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Minister urges youths to derive maximum benefits from FG’s economic programs

To properly position themselves as leaders of tommorrow the Nigerian youths have been advised to better their lives with the various economic policies and programs that President Muhammadu Buhari has bequeated to them.

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouk spoke on Sunday in Abuja at the 2020 National Youth Day celebration held at the State House Banquet  Hall, Abuja.
This was contained in a statement issued by her special adviser on media Nneka Ikem Anibeze.

Farouq who was Guest of Honour indicated that it was expedient for youths to take advantage of various interventions under the National Social Investment Program towards youth empowerment.

Addressing participants from the 36 states of the Federation and Federal Capital Territory, she said that the future of any country is largely dependent on the quality of its youths.

“President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has made direct efforts to tackle youth unemployment and re-energize service delivery in four key sectors- Education, Agriculture, Health and Vocational Skills through the N-Power programme”.

With the N-Power programme exiting 500,000 youths through training and providing opportunities for unemployed Nigerian youths between the ages of 18-35 years across the 774 Local Governments of the federation, the Minister said that more youths need to step up and take advantage of these opportunities.

“At the end of engagement of the first two batches of the program, over 100,000 beneficiaries have become entrepreneurs and are now employers of labor”. 

The  Minister stressed that Nigeria being the most populous country in Africa with one of the youngest populations in the world, has a critical role to play in the immediate and long term future of the country. She said this informed the continued wise investment by the government in this critical age group  for stability, prosperity and sustainable national development.

“The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development is partnering very closely with other agencies of Government involved in youth empowerment programs and the Central Bank of Nigeria to see how the exited N-Power beneficiaries can key into the various youth empowerment interventions that are offered by the Bank”.

With over 5 million Nigerian youths cutting across all the six geopolitical zones and states of the federation applying for the next batch of the N-Power programme, Umar Farouq promised that government will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that the new enrolment is made more efficient and impactful. 

“In the implementation of all our social and humanitarian interventions, we accord, in line with the national youth policy, special priority to the most vulnerable groups of our population such as women and  persons with disability. We are convinced that without giving these groups special attention, our overall objective of ensuring social inclusion and protection may not be realized”.

The Minister congratulated some of the recipients of the Young Innovators Award and urged them to make good use of the platform provided for them to excel. She also thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his passion and support for youth development and empowerment while assuring that government at all levels will collectively work towards creating an enabling environment for Nigerian youths to thrive.

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Professor Yakubu gets senate’s confirmation as INEC chairman for another 5 years

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Professor Yakubu gets senate’s confirmation as INEC chairman for another 5 years

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed the nomination of Prof Mahmood Yakubu for appointment as Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for another five years.
Yakubu was first appointed as INEC chair on October 21, 2015, by President Muhammadu Buhari.
He was reappointed after his first tenure  came to an end in October this year.
His confirmation followed the consideration of the report of the Senate Committee on INEC, chaired by Senator Kabiru Gaya (APC, Kano).

Senator Gaya, while presenting the committee’s report, said the nominee possessed the requisite qualifications for the INEC top job and therefore recommended his confirmation.
Opposition PDPsenators, who spoke after the presentation of the report, backed Yakubu’s nomination, saying that he’s unbiased and apolitical.
Senate Minority leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe commended Yakubu for the technological innovations he introduced at INEC, especially the transmission of election results to the central portal from polling units.
He’s moving in the right direction and we should give him the necessary support, said Senator Sandy Onor (PDP, Cross River).
Senate President Ahmad Lawan congratulated the nominee and wished him success in his second term.

Prof Yakubu had, during his screening last week, challenged the National Assembly to expeditiously consider and pass the electoral act to ensure seamless 2023 election.
According to him, the ammended electoral framework was germane to the conduct of 2023 general elections.
“We would like to see a situation where the electoral ammendment is expeditiously considered and passed and I am confident that this is going to be done.”
He said elections cannot be conducted in an atmosphere of uncertainty, adding that work on the electoral framework has to be finalized before 2023 elections would be conducted.

“I want to appeal to the Senate to please expedite work on the Electoral Act so that we can conduct elections in an atmosphere of certainty,” he said.
He said when the commission met with members of the Senate and House committees on the electoral matter in Lagos, the had extensive interaction where they submitted 78 areas of electoral ammendments adding that he also forwarded additional 13 areas of ammendment to the two committees.
“The earlier that is done the better for us. There is no way we can conduct election successfully without uncertainty unless the electoral legal framework id finalised for us to deploy our regulations and guidelines for the election.
“We have to develop the regulations and guidelines for the election for us to produce manuals for the training of adhoc staff, So it is critical.”
When asked what INEC would do differently he said

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FG priortises exited N-POWER benefitiaries for CBN empowerment

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FG priortises exited N-POWER benefitiaries for CBN empowerment

The Federal Governmemt has offered previledge opportunity for the exited N-POWER benefitiaries as it has createda Portal that will enable  them to apply for Central Bank of Nigeria Empowerment Options.

The Portal has been launched by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.

In a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Bashir Nura Alkali the Honourable Minister Sadiya Umar Farouq urged and encouraged interested Exited Beneficiaries of N- Power to log on to the portal and provide the required additional information for possible placements into the various CBN intervention options.

According to the statement, the platform which was developed in collaboration with the CBN will enable Exited N-Power Beneficiaries to log in and apply for the various economic, empowerment and entrepreneurship options provided by the CBN.

The Minister also emphasized that the NEXIT PORTAL will determine the suitability of the beneficiaries for the CBN affiliated programs.

“The NEXIT portal is to determine the suitability of the beneficiaries for the CBN affiliated programs and is dependent on meeting the criteria and conditions set by the CBN for the said programs”.

The Minister expressed her deep appreciation to the CBN Governor Mr Godwin Emefiele CON for his support adding that the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs remained committed to the vision of Mr President to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years.
Minister Umar Farouq pledged the Ministry’s willingness to collaborate with relevant agencies of government and other stakeholders towards the realization of that vision and congratulated the exited beneficiaries while wishing them well in their future endeavours.

“The Federal Government of Nigeria is very proud of the milestones you have achieved during your period of service to the nation. As we prepare to exit into prospective endeavors, we are confident that you will be able to channel all you have learnt over the years into successful ventures that will improve the economy of the country and create further opportunities for you and other citizens.
“Chasing a dream requires effort, passion and hard work which you are now halfway through. I congratulate you and wish you a very successful future”.

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Senate confirms Irukera vice Chairman/CEO of FCCPC

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Senate confirms Irukera vice Chairman/CEO of FCCPC

The Senate Thursday confirmed the nomination of Barrister
Babatunde Irukera as Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Federal Competition Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC} for another five years.

This followed the adoption of the report of the Committee on Trade and Investment.

Others whose appointment were confirmed are; Barrister Emeka Nwampa as the Chairman of the Board,  Wakili Ahmed as Executive Commissioner and Yinka Akpata as Executive Commissioner.

The rest are; Ben Nwoye as non Executive Commissioner, Theophilus Oyenibi and Ayang Eyam as non Executive commissioners.

It will be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had requested for the appointment of  Babatunde Irukera as the vice chairman and chief executive officer FCCPC.

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