

Do you think the labour market is favourable to job seekers?

No; it is highly competitive. Due to the huge mass of unemployed people in the country, there is more pressure on a potential job seeker to stand out in the labour market and invariably get a job.

What are the requisites a job seeker needs to have to compete favourably in the labour market?

A job seeker must have the customised functional and general skill sets required for any job or prospective employer. By general skill sets, I mean emotional intelligence, problem-solving skills, among others, while functional skills are specific to the function or role being applied for.

It has been said that many Nigerian youths are not employable. Can this be true?

My estimate is that 80 to 90 per cent of graduates are actually unemployable.
In the past eight years of working as a recruiter, I have discovered that the educational system has contributed to the ‘unemployability’ of many of our youths. Many Nigerian youths go to universities and graduate with degrees that have no direct correlation with what the jobs (they are seeking) require, even though they had read something close in some cases. A person may have studied Banking and Finance, but a bank would still have to train the person for five months before he or she can work with them. It is not unusual to meet graduates of English Language who cannot write articles. We find that most of them are focused on salary, rather than personal development. So, when you give them an opportunity to make up for their lack of skill and knowledge, by employing them, they turn down the job offer because the salary is not enough for them.

What challenges do professionals in your field face?

Finding great talent to hire for organisations has been a major challenge. We put out job adverts and have hundreds of people apply, but we are still unable to shortlist any due to poorly written email applications, resumes and cover letters.

What are your personal challenges on the job as a woman?

I have had none. I have enjoyed growth in my career and I’ve been able to make it this far with a lot of support from family and friends.

When did you set up your company and how did you come about the name?

The company was founded in 2012.

‘Elite’ means a select group that is superior in terms of ability or qualities to the rest of a group or society. ‘Hunters’ was got from the word ‘Hunt’. This means at Elite Hunters, we make it our priority to identify and source for the best talents to fill the positions required by our clients.

What other grounds do you hope to cover in the next five years?

I hope to be a catalyst for solving unemployment issues in Nigeria and also help to build platforms that will train people and help them become more employable.

What’s your advice to companies that want to grow and maintain an enviable standard?

They need to invest in their people, and build their own proprietary curriculum. They also have to be sincere about their mission and values, and have the right culture.

What is your fondest childhood memory?

Reading the newspaper to my dad is one of my fondest childhood memories. I learnt to read early and spent a lot of time with my dad mimicking the newscasters I watched on TV.

What is your favourite dish?

I like plantain and any nice sauce.

What do you do for fun?

I watch movies, or try a new recipe.

What’s your advice to young ladies trying to carve a niche for themselves?

Be dedicated and committed to your dream and goal. Don’t give up, but stay focused on your focus.

Source Punch

Nigeria: Youths protest bad roads in Niger, Imo

Economic activities were paralysed on Monday in Minna, Niger State, as youths blocked the Suleja-Minna Expressway to protest the deplorable condition of the road.

The youth, numbering about 500, carried placards with different inscriptions, chanted anti-government slogans and prevented vehicles from moving in and out of Minna.

The angry youths, under the umbrella of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, Niger State chapter, barricaded the Chanchaga Road around 6am and left hundreds of travellers stranded.

Primary and secondary school pupils, who were going to school, were forced to return to their parents and guardians.

Another group of youths blocked the Bida-Minna and Minna-Tegina highways.

However, the Youth President and coordinator of the protests, Mohammed Estu, vowed that the youth would not leave the roads until the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, addressed them.

However, the Youth President and coordinator of the protests, Mohammed Estu, vowed that the youth would not leave the roads until the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, addressed them.

He called on the Federal Government to fund the numerous contracts awarded for trunk ‘A’ roads in the state and expedite action on the dualisation of the Minna-Suleja Road that was awarded since 2010.

Etsu also appealed to Governor Abubakar Bello to increase funding and rehabilitation of trunk ‘B’ roads in the state to make life, movement and economic activities easier for Niger State residents.

He stated, “We demand the disclosure of the identities of the contractors handling all awarded federal and state road contracts to enable us follow up the progress of work. In the next two months, if the contractors handling the Lambata-Agaie-Bida, Bangi, Rijau Bridge and the Suleja-Minna Road are not mobilised to site, the coalition will be left with no option but to prevent trucks from plying the bad roads.

“The Government of Niger State is hereby given 72 hours to ensure the strict implementation of the existing law restraining heavy trucks from plying trunk ‘B’ roads between 6am and 9pm.”

In Imo State, residents of the popular Toronto junction area at Umuoba Uratta on the MCC/Uratta Road in the Owerri North Local Government Area of the state have called on Governor Emeka Ihedioha to come to their aid by reconstructing the dilapidated MCC/Uratta Road and seeing to the evacuation of the refuse dumped at the junction.

A resident, Mr Remigius Ngoka, told one of our correspondents on Monday that before now, the junction was not a dump, but that it had now become one of the major dumps in the state.

He also said that the road before the Toronto junction had cut into two, making it very difficult for motorists to cross to the other side of the road.

“Where the road spoilt has divided the road, making the other end of it very difficult to access. Motor vehicles cannot pass the flooded area before the Toronto junction. Most times, bus drivers collect N150 per passenger because of the bad spots of the road instead of N100,” he added.

Another resident, Mrs Geraldine Njoku, stated that all the link roads from Egbu to the MCC/Uratta Road had spoilt, making access very difficult because of the one-road network.

“Most of the residents of the link roads have vacated their residences because of flood. Flood has taken over the place and people now fear for their lives. Up to four link roads to the MCC/Uratta Road have spoilt; the worst is the Egbu /Chukwuma Nwaoha Road,” she stated.

Another resident, Chief Chijioke Nwagwu, complained of the repulsive odour being emitted by the dump at the roundabout, stating that those living around the area were having health challenges.

He called on the Imo state Environment Transformation Commission to come and clear the refuse at the junction, adding that the roundabout was an eyesore.

When contacted on the telephone, the General Manager, ENTRACO, Mr Alex Emeziem, stated that by next week, officials of the agency would visit the area and evacuate the refuse.

Residents of the Chukwuma Nwaoha Road in Owerri also called on Ihedioha to come to their rescue by working on the road.

A resident, Mr Gregory Osuji told our correspondent on Monday that the road was covered by flood at a point and that the flood had found its way into people’s homes.

He said that the road was a link to the Egbu Road and had resulted in the collapse of many houses, which had forced many residents to vacate their houses.

When contacted, the Senior Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, Mr Nkemdirim Raymond, said efforts were being made to flush out robbers from the area.

Written by Enyioha Opara and Gibson Achonu Punch reporters

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Peter Obi Calls for Investment in Nigerian Youths

A former Anambra State governor and vice presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Peter Obi, yesterday stressed the need for Nigeria to invest in her human capital as it is being done in developed countries, noting that this would go a long way in improving the leadership qualities in the country.

Obi, who featured on Arise TV, expressed concern that the country seemed to be jostling between productivity and certificates, saying rather than calling the Nigerian youths lazy, we should invest in them.

According to him, “Those youths we are calling lazy are our assets. The founder of Apple didn’t go to the university. Bill Gates didn’t go to university. Let’s invest in these lazy youths and if they don’t perform, we call them lazy. If you look at what is happening globally, Nigerian youths are hard-working. We need to encourage and support them. Nigerian youths are intelligent and smart. You cannot classify people who have not been given opportunity. We need to give them the opportunity and invest in them.”

He expressed concern that the budget for health and education in Nigeria in the last 10 years was relatively low compared with what South Africa and Vietnam spent on education alone.

He argued that the reason why terrorism thrived in the country was as a result of the cumulative effect of leadership failure over the years, adding that the cost of governance was high and dependence on oil subsidy should be put aside.

“What we are paying as subsidy is inefficiency. All the subsidies we are paying are going into demurrage and transportation. All the subsidies we are paying are for the time we spend on the road. There is nothing wrong with having toll gate, but we should be able to have good roads.

“The money am going to save will compensate for all this. Above all, for health reasons, Nigerians have a life expectancy of 54 years. If you know what people go through in terms of health issues and spending long hours in traffic on bad roads, it calls for serious concern,” he added.

On the rising rate of dollars, Obi said: “It is because we have multiplicity of windows such that everybody is thinking of where they can get more money. We need to agree on the rate of dollars to the naira. If we dollarise the economy, you are creating more confusion. We must talk about how we can get more money and invest in human capital.”

Emphasising on the issue of Igbo Presidency for 2023, he said: “The Igbos are not fairly treated in Nigeria unless you bring inclusive government. Let’s restructure the country and make it more competitive. Our process of selecting people is faulty. Let’s see what people are doing and have a capacity to create a new economy.”

Asked if he would like to run for presidency in 2023, Obi said: “How do we pull people out of poverty? If we don’t, it will consume all of us.”

Written by Funmi Ogundare Thisday reporter.

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