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Commonwealth Lauds Nigeria’s Commitment to Youth Development Ahead of Africa Summit



Joel Ajayi
Ahead of the  Commonwealth Youth and Students Summit for the African region slated to hold in Abuja from 7th to 11th May 2023, the Head of Social Policy of Commonwealth Secretariat  Mr Layne Robinson, has commended the Nigerian Government for its continued commitment to youth development.

Mr Robinson who made the commendation during the pre-summit meeting held at the Nigerian Embassy in the United Kingdom on the sidelines on the Commonwealth Youth Network Leaders Summit, thanked Nigeria for offering to host the Commonwealth Youth Secretariat in Abuja as well as Commonwealth Youth and Students Summit for the African Region. 

The pre-summit meeting which had in attendance members of the Summit taskforce and Youth network leaders from 54 Commonwealth countries aims to bring together Youth and students to amplify their voices and contribute meaningfully to Youth Development in the areas of entrepreneurship, education and digital divide.

The Honourable Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Mr Sunday Dare said, Nigeria is ready to host the young people of the Commonwealth and, “Although the event is being hosted by the Nigerian Government, the ownership of the events belongs to the youth.”

He explained that  “the thematic areas chosen by the youth task force are apt for this post covid era that has cast a shadow on decent jobs and wealth creation for young peope as we know it.”

The Minister, who was represented by his Special Assistant on Youth and ICT, Ann Kemi Areola, reassured the youth of Nigeria’s commitment to youth development in Africa and informed  that Abuja looks forward to hosting  them.  

Mr Benjamin Fraser, Chairperson of the Commonwealth Students Association said, the Summit will provide a great opportunity for the youth and students in Africa to network and partner with youth and students organisations.

“This offer by the Government of Nigeria is huge and the Commonwealth Students Association are incredibly grateful. It is important to emphasize more on implementing the outcome of this Summit because the thematic areas which are; entrepreneurship, digital education, and decolonization of education curricular are very relevant to the yearnings of the youth and students in Africa.”

Also speaking, Christabel Derby, the Deputy Chairperson on Inclusion in the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) said, “the CYC appreciates the support to host its secretariat by the Nigerian Government at last year’s Commonwealth Youth Ministerial taskforce meeting held in Kigali, Rwanda.

Meanwhile, the Programme Manager and Youth Adviser of the Commonwealth Secretariat, Sushi Ram has, emphasised the need to ensure proper planning and strategy as he reiterated the need for the youth task force to commence necessary activities within strict timelines in order to achieve the desired objectives from the summit in the weeks to come.

The summit which will be hosted by the Nigerian Government in collaboration with the Commonwealth Youth Council, Commonwealth Students Association and Pan African Youth Union is expected to draw participants from the national youth and students organisations from  21 Commonwealth member countries in Africa.

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Yauri Emirate Stakeholders Meet Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company, Seeks Improve Power supply



Joel Ajayi

In an effort to increase energy supply and mutual relationship between Yauri Emirate, its environs and Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO), stakeholders from the Council have paid a courtesy call on the Management of the Company.

The Dallatun Yauri and Permanent Secretary,  Federal Ministry of Sports and Youth Development,  Alhaji Ismaila Abubakar who led the team on the visit on Wednesday, stated that the meeting is an offshoot of a letter written by the Emir of Yauri, His Royal Highness, Dr. Zaiyyanu Abdullahi to the Managing Director of KEDCO on the need to improve the electricity supply to Yauri Municipal and its environs as well as  foster better understanding between the Company and the Community.

According to him “the delegation from the Emirate Council is here to present a passionate letter from His Royal Highness to the Management of KEDCO and to further discuss the challenges facing the community with a view to finding lasting solution to the epileptic power supply to the Emirate and its environs”

The Permanent Secretary who enumerated some of the consequences of irregular power supply which includes: job losses, potential collapse of small and medium businesses as well as increase in criminal activities, appealed to the company to improve on its public sensitization as well as introduce appropriate revenue accounting techniques by identifying and closing all leakages.

He further urged the Management of the Company to make adequate provision of meters for the Community and also ensure Company and Community relations through the creation of working groups to liaise with its local staff for prompt performance reports.

The Dallatun Yauri who thanked the Management for the warm reception accorded them, assured that the Emirate on its part will not only sensitize its people on the need for regular payment of their bills but also ensure continuous effective  collaborative relationship.

He explained that the effort will also provide permanent solutions to the challenges identified.

Responding, the Managing Director, KEDCO, called on the Emirate to encourage their citizens on prompt payment of bills to enable the Company generate more energy for distribution.

While calling on the Council to discourage its subjects from indulging in illegal connection and distribution of electricity, hethanked the His Royal Highness for his outstanding leadership quality and assured that the Company will continue to partner with them, not only improved cordial relationship but also for effective power supply. 

Members of the delegation include: Alh. Abubakar Sadiq Yelwa (Katukan Yauri), Managing Director, HYPPADEC; Hon. Dr. Yusuf Tanko Sununu – Member, House of Representatives, and Alh. Rilwan Hussein Abarshi, Chief Executive Officer/ Principal Consultant, RHA Consulting.

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