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Be focused to take over leadership, Ejededawe, Abolo, Okoduwa urge youths in Edo

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Be focused to take over leadership, Ejededawe, Abolo, Okoduwa urge youths in Edo

A philanthropist, Patrick Ejededawe, veteran broadcaster, Tony Abolo and the Executive Director, Initiative for Youth Awareness on Migration, Immigration, Development and Re-integration, (IYAMIDR), Solomon Okoduwa have asked the Nigerian youths to be conscious and determined in changing the narratives of Nigeria.

Their position were part of submissions canvassed by stakeholders in a one day seminar with the theme “Relevance and Prospect of Youth Engagement in Nation Building” held in Uromi at the weekend.

The event attended by youths drawn from the five local government areas of Edo Central Senatorial District including Esan Central, Esan North East, Igueben, Esan South East and Esan West.
Speakers took turns to reel out their perspectives and formulae to reshape the mindset of the youths and the country.

Ejededawe said many of the young Esans do not know their roots.

He said, “I will advise the youths to come home and be part of the local politics here. Because if you are not involved, you don’t have right to complain about the leadership you are given.”

“At times, on Election Day, some of us sleep at home, watch television and see what happen outside from the television. Some of us see politicians as dirty people, as long as you see like them, you will always far from politics. There is no development in any country without the youths.”
He expressed optimism that the future of the youths was bright.
Okoduwa appealed to the youths to stand up and defend the future they want to live, as he called on all stakeholders to continue to exert their different levels of influence for the empowerment of the youths.

He requested that various government policies should be favourable to Nigerian youths.

The immediate past Senior Special Adviser to Governor Godwin Obaseki on Anti Human Trafficking Issues also implored the youths to take the bull by the horn to empower themselves through various skills.

“I want the youths to explore the oil and gas sector. There are areas such as fabrication where the foreigners have been exploring for a long time. After this programme, we want you to take your mind off government, I know government has a role to play but there are things you can do for yourself.” Okoduwa admonished.

In his paper entitled “Relevance, Prospect for Youths Participation in politics”, a renown broadcaster and motivational speaker, Tony Abolo advised the participants to actively involve in politics from their localities.

He said many of them have failed because they wanted to start from the top.

Abolo also said many youths are docile and have not been able to take their place in the political system of the country and allow the olds with little or no ideas to run the affairs of Nigeria.

“I have no apologies in advocating for a youthful takeover of this country, he said.

Abolo added, “Nigeria is being run by people with old ideas and this should be changed.

Earlier in his welcome address, the convener and Edo State Coordinator of Youth for Peace and Development in Niger-Delta, Comrade Sylvester Inegbenehi while explaining the focus of the association, he said it is aimed at bridging the gap between the government and the governed by ensuring peace and sustainable development in the Niger Delta region.

According to him, “a nation without youth is like a wall without pillars, and a nation with youth of emptiness, is a nation heading for doom. It is therefore, very important, we continually equip ourselves to fit into the global picture.

Inegbinehi however expressed appreciation to all who made the programme a success.

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Wada heads PDP screening committee for Anambra 2021

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Working Committee (NWC) has appointed immediate past Governor of Kogi State Idris Wada as Chairman of the Screening Committee for its aspirants in upcoming Anambra governorship election.

The party made the disclosure in a statement issued by its National Organising Secretary, retired Col. Austin Akobundu, in Abuja on Saturday.
Akobundu indicated that the party also approved the nomination of South East Zonal Secretary of the party, Chief James Ugwu, as Secretary of the screening committee.
Other members of the committee according to Akobundu include: Sen. Ehigie Uzamere, Mrs Martha Bodunrin and Mr Jones Onyereri.

He said that the screening exercise is scheduled for Monday April 12, and Tuesday April 13, at the National Working Committee Hall, Wadata Plaza, Abuja, at 9:00 a.m.

“It is expected that the aspirants will exercise exemplary conduct and strict adherence to rules and regulations during the assessment that will justify the confidence reposed in them by the leadership of our party,” he said.

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Acting IGP retains Frank Mba as spokesperson 

The acting Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has approved the posting of AIG Hafiz Inuwa as the Force Secretary and member of the Force Management Team. 

This was contained in a statement that was signed by the force Public relations officer Frank Mba and issued in Abuja on FridayThe statement indicated that IGP also approved the re-appointment of CP Frank Mba and Ag. CP Idowu Owohunwa as the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO) and Principal Staff Officer (PSO) to the IGP respectively. The new Force Secretary, AIG Hafiz Inuwa takes over from AIG Mustapha Dandaura who has been redeployed to Zone-7 Police Headquarters, Abuja. AIG Hafiz Inuwa holds a Masters degree in Public Policy and Administration (MPPA). 
Prior to his appointment as the Force Secretary, he was the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone-13 Ukpo -Dunukofia in Awka, Anambra State, covering Anambra and Enugu State Police Commands. 
He also previously served as the Commissioner of Police in charge of Delta and Cross River States, amongst other strategic positions. He is a member of the prestigious National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPPS), Kuru, Jos. CP Frank Mba, a lawyer and a member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), is also an alumnus of the University of Dundee, Scotland – United Kingdom, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Law. An IVLP scholar, he holds a Diploma in Police Strategic Management from the University of Virginia, USA and a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy (FBINA) in Quantico, Virginia, USA. He also holds a Certificate in National and International Security from Harvard University, USA. A veteran Public Relations (PR) practitioner, he is being re-appointed as the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO) and the Image-maker for the Nigeria Police Force for the third time. Acting CP Idowu Owohunwa, the newly re-appointed Principal Staff Officer to the Inspector General of Police (PSO-IGP), holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Studies and Policing from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom. A Chevening Scholar, Ag. CP Owohunwa also holds a Diploma in Police Strategic Management at the University of Virginia, USA and a graduate of the globally recognized FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, USA.  Ag. CP Owohunwa was the PSO-IGP between 2015 and 2016, and to the immediate past Inspector General of Police. This re-appointment marks the third time he is holding the position as the Principal Staff Officer to the Inspector-General of Police. In a similar vein, the IGP has ordered the posting of the following officers; CSP Idris Abdullahi Abubakar as the PSO II to the IGP, SP Isah Abdulhamid as PA-IGP, SP Nura Kabir Hanga as Secretary – IGP, amongst other personal aides.   The statement said the Senior Police Officers are expected to bring their professional and intellectual exposure to bear in assisting the IGP and his Management Team in developing/implementing strategic policing policies and plans, all directed at stabilizing internal security, modernizing police operations and restoring police primacy in the protection of lives and property of citizens. The appointments/postings of the Senior Officers and personal aides take immediate effect.

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Acting IGP promises to provide professional, responsive policing

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*** to restore the primacy of Police in internal security

The acting inspector General of Police Usman Alkali Baba has promised to use his tenure to provide the highest possible level of professional and responsive policing system

This he said will enable the police to give Nigerians safety, treat them with civility and hold their human rights sacred.

Speaking in his remarks during the handing over ceremony at the Force headquarters Abuja, he challenged the citizens to change their mind sets and be prepared to work with the police in the interest of community safety and national security.
“I am mindful of the yearnings of Nigerians for a policing system that will not only assure them of their safety, but treat them with civility and hold their human rights sacred.

“I am fully conscious of the task ahead and His Excellency’s expectations. By the Grace of Almighty Allah (SWT), I shall not let the nation down.
“To the Police officers, I call on you to continue to support me with prayers so that this journey we are commencing together today shall lead us to the desired destination.
“Being appointed to head the largest Police Force in Africa both in terms of personnel profile and operational jurisdiction is to me, more than a fulfilment of destiny.
“It is a call to national duty, particularly, at this critical time that our nation is experiencing increasingly complex and pervasive security threats occasioned by terrorism, banditry, kidnapping, secessionist agitation and sundry highly organized crimes.”
He said though the challenge of leading the Force to address the threats in the shortest possible time frame, restore security order, and return the nation to the path of national unity appear daunting it is achievable.
According to him, inspired by the extensive years of service, I can confidently say that the Nigeria Police is endowed with some of the finest, courageous and patriotic officers who, undoubtedly, shall support me to advance the internal security vision of the President.”

Baba said, he is encouraged  by the fact that the outgoing Inspector General of Police has laid a solid foundation and entrenched a culture of professional efficiency in the Force.

“These will stimulate me in my capacity as the new Acting Inspector General of Police, to strengthen our strategies and provide the requisite leadership that will change the narratives in relation to our operational approach to the current security threats.

“The task of restoring the primacy of the Nigeria Police in the internal security architecture of the country is the main challenge ahead of us.

“It is, however, a task that I am convinced we can surmount if we resolve as a people to partner and present a common front against the subversive and criminal elements who are the common enemies of our nation.”
“As IGP Adamu exits the Force, I call on you all to join me in celebrating one of the greatest policing icons of our time and to put on record our immense appreciation of his laudable contributions to the Nigeria Police Force.”

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