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Showing posts with label Nigerian politics. Show all posts

Saturday, 6 February 2021

Azubogu condemns attack on 'Walk For Life' sports event of PDP Governorship aspirant, Valentine Ozigbo, in Nnewi

Azubogu condemns attack on 'Walk For Life' sports event of PDP Governorship aspirant, Valentine Ozigbo, in Nnewi

Leading Governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Engr Chris Azubogu has condemned the attack on 'Walk For Life' sports event of PDP Governorship aspirant, Valentine Ozigbo, in Nnewi this Saturday morning.

Azubogu, in a statement through his Media Office, while condemning the barbaric destruction of the stage and facilities put in place for the sports event of Ozigbo, asked the security agencies to immediately swing into action and arrest the perpetrators and bring them to book.*

Azubogu who would have been part of the ‘Walk For Life’ event in Nnewi, his hometown, if not for his scheduled ongoing LGA tour, was already on his way to Awka North LGA when he received the news of the attack.

The member representing Nnewi North/Nnewi South and Ekwusigo Federal Constituency, on hearing about the attack, placed a call to Mr Ozigbo, stating also in a message that such behaviour does not represent Ndi Nnewi or PDP.

The message read: "My brother Val, I just read on the media of the condemnable act which in no way represents our party or our people. I stand with you to ensure that the culprits are brought to book. Just to assure of our regards Chris Azubogu."

Azubogu Media Office

February 6th, 2021

Friday, 5 February 2021



President Muhammadu Buhari has assured members of the Youth Wing of the ruling APC as well other  Nigerian youths  of  his continued support through the creation  of greater opportunities to make them attain their potentials.

Speaking at the State House, Abuja  on Thursday when  they were held in audience at  a virtual meeting by the Minister  of Youth and sports Development Mr. *Sunday Dare* the President  said "I am delighted to be part of this meeting today, not only on your commitment to strengthen our party and its progressive ideologies, but more importantly, your role in the social sphere, body polity, politics and governance of our dear country. Having started my participation in the governance of this country at a young age myself, I know the energy, versatility and vibrancy that youth can bring into public service. This is why I take every issue related to young people very seriously and try as much as possible to engage them by having constant conversations to gain from their youthful and inspiring insights into issues of today. I have followed with keen interest the efforts of many of you in your bid to grow our party, the APC, into a strong and long lasting platform that would sustain progressive governance in Nigeria. Taking issues concerning our party seriously is commendable and shows your forward thinking"

On the challenges faced by the Youth,  he said efforts were being made to tackle them headlong; “I am also aware of the daily toils and sacrifices many of our online warriors make on social media to defend and promote the party and government. I appreciate you deeply and I am committed to making sure everyone appreciates your work as well..​As young people I am sure you know your future is closely tied to the progress that leaders who emerge through the political parties are able to deliver. This is the major reason I vehemently supported and advocated for the APC's membership registration and revalidation, and that whoever among you seek to participate honestly in uplifting this country through the instrumentalities of party politics is able to do so. I was in Daura to revalidate my membership and I encourage you all to do same. My belief and firm commitment is that politics is a game of numbers, and political power truly belongs to the people. Parties are built from the ground up. So I envisage a party that we can have transparent electoral contests, drive policies and programmes that are pro people, and most importantly, have the members determine who represents them not some leaders somewhere".

On the on going party registration, he said "Tell your colleagues to go back to their constituencies and join in party registration, attend party meetings, pay your dues, make contributions and bring your youthful energy and zeal to bear on the development of the party right from the unit and ward level up to the National. If you want to see something different you have to be willing to do something different."

On the effect of covid-19  on the economy,  he affirmed " Let me also acknowledge the suffering and disruptions caused by COVID-19. The pandemic has slowed down economic growth across the world, not just in Nigeria, thus proving that no one country or economy is immune to the shocks of life. In fact, Nigeria is lucky not to have been too badly hit by the pandemic because we took early precautions, coupled with our good fortune of having a predominantly young population, a demographic advantage I believe we need to harness more deliberately.Young people owe this country the responsibility to deploy their energy and creativity in every field — health, science, education, sports, agriculture, etc. — and bring up innovations that would be in tandem with the changing dynamics of the world."

He concluded by assuring  them of more robust engagements "While I will be looking forward to a more robust engagement with young people across the country, I wish to emphasize to you with all that is in me, you have a major supporter. I will offer you my full support to grow in politics, public service, entertainment, entrepreneurship and many other sectors, because I know that the future we envisage as a country cannot happen without our youth.In the days ahead, I will be engaging with the Minister for Youth; the National Youth Leader of the party and others to fine-tune continuous and deliberate strategy on how to better drive a more robust youth inclusion and participation in different sectors. I have listened to the grievances of the youth and taken some remedial actions last year. But I acknowledge the need to do a lot more. Consequently, I will be setting up a small committee made up largely of young people to engage with their peers, air their views and come up with better ways to identify and address challenges and find durable solutions.t is my hope that by combining the wisdom and experience of the older generation with the foresight and energy of the young, we shall collectively drive this country to greater heights".


*Media team of the Honorable Minister of Youth and Sports Development*

Monday, 4 January 2021

239 Beneficiaries Get N166 Million From FG

The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development driven Nigeria Youth Investment Fund (NYIF) has successfully completed its pilot disbursement of loans totaling N165,700,000.00 to 239 beneficiaries ahead of the processing of the over three million applications so far received.

The Fund, approved by the Federal Executive Council on July 22, 2020, is being implemented in partnership with the Central Bank of Nigeria, Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning and disbursed through the Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL) Microfinance Bank – NMFB.

Application data showed that a total of 3,120,107 have registered for the NYIF Pre-Assessment/Training to benefit from the N75 billion three-year financing for youth owned businesses and ideas. 

Of the about 1000 processed as part of the pilot disbursement, a total of 94 were disqualified from the NYIF loan after training, as a result of existing COVID 19 or AGSMEIS loan that they have benefitted from. 

A total of 500 applicants have been invited by NMFB to apply for the NYIF loan after training and successful due process check while loan application by the applicants is at various times and the application is open until the applicants are able to provide all the requirements and complete the process. 

Out of he 500 invited for the loan application, only a total of 393 have completed the loan application process and applied for the loan out of which a total of 293 applied early and their loan was processed and sent to CBN for approval at a total sum of N191, 700.000.00.

On approval by CBN, a total of 239 have been successfully disbursed at a total sum of N165,700,000.00.

Explanation provided to the Ministry by NMFB gave reason for the disbursement to only 239, out of 293, as being because transfer failed to the account numbers of the affected applicants, due to the type of their account that does not receive deposit beyond a certain sum and system failure. These will be contacted and the process repeated.

The relatively low number of trained beneficiaries compared to the number of applications was as a result of the non-availability of funds as there was no budgetary provision for the exercise in the year 2020, which compelled the Ministry to provide the training within its existing capacity instead of using Entrepreneurship Development Institutes (EDIs). 

The Ministry will scale up the number of applicants being trained once it onboards EDIs now that it has funds for training in the 2021 budget. The increased number of training will begin as soon as late January.

However, the process announced by the Ministry showed that applicants that have been screened for basic KYC and confirmed as not presently benefitting from similar initiatives from government would be invited to submit business proposals, following which those whose proposals meet the requirements for the loans would be selected for the free training and then be given the loans ranging from N250,000 for individuals to N3,000,000.00 for registered businesses.  

Saturday, 5 December 2020

Otunba Isiaka Adeleke Memorial Football Championship Kicks Off On Sunday

 Otunba Isiaka Adeleke Memorial Football Championship Kicks Off On Sunday. 

The first edition of the Otunba Isiaka Adeleke Memorial Football Championship will officially commence on Sunday at the Community High School, Ido-Osun from 4pm. 

The tournament which is sponsored by Hon. Bamidele Salam, a member of the Federal House of Representatives, representing Ede North/South/Egbedore/Ejigbo constituency as a mark of tribute to the first executive Governor of Osun State, the late Senator Isiaka Adeleke.

According to an official release from the organisers, 16 teams across Ede, Egbedore and Ejigbo Federal constituency will participate in the competition with Awo United and Ofatedo United playing the opening match this Sunday by 4pm.

On his own part, the initiator of the Championship, Barrister Bamidele Salam disclosed that the championship is a key part of the BS-E4 initiative which was launched about a year ago. 

" The competition is dedicated in honour of Otunba Isiaka Adeleke, who was the first executive Governor of Osun State. He was known to be honest, transparent, selfless and contributed immensely to the growth and development of Osun State and Nigeria as a whole. 

"Apart from remembering the legacies of Otunba Isiaka Adeleke, the competition which will involve 16 teams in our constituency will bring up various soccer opportunities for talented young footballers across the state.

The opening ceremony of the competition will start by 3pm, while official kick off is 4pm, special guest of honour is Yeye Dupe Adeleke-Sanni.

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