AUDA-NEPAD Boss Dedicates Award To Less Privileged
Princess Gloria Akobundu, National Coordinator/ Chief Executive Officer , African Union Development Agency- New Partnership for Africa’s Development /African Peer Review Mechanism ( AUDA-NEPAD/APRM),Nigeria has dedicated award of Outstanding Public Service being given to her to the less privileged people in the society.
Akobundu made the dedication in her reaction to the honour being bestowed on her on Sunday during the 2019 Imo/Abia Day Celebration of Holy Trinity Catholic Parish, Maitama, Abuja.
According to the National Coordinator and illustrious daughter of Ibeme-Ugiri Constituency, Isiala- Mbano LGA, Imo state, welfare of less privileged is very dear to her.
“For me, God first, the people second. My ministry, my life has been humanity. Whatever makes grassroots people happy, makes me happy.
“As a Princess from a well pronounced community,I’m a grassroots woman, I belong to the people, I know what it is to be down there.
So, I live with the grassroots people and I dedicate the award to them.
“I believe someday, someone from there will be the president of this country, ” she said.
Akobundu urged those in better position to always show some kindness to the less privileged so that they too could be able to live a better life.
She commended St. Dominic (Imo-Abia) Catholic Community and the entire parishioners of Holy Trinity, Maitama for considering her worthy of the honour.
In her remark, Dame Pauline Tallen, Minister of Women Affairs, also an awardee described Akobundu as a supporter of the masses and a patriot.
Similarly, Rev. Sister Sally William- Chidubem, who accompanied Akobundu to the event said “it’s a spiritual work, as long as it is a spiritual work, I am happy with it.
We have to continue to encourage spiritual work”.
Princess Akobundu was also accompanied by some staff of the agency and other well wishers including Mr. Emmanuel Abang, a Special Adviser to Akobundu and other aides.
Under the stewardship of Akobundu, AUDA-NEPAD/APRM Nigeria among other achievements, recently organised high-level side line event at the 74th United Nations General Assembly in New York, U.S where President Muhammadu Buhari and other African leaders told the world to reject Illicit Financial Flows especially from Africa.
During the UNGA event jointly organised by AUDA-NEPAD/APRM and EFCC Nigeria, President Buhari told the world that over 157 billion dollars had been illicitly taken out of Nigeria to other continents between 2003 and 2012, calling for repatriation of such funds so that Nigeria could meet up with 2030 target on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
The theme of the high-level side line event was ‘Promotion of International Cooperation to Combat Illicit Financial Flows and Strengthen Good Practices on Assets Recovery and Return to foster Sustainable Development ‘.
Niger Delta Youth Council Facilitates with Nigerians on the Occasion of World Youth Day
…reflects on the state of the nation
…calls for youth friendly policies
The Niger Delta Youth Council (NDYC), a pressure group devoted to youth empowerment and development in the Niger Delta has facilitated with the federal government and Nigerian youths as the world marks International Youth Day, a day set aside to celebrate youths all over the world and reflect on the challenges they face and ways to surmount them.
In a press release made available to journalists in Abuja by the National Coordinator, Engr. Jator Abido, the group expressed optimism that this year’s World Youth Day will avail Nigerian youths and government and avenue to brainstorm and find lasting solutions bedeviling the Nigerian youth especially in the area of unemployment and perennial insecurity that has hindered economic activities in many parts of the country.
“Today is an important date sets aside to celebrate International Youth Day. The importance of this annual celebration according to the United Nation (UN) is to among other things raise voices against any injustice or discrimination and deprivation around the globe against the youth. We as a pressure group want to use this opportunity to call attention to the alarming rate of unemployment which has risen to 35% in the third quarter of 2022 as well as insecurity which has brought to a halt economic activities in most parts of the country. It is our hope that government will act fast to end insecurity and reverse the ugly trend of unemployment in the country”, the statement noted.
The lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the group noted has far reaching implications on the future of Nigerian youths and if nothing is done about it, will endanger the mental and social capacity of youth, predisposing them to social crimes and agents of destabilization in the forth coming general elections
“The implication of this unwarranted strike is that for the past six months and counting, Nigerian youths have been idling away at home and the federal government has not considered the damage such failures portend. Not just that future leaders of Nigeria are idle but an idle mind is the devil’s workshop. Criminal elements within the ruling class will quickly recruit and turn them to agents of destruction and crime as the 2023 general elections draw near. This must not be allowed to happen. The federal government must act fast to reverse this ticking time bomb from exploding” the statement urged.
The CSO equally charged the federal government to come out with policies that will encourage the participation of Nigerian youths in the downstream oil sector especially by actively using local artisans in line with local content policy of the federal government insisting that Nigerian youths especially those in the Niger Delta region have what it takes to actively transform the oil sector and end the sad phenomenon of exporting crude and importing refined products which is almost crumbling the economy.
“We are once again calling on the federal government on this occasion of International Youth Day to as a matter of national importance formulate policies which will make the local content law a more practical reality. Our youths are well skilled in oil exploration and even refining. Granting licenses to local artisans and modifying their technology will end the uneconomical policy of importing refined petroleum products at exorbitant rates at the expense of the naira. Such steps will also put an end to youth restiveness in the country and stimulate economic growth”, the statement added.
On the need to inaugurate the Niger Delta Development Commission’s (NDDC) Board, the CSO noted, it is long overdue and the federal government must use this occasion of the International Youth Day to respond to the yearnings of youths in the Niger Delta who are the first beneficiaries and sufferers of both good and bad policy choices in the region, arguing that, NDDC can not continue to run without a substantive Board.
“Mr. President Sir, we are calling on you to use your good office and cause the inauguration of the NDDC Board which was duly constituted but has since not being inaugurated because of the activities of saboteurs. This is not only unconstitutional but a slap on the faces of law abiding Niger Deltans who are looking forward to development massive in the region. Without a Board, corruption is rife in the Commission and the people who are supposed to be served are suffering because of the greed of a few politicians. If nothing is done to bring an end to this impunity, we’ll have no choice but to take up arms and fight for our rights”, the statement concluded.
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