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Youths are our most valuable assets, says Osinbajo

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Nigeria’s vice president, Yemi Osinbajo has stated that the federal government will continue to support young Nigerians to reach their full potential.

This was stated by Osinbajo at the 2021 national gold award presentation ceremony, organised by the International Award for Young People (IAYP) at the State House, Abuja.

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The award programme, which held on Thursday, is the Nigerian version of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award for Young People.

Hailing the various ways in which young people contribute to the nation’s wellbeing, the vice-president cited the example of “young Nigerians in our armed forces leaving behind family and friends to serve our country in various internal security operations across the country”.

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“We have seen how young Nigerians rallied in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and designed various technology solutions to support the government,” Osinbajo said, according to a statement issued by Laolu Akande, his spokesperson, on Friday.

“We have seen Nigerian youths break new ground and earn global acclaim in innovation, technology, sports, the arts, and entertainment.

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“Clearly, our young people are our most valuable assets, and the federal government believes that they must be encouraged and supported in every way.”

Speaking about interventions aimed at supporting Nigerian youths in different sectors, Osinbajo also spoke on the plans of the government to raise $500 million to support the technology and creativity ecosystem.

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According to him, the project is led by the African Development Bank which has committed $170 million and will also be supported by the Nigerian government, the Islamic Development Bank, and the French Development Agency.

He recalled that Buhari had, in 2021, launched the Nigeria Jubilee Fellows Programme, supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the European Union, and the private sector.

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The programme, he said, will run for five years and will give well-paid work experience opportunities to 20,000 young Nigerians every year in private and public sector organisations.

Acknowledging the resourcefulness of recipients of the award, he praised the exploits of “Musab Muazu who engaged in educating out-of-school ‘almajiri’ children, inspiring them to seek education and helping them to read and write”.

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“Another recipient, Odikpo Emmanuel, having lost one of his friends to suicide, was involved in promoting advocacy against suicide and promoting mental health awareness among young people within his community through organising workshops, symposiums, and various advocacy programmes,” he added.

“A recipient, Faithwins Iwuh, for her Gold residential project, volunteered at the Renaissance Hospital in Enugu State having observed that the hospital was experiencing a shortage of staff. She had to reside in the hospital for a month volunteering as a health worker and support staff to the hospital.”

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‘Thank You Visit’: Buhari lauds Gov. Dapo Abiodun’s legacy projects

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President Muhammadu Buhari says the newly-commissioned roads in eOgun Stat will cut travel time considerably, lauding incumbent Governor Dapo Abiodun for being diligent on security and other projects that touch the lives of the people. 

Buhari made the disclosure Friday when he received illustrious citizens of the Gateway State at State House Abuja, who had come to show appreciation for the visit the President paid their State a fortnight ago.

The President in his remark recalled that he began his military career in Abeokuta as a Second Lieutenant in the Nigerian Army, “so I will always see Ogun as home.”

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He appreciated Aremo Olusegun Osoba, a former Governor of the State, who was in the delegation, saying “we have known each other for a very long time.”

A statement signed by the President Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Femi Adeshina, quoted Governor Abiodun as saying that the visit was to “express appreciation for the love you have shown our State, and your visit has reassured us that you love our people, and you will continue to give us deserving support.”

He assured that he would continue to make life abundant for the people of Ogun State, through adequate security and economic emancipation.

The Akarigbo of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Ajayi, Chairman of the Council of Obas in his speech said: “Your visit was monumental. We are glad that you are part of the history of our State. I bring you the greetings and appreciation of the more than 300 Obas in Ogun.”

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Other members of the delegation were Alhaja Salimot Badru, a former deputy governor, and Chief Sulaiman Adegunwa, a foremost industrialist.

 

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Mother takes her 2 underage daughters, other girls to bandits in forest for sex

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A 39-year-old housewife and mother of six who was arrested for her involvement with bandits has revealed how she offered two of her daughters and other girls as sex slaves for Bandits.

The woman who made her confession to ‘The Sun’, said she was handsomely paid N30,000 and N50,000 for a round of sex the girls were subjected to.

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According to her, she helped the group with their chores, shopping, as well as taking care of their wives who just put to bed.

Maryam, who claimed that said she did all these because of money, added that she helped the terrorists to do most of their shopping to avoid being arrested by security agents who are on their trail.

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Her full narration has been shared below;

I was introduced into the kidnapping business by one of my brothers who introduced me to one of his friends who later became my boyfriend. I decided to date him because my husband was not taking care of me, but this my boyfriend was doing that and gave me lots of money.

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I used to go and visit him in the camp in the bush where we have sex. In the cause of our dating, he told me one day to get him some girls for his colleagues because they used to feel somehow whenever they see us together.

So, I introduced some girls from our village to them and after they visited them and spent the night with them, they told me they gave them N50,000, and I felt that my daughters too should make money also.

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So I brought two of my daughters; one is 17 and the other is 15, and they started dating the bandits and they were giving them money and that way some of the burdens I have like feeding them and clothing them, reduced on me.

When they saw that I love my boyfriend and that I was very loyal to the group, they started sending me to start doing their shopping because they are afraid that the police people and soldiers will arrest them. I used to carry plenty of money to the market and even go to the chemist to buy them drugs whenever they are sick or had injuries.

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Apart from running errands for them, I also carry out surveillance and tell them who to kidnap to make money. Sometimes, I even arrange for them to kidnap some of the girls I bring for them as sex slaves and when their family members pay the ransom, they give me my own share.”

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