As part of activities marking youth day, FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has called on Nigerian youths to leverage on the federal government social investment schemes and several other soft loan schemes available to youth entrepreneurs to enhance job creation.
The minister, who made the call on the occasion of the maiden edition of Nigeria National Youth Day celebration, also identified poverty and unemployment as prominent factors that drive youths to violent, extremism and crime.
Aliyu, however, stated that as part of measures to mitigate these ugly trends, the federal government since 2015 has initiated programmes to reach out in other to ameliorate the vulnerabilities of youths in the country.
A press release signed and issue on Monday by Special Adviser on Media, said the Minister revealed that as a demonstration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s sensitivity to youth affairs the federal government has established the Nigerian Youth Investment Fund (NYIF) with the sum of N75 billion for a period of three years as economic empowerment intervention initiatives.
She further said, “It is also of note that the federal government in its bid to show concern to the plight of the youths create new N25 billion youth fund, in addition to the earlier N75 billion (NYIF) after the #EndSARS Protest”.
The minister, also revealed that the Federal Capital Territory Administration has been contributing its best to support the federal government initiatives, adding that the administration has been generating a couple of peculiar intervention programmes to assist young people, their families and communities on a sustainable routine basis.
In her words; “The FCTA through the Youth Development Department of the Social Development Secretariat has trained youths in various viable economic skills at the FCT Youth Support Centre, Nyanya.
“We are in active collaboration with the African Union (ECOSSOC) to establish a youth outreach mini centre at the Social Development Secretariat, where young people can meet our social services expert to engage and discuss their problems for positive solution”.
In his address, the Ag. Secretary of Social Development Secretariat, Dr. Kelvin Ike, stressed that no nation could witness any meaningful progress and development in an atmosphere of persistent restiveness due to neglect of the youths.
He, however, stated that every steps must be geared towards efforts to ensure a meaningful life for young people, stressing that it was in this light that the administration has put measures in place to support the youths despite the unfriendly economic challenges.
Gov Sule, Speaker Balarabe Pays Tribute To Slain State APC Chairman, Says Killers Will Not Go Scot-Free.
Nasarawa Governor, Alhaji Abdullahi Sule, said the state has lost a rear gem whose contributions would be greatly missed, stressing that the late Philips Tatari Shekwo deserves a befitting burial owing to the virtue he represented in the society.
The Governor who was speaking when members of the state assembly led by the Rt. Hon. Speaker Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi paid him a condolence visit at government house Thursday in Lafia, the State capital.
The slain party Chairman’s burial is scheduled to hold Friday in his country home, Yelwa in Toto Local Government Area of the state.
The governor commended the Speaker and members of the Assembly for sharing in the moment of grief, noting that the breakthrough made by the military in rescuing a brother to a member of the state assembly who was abducted by yet to be identified gunmen in Nasarawa Eggon was highly appreciated and assuring that the killers of Shekwo will be exposed.
Leading other members of the state assembly, the Speaker, Ibrahim Balarbe Abdullahi in an emotionally laden voice explained that the death of the APC Chairman is a great loss to the Governor, Government, the APC and people of Nasarawa state.
The Speaker who noted the selfless attributes of the late Philips Shekwo said his death in the hands of his assailants is uncalled for, hence the need to double up effort towards apprehending those behind the heinous crime.
Although it was condolence visit the speaker used the medium to congratulate Governor Abdullahi Sule for welcoming a new set of twins by his wife, Farida Abdullahi Sule among other achievements the state has recorded in recent times.
FHC Fix Friday To Decides On Ndume’s Bail Application After Spending Days In Kuje Prison
The Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed Friday for ruling on the bail application filed by Borno South Senator, Ali Ndume, who has been detained in prison since Monday over his suretyship for Abdulrasheed Maina believed to have jumped bail.
Our Correspondent gathered that Senator Ndume is currently detained at Kuje Prison. Justice Okon Abang adjourned for ruling after Ndume’s lawyer, Marcel Oru, argued the bail application, which was opposed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s lawyer, Mohammed Abubakar.
Maina, a former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reformed Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, is being prosecuted by the EFCC on charges of money laundering involving N2bn. On November 18, 2020, Justice Abang revoked the bail granted him, ordered his arrest, and directed that his trial would proceed in absentia.
The judge also on Monday remanded Ndume in prison until he produced Maina or paid the sum of N500m bail bond to the Federation Account. Ndume, through his lawyer, Marcel Oru, had on Tuesday filed an appeal against the remand order at the Court of Appeal, along with an application for the bail of the defendant filed before Justice Abang.
Restructuring Of Nigeria: Northern Elders Forum Expresses Dissatisfaction With El-Rufai’s Claims
The Northern Elders Forum on Wednesday distanced itself from the comments credited to Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State that selfish Northern leaders were opposing the restructuring of Nigeria.
The organisation said the governor could not have been referring to its leadership under Prof. Ango Abdullahi because it had campaigned restructuring more openly and more vigorously than any group or interest in the country.
The NEF Director, Publicity and Advocacy, Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, said these in an interview with Punch.
El-Rufai had during a session at the 26th National Economic Summit said Northerners kicking against calls for the restructuring of Nigeria were not speaking for the North.
But Baba-Ahmed said, “The Governor of Kaduna State could not have been referring to Northern Elders Forum under the leadership of Prof. Ango Abdullahi. Our Forum has campaigned for restructuring more openly and more vigorously than any group or interest in the country.
“There are records of many statements made by the Forum or in conjunction with other groups in support of the imperative for restructuring as a vital requirement for the survival of our country as a united, functional, and just entity.
“We believe the North will be a major beneficiary of major changes in the manner our federal system is designed and functions.“We do not know of any serious northern group that is against restructuring. If there are such groups, they must be speaking to the Governor in private, and they certainly do not represent the interests of the North.”
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