Curbing Youth Criminality and Social Vices Amidst Covid-19
The Nigerian Youth Compact on Covid-19 (NYCC-19) had there Zoom webinar “One Stop Youth Talk” on Thursday, 2nd July, 2020.
It was a very successful and interactive session with some guest speakers such as; the Executive director, Youth Advancement Initiative, Akure ‘Mr. Ado Mario Emmanuel’, President and Executive Director of Nigeria Female Youth Organization/ Michelle Youth Initiative for Sustainable Development ‘Princess Mimi’ and the immediate General Secretary for the Association of Resident Doctors, FCT Branch ‘Dr, Jumoke Olajumoke’.
The webinar centered on “Curbing Youth Criminality and Social Vices Amidst Covid-19”. The chairman of NYCC-19 giving his opening remark during the 4th Edition of this webinar said that criminality is interwoven with unemployment which is the major causal factor.
According to him, the youths are being deprived of basic necessities of life and hardly does anyone see it as much of a problem. However, the government is at fault by failing to fulfil the basic responsibilities towards a very significant percentage of the population but those who are in a position reprimand the government are also at fault for not considering that failure as a serious issue.
Still on remark, the Vice chairman ‘Prince Echem’ said “An Idle man is the devil’s workshop which is why the NYCC-19 is out to help to assist in curbing these criminalities.” He urged the Nigerians to live within the confirms of the law.
Princess Michelle speaking on social vices defined it as negative action against the norms in the society. She listed the various social vices like raping, pick-pocketing, drug abuse, exam malpractices, prostitution etc. and condemned it.
She heads an NGO campaign against Rape. In her speech, She said “most people who indulge in the act of rape do that to take away the dignity of the victim.”
However, she stated that a bill has been passed against rapist which means a rapist gets the same punishment as a murderer. Her campaign has gotten to the ministry of women affairs and the presidency. She also stated the dangers of drug abuse and urge youth to use their talents wisely and abstain from social vices.
Doctor Jumoke Olajumoke speaking on the Medical implications of rape to its victim said;
“it may be a 5 mins for the rapist but a lifetime for the victim”.
She spoke about the genital laceration, internal injury, STDs and STI.
However, she stated that some victims find themselves doing drugs as a result of depression. Therefore, she suggested that victims should talk to someone like a psychologist instead of venturing into drugs.
The Executive director, Youth Advancement Initiative ‘Ado Mario’ speaking on insecurity stated that 90% of police cases these days are home breaking while 60% of the culprits are as a result of hunger and joblessness due to unemployment.
He pointed out the effect of lockdown on the Nigerian youths and suggested that the government should liaise with NYCC-19 since they have the data of unemployed youths across the 774 L.G.A. in the 36 states and address the lacuna in the security structure in Nigeria.
Speaking further, He also suggested that government should provide more welfare for the security personnel who have turned beggars on the road. According to him, survey has shown that 60% of security personnel are culprits in supplying vital information to these criminals due to lack of proper welfare structure.
According to him “there is no thief in the community that the community members do not know but they have the fear of voicing out or getting someone arrested is their actual concern.”
“Most of these criminals have genuine pressing challenges which led them into these social vices.” He said.
However, he is advocating for a welfare package restructuring for the Nigerian youth and as well engage them jobwise as this will help curb these criminalities.
Amb. Ikenna Nwaizu, a youth leader commended the NYCC-19 for organizing the “One Stop Youth Talk” Webinar. He suggested that youths should wake up and take responsibilities for their future. He urged youths to be strategic in the rightful application for the fight of the youth integration in politics and national leadership.
Pointing out the lapses in some government initiatives for the youths such as N-power, Engr. Matthew Oche suggested that the government should provide youths with a permanent job engagement so that the youths will not go back to the streets again as this will also help curb the issues of criminality.
Mr. Uzoh Ifeanyi, member of the Commonwealth Youth Alliance Association and Head of Advisory NYCC-19 urges the Nigerian youths to look inward to discover their inborn talents that will announce them in future.
In closing, the moderator gave some recommendation to the government which will go a long way to curb these social vices;
- Inclusion and collaboration between the government and youths
- Youth engagement in local and public affairs including programs
- Giving youths the opportunity to design the youth centric programs for the citizenry
- Redesign new and affordable learning curriculum to accommodate the current realities.
- Allow youths interact in open forum with their counterparts across the society
- Relaxation of Government rules on youths’ access to opportunities
- Set up Mentoring programs for youths headed by average age achievers
Public, private investments critical in transforming Africa’s food systems – Osinbajo
By Gistflash News
July 27, 2021
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says transforming Africa’s food system is an obvious task requiring the active mobilisation and prioritisation of both public and private investments.
Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja, said the vice president virtually spoke at the preparatory meeting of the United Nations Food Systems Summit 2021.
The pre-summit is a prelude to the global event scheduled for Rome, Italy, in September; an event the vice president described as crucial just as the previous dialogues held in several countries on food systems.
He said that the Federal Government was committed in complementing existing development plans, sectoral strategies, and prioritising investments in specific innovations and technologies to transform food systems in the country.
“The Nigerian Government is committed to addressing the drivers of food insecurity such as food inflation, changing consumption patterns and climate change, amongst other things.
“At the same time and as an outcome of 40 different food systems dialogues in which up to 5,000 people participated, Nigeria is prioritising investments in specific innovations and technologies to scale up and transform food systems.
“These actions complement existing development plans and sectoral strategies such as our Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, the National Policy on Food and Nutrition, and the National Policy on Food Safety.
“A specific aim of our recently launched National Poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy is to address hunger, malnutrition and poverty as part of our target of lifting a hundred million Nigerians out of poverty within a decade.”
Osinbajo added that at the heart of Nigeria’s post-COVID-19 response was the Economic Sustainability Plan.
He said that the plan had a major component, which is the Agriculture for Food and Jobs Programme (AFJP), where the country sought to leverage suitable technologies to build a resilient food system for Nigeria.
“Our Nutrition Policy addresses the issues of sustainable and nutrition-sensitive food systems – and the country has prioritised key nutrition actions that are impactful, cost-effective, scalable and sustainable.
“An integral part of our food systems’ transformation strategy is to create an enabling and supportive environment to implement these policies in a participatory manner involving farmers, investors and state governments.
“For example, when, as in our country and several others, population growth exceeds growth in national income, food supply would not meet the needs of people, especially when distribution systems are inequitable.”
According to him, post-harvest losses in Africa, and particularly in Nigeria, are more than 20 per cent of production for several food groups.
He said the losses were mainly due to poor storage, poor rural infrastructure and non-automation of food processing, among others.
“The situation in many African countries is given increased urgency with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to growing levels of acute food insecurity.
“This is of great concern to all of us, especially if we recall that prior to the pandemic, the prevalence of severe food insecurity was as high as 22 per cent,” he said.
Earlier in her remarks, the UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, commended Nigeria’s effort, especially the vice president, for leading six ministers in the dialogues and other efforts aimed at building sustainable food systems in the country.
“Food unites us all, as families, as communities, as cultures and as humanity, now let’s use it to unite around the urgency and the actions that are needed to transform our world by 2030,” she said.
Aside Osinbajo and Mohammed, participants at the second day of the preparatory meeting included the Prime Minister of Italy, Mario Draghi; Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Hajia Zainab Ahmed; and ministers representing India, Canada, China, Norway, Egypt, among other countries.
2021 Children Golf Development Clinic begins Monday in Abuja
By Gistflash News
July 23, 2021
The 2021 edition of the Children Golf Development Clinic, being organised by the Ladies Section of IBB International Golf and Country Club in Abuja, begins on Monday at the club.
The event’s Organising Committee Chairman, Joy Ikwue who is also the club’s Vice Lady Captain, disclosed this on Friday to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
“The two-week event tagged `Future Champions of Golf’ is being put together by the club’s Ladies Section and it is part of efforts to raise the level of the sport by the Executive Committee led by Lady Captain MaryRose Richard-Obioha,” she said.
Ikwue disclosed that top Nigerian professional golfers would also be available at the clinic which ends on Aug. 6 to offer life skills training to the children and youths.
“This is with a view of not only integrating them into the game but the society in general.
“Golf is a game of rules and in as much as there will be many rules for the children to learn, we will also want them to know about service to humanity, country and fellow golfers.”
Ikwue stated that more than 70 children and teenagers, whose ages range from five to 18, have so far registered and the organisers believed that more are still coming.
She added that the club’s ladies have traditionally always arranged this summer development clinic for over a decade now.
“The section has tried to sustain the developmental programme with the aim of discover potential young golfers.
“This is because the clinic is to catch them young and groom them so as to become assets for their parents and Nigeria as a whole.”
Ikwue however lamented the difficulties in getting sponsors as some of the letters sent out did not receive any response.
She nonetheless thanked the Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring Board, Rotary Club, as well as members of the club for their support.
Workers’ welfare: FG to ensure implementation of projects
By Gistflash News
July 22, 2021
The Federal Government on Thursday, expressed its commitment to the effective implementation of projects that would improve the welfare of civil servants in the country.
Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HCSF), said this at the inauguration and handing over of erosion/flooding control, and road improvement work at Ama Pepple Public Servants’ Estate, FCT.
Yemi-Esan said that the project was one of the 7th ecological interventions, approved by President, Muhammadu Buhari, for 3rd and 4th quarters of 2019.
She said that the government had in pursuance of this goal, also implemented a project named the Federal Integrated Staff Housing (FISH) programme.
The HCSF explained that the FISH Programme was designed to provide quality and affordable housing for public servants, in line with the Federal Government’s Housing Policy.
According to her, the government is working assiduously to make the lives of public servants better.
“We are also working to provide critical infrastructure in estates built for civil servants under the FISH project.
“Necessary action has been taken to reposition the FISH programme. So, we are working very hard to ensure that public and civil servants live in comfortable homes.
“The Federal Government is determined to pursue and implement projects aimed at ensuring the wellbeing of citizens, and also looking for better opportunities for economic growth of the country,’’ she said.
Yemi-Esan, however, implored residents of the estate to cherish the project by desisting from indiscriminate dumping of refuse, in order to ensure its sustainability.
“Having successfully completed this project, the living standard of the residents will be enhanced. This will also reduce dangers of erosion and persistent flooding that had been experienced here in recent times.
“The execution of projects across the country also demonstrates the sincerity of purpose by the present administration towards entrenching justice, equity and fair play to all and sundry,’’ she said.
She commended Ecological Fund Office (EFO), the project contractor; Diamond Global Engineering Investment Ltd and the project consultant; Enplan Group Ltd, for their doggedness in ensuring speedy completion of the project.
Dr Habiba Lawal, the Permanent Secretary of EFO, said that the project was initiated through a request for an urgent intervention, forwarded to the EFO by the Chairman of the estate.
Lawal said that the request was to arrest the continued erosion, flooding and other ecological challenges, as well as to prevent further environmental degradation, loss of lives and properties in the estate.
She said that the completion of the project was made possible through the efforts of the project contractor and consultant, which worked tirelessly to ensure that minimal time in the project implementation was achieved.
Dr Gaga Ali, the Chairman of the estate, who spoke on behalf of the residents, thanked the Federal Government and EFO officials for their effort sin making sure that the project was duly implemented.
Ali appealed to the government to construct an access road to the estate, as according to him, each year residents repair the road, it deteriorates due to erosion.
Also, Alhaji Mohamed Bello, the Managing Director, Diamond Global Engineering Investment Ltd, said that the job was to be executed within six months, but was completed in four months.
Bello said that the project was executed during the rainy season, and that in spite of the horrible state of the road and the season, the contractors were able to ensure the delivery of a quality project.
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