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Speedy Passage Of Nasarawa Youth Bill Will Address Social Vices-Actionaid

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Country Director, Actionaid Nigeria Mrs. Ene Obi, has called for the speedy passage of the Nasarawa Youth Bill saying that it would address social vices in the state.

Obi, represented by the Director, Organizational Effectiveness, Actionaid Mrs.

Funmilayo Oyefusi, made this known in Abuja on Friday.

The event was an Advocacy Roundtable Discussion on Nasarawa Youth Development Commission Bill (NYDCB) with the Nasarawa State House of Assembly Members.

Obi noted that future of Nasarawa state was dependent on the actualisation and realisation of the bill.

She said that the Nasarawa Youth Development Commission Bill had gone through the first reading before the floor of the house.

“Nasarawa State Youth today, require a legal framework for proper engagement, empowerment, and development, more than ever.

“Overtime, there have been series of continued effort by government and other development partners in carrying out various youth empowerment and development initiates in Nasarawa State.

“This has however not been structured or monitored closely for effectiveness and efficiency, given lack of political will to drive the process.

Obi added that there had also been diverse call for youth integration and involvement in decision making process of the state.

She said that the commission if established would provide a framework for structured youth engagement.

“ If established it will also strengthen the state government’s efforts and those of other development partners in ensuring that Nasarawa state youth receive all the necessary political and policy backing to engender their continued role in governance.

“Thereby, addressing all basic social vices that makes youth vulnerable to radicalisation and violent extremism.

Also, Resilience Programme Coordinator, Actionaid, Mr Anicetus Atakpu, said the organisation embarked on the project in two states of Kogi and Nasarawa State to help youths find their track.

Atakpu said the project, running in six Local Government Areas (LGA) of Nasarawa state to include Toto, Nasarawa, Akwanga, Nasarawa Egon, Lafia and Obi would address human security in conflict and emergency area of the organization’s plan

“ The bill is dear to our heart mostly because it is a bill that addresses the key primary areas of extremism as identified by our project that we are working on which centered around unemployment literacy and marginalization.

“And this is centered on provision of the bill. The bill if passed into law will address salient issues of job creation and harness great opportunities for investment.

“It also gives opportunity for the establishment of technical schools across each senatorial district which is a big win for everyone because illiteracy is not all about been educated in western education but also your ability to utilise the skills.”

Meanwhile, Hon. Nehemiah Dandaura, Deputy Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly said that coming up with the bill was a developmental stride while calling on members to see to it that the bill see the light of the day.

“I am a youth friendly legislator. So many thought about the recent Endsars protests led to the support for the bill.

“If we can have something like a commission that will have to do with youth activities, it will alleviate poverty and most of the youths will be engaged.

“Looking at our society we see that youths are graduating every day from universities, polytechnics and colleges of education and these youths are flooding the streets.

“So I feel that if the commission bill is signed into law, it will cut down lots of these issues and also relieve the youth sector from unemployment, he said.

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Yoruba Self-Determination Rally Begins In Ibadan

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The Yoruba self-determination rally organised by the Ilana Omo Oodua is underway in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Hundreds of members of the group whose leader is an 86-year-old Emeritus Professor of History, Banji Akintoye, had initially scheduled the take-off of the rally for the ancient Mapo Hall but the heavy presence of armed policemen forced them to change the venue.

They are addressing people at Mapo Roundabout but they were not disturbed by the police in any way.

The agitators are armed with banners and Yoruba nation flags while leaders of the group addressing the people are saying Yoruba people are tired of staying with Nigeria.

One of the leaders of the group, Basorun Kunle Adesokan, said Yoruba were no longer part of Nigeria and the people want to be an independent nation.

He condemned the insecurity in Yorubaland, saying the people could no longer stand the injustice in Nigeria.

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