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Olawande Spearheads NYSC – UNODC cooperation to tackle drug abuse among youths

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The Honourable Minister of State for Youth Development, Mr Ayodele Olawande has initiated a partnership talk between the United Nation’s office on drug and crime(UNODC) and the National Youth Service  Corps (NYSC) in the effort to  surmount the problem of drug abuse among youths.

In a meeting which was held at the NYSC headquarters in maitama, Abuja at the instance of the Minister as a follow up to an earlier discussion between him and the country representative of UNODC, Mr Oliver stolp, Olawande reiterated the need to address the menace of drug abuse and crime which is mostly perpetrated by young people. 

The minister who was received by the Director General of NYSC, Brigadier General Yushau Dogara Ahmed expressed optimism that the collaboration will yield fruitful results.   

He said, “*I am hopeful that the proposed partnership will  explore the prospect of deploying corp members as ready volunteers in the battle to rid Nigerian youth of drugs and substance abuse.*”

In his contribution, the UNODC country representative, Mr Oliver stolp explained that his office has some ongoing projects such as unplugged,  Line Up Live Up  and Drug Education for school children which are aimed at reducing the prevalence of drug abuse in Nigeria. He therefore called  on the NYSC management to accept  the request for partnership with the UNODC.
In his remarks, the Director General of NYSC, Brigadier General Ahmed gave the assurance that the NYSC, which has an existing partnership with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), would be willing to explore every partnership option to ensure that the menace of drug abuse is curbed among the youth.
The two organisations  agreed to set up a joint team to work out the details of the partnership.

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Leadership: Power Rotation in Edo State will bring more Unity, fairness-Edo Vibrant Volunteers

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Jeph Ajayi
A group known  as Edo Vibrant Volunteers has called for a rotating leadership positions among different regions or groups within our state saying that  the rotation  will no doubt  promote unity, fairness, and a sense of belonging among all citizens. 


In statement jointly signed by Amb Charity OsagieCoordinator, Prince Smart Okosun Dep. Leader, Chief Mrs Lilian Efe Secretary, Dr. Mrs Edith Okojie Woman Leader and Chief Emsaun IkaMember on Tuesday.


According to the statement,  we write to respectfully express our perspective regarding the issue of power rotation in our esteemed state. 


“While we deeply respect your position and the traditions that have guided our community for generations, we believe it is essential to consider the broader principles of democracy and inclusivity in governance.


“As we strive for progress and development in our state, it is crucial to ensure that every segment of our society feels represented and empowered. 


“Power rotation serves as a mechanism to foster inclusivity and equal opportunity for all citizens, regardless of their background or affiliation.


“By rotating leadership positions among different regions or groups within our state, we can promote unity, fairness, and a sense of belonging among all citizens. 


“This approach also allows for the equitable distribution of resources and opportunities, which are essential for sustainable development and social cohesion.”


The statement added that “Furthermore, embracing the principle of power rotation aligns with the values of democracy and participatory governance, where the voice of every individual matters and contributes to the collective welfare of our society. 


“It fosters transparency, accountability, and the ability to address the diverse needs and concerns of our people effectively.


“We understand that change can be challenging, especially when it involves longstanding traditions and beliefs. However, we believe that embracing diversity and adaptability is essential for the progress and prosperity of our state. 


“By embracing power rotation, we can move forward as a more united and inclusive community, where every citizen has the opportunity to contribute to our shared success.
“We respectfully urge the good citizens of Edo State to reconsider their stance on this matter and to engage in open dialogue with stakeholders from all walks of life. 


“Together, we can work towards a future where our state thrives as a shining example of democracy, fairness, and unity.


“Thank you for considering our perspective, and we  look forward to a lasting solution that will foster the growth of our State. Thus a new Edo is possible”

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