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Minister of State for Youth Development sets up task force to implement Youth Development Programmes



The Minister of State for Youth Development, Mr. Ayodele Olawande has sets up a task force for the purpose of implementing youth development programmes with the various stakeholders. This includes government agencies, private corporations and development partners called ‘Nigerian Youth Joint Task Force (NYJTF)’.

He made this known when he received the National stakeholders of various youth groups representing the ethnic nationalities and political parties in Abuja, recently.

During the meeting, the various groups unanimously agreed that the Task Force is opened to membership from all other professional youth organizations and groups, including people with disability that may want to contribute to the actualization of the Task Force’s mandate.

The mandate is to unite all youth across political, ethnic and religious divide to pursue the common goal of implementing youth development initiatives by all critical actors such as governments, private sectors and development partners. This according to the groups will serve as a support to augment Mr. President’s effort in youth development.

The meeting agreed that a new approach would be adopted in the pursuit of youth development in the country that will enable the youth to feel the government and be part of the government.

A task force will develop practical initiatives for improving youth welfare. They have a 6-month timeline to provide 3 deliverables such as better living conditions for corps members, sustainable skills for the informal sector, and grassroots development initiatives. Other ideas include cooperatives for cottage industries and funding to improve local production capability.

The meeting agreed to have a technical committee that will distill ideas and put forward great initiatives to improve the lot of the youth, while others will continue to galvanize support for the implementation of the initiatives.

The committee further agreed to accommodate as many youth groups as possible across the federation.

It is expected that at least three states would be visited by the committee to commence engagement with relevant stakeholders on how to chart a course for youth inclusion and development within the next two weeks.

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Oyo State has lost a Committed Public Servant and leader- Chief Sunday Dare



Former Minister of Sports, Chief Sunday Dare Mourns Demise of former Chairman of First Bank, Afonja

Former Minister of Youth and Sports Development,Chief Sunday Dare, has commiserated with the government and people of Oyo state, particularly the immediate family, friends and associates of a former Minister of Labour and Productivity under the Interim National Government, Prince Ajibola Afonja over his sudden demise.

Prince Ajibola who served as a minister under the short-lived interim administration of late Chief Ernest Shonekan, died on Sunday night at the University College Hospital (UCH),Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Prince Ajibola also served as Chairman of First Bank and was at a time the senatorial candidate for Oyo Central Senatorial District under the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP). He was known in his country home(Oyo town) by his company’s name, Integrated Dimesional System – IDS.

Reacting to the unpalatable news, the Agbaakin of ogbomoso land, Chief Sunday Dare expressed sadness over the ex-minister’s passage.Adding that Nigeria had lost one of its most outstanding persons whose love and commitment to peace and development of the country is second to none. Chief Dare noted that the deceased was both respected and loved by his kinsmen and Nigerians at large.

“My heartfelt condolence to the people of oyo town, particularly the immediate family, friends and associates of Prince Ajibola Afonja on this great and irreparable loss.

Nigeria had lost one of its most outstanding persons whose love and commitment to peace and development of the country is second to none. He was both respected and loved by his kinsmen and Nigerians at large.

He was a decent politician and selfless philanthropist who served meritoriously in various capacities in the public and private sectors.

May God comfort the family,friends and associates he left behind, granting them strength to bear this irreplaceable loss. May his soul rest in eternal peace” .Chief Dare said

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