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My take on the Nigeria unity. by Temitope Oluwaseun Tajudeen

Posted by Obinna Gaspar Ibole on July 17, 2016 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)


The so-called 'nation' Nigeria was created and formed out of the economic and parochial interest of the British Empire. In forming the nation, diverse views and opinions of the divergent ethnic groups were not sought and consulted rather the nations hitherto around the River Niger area were merge together through the iron fist of the whites and aliens; no wonder, the nation is not truly united after over 100 years of forceful marriage.

Is Nigeria really a nation? Is there any unity at the onset? Is there any 'unity in diversity' among the diverse ethnic groups (nations) that make-up the geographical entity called the Federal Republic of Nigeria? Nigeria before merging together forcefully by the British government, comprises various nations, which is tag ethnic groups/tribes in this contemporary age. To be frank and factual, Nigeria is not a nation rather a nation-state. Therefore, one cannot depict that, there is unity among the various hitherto nations (the Hausas, the Fulanis, the Kanuris, the Yorubas, the Igbos, the Ijaws, the Efiks, the Benins, the Urhobos, the Nupes, the Igalas, the Tivs, the Idas, the Ibibos to mention a few) in the nation-state called Nigeria before the Britain conquest of the River Niger area; our culture, traditions, customs, ethics, taboos, ethos and histories varies from one nation (the ethnic groups) to another. Which I strongly believed that, the nation-state was formed through little negotiation between Lugard/Flora and the Britain government, though, it was masterminded by the British Empire.

The unity that common man understand today was forged by the whites (the British colonial master). This serves as the beginning of all forms of problems Nigeria is facing today, because, the various hitherto nations (Now ethnic groups) were not given the opportunity to sit and negotiate their techniques and modalities of their co-existence; rather, they were forced to come together. Is Nigeria and Nigerians truly united? Do the various ethnic groups really and sincerely love one another in this nation as claimed? Do Yoruba love Hausa? Do Hausa truly love Igbo? Do Ijaw really love Yoruba? Do Segun really love Ifeanyi? Do Abubakar truly and sincerely love Fiafia? Before, 'we' as a nation-state can be really and truly be united and chant our daily slogan 'Unity in Diversity', firstly, we must identify and acknowledge our diversity and differences in the country; that is, we must learn the 'likes' and 'likes-not' of the various ethnic groups (hitherto Nations) and learn how to tolerate one another: after this, we can now talk of unity among the diverse nations (ethnic groups) that make-up the country.

Hence, the unity of the nation-state called Nigeria is negotiable. Negotiation and bargaining among the nations that made up Nigeria does not necessarily mean that, it is a call to secession. No, each ethnic groups should present their various and pressing interests and issues and there should be compromise among the ethnic groups on their various interests and issues. Ethnic compact should be reached among the various ethnic groups. Through this, the various questions that are begging for answers, that are on the minds of Nigerians can be answered pertaining to Nigeria unity and peaceful co-existence. The question of a particular region or ethnic groups being favoured and privileged and others are not; the question of some particular set of people being favoured and privileged and others are not; the question of restructuring and repositioning the nation-state called Nigeria; the question of insurrection and insurgency; the question of some political leaders stealing and embezzling the public funds meant for the development of the various States/regions and the country as a whole;the question of true and fiscal federalism; the question of shielding corrupt political leaders among the various ethnic groups without recourse to reprimand them (the corrupt leaders); and finally, the question of peaceful co-existence as brothers and sisters in the country. All these questions can only be answered only through sincere and faithful negotiation and bargaining among the various ethnic nationalities that made up the country.

Nigeria should not be run and administered like a unitary state anymore; where all components are fused together by force, rather, the nation-state Nigeria should be allowed to live voluntarily, this will further engender and enhance the spirit of 'Nationalism' in the country. Nigeria government should not shy away from the truth and reality that, the country is one and united only on paper and 'mouth-say', Nigeria Unity can only be achieved and guaranteed when the various nations (ethnic groups) that made up the country, should sit and negotiate their co-existence. Conclusively, I will advise the Nigeria government to maximise the opportunities for strengthening the 'Unity in Diversity' rather than manipulation of diversity against the unity of their various ethnic nationalities, for selfish purposes and interests.

I believe in the project called NIGERIA, God bless Nigeria.

Written by;

Tajudeen Temitope Oluwaseun

Part IV, Dept of Political Science.

Adekunle Ajasin University,

Akungba-Akoko

Ondo state.

A WAKE UP CALL TO ALL THE OFFICERS AND MEMBERS OF NYEA, TO GET BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD BY THE DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION - DCI.

Posted by Obinna Gaspar Ibole on July 17, 2016 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

My dear Compatriots, Officers and Members of NYEA,

In our earlier days we were all poised to do things marvellous that would help improve the lots of our Youths Nationwide.

We set up State Coordination Points and appointed State Coordinators many of whom we imparted the knowledge of effectively carrying out our YOUTH EMPOWERMENT MISSION PROGRAM, but alas, we got to a point where we felt somebody outside the Organisation should give a push to get into action.

And we started hoping against hope, forgetting that ONLY US ARE CAPABLE AND COMPETENT ENOUGH TO DECIDE FOR US WHAT WE MUST DO AND THAT, NO OUTSIDE BEING CAN TELL US WHAT EXACTLY IS BEST FOR US, from then on, we all started slipping down; blaming politicians for what we failed to do for ourselves.

Looking upon those who have no iota of thought about our existence.

Waiting upon those who all their lives have only realised our existence when they want to send us to fight and die in their place so that they get into positions they wish to occupy (fair or foul) and ever since then, our dreams started fizzling out.

We started blaming those who guided us to be conscious of what we can do for us to help each other.

We seriously forgot that every individual is created to fend for him or her self with what ever facilities he or she may have been endowed with.

We all forgot that our environments are a product of what we make of it, not what people tell us we can make of it.

We sold off our thoughts and forgot that we are meant to help each other and be a fillip to one another in our quest to be humanitarian.

Well, we have dragged the blame for too long that we have almost drifted off focus and forgetting what brought us together - HELPING THE YOUTHS TO ATTAIN SELF DEPENDENCY THROUGH SKILL ACQUISITION.

It is Not an Offence that we Tried and Failed, rather it is a Grave Offence that we Never Tried at all.

We are calling on all of us to wake up and seat up and brace back that zeal of attaining EMPOWERMENT for our Youths in our various localities.

We need to realize that, this is a service we are rendering to our people; A service we owe to humanity,

Being our Brothers’ keeper; Helping to Improve the Lots of our tomorrow Generation.

This service entails, our doing our utmost best without minding the cost, without counting our losses instead, focusing on our attainments and be hopeful that, our output will tell our story.

We call on all as a matter of urgency, to find out and reactivate their State Chapters. Don’t wait on any body from far to tell you how to mend your fence.

Our collective duties are to give guidance and directive on how best to achieve it with minimal cost and exertion on the participants.

All those that are ready to get back to the process (and I am certain there are very many of us) should revert back to the DCI or his Deputy and we are back in the train heading to the destination of YOUTH EMPOWERMENT for the greater benefit of our Nation.

Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

God help the Youths to succeed

Long live our Leaders

Obinna Gaspar Ibole

DCI-NYEA

THE DG'S NEW YEAR MESSAGE 2015

Posted by Obinna Gaspar Ibole on January 1, 2015 at 4:20 AM Comments comments (0)

NEW YEAR MESSAGE FORM THE OFFICE OF THE DG - NYEA.

My Fellow Compatriots and Officers of NYEA,

We thank God for seeing us through All the Tribulations and upheaval of Year 2014 to this Brand New Year 2015.

We thank every one of you - Members and Officers for the Tremendous Contributions you have all made towards the Progress of this our Vibrant Organisation to ensure that Youths of Nigeria are Empowered to be Self Reliant and to Positively Contributes to the Development of the Nigerian Economy as a whole.

We want to encourage you further not to Relent in your Efforts to see our Dream come through in the Year 2015.

The year that Nigeria will be going to the polls to Elect New set of Leaders that will Spearhead the Affairs of the Nation for the Next four years.

I call on Nigerian Youths to shun all Forms of Incitement that would plunge the Nation into chaos. Let us Abide by the statement of Mr. President recently in which he told all of us and the Nation at large that, no Leader, no Matter how Highly placed, is Worth Dying for to see the Person Catapulted into Power.

Let such Admonitions be our Watch word as we set to go to the polls to Elect our Future Leaders.

Let me further advice the Youths to vote their Conscience and not Voting Blindly or under Persuasion or Incitement.

We must all not forget that our Future depends on the Coming Elections because once we made the mistake and Elect Wrong Leaders, it cannot be Corrected until the Next Elections.

I am much delighted to note that the Youths of today, are better enlightened than in the past years to know those who have been holding them down and should make all efforts to Battle and Change all those Institutions that have held down the Progress of the Youths in particular and the Development of the Nation in general.

We no longer want a Nigeria where some few Individuals will amass all the Wealth and store them up for their children’s children when the majority of the Youths can hardly find a square meal per day let alone a meaningful means of livelihood.

We Encourage and Promote Peaceful Co-existence in the Country - Nigeria as we have Presence in the 36 States of the Federation and the FCT, where we Preach this Gospel of Peaceful Co-existence

and Brotherhood.

2015 is surely going to be our Year of Rejuvenation and we have High Hopes that the oncoming Presidency will make it Happen, God Willing.

Let us all join hands together to work for the Peace and Stability of our Great Nation - Nigeria, for we have no other Country we can call ours on this Earth.

Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Long Live NYEA

We wish you all a Very Happy and a Prosperous New Year.

Austin A Okotie

Director General

National Youth Empowerment Agency (NYEA)

THE DG'S 2014 CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

Posted by Obinna Gaspar Ibole on December 30, 2014 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

CHRISTMAS GREETINGS - 2014

 

My Fellow Christian Compatriots,

As the World Celebrates this year's Christmas Festivity, I wish our Christian Brothers and Sister a Very Happy Christmas Celebration.

Christmas is the Remembrance of the Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, let us reflect on His mission to Earth to save Mankind.

According to the Christian Teaching, Jesus Christ was born a Saviour to the World to Redeem mankind from sin.

Let us Christians use this period to reflect on our doings. We should be Christ like in all our doings, by Expressing Love to one another and to All our Fellow Countrymen.

I seize this opportunity to enjoin our Christian Brothers and Sisters to sincerely increase in their Prayers to Save Our Country Nigeria from the Present Evils that is happening in most parts of the Federation and Especially now that our Nation is about to embark on Elections to Decide our Next Leaders so that we can have God Chosen Leaders.

May the Christians Emulate the Life of Jesus Christ Who is an Epitome of Love, Peace and Humanity so that we can live in Peaceful Co-existence in our nation Nigeria.

I wish you all Peaceful Celebration of the Christmas Festivities.

God Bless our Nation Nigeria.

God Bless and Guide our Leaders.

God Bless and Protect the Youths.

Austin A Okotie

DG


FEDERAL GOVERNMENT REVIEWS THE OROSANYE REPORT

Posted by Obinna Gaspar Ibole on April 8, 2014 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Federal Govt on the the Orosanye Report: Scraps NAPEP

— April 8, 2014

The federal government has finally given its nod to the scrapping of the National Poverty Eradication Programme (NAPEP).

It, however, rejected the recommendation that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) be merged, as well as the renaming of Code of Conduct Tribunal to Anti-corruption Tribunal.

Government’s position is contained in a white paper released by a 10-member committee chaired Minister of Justice and the Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr. Mohammed Adoke which was set up to look into the recommendations of the Presidential Committee on the Rationalisation and Restructuring of Federal Government Parastatals and Commissions led by former Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mr. Steve Oronsaye.

The Orosanye led committee which submitted its report to President Goodluck Jonathan on April 16, 2012 had recommended the reduction of the existing 263 government statutory agencies in the country to 161.

Specifically, the committee recommended the abolition of 38 agencies, merger of 52 and reversion of 14 agencies to departments in the relevant ministries.

After the committee had submitted its White Paper on the Orosanye report,t he President had been chairing series of meetings to study the draft White Paper produced by the Adoke committee line-by-line.

The white paper made available to journalists on Monday noted that, while government accepted the recommendation to scrap NAPEP, it, however, refused to merge NDE with the Small Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) to form a new body known as the National Agency for Job Creation and Empowerment (NAJCE).

According to the white paper, government also “accepted that the trio of Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and the Nigerian Meteorological Agency be merged into a new body to be known as the Federal Civil Aviation Authority (FCAA) and their respective enabling laws be amended accordingly, to reflect the merger.

“Government also accepts that the enabling law of the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology be amended and the college restructured,” the white paper noted.

On education, government accepted that the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) should continue to exist as the central examination body for admission into Nigerian universities.

It directed that JAMB must play its regulatory role to ensure that all students for undergraduate admissions into Nigerian universities must pass through JAMB including direct entries.

Government accepted that the function of the Nigerian institute for Education Planners and Administrators (NIEPA) be merged with those of the National Teachers Institute, even as it accepted the funding of the computer professionals registration council of Nigeria.

The federal government also accepted to partially commercialise the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST).

While it accepted to sell off its shares in NIGCOMSAT, it directed that government will retain minority shares, even as it accepted that the functions of NIGCOMSAT that relate to space development be reverted to that of the National Space Development Agency.

The federal government accepted the recommendation that the Bill seeking for the establishment of NEPAD as an agency of the Federal Government be withdrawn from the National Assembly, as there are already laws relating to most of their activities being performed by NEPAD.

Government accepted the recommendation for the scrapping of Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC) and directed AGF to initiate necessary action for the abolition.

Accordingly, it directed that the Revenue Mobilisation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) should perform the function of Fiscal Responsibility Commission.

Government accepted the recommendation that the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission’s enabling law be repealed and the functions of the commission be subsumed under Revenue Mobilsation and Fiscal Commission

Government further agreed that RMAFC enabling laws be amended to accommodate the functions of the Fiscal Responsibility Commission and the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission.

It accepted that the practice whereby certain categories of retirees are opting out of contributory pension scheme be stopped and directed that only the military may withdraw from the scheme.

Government further accepted that the Utilities Charges Commission be abolished and its enabling law repealed and directed that the process of repealing the enabling law be initiated by the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF).

It accepted the recommendation that the National Agricultural Insurance Corporation be fully commercialised, even as it accepted that the passed bill on the Nigeria Agriculture Quarantine Service should not be assented to by the President.

Still on Agriculture, government accepted that the Veterinary Research Council of Nigeria should as a professional body be self funding and that further budgetary allocation of the council should cease forthwith

It accepted that the Nigerian Film Corporation be commercialised from 2013 fiscal year, but with government seed funding.

It also accepted that all offices of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies outside Lagos and Abuja be closed down immediately to ensure judicious use of available resources in line with government policy.

It accepted that National Council of Arts and Culture be merged with the National Troupe and the National Theatre into one agency called National Council of Arts and Culture.

Government accepted that the Nigerian Financial Reporting Council ceases to be funded by government from 2015, even as it accepted that the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) be self-funding from 2014.

It further accepted that the allegation made by the National Boundaries Commission against the office of the Surveyor-General of the Federation over the funding of two non-existent boundary demarcations be properly investigated, just as it also accepted the management audit of the National Institute of Sports.

The federal government in the white paper, however, rejected the recommendation for an amendment in name and status of the Federal Civil Service Commission to the Federal Public Service Commission. But it accepted the recommendation for a single term of five years for the chairman and members of the commission.

It rejected the recommendation that Infrastructure Concession and Regulatory Commission be subsumed under the Bureau of Public Enterprises for greater synergy

Government rejected the recommendation of the merger of NTA, FRCN and VON into one body to be known as Federal Corporation Broadcasting of Nigeria (FCBN).

To this effect, it directed that NTA be fully commercialised by 2013.

Government rejected the recommendation for the abolition of Federal Character Commission, even as it directed that, rather the commission be strengthened to perform its constitutional role and functions.

It rejected that the Nigerian Atomic Energy commission be located as a parastatal in the Ministry of Power.

It rejected that the Public Complaints Commission (PCC) be abolished.

Federal government also rejected the recommendation that the law establishing the Border Communities Development Agency be repealed and its functions reverted to the National Boundary Commission.

It further rejected the recommendation that government should disengage from funding current expenditure of National Institute on Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) from the 2015 fiscal year and limit itself to certain essential capital requirement of the institute.

Federal government rejected the merger of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the National Refugees Commission into one agency to be known as the National Emergency Management and Refugees Commission

It rejected the recommendation for the Debt Management Office to become an extra ministerial department in the Federal Ministry of Finance and be delisted from the office of the Vice President.

Federal government rejected the recommendation that the Act setting up FRSC be repealed and the FRSC be reverted to the Highways Department of the Federal Ministry of Works.

It rejected the recommendation that the enabling law of the National Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS be repealed.

Federal government rejected that the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria and the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission be abolished and their functions transferred to a department under Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Federal government rejected the recommendation that government should stop sponsoring pilgrims and pilgrimages with effect from 2012 Fiscal year.

Government rejected the privatisation of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigerian (FAAN ) in view of the security situation of the country.

Government rejected that the Nigerian Communications commission (NCC), Nigerian Broadcasting commission ( NBC ) and the regulatory functions of Nigerian Postal Service ( NIPOST)) be brought together under a unified management structure to be known as the Communications Regulatory Authority of Nigeria.

Government rejected the recommendation that the Act establishing the National Examinations Council be repealed and the Council’s activities be returned to WAEC, even as it directed the Minister of Education to streamline the two bodies to ensure standards and integrity.

Government also rejected that the Act of the National Business and Technical Examinations Board be repealed and the Boards activities be returned to WAEC.

Government rejected the re-introduction of tuition in its universities, even as it rejected the abolition of the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NEDRC).

Government rejected that the Ministry of Police Affairs be scrapped, just as it rejected the scrapping of Raw Materials Research and Development Council.

 

NYEA SET FOR NATIONAL LAUNCHING COME NOVEMBER

Posted by Obinna Gaspar Ibole on September 12, 2012 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (1)

From the Management Room


Arrangements are in top gear to launch NYEA to the Nigerian Community in Abuja come this November.


The Project Implementation Committee meant to handle the planning was just recently inaugurated by the Director General Dr Austin A. Okotie.


The Chairman of the Committee is no other than the Versatile Director of Startegy and Opertaion Alhaji Abdulkadir Bala Minjibir with the Indomitable Iron Lady and the Zonal Coordinator of North Central Miss Helen Samuel as the Secretary.


Other members of the Committee include the Finance Directors (Budget & Planning and of Logistics) Mr Paul A. OTU and Alhaji Abdul Muhammad respectively.


The DG and the Director of Communications are seating members.


The Committee has been sitting behind closed doors and will soon unveil the plan to make the national launching tegged ABUJA NYEA 2012.


As part of activities to ensure a smooth sail of the launching, Management approved the elevation and uploading of several members and the creation of certain essential departments that will make the functionality of NYEA more stable.


These departments are the Office of Chief Security Advisers for the North and South. The Office of Special Advisers on Political, Social, Economic and Project Matters as well as The Office of Special Adviser on Religious Matters.


Fellow Agents of Youth Empowerment, be on the watch out for details on the Abuja NYEA 2012 as the programmes will soon roll out..


At the moment, All State Coordinators are encouraged to kick start their state chapters in preparartion for active participation in the launching.


More details coming your way soon.


Director of Communication and Information

NYEA SET FOR NATIONAL LAUNCHING COME NOVEMBER

Posted by Obinna Gaspar Ibole on September 12, 2012 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)

From the Management Room


Arrangements are in top gear to launch NYEA to the Nigerian Community in Abuja come this November.


The Project Implementation Committee meant to handle the planning was just recently inaugurated by the Director General Dr Austin A. Okotie.


The Chairman of the Committee is no other than the Versatile Director of Startegy and Opertaion Alhaji Abdulkadir Bala Minjibir with the Indomitable Iron Lady and the Zonal Coordinator of North Central Miss Helen Samuel as the Secretary.


Other members of the Committee include the Finance Directors (Budget & Planning and of Logistics) Mr Paul A. OTU and Alhaji Abdul Muhammad respectively.


The DG and the Director of Communications are seating members.


The Committee has been sitting behind closed doors and will soon unveil the plan to make the national launching tegged ABUJA NYEA 2012.


As part of activities to ensure a smooth sail of the launching, Management approved the elevation and uploading of several members and the creation of certain essential departments that will make the functionality of NYEA more stable.


These departments are the Office of Chief Security Advisers for the North and South. The Office of Special Advisers on Political, Social, Economic and Project Matters as well as The Office of Special Adviser on Religious Matters.


Fellow Agents of Youth Empowerment, be on the watch out for details on the Abuja NYEA 2012 as the programmes will soon roll out..


At the moment, All State Coordinators are encouraged to kick start their state chapters in preparartion for active participation in the launching.


More details coming your way soon.


Director of Communication and Information

ADDRESS OF THE DIRECTOR GENERAL TO THE BENUE YOUTHS ON THEIR PRE-LAUNCH 31st MARCH 2012

Posted by Obinna Gaspar Ibole on March 31, 2012 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

AN ADDRESS PRESENTED BY THE DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE NATIONAL YOUTH EMPOWERMENT AGENCY (NYEA) DR AUSTIN A. OKOTIE ON THE OCCASION OF THE PRE-LAUNCHING OF THE BENUE STATE CHAPTER OF THE NYEA ON 31ST MARCH 2012 AT THE AUDITORIUM OF THE COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES BENUE STATE UNIVERSITY MAKURDI.

 

His Excellency the Executive Governor of Benue State Rt. Hon. Gabriel Torwua Suswan,

Her Excellency the First lady of Benue State Arch. Dooshima Yemisi Suswan,

Our Honourable Chairman and members of the High table,

The Respectable Chief launcher and Co-launchers,

Our Distinguished Guest Speaker,

Representatives of the various State Governments,

Your Royal Majesty the TER Makurdi and members of his cabinet,

The Honourable Speaker of the State House of Assembly and his Able Deputy,

All distinguished Honourable members of the National and the State house of Assembly,

Our Honourable members of the Youth Empowerment Agency,

Our Distinguished visitors and observers,

Ladies and Gentlemen.

It is with great happiness that I welcome you to this august occasion to witness the pre-launching of the Benue chapter of the National Youth Empowerment Agency (NYEA).

Let me begin by thanking you who travelled all that distance, for finding time and making the effort to be with us at this grand occasion.

Today we are witnessing the first State pre-launching, and we commend Benue State Chapter for their tremendous effort in making today’s event a reality which is as a result of the combined effort of Benue State NYEA Chapter diligently led by Iron Lady of NYEA, Miss Helen Samuel and the assistance she received from the Benue State Government who left no stone unturned to ensure that Benue State NYEA Chapter becomes a reality.

To go a little down history lane, NYEA we are seeing today started as a website affair.

We drew up a mission of amassing the Nigerian Youths to empower them to correct the mistakes of the past and make better use of opportunities at our disposal to build a new Nigerian Youths that all of us will be very proud of.

I am more delighted that many of us saw hope in the ideas we floated to redeem a generation that was almost drifting to oblivion.

I am also delighted that today, that speck of idea that originated on the website to save the Nigerian Youths is now a reality.

I am delighted that in our midst here we have eminent personalities drawn from various spheres of life that have a vision and mission for redeeming the Nigerian Youths from drifting to hopelessness.

I am equally delighted that all of us assembled here have done so on the conviction that we are ready to build a new Nigeria that we can be proud of and who will be ready to stick out their neck to say we are ready to die for our Country.

We in NYEA are convinced that our country is endowed with a lot of potentialities – both human and material resources. But most unfortunately, the Youths have never been fully utilized to enable them contribute their utmost best towards National Development.

We in NYEA are convinced that we can build a new Nigeria with the Youths Empowered to manage it effectively.

We believe that if the Youths are adequately empowered, our rural areas will become our Industrial base and there will be no more need for the mass migration of people from the rural to the urban rather the reverse will be the case.

We are convinced that we can reduce the unemployment level through our rural development programs of locating light processing industries in the rural areas to process our local food materials.

Having noticed the lapses in the past, NYEA is partnering with the Government at all level towards attainment of the Millennium Development Goals, of Poverty Eradication, Reduced Unemployment, Mass illiteracy and others.

We cannot however attest or acclaim that we have the magic to solve all these problems but we believe that we can start from a point to make our impact felt just like ripples on an ocean whose effect roll down the line without being noticed.

With no intent of belaboring you our dear and respected guests, I have the sincere pleasure of telling all of us that what we started on the screen which many saw as website affair has now come to reality and that Benue State NYEA Chapter is taking the lead.

I want to thank the Government of Benue State in particular and all those who came to the assistance of Miss Helen Samuel our indefatigable Iron Lady and State and Zonal Coordinator in seeing that what we are doing today became real and will be beneficial to the Youths of Benue in particular and the Nigerian Youths in general.

I want to also thank all those who have travelled all the way from their various States to witness what NYEA is doing today in Benue State.

I want to assure all that we shall empower the Youths to be self Employed and self reliant and that we are determined to reduce unemployment level by engaging in meaningful projects that will be beneficial to the generality of the masses.

The Management Board of NYEA, after reviewing what the Benue State NYEA Chapter listed as their top project priorities, have decided to pursue the Yam Flour Processing Mill which will form the base of the NYEA’s Agro strategy for Benue State.

We intend to begin by opening up NYEA Pilot Farms that will showcase the production of Yam which we want to go into processing. The reasons for these are obvious because we really would need to show our foreign partners that we are farmers in the real sense of the word, and then be able to point to some where we can call our pilot farm, while we go about with the installation of the infrastructure that would facilitate the flour milling.

We shall also be requiring to be assigned an Administrative office block to enable us participate effectively in the execution of our project here in Benue State. We do not intend to operate from the outside as we want to be fully integrated into the society for our impact to be felt.

To this end we shall request that the Government in their benevolence decide in concert with the Benue State NYEA Chapter officials on a choice location that they might deem fit to allocate us a sizeable portion of land that will enable us to establish our Pilot Farm which will be the base of our Agro-processing mill. We are really determined to bringing to reality the name nationally acclaimed and attributed to Benue as THE FOOD BASKET OF THE NATION.

His Excellency Sir, our Distinguished and Respected Chief Launchers, Your Royal Majesty TER Makurdi, Honourable Speaker of the House of Assembly and His Deputy, Honourable members of the House of Assembly, Honourable Commissioners, all special guests from far and near, my patriotic members of the National Youth Empowerment Agency, I thank you all for coming to share this day that we are witnessing the first pre-launch of any State member of NYEA, and a day we have declared our intent to make Benue State the Food Basket of the nation.

I enjoin all of us present to help make this dream and ambitions of the Benue State NYEA Chapter come to reality in whatever way you may deem fit. We think we owe it a duty to help give our Youths a new hope to face their tomorrow and we must not destroy our future leaders by being nonchalant and insensitive to their plight.

The time to give Benue State Youths and indeed the Nigerian Youths a new lease of life is now and we call on all to support the effort of NYEA in reshaping the fate of our Youths. They are the leaders of tomorrow and we cannot afford to waste their future.

Once more I thank you all for honoring this History making occasion.

I salute you all.

Dr Austin A OKOTIE

Director General

NYEA

 

SPEECH OF THE DG TO THE BENUE INTERACTIVE MEETING HELD ON THE 25th FEBRUARY 2012

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MESSAGE OF WELCOME AND ENCOURAGEMENT TO THE BENUE STATE CHAPTER OF NYEA

ON THE OCCASION OF THEIR EXPLANATORY GATHERING ON THE 25th FEBRUARY

2012 AT THE BENUE HOTELS MAKURDI

Representatives of the Benue State Government,

Dynamic Youths of the Benue State of Nigeria,

Your Very Eminent and Respectable Personalities,

Invited Guests from far and wide,

My Fellow Members of National Executive of NYEA,

Ladies and Gentlemen.

It is with utmost delight that we welcome you to this explanatory gathering today organized by the Benue State Chapter of National Youth Empowerment Agency (NYEA).

By way of brief introduction, NYEA is registered as a Non Governmental Organization to Partner with the Presidency to Empower the Youths of Nigeria at Home and in Diaspora.

NYEA is a Limited Liability Organization, Registered first in the United Kingdom, England and Wales, and later in Nigeria under the Corporate Affairs Commission of Nigeria CAC.

The main objective of the Agency is to create a continuous Empowerment Program for the Nigerian Youths primarily to assist in the achievement of the United Nation Millennium Development

Goals MDGs of reducing unemployment to its barest minimum by the year

2015.

We are partnering with the Presidency and the various Governments at all levels in drawing up a meaningful Empowerment Program that will provide an avenue to leave the Nigerian Youths with a

skill that will sustain and help them and their families and make the

Youths to become Self-employed and self reliant.

We intend to locate various Skills Training facilities across the Nation that will carter for the achievement of these objectives.

Part of our Empowerment Schemes include, educating the youths on the ethics of good governance and their responsibilities to good governance. We hope to create awareness among the youths that they are the engine house that facilitates the effective and efficient development of the nation, by making them active participants in the economic growth of the country.

We hope to create a resource human data bank that will be beneficial to the Government for the management of the Nigerian Youths, while at the same time making them easily governable.

We planned to reduce to the barest minimum the exploitation and use of the youths for the achievement of some selfish personal ambitions of politicians.

Having said this much, let me welcome all the Youths that have assembled here today to hear from the National Representatives of NYEA on the framework of the Agency.

Our special Thank You goes to the State Government and in particular the Department of Youth Development for their assistance so far to our able NYEA Benue State Co-coordinator, Ms Helen Samuel

IGBOEZE, who has consistently alerted us on every assistance she has received from the Benue State Government, we are grateful Your Excellency.

Let me go into what NYEA stands to do in the States. We wish to categorically state that our intention is to encourage rural development; hence NYEA has no intention of concentrating her projects

in the urban areas, except in extreme cases where facilities in the urban necessitate the placement and location of the projects.

The NYEA wish to engage in those areas that will be of direct benefit to youths, and we shall as much as possible encourage active youth participation in all our projects.

The NYEA shall focus most importantly on skill acquisition by Training, to ameliorate the educational training that the members receive. Our intention is to make each youth capable of sustaining himself through skill acquisition training.

We shall not promise or guarantee that we have the magic wand that will eradicate unemployment overnight, rather we hope over a period of time of four years, we would have empowered many youths who would in turn help in the training of others.

We shall employ tradesmen and artisans on part/full time to train our Youths in our Training Centers in the State for the skill acquisition.

As Employer, we hope to encourage agro allied industries with intention of boosting food supply to the State and the nation as a whole to a mechanized stage of exporting after our needs.

Our intention is to encourage mass production of local food items like, fish, Vegetables and Corn Mils, while we provide facilities that will process and put them ready to compete on International market.

Our able youths of Benue and Nigeria at large, we want to assure you that NYEA has good intention for the youths at large, and we assure you that, we shall carry all the youths along irrespective of Training irrespective of their class, creed, sex, tribe and religion. By the time we must have finally set up the State projects, Nigerian youths shall know no boundary, no culture, and no political affiliation

and in fact, we shall create what we can classify as YOUTHS WITHOUT

FRONTIERS.

Let me thank the Government of Benue State for all their assistance and support to our amiable and dynamic State Coordinator in tackling her assignment and for all the moral and

financial support so far rendered.

We sincerely hope to partner with the State Government and all the stakeholders in the execution of our projects and we shall as need arises solicit assistance from the State to enable us carry out our numerous planned projects for the State some of which include

industrial farming for the production of local food materials, the provision of land to site our Skill acquisition Training Centers, the provision of facilities to enable youth participate in the agro-allied industries and many more.

Our distinguished visitors, honorable and respected guests, our future leaders and youths of today, my worthy and able members of the National Youth Empowerment Agency, I thank you all for

finding time to be here to hear from us the plans we have and our vision for the Nigerian youths.

I pray God to continue to give us the strength and good health to carry out all our plans and we pray God to give our youths a new spirit to be good and law abiding citizens for the greater growth and development of our nation Nigeria.

God bless and keep Nigeria in one fold.

God bless and preserve the Benue State.

God bless and guide the Nigerian Youths.

God guide NYEA to achieve its mission for the Youths.

We thank you all.

Dr Austin A Okotie.

Director General

National Youth Empowerment Agency.

The Director General - Dr Austin A Okotie's Speech on 9th Dec 2011

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Our Honourable Guests, Representatives of the various State Governments, Our Royal fathers present, our distinguished Honourable members of the National Assembly, Our honourable members of the Youth Empowerment Agency, Our Distinguished visitors and observers, Ladies and Gentlemen.

It is with extreme pride that I stand here addressing all of you this afternoon.

Let me begin by thanking all of you for finding time and making the effort to be with us this afternoon.

I am the more delighted that all of you distinguished ladies and gentlemen took your time off to witness this memorable occasion of the coming together of the entire members of the National Youth Empowerment Agency abbreviated in short as NYEA.

The NYEA we are seeing today started as a website game.

We had a mission of amassing the Nigerian Youths to empower them to correct the mistakes of their past and make better use of opportunities at their disposal to build a new Nigeria that all of us will be very proud of.

I am the more delighted that many of us saw hope in the ideas we floated to redeem a generation that was almost drifting to oblivion.

I am delighted that today, that speck of idea that originated on the website to save the Nigerian Youths is today coming to reality.

I am delighted that we have in this very hall come to prove that Nigerians are not all that fraudsters as have been held before.

I am delighted that in our midst here we have personalities drawn from various spheres of life that have a vision and mission for redeeming the Nigerian Youths from drifting to hopelessness.

I am delighted that all of us assembled here have done so on the conviction that we are ready to build a new Nigeria that we can be proud of and ready to stick out our neck and say we are ready to die for our country.

Without belabouring you with my excitement at seeing the crowd gather, let me briefly outline to all of us here the vision and mission of the NYEA.

We are convinced that our country is endured with a lot of potentialities – both human and resources. But most unfortunate our past leaders have not made any conscientious effort to harnessing these human and natural resources.

We in the NYEA are too convinced that we can build a new Nigeria with the Youths empowered to manage it effectively.

We believe that if the Youths are adequately empowered, our Rural areas will become our Industrial base and there will be no need for the mass migration of people from the rural to the urban rather the reverse will be the case.

We are convinced that we can reduce the unemployment level through our rural development programs of locating industries in the rural areas to process local food materials and at the same time encouraging their mass production.

Having noticed the lapses in the past, the NYEA want to partner with the governments at all levels toward the attaining and achieving the Millennium Development Goals of Poverty Eradication, Reduced Unemployment. Mass illiteracy, and others.

We cannot attest or acclaim that we have the magic to solve all these problems but we believe that we can from a point begin to make our impact felt just like ripples on an ocean whose effect down the line without not notice.

With no intent of belabouring you our dear and respected guests and member, I have the sincere pleasure of telling all of us that what we started on the screen which many saw as website game is coming to materialization and is as at today a reality.

I want to thank all of you for keeping confidence in all we have written and said to you while on the web.

Toady NYEA is a real and has come to life and is no more a website joke.

Many of us will attest that we have kept to our words and have reached out to all of us on a person to person basis.

I cannot thank all of you who have made these possible because you kept your faith and confidence.

I want to assure all of us that beginning today the NYEA shall move to impact on the lives of the Youth and the generality of the Nigerian population particularly those in the rural areas.

I want to assure you all that we shall empower the youths to be self dependent and self reliant and that we can reduce our unemployment level by engaging in meaningful projects that will be beneficial to the generality of the masses.

Our distinguished and respected Guests and my honourable and patriotic members, I thank you all for honouring our clarion call this day that we shall see ourselves face to face and no more on the web or facebook.

We shall in this gathering designate those who will carry the message to the grassroot while elevating some other of us to the upper level of joining to make the planning and working much easier.

My distinguished guests and invitees, I have the singular honor of thanking you all for keeping faith and confidence in all I have propagated to you along the line to this far.

From now on the affairs have become a general affair and I enjoin all of us to get committed to seeing that we redeem the future leaders of tomorrow by showing them a sense of direction today.

Once more I thank you all for honoring this epoch making occasion.

I salute you all.

Dr Austin A OKOTIE

Director General

NYEA


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