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ENDSARS Protest, A Signal For Youth Inclusion In Government – Governor AbdulRazaq

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  • Kwara Gov, Kumuyi harp on quality youth engagements, empowerment

  •  AbdulRazaq hosts popular cleric ahead Deeper Life’s event

Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Wednesday said his administration will continue to prioritise youths engagement and empowerment because failure to do so could hamper their growth and potentials to be at their best.

In a statement obtained by The FidelinfoNews, the Governor said that the ENDSARS protest of 2020 was another signal for governments worldwide to listen to and properly engage young people to channel their energy to positive things, adding that his government is peopled by many young people while many of its programmes are targeted at empowering them.

AbdulRazaq spoke in Ilorin, the capital city, when he received the Founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Pastor Williams Folounsho Kumuyi, who was on a courtesy visit to Government House.

The courtesy visit came ahead of the Deeper Life Ministry’s Youth Ego Swallow (YES) programme in Ilorin, which the respected cleric said was meant to engage and mentor young people, and make them realise their huge potentials for development.

“Indeed, the focus of this government is youth engagement. This is why we are investing heavily in the education sector to be able to capture them young,” he said.

“Although we have challenges in funding because of the dwindling resources, we still believe in human capital development which includes catering for young people and their future. After paying salaries, which is our first line charge, there is really not much left but we are managing ourselves very well.

“We have been pushing the youth agenda and inclusion even in the coming elections in the State. Our primaries had just been concluded. We have a twenty-six year old person vying for the House of Assembly seat. We are also pushing the gender parity agenda by passing a bill that guarantees 35 percent employment and appointment of women, who are mostly youths, into public office, and with that we have seen a surge in the number of women and young people coming out for elective offices.

“We are indeed happy to receive you this morning in Government House. The YES programme you’ve talked about is a welcome development. It is a programme that will ignite the interest of the youths in political participation, business, community service, and all spheres of life. We need to direct our youths and make them confident in themselves to be able to achieve and know that the space is there for them to fulfil their destinies.

“We have great youth engagement here in Kwara, including at cabinet level. Just last week, also, we held a youth fair where youths showcased their talents in marketing and business. It was a successful event, which was the second one under us. And some of those who participated in the first event were able to get NAFDAC registration for their products, and they are doing well.”

He appreciated the clergyman and his entourage on the visit to the State and assured them of the government’s hospitality throughout his stay, saying the government is fully in support of their YES programme.

Pastor Kumuyi, for his part, said he was in Government House to seek the support of the government for the Ministry’s YES programme that is coming up in Kwara.

“My mission is to engage the youth, not just the Christian youths or Muslim youths. I want to open the eyes of the young people and show them who they can be and what they can be, and refocus them,” he said, adding that the programme had been inspired by some of his recent engagements with young people out of Nigeria.

“If Your Excellency could come to address people as the Governor of the State, it would be appreciated. I want to carry your voice to the rest of the World, talking to them, redirect (their minds positively) and give them vision so that in our own time the young people we are handing over to will have something concrete from us and will be confident and rest after when we handed over to them that they have the stuff and stamina to carry this generation on.

“So, I invite the government to come and take part in it and encourage them. We’ve subtitled it ‘Youth Ego Swallow – YES’. We want to tell them we say yes to them, and if they say yes to us there is no limit to where they can get to”.

He commended AbdulRazaq for always reaching out to the young persons and engaging them in his government.

“I really appreciate your policy and ways of handling things. Christians on one hand, and the Muslims on the other hand. I am particularly interested in your (Governor) reaching out to the young people. As we do know, you are the Governor for the grassroots and for everyone.”

The cleric was accompanied on the visit by senior ministers of his church as well as some leaders of the Christian community in Kwara State.

 

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BREAKING: Buhari Okays Reappointment Of Oniha As DG Boss

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the renewal of the appointment of Patience Oniha as the Director-General of the Debt Management Office (DMO) for a second term of five years.

A statement issued in by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said the re-appointment was in accordance to Section IV (9-i) of the Debt Management Office (Establishment ETC) Act, 2003.

The statement further said that the renewal takes effect from July 1, 2022.

“Her appointment for a second term was based on the significant achievements recorded by the DMO in the last 5 years, under her leadership.

“Amongst the achievements are the introduction of Sukuk and Green Bonds to finance the development of infrastructure where there is a huge gap.

“Under her watch, as part of the initiatives to improve the sustainability of the public debt and opening up avenues for raising long term funds for corporates, the DMO introduced long term Bonds with tenors of 30 years in the domestic and international markets.

“This is aside from attracting diverse investors including retail investors to the FGN Bond Market, ” the statement said.

It further added, “Internally, Oniha introduced reforms to strengthen the DMO, as a critical agency in the public finance ecosystem of the country.”

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Senate To Continue Investigation Despite CJN’s Resignation

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The Senate has resolved to continue with its investigation into the crisis in the Supreme Court despite the resignation of Justice Tanko Muhammad as the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).

Lawmakers in the upper chamber of the National Assembly made the resolution during the plenary on Tuesday following a motion moved by the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele.

Addressing his colleagues during Tuesday’s plenary, Senator Bamidele who cited Orders 41 and 51 to move the motion drew the attention of the Senate to the assignment given to the committee at the last plenary, relating to the state of affairs of the Supreme Court.

The Senate, in its resolution, mandated the committee to go ahead with its assignment in the quest to find a long-lasting solution by interacting with relevant stakeholders to look into the complaints raised in the petition by the justices.

It also directed the committee to interface with relevant stakeholders in the three arms of government and other stakeholders and collate aggregate views and positions on the short-term, medium-term and long-term measures needed to decisively address the crisis facing the judiciary.

The lawmakers stated this to include the immediate fiscal interventions, as well as long-term and sustainable budgetary allocations required for the optimal performance of the judiciary in line with global best practices.

They also resolved to wish Justice Muhammad well after many years of meritorious service to the nation and to pray for his good health.

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, had last Tuesday directed the committee to get involved in the matter with a view to unravelling the root cause of the problem in the judiciary and how best the Senate could intervene to address the concerns raised by the justices.

Justices of the Supreme Court had in a petition addressed to the immediate past CJN raised concerns over the deplorable welfare conditions and difficult working environment in the apex court.

 

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We Will Vote AbdulRazaq 10 Times – Emir Of Ilesha Declares

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  • AbdulRazaq’s done so much for us: Emir of Ilesha

  • We’ll continue to do more for our people: Gov

  • The administration will soon unveil the first radio station in the Kwara North senatorial district

Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq has done so well for Ilesha Baruba community and its people, according to the Emir of the ancient town Prof. Halidu Abubakar.

In a statement on Sunday, the traditional ruler said this was why Ilesha Baruba community in Baruten local government area of Kwara State mulled the idea of naming the newly completed ringroad in the community after the Governor who constructed the first asphalted road in the axis.

Speaking with newsmen during the Governor’s inspection of the road, Prof Abubakar said the intervention of AbdulRazaq’s administration on the road has brought tremendous change to the community.

“We cannot thank His Excellency enough. We are extremely happy. Before now, you can’t pass the road like this and within three months this road was constructed. You can see the drainage all through. So, we are extremely grateful. Like everybody else, we would not mind if His Excellency will do more for us. He has done so much for us. May Allah continue bless him,” he said.

Prof Abubakar said the decision to name the road AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq Ring Road was in appreciation of the governor’s efforts to ease transportation challenges in the community.

“There is no doubt that if he is going to contest elections 10 times in Ilesha Baruba he is going to win 20 times,” the Emir declared.

AbdulRazaq, for his part, said the administration is determined to make significant impact in the lives of the people and their communities irrespective of their locations across Kwara State.

“This is a major town in Kwara State and the policy of our government is that every senatorial district and every local government must feel the impact of the government. Ilesha Baruba is hosting the campus of Kwara State University; so we are making sure that there is proper infrastructure to accommodate such investment which is still ongoing,” he said.

AbdulRazaq said the administration is embarking on several projects in Ilesha Baruba and across Baruten local government in the areas of road infrastructure, healthcare, education, communications, among others.

The administration will soon unveil the first radio station in the Kwara North senatorial district, thereby making information dissemination very easy.

“We are happy that we have done this ring road and I am impressed. This is my first time of visiting Ilesha Baruba since the completion of the road. We are replicating this kind of investments in many parts of the State,” he added.

 

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