Nigeria: Quality Education Key To Youth Development – Nya-Etok

By (Ruth Natsa)

Politician and Social Housing crusader, Architect Ezekiel Nya-Etok has stressed the need for Nigeria to restrategize their development plan and focus on quality education in the North

He stressed that this was because quality education is the bedrock of every development.

Architect Nya- Etok said the youth in northern Nigeria are extremely technological and very resourceful stressed the need to harness this resourcefulness and lead them to be part of the sustainable development of the country”

He noted that Northern Youths experience difficulties in getting the education and empowerment they deserved noting that one of the most crucial challenges facing the North was preparing her young for the future.

The Architect cum politician stated this during an award ceremony organised by the Northern Youth Council of Nigeria where he was awarded with the Sir Ahmadu Bello Leadership award in Abuja.

He appealed to the Elders and Leaders of the North to give the youth the Level Of Education and empowerment they deserved.

“On a serous note I think the time has come when we want to look at issues affecting northern Nigeria youth and know that whatever happen to one happen to all calling on all leaders and elders in all over Nigeria North, South, East and West to stand up for the youth.”

“ l want to tell the elders in the north that we respect them but the time has come when you need to realised that the youth have something to offer, the time has come when you’ll believe that the youth are in succession planning, the time has come when you will realise that the youth in the Northern Nigeria do not only belong to you, they all belong to all of us because Nigeria is one country whatever happen to one happen to all .

He stressed that “We will not allow the resourcefulness of the youth of Northern Nigeria to lay on tight we are all going to synergies and network to make sure we bring the resourcefulness of the youth out and together we are going to form a country where there is no diversity because I am sick and tired of religion dividing us we have to come to the realisation that if we want to have one Nigeria, we have it indeed.”

He maintained that people did not understand that the youths are enlightened because they go on social media, read about what is happening to their contemporaries.



By (Matthew Ogune)

The Regional Youths Pastor of the RCCG, Odun Emasealu, has attributed the lack of mentorship among Nigerian youths to absence of role models and pathfinders in the country.

Addressing the press, yesterday, in Abuja, ahead of the church’s annual programme tagged: ‘Abuja Shift Emergency, ’ Emasealu regretted that Nigerian youths have lost hope in life, due to depression.

He said the church initiated the programme to guide youths into meaningful future, as well as bridge the gap between past and present generations.

He said: “We all know depression is a product of loss of hope, and what makes someone to lose hope is the realisation that he/she is not making progress in life… Unfortunately, in our country now, we are losing role models and that is the objective of this programme. We intend raising people that can go to the market place and compete…”

Also Speaking, the RCCG Assistant General Overseer, Ezekiel Odeyemi disclosed that the programme would accommodate all Nigerian youths that are ready to key into it.

Sports: FIFA U-20 World Cup: Nigeria beat Qatar


Nigeria delivered a bold statement of intent with a 4-0 thumping of Qatar in their Group D curtain-raiser at the FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland 2019,. The Flying Eagles, runners-up to a Joao Pinto-propelled Portugal in 1989 and a Lionel Messi-inspired Argentina in 2005, soared 2-0 up inside 25 minutes – and both goals were indebted to their left-back, reports FIFA.

Ikouwem Utin duped his marker and unleashed a swerving shot, which Shehab Mamdouh could only push into the path of Maxwell Effiom, whose first-time volley broke the deadlock. The Nigeria No3 then somehow sprung four challenges down the left and cut the ball back to present Okechukwa Offia with a comfortable finish from close range. Qatar did have their chances. Zulkifilu Rabiu catapulted himself across the Tychy turf to make an outstanding block from Yusuf Abdurisag, and Nigeria goalkeeper Olawale Oremade was alert to break up a three-on-one break from which the underdogs should have made more.

They were further punished, esteemed Manchester City midfielder Tom Dele-Bashiru making it 3-0 before Aliu Salawudeen’s swivel and shot completed the rout. The teams return to action on Monday, when Qatar face Ukraine and Nigeria encounter USA.

Nigeria: Yoruba youths hail Fayemi’s election as governors’ forum chairman

By (NAN)

The Yoruba Council of Youths Worldwide (YCYW) on Thursday hailed the election of Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti as the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF).

The Founder and President of the group, Aremo Oladotun Hassan, said a statement in Lagos that by the election, Fayemihad embarked on a a mission to serve Nigerian masses and enhance good governance.

Hassan said that the group was delighted at Fayemi’s election, adding that he deserved it.

He said that YCYW felicitated with Ekiti people, all Yoruba people and Nigerians at the election.

Hassan said: “We owe this landmark stride to his excellency’s untainted track record of excellence, team spirit and uncommon probity.

“We have a strong belief in his excellency toward widening the horizon of untapped opportunities of this highly placed office of NGF.

“We have a belief that Fayemi will aim at bringing good governance, equitable distribution of resources, and ensuring optimal performance of all governors.”

He urged Nigerians to embrace the `new dawn of hope’ expected from Fayemi which, he said, would translate into dividends of democracy to all Nigerians irrespective of political party affiliation, ethnic or religious leaning.

“We are indeed proud of Gov. John Kayode Fayemi (JKF) being elected to lead all the 36 governors at the Nigeria Governors’ Forum.

“We see this as a brighter hope for greater expectations, while we thank all the other 35 governors for the confidence reposed on our own JKF.

“We equally challenge his excellency to speed up delivery of the tasks ahead based on his promised assurances on key areas of the nation’s needs,” Hassan said.

He urged Fayemi leadership of NGF to do more to address insecurity and promote good governance, education, rule of law, agriculture, health, economy, employment opportunities and infrastructure development.

He called for a renewed efforts in enacting a constitution that would guarantee accelerated growth and peaceful coexistence.

“We foresee that the tasks ahead may be huge, but surmountable, because the right man with sound mind is in charge of the NGF, ” the youth leader said.

NAN reports that Fayemi was chosen by consensus as the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum at a meeting on Wednesday night in Abuja. He succeeds Gov. Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara.

Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State was chosen as the Vice-Chairman of the group

Nigeria: Obasanjo, Saraki, Dogara get youth council awards

By (Olalekan Adetayo)

The National Youth Council of Nigeria on Thursday honoured former President Olusegun Obasanjo; President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike; and Benedict Peters.

They were honoured at the closing of the council’s unity congress in Abuja where Mr Oladele Nihi was sworn in as the new president to succeed the national spokesman of the Coalition of United Political Parties, Imo Ugochinyere, who resigned recently.

Nihi and 13 others were said to have emerged winners in the election held during the congress.

In his valedictory speech, Ugochinyere described his tenure as memorable and described the challenges he faced as necessary ingredients needed for his administration’s success.

He said Obasanjo, Saraki, Dogara, Wike and Peters were honoured in appreciation of their sterling performance in guiding the Nigerian youths and giving hope to the young generation.

He said, “As father of the nation, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has never failed to speak truth to power even at the risk of his life.

“As the defender of constitutional governance and parliamentary independence, Dr Bukola Saraki preached and lived the independence of the parliament.

“Yakubu Dogara as the champion of democracy showed yet again to the world that with the independence of the parliament, democracy is strengthened.

“These two gentlemen as presiding officers recorded for the Eighth Assembly the best performances by any particular session of the National Assembly.

“For Governor Nyesom Wike, as protector of the Rivers commonwealth and champion of democracy, everybody will agree that Governor Wike, more than any other thing, has protected his people against the invading anti-democratic forces and even also at the risk of his life.

“Finally for Mr Benedict Peters, the first ever Life Patron of the youth council, he stood with the council. His love for Nigerian youths is legendary.

“He singlehandedly sponsors the Nigerian Football Federation, he sponsors the Confederation of African Football awards, he is an employer of labour, and he is a guarantor of better life for Nigerian youths. Nigerian youths are loyal to him.”

Ugochinyere insisted that the Ministry of Youths and Sports Development contributed to the perennial crisis rocking the council.

He urged his successor to continue from where his administration stopped and perform better than he did.

Nihi, in his acceptance speech, promised to deliver quality leadership to Nigerian youths.

Ugochinyere announced a donation of a Toyota Camry to his successor at the brief ceremony.

Nigeria: Farmagric Enriching Youths, Farmers in West Africa

By (Wale Odunsi)

Farmagric is a subscriber focused Agricultural company that empowers farmers by providing them with the required capital and inputs using funds raised from the investing public. Farmagric is making ground breaking moves in the Agri-tech world by building capacity of rural farmers, providing funds for smallholder farmers and also creating investment opportunities for the public.

Farmagric was founded in 2018. The company started out as EME Fertilizers and Chemicals (which has existed since 2016) – supplying fertilizers, chemicals and other crop/soil enhancing solutions to Governments and Commercial farms. In the course of providing this service, they observed that one of the prevalent issues in commercial farming is finance and the application of the right technology.

Africa and Nigeria is a farm lover’s dream; abundant uncultivated arable land which is roughly over half the global total, tropical climates that permit long growing seasons, a young labor force and an expanding population that provides a readily available market for produce consumption. We as a country are yet to harness these opportunities to ensure sustainable food security and food production.

The average age of farmers is about 60 years, in a continent where 60% of the population is under 24 years of age. Farmers are also less educated, with younger and more educated Africans leaving rural areas where farms are located and moving to cities. It is common knowledge that small holder farmers in Nigeria are inundated with a myriad of challenges, some of which include high costs of doing business, difficulties in accessing credit, and so on, access to finance still remains the biggest of these issues. Reason being – people see these farmers but feel they are not bankable, therefore, they remain wary of this business group due to the difficulty in assessing and managing the risks associated with credit.

At Farmagric, it was found that there exists a large number of farmers who have vast arable land but lack the financial strength to cultivate the lands and on the other hand, there exists a lot of Nigerians who are looking out for legitimate investment opportunities with good returns. Therefore, they decided to be a bridge between the two by making it easy and safe for investors to put in their funds into agriculture. These funds are then made available to train farmers and equip them with the right tools and inputs. The funds are raised to carry out the farming. After the farming cycle, the produce is then sold to off-takers and the profits are shared with their Investors.

With Farmagric, investors can earn as much as 30% return on investments per cycle which typically run for 6 – 10 months depending on crop/livestock type. Their model has a two-pronged effect as it avails farmers access to the much needed funding and offers investors good returns. It is understood by the Company that subscribers may be hesitant to invest because they may need their funds before the maturation of their investments, to address this, Farmagric forged a strategic alliance with FINT, a peer-to-peer loan market place, to offer their Subscribers access to loans up to 50% of the amount invested without collateral.

In order to educate farmers who may otherwise not have access to such, Farmagric organized a training for farmers from different locations in Abuja through the Agricultural Development Programme (ADP) office. The training was focused on exposing them to modern ways of farming maize and soybean in order to attain maximum yield starting from land preparation, seed selection, seed dressing, herbicide and fertilizer application, pest control, harvesting and storage. After this training, some farmers who previously only farmed rice decided to try out soybean using the new method learned.

Farmagric is set to also launch its Foundation Programme for agriculture soon, this Foundation will be used for Trainings. Youths interested in agriculture are discouraged by the difficulties in accessing funds or land, reliance on manual technology in smallholder agriculture, all compounded by the low and volatile profits. Focused on encouraging youth participation in agriculture, Farmagric is set to launch their Youth Incubation Programme through the Farmagric Foundation in partnership with an international organization.

The Agricultural Skills Acquisition Programme (ASAP) aims to empower about 500 Nigerian youths aged 18 – 35 through theoretical and practical agricultural trainings in order to create income while generating employment opportunities and ventures.

Farmagric has a team of experienced Agronomists, Researchers, Consultants and Tech developers, who combine their efforts to see that the objectives of the company are achieved. They continuously conduct researches on different agricultural products and liaise with farmers to determine the right crops and seasons to farm. Farmagric is also interested in and are working on partnerships with people in the different sectors of the Agribusiness value chain in order to achieve the set out goal – to sustain agriculture profitably.

Farmagric has affected over 2000 farmers positively, with over 500 farm investors and over 7000 followers on social media. With continuous growth in the agricultural sector of the country, Farmagric is working hand in hand with investors and farmers to improve the food production capacity in the country and achieving sustainable growth in agriculture, which will in turn improve the Nigerian economy.