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Stakeholders Solicit Effective Involvement of Youths in Ensuring Healthy Future

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As part of efforts to reduce poverty and enhance large scale production of healthier food, social inclusion, biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation, the Edo State Technical Working Group on Adolescents and Youth Health Development in collaboration with the National Youths Council of Nigeria, NYCN, Oredo chapter, has organized an event to enlighten youths on how to identify existing agricultural and healthcare structures in the state and use them to improve their living conditions.

The event with the theme “Transforming Food Sytems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health” was part of activities to mark the 2021 International Youths Day.

Various speakers who took turn to speak at the forum observed that there could be no future without youths; and a healthy future without healthy youth.

They called on young people to be in the forefront of supporting a healthy future for themselves and others.

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The participants at the gathering in Benin City, equally called on governments, Non-Governmental Organizations and individuals to support system that engages and rewards young people who venture into agriculture and other endeavors.

One of them, chairman, Edo State Technical Working Group for Adolescent and Youth Health Development, Doctor Bright Oniovokukor observed that despite the wealth of ideas and talents possessed by the Nigerian youths, there were some in-actions relegating them to the background.

He therefore called on youths to maximize their potentials by being creative and taking advantages of existing structures available to them.

“We are marking this day to draw the attention of the youths to what is in it for them and how they can get involved. When they are involved their innovative ideas can be brought to bear.

“We brought here today various resource persons to speak on existing structures that the youth should know about, key into it for them to bring on board their highly innovative ideas”, he stated.

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Representative of the World Health Organization, Mrs. Kate Ogiugo emphasized that the importance of food and health to individuals and the society at large cannot be over-emphasized.

She pointed out that a healthy youth population would boost food production and assured that her organization would continue to support activities that promote the health of all, including the youths.

On his part, chairman, National Youth Council of Nigeria, Oredo Chapter, Mr. Aghedo Hillary while giving an overview on how the international youths day celebration came about, stated that the celebration has had much positive impact in the life of young people and the society at large.

He further observed that the theme of this year’s International Youth Day “Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health” was an indication that the success of such a global effort will not be achieved without the meaningful participation of young people.

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Resource persons who spoke on the sub-theme “Identifying Existing Agricultural and Healthcare Structures for the Edo Youth” called on youths to improve on their living conditions through various sponsored agricultural programs by government and others.

They equally called on youths to seek reproductive and clinical health care from government accredited health centers rather than patronizing road side chemists to guide against unwanted pregnancy and reduce unsafe abortion; where it is necessary to undergo such treatment.

Some youths at the event thanked the organizers , noting that the event has broadened their knowledge on how they could take advantage of various existing structures by governments and various organizations to better their lives.

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Ibrahim Aliyu Becomes The New Emir Of Gaya After Hours Of Tussles

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After keeping journalists for almost 8 hours in the Ante Chamber of Government House in Kano to receive the briefings of appointment of a new Emir of Gaya, the Government, announced Ibrahim Aliyu as the 2nd Emir of Gaya at about 3am, Sunday Morning.

The appointment which follows tussles, misunderstandings, disagreement and alleged fight between the State Secretary to the Government, Usman Alhaji who happens to be one of the Kingmakers in Gaya, and some top persons from the area, was said to have been settled by Governor Ganduje.

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Usman Alhaji, who briefed the Media, said, “the Kano State Governor said by the power vested on him, he appointed Ibrahim Aliyu as the new Gaya Emirate, an appointment that follows the recommendation of the Gaya five Kingmakers.”

Alhaji said, until his appointment, Aliyu was the Ciroman Gaya and the eldest son of his late father, Emir Ibrahim Abdulkadir who died late last week.

“Gaya emirate was amongst the fourth emirates created by Governor Ganduje in 2020, and his appointment was based on the powers vested on Governor Ganduje on the Kano Emirates Council Laws 2020 as amended”.

Ibrahim Aliyu Becomes The New Emir Of Gaya After Hours Of Tussles

The Kingmakers are Alhaji Usman, the leader, Madakin Gaya Wada Aliyu, Makaman Gaya, Barr. Bashir Albasu AIG rtd, Turakin Gaya, Jafar Usman.

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He said they spent two days selecting the new Emir.

Late Emir of Gaya, Alhaji Abdulkadir who died late last week was the oldest Emir having and oldest Emirates in northern Nigeria.

Late Alhaji Abdulkadir, who had been on the throne of Sarkin Gaya since 1990 held several traditional positions to include district head of Kunchi and that of Minjibir, among others. He was one of the four emirs elevated to first class emirs by the Ganduje administration after the creation of Rano, Gaya, Bichi and Karaye emirates in 2019.

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Zamfara Extends Network Shutdown By Two Weeks As Insecurity Worsens

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Zamfara state has extended the shutdown of all telecommunications sites in the state, as directed by the Nigerian Communications by two more weeks Chrysora Media reports

Chrysora Media had exclusively reported on September 4 that a leaked memo signed by the Executive Vice-Chairman of the NCC, Prof Umar Danbatta, which was addressed to one of the telecom operators on Friday, stated that the immediate shutdown of all telecommunications services had become necessary due to the insecurity in the state.

In the letter titled, ‘Re: Shutdown of all telecom sites in Zamfara State’, the NCC boss stated that the shutdown, which was to last from September 3 to September 17 in the first instance, was to enable relevant security agencies to carry out required activities towards addressing the security challenge in the state.

The memo partly read, “In line with the requirement, you are hereby directed to shut down all sites in Zamfara State and any site(s) in neighbouring states that could provide telecommunications service in Zamfara State. The site shutdown is for two weeks (September 3 – 17, 2021) in the first instance. Your urgent action in this regard is required.”

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According to PUNCH report on September 5 reported the action taken by the NCC was its response to a request letter from the Office of the Governor of Zamfara State to the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.

Sunday PUNCH had subsequently reported that over 240 base stations were shut down in Zamfara State.

Prior to the network shutdown, Zamfara State and some other states in the North-West, including Kaduna, Katsina and Sokoto as well as Niger State in the North Central had come under heavy attacks from the bandits. Apart from invading schools to kidnap schoolchildren coupled with the abduction of women and men for ransoms, the bandits had also killed several residents and security agents.

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Zamfara Extends Network Shutdown By Two Weeks As Insecurity Worsens

The bandits have also become more brazen as they shot down a fighter jet belonging to the Nigerian Air Force on July 18. Even though the pilot of the aircraft, Flight Lieutenant Abayomi Dairo, was able to escape, the bandits continued their attacks on him until he was able to escape.

NAF spokesperson, Edward Gabkwet, said in a statement, “On 18 July 2021, at about 12.45 pm, a Nigerian Air Force Alpha Jet aircraft, returning from a successful air interdiction mission between the boundaries of Zamfara and Kaduna State, came under intense enemy fire which led to its crash in Zamfara State.

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“Luckily, the gallant pilot of the aircraft, Flight Lieutenant Abayomi Dairo, successfully ejected from the aircraft. Using his survival instincts, the pilot, who came under intense ground fire from the bandits, was able to evade them and sought refuge in nearby settlements awaiting sunset.

“Using the cover of darkness and his phone set for navigation, Flight Lieutenant Dairo was able to elude several bandits’ strongholds and manoeuvred his way to a Nigerian Army Unit, where he was finally rescued.”

The activities of the bandits reached their crescendo on August 24 when the armed criminals in the early hours of the day assaulted the country’s military college, Nigerian Defence Academy, in Kaduna and killed two officers while they kidnapped one senior officer, Major Christopher Datong.

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Emefiele: What Buhari Govt Needs To Address Nigeria’s Infrastructure Deficit

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Emefiele: What Buhari Govt Needs To Address Nigeria’s Infrastructure Deficit

Godwin Emefiele, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, on Saturday, disclosed what the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government needs to address the country’s infrastructural deficit.

Emefiele disclosed that the Buhari-led Federal Government needs US$100 billion annually to address the nation’s infrastructure deficit.

The CBN governor disclosed this at the 30th Anniversary Conference and Awards of the Finance Correspondents Association of Nigeria (FICAN) in Lagos, NAN reports.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the two-day conference has “Financing Infrastructure and SMEs for Inclusive Growth in Post-COVID-19 Economy”, as theme.

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Represented by the Director of Corporate Communications Department of CBN, Mr Osita Nwanisobi, Emefiele said: ”In Nigeria, the current level of infrastructure deficit is a major constraint to economic development and attainment of growth average rate of at least five to seven per cent required to boost productivity and sustainable growth for businesses.

”According to the World Development Indicators (2019), 56.20 per cent of Nigerians have access to electricity, while electric power consumption stood at 144.52 kWh per capita as of 2018.

”While infrastructure deficit in Nigeria is estimated to be about 1.2 per cent of GDP, it is projected that the Federal Government needs to commit about US$100 billion annually to address the nation’s infrastructural deficit.”

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