US, EU Want More Youth Participation In Nigeria Politics

The European Union, the United States of America and other western nations have called for the participation of women and youths in politics in Nigeria.

The group made this call on Sunday in a joint statement signed by the European Union (Delegation to Nigeria), France, Germany, United Kingdom, United States, Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, among others.

They reiterated their commitment to closely monitor the process leading to next year’s election.

“We hope to see transparent campaigns and we urge all voters to use their democratic right and vote. We are particularly keen to see greater participation of women, youth and people living with disabilities,” the group said.

They, however, warned all political actors to refrain from hate speeches and avoid anything that could heat up the polity.

“As friends of Nigeria and its people, we will follow the campaigns and election process closely. Who wins the elections is for the Nigerian people to decide. Our concern is to see a process leading to free, fair, transparent and peaceful elections.

“We urge all involved – political and non-political actors – to refrain from using hate speech and take a firm stance against violence. The 2015 Peace Accords played an important role in that regard and we welcome new efforts towards that end.”

On vote-buying, they called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to fulfill its constitutional role.

They added that INEC “must be allowed to operate free from outside pressure and intimidation, and in turn must demonstrate full neutrality and professionalism.”

The group also called on security agencies to provide “a safe and secure environment for the Nigerian people to exercise their democratic rights.”

Source – Channels

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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