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Atiku Advocates Increased Investment in Youth

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Atiku Advocates Increased Investment in Youth

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has advocated increased public and private investment in youth development and empowerment to break vicious circle of illiteracy, unemployment, poverty and insecurity in the nation.

Abubakar made the call in his remarks at the official inauguration of the Abubakar Kawu Baraje Foundation (AKBF) in Abuja on Thursday.

The former vice president, who was the chairman of the occasion, represented by Jamil Mohammed, said the greatness of any nation was tied to the quality of investment in its youth population.

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He added that education remained the gateway for enabling inclusive and sustainable development.

“I have always been an advocate of youth-focused policies aimed at empowering and providing them with opportunities to add value to themselves, family and society at large.

“This is key as most of the leaders that are being celebrated today made their impact at their youthful age largely because they had quality education and opportunities were provided, where such did not exist they were empowered to create them.

“A typical case in point was the Nigeria Youth Movement (NYM), which assembled young Nigerians in their 20s and 30s who played critical leadership roles in accelerating the attainment of our independence.

“I strongly believe that we can still produce the same quality of young leaders who will equally play critical roles in regaining Nigeria’s place as the giant of Africa,” Abubakar said.

While commending the initiative, he said the foundation represented hope for many potential beneficiaries, “while it also takes away potential recruits for thuggery, armed robbery, banditry and terrorism.”

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Abubakar said that the inauguration of the foundation gave him hope that young people would have the needed support mechanism, which would empower them to bring their dreams to reality and add value to the nation-building journey.

“Instructively, the fact that the foundation is not only visioning to produce just leaders, but those that are morally and spiritually upright is laudable and unique.

“Equally worthy of commendation are the key support areas of the foundation which speaks to Interventions we are in dire need of as a nation.

“They are in the areas of educational support, care for the vulnerable, entrepreneurship support, skills acquisition support, environmental sustainability, public health support, and peace and conflict resolution,” he said.

Abubakar said that providing the above intervention would go a long way in addressing the challenges of unemployment, social exclusion, poverty, criminality and insecurity.

 

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YABATECH Emerges As Nigeria’s Best Polytechnic

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YABATECH Emerges As Nigeria's Best Polytechnic

The Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH) has emerged as the best polytechnic in Nigeria for the second time in the Webometrics ranking released in July.

Mr. Felix Alade, Media Relations Officer of the institution, said this in a statement on Tuesday in Lagos.

The statement said the ranking was based on web contents impact, top-cited research, and papers published on research and publication platforms online.

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It added that the primary objective of the ranking web was to promote open access to the knowledge generated by institutions.

“YABATECH has been able to implement strategies to improve her ranking through the increase in the quantity and quality of the web content,” it said.

The statement said the ranking web which started in 2004 was currently in its 18th year of publication.

It added that the ranking was aimed at offering full coverage of higher institutions in whatever country or discipline involved.

The statement noted that 31 institutions from over 200 countries in the world were ranked in the Webometrics ranking released in July.

It said that editors of the ranking web were scientists working at one world-class public research institution, with long experience in metrics-guided evaluation.

Commenting on the ranking, the Deputy Registrar of the institution, Mr. Joe Ejiofor, in an interview with Newsmen, described the development as a wonderful achievement.

“The news came to us as a surprise and at the same time a welcome development, the Rector and management are very happy with this latest web ranking.

“It is a pointer to the growth and development recorded since the current management led by the visionary Rector, Mr. Femi Omokungbe, came into office in 2018,” Ejiofor said.

Ejiofor said YABATECH, known for its pace-setting role, would remain dedicated to its vision as a leading institution of higher learning in and outside Nigeria.

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Lagos LG Polls: APC Claims Victory In Badagry

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Lagos LG Polls: APC Claims Victory In Badagry
Olusegun Onilude

The Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission has declared the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the Badagry Local Government Chairmanship seat in the Saturday election.

According to reports, the results return Olusegun Onilude, the incumbent chairman, for a second tenure with 8,015 votes.

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Declaring the result, the Returning Officer for Badagry, Mr. Edward Odukomaiya, said Onilude won with 8,015 to defeat his opponent, Mr. Monday Honfovu of the PDP, who scored  2,118 votes.

“Olusegun Onilude of the APC, having satisfied the requirements of law and having to score the highest number of votes, is hereby declared the winner and returned elected having polled 8,015 votes,” he said.

Odukomaiya also announced that all the 10 councillorship seats were won by the APC.

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NIMASA Donates Food, Medical Equipment to Lagos IDPs

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The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, has donated food items, educational materials, medical equipment and consumables, to the less privileged, particularly internally displaced persons, IDPs in Lagos.

According to NIMASA Director of Audit, Mrs Olamide Odusanya, the donation was part of the agency’s  corporate social responsibility.

“Empowerment plays very vital role in building and developing a nation, basic rights like education, nutrition are luxuries for millions of people across the globe, NIMASA has deemed it fit to bridge the gap by assisting and donating across the thirty six States of Nigeria”, she quoted NIMASA DG, Bashir Jamoh.

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The Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Gboyega Soyannwo who received the items alongside other State officials thanked NIMASA for the gesture.

The items were immediately handed over to the Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Dr Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, for distribution.

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