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Nigeria, South Africa leaders launch youth dialogue for peace, security

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President Muhammadu Buhari and President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday in Abuja launched the Nigeria-South Africa Youth Dialogue for Peace and Security, Youth Development and Political Participation.

Speaking to the youths virtually, President Buhari expressed optimism that the establishment of the Youth Dialogue would promote peace-building and development as well as help both countries jointly combat youth restiveness.

The Nigerian leader also noted that the Dialogue would afford both countries to strategically develop ”a vast world of collaboration in areas of science and technology,” including climate change, energy demands, green technology, artificial intelligence, cyber security, telematics, agriculture, technology and much more.

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”Nigeria and South Africa have a combined population of about 262 million of which 95 million are youth.

”This represents tremendous potential for both countries if we can truly harness this demographic with more dedicated action.

”This sizable youth population may also represent significant problems if we fail to maximize their potential in a world that globalization and technology are reshaping  at breakneck speed.

”These are the rationale for proposing this Youth Dialogue.

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”Both countries need more educated youth, more skilled youth, more youth in entrepreneurship, more solution providers and peace-keepers and more patriotic youth.

”It is true that our youth already collaborate especially in the creative arts, sharing our rich cultures.

”We will build upon this especially in the framework of the intra African trade expansion we intend to promote through the African Continental Free Trade Agreement,” he said.

The Nigerian leader expressed confidence that collaborations in science and technology and many other areas in a strategic and committed way would provide both countries with solutions and critical intellectual property to unleash economic outcomes for millions of job creations.

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”I must urge our youth to see themselves as brothers and sisters with a lot to share and explore together, not as foes.

”Even when Bafana Bafana and the Super Eagles compete, it must be as friendly rivals,’’ President Buhari declared.

The Nigeria leader described the inauguration of the Steering Committee on the Youth Dialogue during the Nigeria-South Africa Bi-National Commission as a great leap forward.

”It will aim to jointly combat the restiveness of our youth, exchange ideas/opportunities and reduce friction amongst them,’’ he said.

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According to the President the areas of cooperation under the Youth Dialogue would include exchange programmes on notable national, international and historic events; National Youth Service initiatives; sharing of best practices on national youth legislation, policy frameworks and guidelines as well as youth entrepreneurial development and support.

Other areas of cooperation are market development and export marketing for youth; partnership in youth development in the following sectors: mineral resources, environment, forests and woodlands and waste management value chains, he said.

From the Agreement establishing the Youth Dialogue, exchange of information on technologies, research and development programmes and experts as well as providing assistance in the areas of accessibility, availability and affordability of mobility aids featured prominently:

The Steering Committee is expected to come up with the road map for the actualization of the Youth Dialogue.

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Househelp jailed for 15 years for sexually assaulting employer’s 2-year-old daughter

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25-year-old househelp, Martha Bosire has been sentenced to 15 years imprisonment after she pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting her employer’s a 2-year-old daughter in Kenya.

Bosire, who confessed to having inserted her fingers into the private parts of the child was arraigned before Keroka Senior Resident Magistrate Simon Arome for committing the offence on diverse between November 14, 2021, and December 9, 2021.

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She added that after inserting her fingers into the child’s private parts on separate days, she then used spirit to treat the wound and gave the baby sweets to buy her silence.

In mitigation, the house help told the court that she accepted wrongdoing, and pleaded for lenience arguing that she has no parents and she has a young baby who depends on her for upkeep. She promised not to repeat a similar offence in the future.

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The prosecution told the court that the grandmother to the minor got concerned when she checked her private parts and found that she had visible injuries after which they reported the matter to the police.

The baby was taken to Borabu Sub County Hospital where she was treated and it was established that she was sexually assaulted.

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The house help shocked those in court by her calmness and easy acceptance of the charges presented against her and appeared undeterred as she was taken away to start her jail term.

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Multilateral organisations should adopt debt relief initiatives for Africa – Osinbajo

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Nigeria’s vice-president, Yemi Osinbajo has stated that multinational organisations should adopt debt relief initiatives that will not affect Africa’e growth.

This was stated on Friday by Osinbajo while delivering a special address at the virtual edition of the 2022 World Economic Forum.

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He was chosen to deliver one of the 12 special addresses at this year’s event.

Laolu Akande, Osinbajo’s spokesperson, quoted the vice-president as saying: “the creation of $650 billion in new Special Drawing Rights last year was a step in the right direction, but more needs to be done to enable African and other developing countries to access the SDRs that are not needed or being used by developed or emerging economies.” 

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He also urged multilateral organisations to consider the huge obligations placed on African countries and adopt debt relief initiatives such as the Debt Service Suspension Initiative and the Common Framework for Debt Treatments in a way that will not further constrain the resumption of growth to the continent.

He listed some of the progress made in Africa, including the recovery from the global pandemic, economic growth by 3.7% last year, and a projected 3.8% growth in 2022.

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Osinbajo noted that an African Continental Free Trade Area agreement has been put in place to fast-track economic transformation as the continent is making giant strides in agriculture, manufacturing, and digital technology.

According to him, in Nigeria, 6 unicorns have emerged in the past six years.

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“The continent grew by 3.7% last year and is said to grow by 3.8% in 2022,” he said.

“‘Indeed, as the last frontier in development, Africa has the potential to become the factory of the world especially given its bold steps to integrate through the African Union agenda 2063 and the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement.

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“‘There are several other reasons again to be positive about the African growth story given that its large youth population holds the prospect of a demographic dividend and also by giving greater space at providing more opportunity to the private sector.

“The continent is also making giant strides in agriculture, manufacturing, and digital technology.

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“In Nigeria, for instance, 6 unicorns have emerged in the past six years and this is despite all of the challenges in these past years.

“Such a positive outlook anyway must be tempered by the realisation that Africa continues to need the collaboration and partnership of the international community because unless care is taken, there are several developments that can derail that promise.”

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