The Rivers State Ministry of Youth Development says it is partnering with a United Kingdom-based Corporation, for the construction of an integrated youth Centre in the state.
The Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Mrs Clara Tam Nmebe, who disclosed this in an address at this year’s International Youth Day celebration in Port Harcourt, said that the execution of the project will take the financial burden off the state government.
Nmebe also said that the celebration should challenge the State and nation to promote ways of engaging the youth to become more actively involved in making positive contributions to their communities and society at large.
The Permanent Secretary also said that it was the responsibility of all to sensitise and guide the youth to recognize, identify and accomplish their societal goals in life, adding that the Ministry was the platform and well positioned to create and increase awareness among the youth on the need for active engagement in societal development.
“The Ministry re-orientates and increases the knowledge base of our youth through her youth education and counseling Department, while the Youth Enterprise and Promotion Department train youth on specific areas of need and comparative advantage for the purpose of self-reliance and through empowerment,” she said.
The Permanent Secretary also called on the youth to rise up and fight all kinds of dishonourable, irresponsible, lawless behaviours and barbaric activities such as cultism, armed robbery, pipeline vandalisation, illegal oil bunkering, kidnapping, human trafficking, prostitution and other anti-social behaviours.
In his address, the State Chairman of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Rivers State, Ambassador Sukubo Sara-Igbe Sukubo, decried the marginalization of the state by multinational companies on the issue of employment.
Sukubo alleged that the managerial cadre of most multinational companies in the state are made up of non-indigenes, and appealed to the State government to establish youth centres in the three Senatorial Zones, while a Youth Desk be established in the relevant ministries and parastatals in the state.
Highlights of the event were a march past by some youth organizations and presentation of awards to deserving Nigerians and Multinational companies.
FG Moves To Stop Influx Of Illegal Aliens
The Federal Government has promised to put measures in place to end the movement of illegal immigrants into the country to secure the country.
The government stated that the era where aliens easily enter the country with fake travel documents must stop.
The Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, according to a statement on Saturday by the Director of Press of the Ministry, Afonja Ajibola, disclosed this when the Director, the Bureau of Public Service Reforms, Dasuki Arabi visited him.
The statement read, “The Minister assured he is working seriously on efficient ways at securing Nigeria borders; saying a situation where illegal aliens easily find their ways into the country often with fake travel documents has to be stopped. In his view, Nigeria cannot be secured if its borders are not secured”.
The Minister also said the Ministry was ready to partner with the BPSR in proffering effective solutions to the nation’s security challenges, especially in securing the nation’s borders.
“I am ready to actively collaborate with the Bureau of Public Service Reforms to find solutions to our security challenges,” he was quoted as saying.
ECOWAS Condemns Plot To Obstruct Peace In Sierra Leone
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has condemned the plot by some individuals to disturb peace in Sierra Leone.
The condemnation is contained in a statement issued by ECOWAS in Abuja, yesterday.
ECOWAS said, “The bloc has learnt, with utter disgust, a plot by certain individuals to aquire arms and disturb the peace and constitutional order in Sierra Leone.
“ECOWAS condemns this act and calls for the arrest and prosecution of everyone involved in the illegality.
“The bloc has always maintained its zero tolerance for unconstitutional change of government.
“We want to reaffirm our commitment to supporting the government and the people of Sierra Leone’s quest to deepen democracy and good governance by consolidating peace and security so as to foster socio-economic development”.
Earlier, the Sierra Leonean Government had declared a 24-hour nationwide curfew in a proactive step to ensure that the peace is not tampered with.
Bad Roads Fuelling Insecurity In N’East -Govs
Worried by the security challenges confronting the region, governors of the North East have resolved to embark on more collaborative efforts among member states to come up with a security architecture design for the region.
The governors noted that bad federal roads are fuelling insecurity in the region and called on the Federal Ministry of Works to follow through with road contracts awarded in the region.
This is contained in a communique issued at the end of the 9th meeting of the forum, held at the banquet hall of the Adamawa State Government House in Yola last Saturday.
According to a statement signed by the Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum, the forum said there was a need for a robust platform for regional economic development and resolved to work as an entity in strengthening the human capacity and socio-economic development of its people.
The communique read in part, “Forum is continuously disturbed about the poor infrastructural base of the region. More concerned that the federal roads within and between the states in the region have been neglected.
“We call on the Federal Ministry of Works to follow through with road contracts awarded in the region. The poor road network is fuelling insecurity stalling development and making life more difficult for our people in the region.
“Forum notes that the bad federal roads within and between the states are major setbacks to the infrastructural development of the region.
“Forum notes the poor energy situation in the region. To mitigate the situation, Forum resolved to work with Shanghai Electric to construct a 60 MW Coal Power Power Plant in each state of the region.
“Forum decried the lack of modern rail projects in the region and called for repairs on the old gauge rail lines which no longer useful and sustainable technology. Forum calls for inclusion of the region into the Nigerian National Railway Transport Plan using the Modern Guage rail.”
On climate change and environmental degradation, the forum resolved to strengthen its collaboration with all initiatives such as the Great Green Wall and the Global Initiative of Carbon Credit financing.
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