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Youth o'clock: The new political mantra in Enugu State

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“Young men are fitter to invent than to judge; fitter for execution than for counsel; and fitter for new projects than for settled business.” – English philosopher and statesman, Francis Bacon(1561-1626).
Without much ambiguity, the famous quote of Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa that “the youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow;” has brought us more harm than good in this part of the world, as the elite has leveraged on this well thought out position of the elder statesman to confine the youths to doldrums.
Overtime and since the return of democracy in 1999 in the country, the participation of Nigerian youths in active politics and governance generally has been at the lowest ebb of global index, following general acceptance of the dummy that ‘today belongs to the elders, while tomorrow is the youth’s.
This belief overleaf which has led to complacency and loss of interest in politics by the youths is a major cause and reason why in most African societies successors of most political leaders are haphazardly groomed to take over the reins of power and continue in the trajectory of their predecessors.
Most painfully, the youths who are supposed to be at the forefront of leadership training are tactically alienated from the system by the forces that have sworn to ensure that this powerful group of people are not taken through the rigours, clandestine and shenanigans of party politics and administration proper.
Agreed, “there is a tide in the affairs of men Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves Or lose our ventures.” – William Shakespeare, the Bard of Avon once said
In Other words, the youths are ever willing and passionate to flow in the stream of power play as the consequences of excluding this young, innovative, energetic and ebullient group in the processes of formation, implementation and monitoring of exactly those key decisions of government has grave implications. Number one is that in no distant time, the society will be completely striped and bereft of thoroughly groomed and systematically nurtured leaders to continue to steer the ship of governance in their various localities.
“Being a leader, tomorrow, requires a vision today, and this vision, today, must be put to work for full actualization,” Yvonne Sam, Social and Political Commentator
Thankfully, in Enugu State under the leadership of Rt. Hon. Dr Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, the language is entirely and glaringly different as the state parades an array of intellectually, brilliant and creative young people both at the state executive, state Assembly and the local government, where they are now, in great supply.
At the recently concluded local government election in the state, the pack is led by a group of new and youthful chairmen who are currently and comfortably in their thirties and forties as local council bosses in their respective areas. The Peter Andy, Chukwudi Nnadozie and Ejike Itodo examples are quite commendable.
In the state executive organ, the chidi Obeta, Ilogebe Chika Emmanuel and the popular Nsukka Mc known as “elder” are yet, another massive inclusion in the administrative drive of Dr. Ugwuanyi, as it has become crystal clear that the position of SAs are exclusively reserved for the youths in the state for their salient tutelage and possible transfer of power in the future.
While many may not see this development as the dawn of an era in the state political firmament, I am sure His Excellency, Dr. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi believes in the words of Amadeo Giannini (1870 – 1949), founder of the Bank of America who once said: “I leave everything to the young men. You’ve got to give youthful men authority and responsibility if you’re going to build up an organization.”
That is the way to go, so as to complement the passage of “Not-Too-Young-To-Run” Law as recently signed by Mr. President.

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

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

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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