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Thursday, December 01, 2022

12:43

Anglican old boys meet, renew commitment to alma mater

To round off its activities for the year, Anglican Grammar School Ubulu-Uku Old Boys Association (AGSUOBA), Lagos chapter, gathered at Senior Staff Recreational Centre of Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) to unwind and renew commitment to the development of their alma mater.

As they savoured assorted delicacies, they took turns to recall how Anglican Grammar School, Ubulu-Uku, Delta State, shaped their lives and contributed to what they have become in life.

Particularly intriguing was the story by former Green Eagles player, James Udemba, who recalled how a principal of the school flogged him and his teammates, mercilessly, for losing 2-0 in a football match.

“That fateful morning, I and my teammates never anticipated what was waiting for us. We got to the assembly hall as usual. After conducting the assembly, the principal called members of the school football team forward and tongue-lashed us for losing to another school.

“He did not stop at that, he flogged us, mercilessly, before the entire assembly. That marked the turning point in my football career. After that experience, my team never lost to another team throughout our stay at the school. I started seeing football as a serious business and ended up becoming a player in the national team, Green Eagles,” he said.

Apart from James Udemba, the gathering attracted many distinguished old students, among whom were the President-General of Association (Worldwide), Dr. Geoff Ohen; President of the Lagos chapter of the association, Mr. Okey Odibeli; Ben Omife, Dennis Okoh and Senior Pastor of The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Daniel Deiyi, who gave the admonition at the event.

Also present were Vice President, of Lagos chapter, Moses Okocha, Phillips Nwaokpani, Bright Uwabor, Diopka Samuel Okoh of 62 set, Paul Ogbolu Chris, Prince Mike Nobei, Peter Chiemeke, Sebaston Nwokolo, Godwin Okonkwor, Christian Ebegbune, Joseph Obah and Nwanze Cletus (Secretary), among others.

Odibeli thanked members that took out time to attend and those that donated towards the successful hosting of the gathering.

“We have had great fun with plenty to eat and drink, even as our alma mater remained on the front burner,” he said.

The event featured popular hymns sang in the school, cutting of cake, free speeches, riddles and jokes. Guardianng


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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

10:05

ASUU warns of new crisis, seeks intervention

ASUU - The Academic Staff Union of Universities on Monday warned Nigerians that if the Federal Government kept withholding their pay, a new crisis in the country’s universities would transcend break out.


It urged interested parties and well-meaning Nigerians to pressure the Federal Government into paying its members’ withheld eight-month salaries across the nation.

The University of Ilorin, ASUU Chairman, Prof. Moyosore Ajao, raised the alarm at a special congress of the local branch held at the university’s main auditorium on Monday.

Ajao’s speech was read by the Secretary of the union, Dr AbdulGaniyu Olatunji.

Punch reports, The university lecturers had staged a solidarity rally within the university’s campus before returning to the auditorium, where they addressed newsmen on ‘Casualisation of Intellectual Workers in Nigeria: Prelude to Our Response.’

Also, members of the union at the University of Ibadan, Oyo State, protested against what they described as the victimization of lecturers by the Federal Government and its agents.

Speaking with journalists on Monday during a protest, the Chairman, ASUU-UI, Ayoola Akinwole, expressed dismay that since December 23, 2020, the agreement between the union and the Federal Government had not been honoured.

Akinwole maintained that the government, rather than swinging into action to resolve the issues, embarked on playing politics with the lives of Nigerians and moved to stop the payment of ASUU members’ salaries for seven months, leading to starvation and death of some members of the union.



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Monday, November 28, 2022

12:13

UN's campaign against gender-based violence kicks off in Nigeria

The UN's campaign against gender-based violence kicked off on Friday in Nigeria's largest city, Lagos, with a play featuring an all-female cast.


The play opened on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the first day of a 16 day campaign that runs until December 10th, Human Rights Day.


"Nothing connects with humanity the way poetry, music and drama does and this comes in poetry, it comes in music, it comes in drama and these are wonderful vehicles and ways for us to reach people because these conversations are very serious conversations and it's very difficult to get people to talk about serious things, but if you can get them through music, through drama it's easier for them to understand it while they are getting entertained but at the same time, it's touching the core of their humanity then it's getting their attention", said author and inclusion advocate, Uri Ngozi-Chukwuka.

The director of the stage play took inspiration from a Broadway show she saw called 'For Colored Girls'.

"When I started the work, I wasn't aware of how powerful the work was, but it's gone on for almost nine years, that means it's working. Then the other thing that tells me it's working is that people come back. So, in the lobby you hear people say, 'this is my fifth time' and then you hear somebody say five? Is it only five? My own is eleven, you know what I mean? So, people come back to see the show and people come back to see a show when it's more than entertainment", admits stage director, Ifeoma Fafunwa.

One of the main actors in the play believes it is a rewarding role as it carries a sense of responsibility and duty.

"Being a part of the show it's a different small bit of feelings. It's rewarding, it's exciting, it also gives you that sense of duty that a responsibility has been handed to you and you have to carry out", said actor Zara Udofia Ejoh.

Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation with an estimated 200 million people, has always publicised issues around gender-based violence.

AP/Africanews


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12:08

Twitter post: Nigerians knock First Lady, Aisha Buhari DSS over Aminu Adamu's arrest

First Lady, Aisha Buhari and the Department of State Services (DSS) are facing criticism over the arrest of a young Nigerian after a remark on Twitter.


Aminu Adamu, a student of the Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State, is in detention for commenting on Aisha’s weight.

In June 2022, the undergraduate tweeted “Su mama anchi kudin talkawa ankoshi” (The mother has got fatter by eating masses’ money).

The post, which suggests President Muhammadu Buhari’s wife benefited from alleged corrupt practices, generated many reactions.

Aminu’s friends said the tweet was in protest of the eight-month strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

The industrial action infuriated thousands of students so much that they made comments, videos, and organised rallies against the government.

After the revelation of Aminu’s ordeal by Peoples Gazette, Nigerians are clamouring for his immediate trial or release.

The 23-year-old, arrested within campus around 12 noon on November 8, was only allowed to speak to his father, Shalele Azare Adamu.

As of Sunday night, Aisha Buhari was trending on Twitter with more than 60,000 mentions as users mount pressure on the authorities to free the student.

Legal practitioner, Inibehe Effiong said it is petty, ridiculous and unconstitutional for the DSS to hold a citizen for “mockery”.

Effiong insists Nigeria is not Iran, North Korea or China and vowed that reckless abuse of power will not be tolerated.

The rights activist stated that Mrs Aisha Buhari should have taken Muhammed to court for libel if she felt defamed.

Effiong said using the secret police to detain a youth “is another evidence of the culture of crass impunity that pervades the Buhari regime”.

“It is not acceptable to deploy state apparatus in such a draconian and oppressive manner the way Mrs Aisha Buhari has done to settle personal scores. The DSS has no jurisdiction in this case”, he added,

In one of his several reactions on the matter, Investigative Reporter, David Hundeyin quoted a 2013 tweet by the APC United Kingdom verified account.

“Death notice (2) Survived by GEJ (Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan), Shepopotamus (Alleged reference to Patience Jonathan)…Funeral to be held at Aso Rock. No sycophants or flowers please”, it reads.

Noting that the tweet was about a sitting First Lady, David wrote: “The sky did not fall down. So please entirely miss me with anything you have to say. Aisha Buhari’s bullying has not even started.”

@SadiqMaunde: “They arrested Aminu for trolling Aisha Buhari, now thousands of Aminus emerged on Twitter. Nigerians are really uniting against their oppressors, may we carry the same anger to the polls.”

@AishaYesufu: “Who is Aisha Buhari that an aggrieved citizen cannot talk about? Those of you talking about her so called powers need to ask yourselves whether you are citizens or slaves.”

@Oluomoofderby: “Aisha Buhari can use the DSS to arrest someone who insulted her but the DSS can’t arrest the people who stoned and burnt Deborah Samuel to death. Deborah’s killers are walking free in Sokoto state. Nigeria is a lawless country.”

@firstladyship: “Aisha Buhari did not spare Aminu because he is Arewa, she sent the DSS to arrest him. What we are fighting against are the old guards who are united. 2023 is a class war between the political class & ordinary Nigerians.”


Dailypost


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Friday, November 25, 2022

10:07

Gov Sanwo-Olu hosts over 120 rescued street children in Lagos, tasks them against giving up on dreams

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, played host to 120 rescued street children at the State House in Alausa, where he reassured them of his commitment to their full rehabilitation and reintegration into the society.



Sanwo-Olu, who listened to firsthand stories of the young boys and girls rescued from streets in different parts of Lagos, urged them not to give up on their dreams.


The governor literally winced in discomfort, as he paid attention to heartbroken narratives of how the youngsters suffered social exclusion and ended up on the streets.


Some of them were victims of low parental attachment and family disintegration. Others left home after suffering abuse, while some took to surviving on the streets when they became orphans. They had their hopes dashed and dreams shattered; they constituted urban nuisances and were seen as menaces before they were rescued.


The victims’ stories are now turning positive through “Eko Inspire Me” – a project single-handedly sponsored by Sanwo-Olu.



About 1,000 of the street children are now being redeemed through the social initiative envisioned by a female talking drum artiste, Aralola Olumuyiwa, popularly known as Ara. The urchins are being rehabilitated, trained in vocation and empowered to be responsible citizens.


He said the project had offered the victims an opportunity to rebuild their lives and become useful to society . Sanwo-Olu said the government had not only focused on addressing issues leading to social exclusion, but had also focused on rehabilitating and changing the lives of victims.


He said: “The Eko Inspire Me project being championed by Ara has been making our work a lot easier. This is the effort of someone, which God has led to change many people’s stories to positive ones. The minimum we can do as a Government is to lend our support and make life better for the victims. Through this initiative, we have connected with a community of homeless individuals aimlessly roaming the streets.


“Lagos has inspired so many people and elevated them to great positions from their humble beginning on the streets. As victims of social isolation, your stories must not be different. Ara is using her voice and wisdom through this initiative to help you and turn your situation around for good. The least that is required of you is to show your commitment to this effort, which is targeted at changing your situation.”


Sanwo-Olu told the rescued street children not to give up on their hopes and dreams, urging them to take advantage of the initiative to develop their talents.


The governor thanked the artiste for creating the platform for redemption of street kids, pledging more support for the initiative and using it as a good example to drive social change.


Ara relived how she envisioned the initiative 10 years ago after her mother’s experience with street children in Oshodi, noting that she almost gave up on the project because of lack of funding.


The artiste disclosed that Sanwo-Olu was the first Governor to offer her a listening ear and support the project, describing the Governor as “a man who cares for vulnerable young people”.


Guardianng 



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10:01

Nigeria govt, UK, UNICEF investment of $109m puts 1.5m girls in school in Katsina, Kano, others

Following a $109 million investment, Nigeria has enrolled additional 1.5 million girls into school in Katsina, Kano, Niger, Sokoto, Zamfara and Bauchi States, far exceeding target, according to the Federal Ministry of Education, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) of the United Kingdom (UK), and the United Nations Children Funds (UNICEF) implemented Girls’ Education Programme Phase 3 (GEP3).




At the closing ceremony of GEP3, held in Abuja, yesterday, the partners affirmed that the programme’s investment of $109 million yielded positive results between 2012 and 2022.



In a joint statement, they noted that attendance rate of girls in primary schools in the six states improved from 43 per cent to 70 per cent, while gender parity improved from 0.73 to 0.97.



GEP3 sought to improve quality of education for all children and helped girls gain better access to education and economic opportunities, breaking the cycle of poverty and disadvantage.



Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, said: “In our commitment to drastically reduce the number of out-of-school children, Nigeria appreciates the scaling of evidence-based solution in tackling this menace, as provided through the GEP3. As we continue on this path, we would leverage on the success of GEP3 to plan better, budget better and make better decisions in putting more girls in school.”



On his part, UNICEF representative in Nigeria, Cristian Munduate, said: “GEP3 has not only been successful in getting more girls into formal and non-formal schools, but it has also improved learning outcomes.



“GEP3 has raised the profile of educated girls, created new positive social norms in many communities and enabled a transformational shift in mindsets about the importance of girls’ education. It is critical that we advocate scaling of the approach in all states.”


British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, noted: “The GEP 3 has been one of the UK’s largest bilateral girls’ education programmes globally.



We have seen good progress in improving access for girls and moving towards gender parity.



“But with an increasing population, Nigeria’s out-of-school children figures remain high for girls and boys. We now need to ensure that we build on the successful interventions of GEP 3, supporting them to be scaled-up and sustained to ensure they are catalysts for change in the wider sector.”


GEP3 has also built the capacity of head teachers and teachers in the management of schools as well as delivery of effective learning for girls.


Its unconditional cash transfer programme supported over 23,500 girls and reduced the level of poverty in households, enabling families to send girls to school and enhancing the ability of women to generate additional domestic income. Guardianng 




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Thursday, November 24, 2022

18:28

Elon Musk considers lifting ban of all suspended Twitter accounts

The new owner of Twitter and the wealthiest man in the world, Elon Musk, on Wednesday revealed that he was considering lifting the ban on all suspended Twitter accounts and reinstating them back to the platform.




This comes days after Twitter reinstated former US President, Donald Trump, into the platform after Musk conducted a Twitter poll that saw 52 per cent of the 15 million participants vote for Trump’s comeback.



In another Twitter poll on Wednesday night, Musk asked people to vote for or against reinstating all suspended accounts provided that haven’t broken the law or engaged in egregious spam.



Musk tweeted, “Should Twitter offer a general amnesty to suspended accounts, provided that they have not broken the law or engaged in egregious spam?”



The options in the poll are simply, ‘Yes’ or ‘No’.

The results are not in yet as the poll still has about five hours left before it elapses.



If results come in positive, that could see all suspended accounts reinstated back to the platform as Musk has always advocated that the voice of the people should prevail above others


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09:23

Africa: Ceasefire in restive east DR Congo as soon as Friday

The Angolan Minister of Foreign Affairs on Wedneday announced an agreement was reached for an 


"immediate ceasefire" from Friday at 6 p.m. in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, at the end of a mini-summit in Luanda.

Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi met with Rwandan Foreign Minister Vincent Biruta, in the absence of President Paul Kagame, to try to end the recent tensions in eastern DRC after the failure of a cease-fire agreement reached in July.

The parties also agreed to demand "the immediate withdrawal of the M23 rebels from the occupied areas," said Minister Tete Antonio at the end of the meeting.

The delegations were received by Angolan President and African Union-appointed mediator Joao Lourenço.

The eastern DRC has been plagued for nearly 30 years by violence from armed groups, many of 

them inherited from wars that bloodied the region in the wake of the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

DRC accusing its much smaller neighbour Rwanda of backing the M23, something that UN experts 

and US officials have also pointed to in recent months.

It's been 20 years since M23 briefly took over Goma before being forced out after a 10-day occupation.

The militia re-emerged last year, claiming Kinshasa had failed to honour a pledge to integrate its fighters into the army, among other grievances.

Kenya's former leader Uhuru Kenyatta has been attempting to mediate over recent weeks, saying 

Rwandan President Paul Kagame is ready to encourage the militia to cease fire and pull back from captured territory.

Kenyatta is the East African Community's "facilitator" in efforts to restore peace and security in the mineral-rich east of the impoverished country hosting dozens of armed groups.

Kigali denies supporting the M23, while accusing Kinshasa of colluding with the FDLR, a former 

Rwandan Hutu rebel group established in the DRC after the 1994 genocide of mainly Tutsis in Rwanda.

Kenyan President William Ruto held talks Monday in Kinshasa with Congolese counterpart Felix 

Tshisekedi as part of ongoing diplomatic efforts to ramp down tensions.

Nairobi is also set to hold peace talks in the coming days.

Kenya is also sending about 900 troops to the DRC as part of a joint EAC force created to help 

restore security, with the first batch of soldiers arriving last week.

After Kenyatta's visit earlier last week, he warned of a "humanitarian catastrophe" unfolding.

On Friday, he also appealed for enhanced UN humanitarian assistance to those displaced by the 

fighting. AFP/Africanews




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07:45

High Court Sentence Tope Peter Obi To 1 Year Imprisonment For Possession Of Fraudulent Documents

Justice O.A. Okunuga of the Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja, on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, convicted and sentenced one Tope Peter Obi to one-year imprisonment for possession of 
fraudulent documents.


Gismania report, A statement released by the EFCC says the convict was arraigned by the Lagos 

Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on a one-count charge bordering on possession of fraudulent documents, an offence contrary to Section 318 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011.


The count reads;

“That you, Tope Peter Obi, sometime on the 8th day of July, 2022 in Lagos, within the 

jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, had in your possession documents wherein you fraudulently represented yourself as Chris Lane, an American to one Hewitt, a representation of which from the circumstance of this case you knew or reasonably ought to know to be false."

He pleaded "guilty" to the one-count charge.

In view of his plea, the prosecuting counsel, G.C. Akaogu, gave a review of the facts, detailing how intelligence reports had linked the defendant to the alleged crime, upon which he was arrested and subjected to further investigation.

The statements of the defendant and the items recovered from him were also tendered in evidence by the prosecution.

Following the guilty plea of the defendant and the evidence presented before the court, the 

trial Judge found him guilty as charged.

The defence counsel, Bisola Oshundunmade, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy.

After reviewing all the evidence and submissions of both parties, Justice Okunuga sentenced the defendant to one-year imprisonment, with an option of fine of N500,000.

Items recovered from him, including iPhone X, were forfeited to the Federal Government.

The defendant was also ordered to sign an undertaking with the EFCC to be of good behaviour and never to engage in any form of economic and financial crimes within and outside the shores of Nigeria.




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07:37

Lagos LAWMA extends waste disposal advocacy programme to schools

Poised to inculcate tenets of effective waste management into the younger generation, Lagos 
Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), has embarked on an advocacy programme among pupils of primary and secondary schools in the state.


Managing Director/CEO of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, said the agency’s decision to commence 

the school advocacy program was informed by the need to sensitise children on ethics of proper 

waste management, thereby catching them young, for better society.
 
Odumboni noted that the Authority, working with other stakeholders, like the Lagos State 

Universal Basic Education Board (LASUBEB), was on a mission to create environmental awareness 

in all primary and secondary schools, to change the narrative of waste and environmental 

management in the state.
   
Guardianng reports, The LAWMA boss emphasised the need for parents and guardians to encourage 

their children and wards to embrace the culture of recycling, waste sorting at the point of 

generation, and containerisation, adding that habits formed in tender years would be difficult 

to abandon.
   
He said: “Our main aim for embarking on massive school advocacy is to raise the next 

generation of citizens who understand the place and importance of effective waste management 

and environmental sustainability in society. We cannot afford to be nonchalant about this 

because the future is at stake.
 
“One of the objectives of LAWMA Academy is to raise the next generation of Solid Waste 

Management scholars and entrepreneurs whilst providing students with a variety of 

individualised and creative learning experience in waste management, through our School 

Advocacy Program (SAP) that delivers waste education and sensitisation to students in primary 

and secondary schools in Lagos State”.
 
Meanwhile, the Authority has visited six schools in Lagos Island Local Government Area. The 

schools are Ebute Elefun Nursery/Primary School, Anglican Girls Seminary School, Christ Church 

Cathedral School, Tinubu Methodist School, St. Mary’s Convent School, and St. Mary Girls.



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07:35

US govt approves no-interview student visa renewals for Nigerians


The United States Government has approved no-interview student visa renewals for Nigerians.


The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Mission made the announcement in a statement on 

Wednesday.

It said Nigerians on an F1 or academic J1 visa may be eligible for renewal without an 

interview when back home over the winter break.

Dailypost reports, To qualify, the applicants must be physically in Nigeria and renewing a 

student visa that is still valid or has expired within the past 24 months.

The are two permissible reasons for renewals: That applicants are continuing participation in 

the same course even if at a different institution.

The second is that they are attending the same institution even if in a different major course 

of study.

The Embassy gave the commitment to return passports within two weeks from the appointment date 

and prioritize required follow up interviews.

The students were asked to visit the U.S Travel website and follow the instructions.

Dailypost gathered that the no-interview visa renewal was in response to fears that available 

appointment dates are from December 2024.



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Wednesday, November 23, 2022

13:51

Pres Buhari Appoints Christy Uba As Acting Director Of NYSC

Mrs Christy Uba has been appointed as the Acting Director of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) by President Muhammadu Buhari. She was appointed as the acting DG pending the appointment of a substantive director by the government. 



SaharaReporters earlier reported that Buhari had sacked the Director-General of the scheme, Brigadier-General Mohammed Fadah. Fadah’s removal came only six months after he was appointed NYSC boss. His appointment came in May 2022.

At the time, he said his plans for the NYSC included “improvement of security and welfare of corps members; enhancement of staff welfare; and improving the gains of NYSC ventures”. Other areas listed in his plans were “sustaining the digitisation of the operations of the scheme” and “deepening NYSC’s impact on rural development through community development service”.

Mrs Uba's appointment was announced in a statement released by Eddy Megwa, Director, Press and Public Relations for NYSC. 

The statement explained that Mrs Uba was asked to take over the scheme because she was the most senior official.

 "Following the removal of Brigadier General Muhammad Kaku Fadah as Director General, National Youth Service Corps by President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, Mrs Christy Uba, Director, Information and Communications Technology, the most senior Director in the Scheme has taken over the leadership of the Corps in the capacity of Overseer, pending the appointment of a substantive Director General by Mr President," the statement stated.

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13:42

NGOs train over 45 youths in communication skills

Two foremost non-governmental organisations, Servelead Humanitarian Initiative and Social Good Fund California, have trained 45 youths on public speaking and good communication skills.



The Director, Fiscal Sponsorship, Social Good Fund, California, Mr Oliver Hack, at the end of the LEADERCOM Professional Speaking for Change makers training in Abuja, said, said it was imperative to build the youths on communication skills for them to become great world leaders.

He explained that the Social Good Fund California was working with young Nigerians to increase their capacity to be leaders and great communicators.

He said: “So, we are developing their abilities to feel comfortable in public speaking, to understand what their own truths are, and to share those with the world.


“First of all, I have an enormous amount of admiration for Nigerians.  I think that that Nigerians have taught me so much about resilience, about strength, about courage and about the human experience. Every time I come to Nigeria, I learned something new and I am just amazed by the youth.

”What I would say is, stay true in your truth, do everything you can to know yourself better and to express yourself in the world.


“It is the human journey to go as deeply as possible into yourself in order to let that light shine and I can not imagine a better place to do it than Nigeria.”


Vanguardngr reports, On his part, Executive Director, Servelead Humanitarian Initiative, Mr Oyewole Joledo, said the programme sought to develop the capacities of Nigerian youth to give them the platform to learn how to be leaders.

Joledo said this was because the organisation strongly believed that good leaders should be good communicators.


He said: “That is why we are giving them that that platform to learn how to communicate efficiently, and to also bring their messages not just to a local stage, but to a global stage.
“Why not now? That is the question we should be asking, why not now when Nigeria needs new leaders, new, refined leaders that can lead a generation of youth and also lead us to the next level of development? We need leaders that communicate efficiently and get people enlisted to their vision.’’


According to Joledo, since the start of the Initiative, a total of 70 persons had been trained in two training sessions in 2019 and 2022. He disclosed that the organisation was currently training over 45 persons.


He explained that the criteria for choosing the candidate was that they must be change makers as well as have the willingness to give back to the communities.


He added that, “They must also be willing to commit five good days to learning, relearning and deploying what they learned to the greater Nigerian public.”’


In the same vein, Manager/Team Leader, Servelead Humanitarian Initiative Ms Martha Eginiwin, said the training was to equip young persons with the necessary skills they need to lead various platforms in their various industries and in the nation .


She said that both oganisations focused on human capital development for the people, for the planet and for Nigeria .


Eginiwin said both organisations had built schools and had given scholarships to children and had provided clean water to under-served communities. All that she said was an effort to make humanity better.


One of the participants, Mr Godwin Ogunsanya, said the training had helped him to build his communication skills .


Ogunsanya said that this would enable him to effectively communicate his visions, ideas and the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) to potential partners, the authorities, the government and communities.


Ms Saeedah Islam, another participant, said the workshop had helped her to build her confidence level and communication skills.

The training is sponsored by the Social Good Fund California in partnership with Servelead Humanitarian Initiative.


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13:36

RMT: UK’s rail workers to strike before, after Christmas

The United Kingdom’s rail passengers under the aegis of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) will embark on strike before and after Christmas.


According to RMT, in its announcement on Tuesday, more than 40,000 union members are expected to take part in the industrial action.


The industrial action will be held across four 48-hour periods on the 13th, 14th, 16th and 17th of December and the 3rd, 4th, 6th and 7th of January.

BBC reports that services have been disrupted in recent months as the disagreement over pay, working conditions and job security has continued.

But the RMT said the latest strike action would register “a clear message” that workers demand a better arrangement.


Vanguardngr reports, The union announced there would also be an overtime ban from 18 December until 2 January, meaning the union will be taking industrial action for four weeks in total.

In a statement, the RMT’s general secretary Mick Lynch said: “Our message to the public is, we are sorry to inconvenience you, but we urge you to direct your anger and frustration at the government and railway employers during this latest phase of action.”


Network Rail’s chief negotiator Tim Shoveller said: “No one can deny the precarious financial hole in which the railway finds itself.
“Striking makes that hole bigger and the task of finding a resolution ever more difficult.”
The RMT union has already held eight days of strikes since June, which have caused widespread disruption. But the union has said salaries should increase to reflect the rising cost of living.


Claire Smith, a hotelier from Blackpool, said the strikes would be “very disruptive” to the hotel trade in the Lancashire seaside resort.
“So we’re put in a very difficult position by this,” Ms Smith added. “December is a very busy period for us. It’s our last bite of the apple, and then we hibernate probably until Easter.


“Of course, we have huge sympathy for the strikers, and just wish they would do more negotiating round the table,” she added.

However, the prime minister’s spokesman criticized unions involved in the strikes, saying: “They are damaging the economy, stopping hard-working people from getting to work, to reaching hospital appointments, to going to school.


“I think everyone is well aware of the serious financial challenges the rail industry faces following the pandemic and the need for reform.”


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