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FG trains 60 youth development officers in tandem with global standards

The ministry of youth and sports has organized a 3-day workshop on capacity building/training for 60 professional youth development officers on global best practice and self reliance.
The minister of youth and sports Solomon Dalung in his speech stated that the main reason for youth development work is to empower young people to play an assertive and constructive role in the regeneration of their communities.
The minister who spoke at the workshop said it is for the above reason that the ministry was training the officers to work face to face with the youth in a variety of settings including class project and outreach.
According to him, the youth development officer is to manage and support other paid and volunteer workers to formulate and developed policies on governmental and no no governmental organizations.
“In essence, the Youth Development Officer (YDO) is charged with the responsibility of coordinating and implementing youth focused community development projects aimed at empowering young people between the ages of (18 -35years) to increase their knowledge and skills to participate in education, training, employment, cultural and social activities.
This he said will increase their life chances through the provision of opportunities and activities provided in a capacity building context.
According to him, for a Youth Development Officer to carry out his function effectively and efficiently l, he is supposed to be exposed to basic training on youth development issues.
” I wish to inform you that this exercise is intended to prepare you for the challenges on youth development by enhancing your capacity to understand your place in society as well as positively identify the roles of others.”

He indicated that the capacity building program for youth development officers would facilitate negotiation, public speaking, decision making in dealing with changes and crisis.
According to him, “The essence of training is to enhance manpower development and increase productivity.” 
He said the training is timely bearing in mind the the cardinal objective of the incumbent administration on job creation as it will provide new opportunity of learning new skills that will enable knowledge of self reliance to be impacted in the teeming youths. 
The permanent secretary in the ministry indicated that the ministry is a pool for youth and sports professional officers in the Federal Civil service hence it is accordingly required to take responsibility for the career and professional development of the officers.
“The ministry is saddled with the responsibility of supporting Nigerian youths, men and women to enable them realise their innate potentials irrespective of their ethnic, religious and socio economic background.
” It is for this reason that the 3-day workshop is organised for youth development officers of the ministry.
He said the workshop will deepen the professional capabilities of the youth officers to enable them deliver their responsibility in alignment with global best practices.

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Nigeria that fared well in the 60s, is now a shadow of its glorious past- Abaribe

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Nigeria that fared well in the 60s, is now a shadow of its glorious past- Abaribe

Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, on Monday, said Nigeria that was a shinning star in the 60s is now a shadow of its glorious past, now pushed further into a deep mess with ethnicity as as the supreme order.

Speaking at his official presentation of his autobiography “Made in Aba” in Abuja, the Abia Senator said Nigeria has continually regressed and the citizens were now reclining into their ethnic enclaves.

Abaribe noted that the country has regressed to the level that it would be difficult for any citizen to survive “if you don’t go to your ethnic enclave.”

He said: “I try to say a few things (in the book) that we might have forgotten. Why is it that we had a better life – we had pipe borne water, we had electricity 24 hours – in the 1960s?

“Now it is 50-60 years later, every person has to have borehole in his house. So he becomes his own NEPA generating power for himself; he becomes his own water board. Then I asked, why would life be like this? I tried to caption the reason why we are where we are today.

“I also tried to capture that there was a Nigeria, where it is said, in our former anthem, that though tribe and tongue may differ, in brotherhood we stand.”

He said in his early career life, he secured jobs and got promotions in places outside his southeast region only based on merit without anyone asking where he came from.

“Now, what we have done is that we have a big Nigeria that has continually regressed and now all of us are into our ethnic enclaves.

“And if you don’t go to your ethnic enclave, you won’t be able to survive in Nigeria today.

“In the book, I also look at the possibility of Nigeria that we may have assuming if each and everyone of us is committed to the country.”

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Bauchi/Benue Govs’ feud: Gov Diri to the rescue

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Bauchi/Benue Govs’ feud: Gov Diri to the rescue

By Princess Rose Yusuf

The Bayelsa State Governor, Duoye Diri has waded in to the war of words between the Governors of Bauchi and Benue State as the recent altercations between the Governors have become very disturbing.
He called on the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to wade in and ensure that the matter is resolved.
He was speaking during a courtesy visit to Governor Bala Muhammed in Bauchi State Government’s House Thursday.
Diri said,
“The raging current issue between two brother Governors of the same party is not good, I seize this opportunity to advise and call on both of you who are members of our great party to please cease further actions and reactions on the burning national security issues.
“May I also use the opportunity to call on our party to immediately intervene and resolve whatever issues that are still yet unresolved amicably as a party and as brothers.”

In his response, Governor Muhammed promised to cooperate and reduce the tension and he gave the assurance that no words would be heard on the matter again. He also seized the opportunity to  apologise to all Governors, the national assembly, his constituents and all Nigerians.
He said, “There is no disharmony between me and my brother and my friend in Benue, we are just having the courage to discourse a burning National issue and I am happy that Nigerians have the opportunity, to discourse the issue and we are going to do everything on my own part to make sure we disedcalate the issue that it will not bring injury to our party and to national unity. I was not doing anything in anyway to insult, or to cause any injury to my brother whom I have worked together with at the cabinet and now as Governors.
“I want to use this opportunity to apologise to my various contituencies; especially the national assembly even though I said the truth but it has injured their sensibilities or it has touched on their privileged as we used to say in parliamentary parlance.
“I was doing it out of nationalism and patriotism. At the same time the Governors if what I said was also injurious to them, I apologise to them and say sorry to them and indeed all Nigerians.
“But certainly as I said, my brother, I have no apology for saying the truth, but certainly sometimes you say the truth and it would be injurious.

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Senate confirms Bawa as EFCC Chairman

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Senate confirms Bawa as EFCC Chairman

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Abdulrasheed Bawa as the substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

He was confirmed after being grilled during Senate plenary.

For more than six years the commission was headed by persons in acting capacity.

For the first time a staff of the commission who is not a police officer is being appointed as chairman.
He rose through the ranks from the academy before being nominated to head the commission.

The Anti graft agency’s chairmanship designate reacted to a plethora of questions posed by Senators on his preparedness for the job, given his age and working in a complex society like Nigeria, at planary

Bawa, addressed most of the concerns of lawmakers, while assuring that he would bring his experience to bear having joined the agency in 2004.

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