…Osinbajo Charges Youth To Shun, Fight Corruption

By Francis Ezediuno

The Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has stressed the need for youths to shun and fight corruption as a means of liberating the country from the shackles of poverty and misrule.

Osinbajo on Tuesday dropped this hint at the Opening ceremony of the First Regional Youth Summit of the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) tagged West 2040 hosted in Osogbo, the state capital.

In his speech, Osinbajo listed talent, integrity, virtue, innovation and education, as factors that are needed for any society to develop and that where such are missing, there is tendency for failure.

He emphasised that the Omoluabi ethos of virtue and hardworking was a major ingredient needed for the advancement of the youths in the region.

The vice-president encouraged youths to use the internet positively as it is a goldmine of untapped knowledge.

He submitted that the 25 years plan which the south-west region hoped to adopt had become necessary because within that period of time, Nigeria would have attained the 3rd or 4th most populated country in the world.

In his address, the governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, charged youths from the south-west Nigeria to identify areas of needs, serve them and thereby earn a decent living.

Aregbesola who was the Chief Host said the aim of the summit was to chart the course of development for the region. The governor also called on the youths to gainfully engage themselves in vocational work, trading, agriculture as he maintained that for the region not to be in its present state in the next 25 years, there is need for self discovery because there was no way they were going to succeed while waiting for white collar jobs.

He revealed that in times past, the region used to grow and was identified with its own staple foods such as Lafun for Ogun state, Amala for Oyo state and Iyan for Ekiti and Ondo states, a situation which regrettably is no longer attainable.

This according to him is because people now prefer to eat rice and drink tea with bread.

“This has made the south-west region not to be able to feed itself and this is a major challenge”.

He also cautioned the youths against involving in various negative vices.

In his good will message, the Governor of Oyo state, Senator Abiola Ajimobi stated that youths have to be up and doing and embrace hard work in order to be successful in life.

Giving his own life example, he revealed that throughout his eight years sojourn in the United States of America, his parents only sent him $30 and to aid his education he had to do odd jobs like dressing of corpses to make ends meet.

On his part, he charged the youths to always show respect to elders as custodian of constituted authority.

Speaking on the behalf of the royal fathers, the Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi hinted that in the fight against corruption, the mindset heads it all.

He urged the government to set up modalities that would see that the youths are taken off the streets.

By so doing, crimes and other social vices perpetrated by the youths and the aged would to a large extent be curbed.

The Oluwo also called on the Osun State House of Assembly to enact an Enlightenment Act which will be a standard to measure the quality of youth engagements.

Yoruba Youths Insist on Restructuring, Condemn Herdsmen Attacks

By Nofisat Marindoti

Yoruba Youths in the Western Region of Nigeria have insisted on restructuring the country in order to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people.

The youths agreed on this at the 1st Western Youth Summit hosted by the Government of the State of Osun in collaboration with Development Agenda for Western Nigeria, DAWN on Wednesday.

The two days Summit held in Osogbo, capital of the State of Osun, drew academia and top dignitaries from all walks of life in the country which included the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo who declared the Summit open on Tuesday.

The youths also condemned the recent clashes between farmers and herdsmen and implored the Federal Government to address the issue immediately.

Asking that the anti-open grazing law be implemented in all the states, the Western youths called for fairness, rule of law, separation of power and equity in government, adding that the “Not too young to rule law” be implemented at both states and federal levels.

In his speech, the Oba of Oke Ila-Orangan, HRM Adedokun Abolarin urged the youths to be creative and innovative in order to reduce poverty to the lowest rate.

“Success is hardwork, believe in yourself and see the beauty in your environment. Be organized, responsible and make marks in the sand of time.

Southwest Youths Condemn Herdsmen Attacks, Insist On One Nigeria

By Sodiq Yusuf

Youths of Nigeria’s Southwest Region have condemned in its entirety the spate of attacks by Fulani Herdsmen in some parts of the country.

They however recommended that efforts be geared towards ending the impending crisis while calling for the entrenchment of the anti-open grazing law in the country.

Rising from the 1st Western Nigeria Regional Youth Summit held at the WOCDIF Centre in Osogbo, capital of the State of Osun, Youths of the Southwest region also want the country to be restructured along true federalism lines.

“That the Youth of Western Nigeria condemn the incessant herdsmen attack on innocent people across the country and appeal to the federal government to act as a matter of urgency to avert massive reprisal attacks. That anti- open grazing laws be enacted throughout the country and commercially driven ranches be established.”

The summit geared towards developing a 25 year masterplan for the development of the region tagged “West 2040; Productivity, Prosperity and Peace” organized by the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission also agreed on six key development visions for the region by the year 2040.

The vision are; A region less dependent on fossil fuels, A region that is a hub for tourism and agricultural competitiveness, An educated workforce, A region of technologically developed urban centers, A peaceful and secure region and one with A globally competitive Yoruba Language and culture.

The communiqué reads in part “That the youth of Western Nigeria affirm their belief in one united Nigeria based on fairness, equity and strict adherence of doctrine of federalism, separation of powers and rule of law. The need to enshrine in the Federal constitution a role for plebiscites or referendums on certain issues of public importance.”

“Youths in the region should be encouraged to participate in political governance at both the legislative and executive levels. The NOT TO YOUNG TO RUN proposal should be properly institutionalized at both federal and state elections.”

The Youths also resolved to make the critical sectors of Agriculture, Politics and Governance, Security, Agriculture, Education in the Southwest for greater prosperity while the needful will be done to make the region a step higher in creating opportunities, attracting investment and maximizing ideas across the federation.

At the end of the summit, participants agreed that the 25-year master plan as conceived by the Governments of the Western Nigeria is a step in the right direction and commended the government and people of the State of Osun as well as the DAWN Commission on convening the Regional Youth Summit.

Resolutions of the Summit are expected to be ratified by the six Governors of the Southwest at their next meeting in Ibadan, Oyo State where the next edition will hold in 2019.

COMMUNIQUE At The End Of The 2018 Western Nigeria Regional Youth Summit

THE REGIONAL YOUTH SUMMIT held at the WOCDIF Center, 9th & 10th January 2017 together to discuss the aspirations of the proposed Strategic Western Nigeria Development Roadmap, and chart out innovative initiatives for the future. The theme of the summit is PRODUCTIVITY, PROSPERITY AND PEACE.

At the end of the summit the youth gathering agreed and resolved on the following actions as imperatives for the vision of the Strategic 25 year Western Nigeria Masterplan.

VISION for 2040
A region less dependent on fossil fuels
A region that is a hub for tourism and agricultural competitiveness
An educated workforce
A region of technologically developed urban centers
A peaceful and secure region
A globally competitive Yoruba Language and culture.

IMPERATIVES

GOVERNANCE AND POLITICS
That the entire Yoruba youth insist on restructuring of the current warped federal arrangement that stifles the growth of our region.

That from history, the youth agreed that the golden era of the region was in the era of regional governments and we should revert to a system of federalism based on regionalism.

That the youth of Western Nigeria affirm their belief in one united Nigeria based on fairness, equity and strict adherence of doctrine of federalism, separation of powers and rule of law.

The need to enshrine in the Federal constitution a role for plebiscites or referendums on certain issues of public importance.

Youths in the region should be encouraged to participate in political governance at both the legislative and executive levels. The NOT TO YOUNG TO RUN proposal should be properly institutionalized at both federal and state elections.

That the Youth of Western Nigeria condemn the incessant herdsmen attack on innocent people across the country and appeal to the federal government to act as a matter of urgency to avert massive reprisal attacks.

That anti- open grazing laws be enacted throughout the country and commercially driven ranches be established.

EDUCATION
That the ultimate goal of education should essentially be to produce the quintessential Omoluabi, both in content and character. Our Education should bring enlightenment to the human mind; prepare people for the world of work; provide the platform for leadership recruitment and provide the means for character building, especially the development of the Total Man

ENTREPRENEURIAL DEVELOPMENT
To tackle poor entrepreneurial skills and financial illiteracy, support and policies in Business Development and Entrepreneurial skill Development; and Financial Literacy Training should be deployed in states of the region.

That Legal and Regulatory Frameworks should be put in place to harmonize and simplify the regime of taxes and levies and State governments to make public their services, procedures, cost and redress mechanism to encourage payment of taxes to lessen reliance on federal allocation.

The creative economy and informal economy (film, music, fashion, food, photography etc) should be properly structured to stimulate creativity and economic growth.

AGRICULTURE
That enablers should be put in place so the agriculture value chain be optimized for youth participation

SECURITY
That Joint actions will be pursued and sustained on security threats to guarantee the safety of lives, property and prosperity of the people of the region

At the end of the summit, all participants agreed that 25-year master plan as conceived by the Governments of the Western Nigeria is a step in the right direction and commend the government and people of the State of Osun and DAWN Commission on convening the Regional Youth Summit and look forward to the next edition in Oyo state.

To secure the future and that to articulate the shared values and aspirations of the Region in a living document and translating such to implementable actions and interventions will definitely make Western Nigeria a most preferred place to live, to work and to invest in the near future.

Nigeria’s Greatest Challenge Is Absence Of Integrity – Osinbajo

Says FG Would Have Solved 70% of Nigeria’s Problems If Citizens Are Truthful

By Nofisat Marindoti and Toba Adedeji

The Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has noted that the greatest challenge of the country aside corruption, is the absence of integrity.

Emphasising that any society without integrity is doomed to fail, Osinbajo urged Nigerians to add value to the society.

He also added that 70% of the myriad of challenges facing the nation would have been solved if most Nigerians were truthful, sincere and integrity personified.

The VP gave this charge at the 1st Regional Youth Summit organised by the Government of the State of Osun in collaboration with Development Agenda For Western Nigeria, DAWN tagged, “West 2040; Productivity, Prosperity and Peace”.

The Vice president in his address contended that, to draw 25years action plan which the Regional Youth Summit is aimed towards, youths must see the needs to incorporate integrity and hardwork as part of their lifestyle which will definitely served as compass to lead the country to promised land.

“The greatest challenge facing Nigeria is the absence of Integrity and Corruption. Every society that does not emphasize and stand on integrity always fail. Economy, business is based on trust.”

Osinbajo also urged youths to be hardworking, have good character and integrity, adding that talent by itself means nothing.

“Hardwork is crucial, you have to be resolute and maximize the opportunities in the country. There are many opportunities in the country today, the Internet is there, make good use of it. Think and act nationally and globally. Add values to the society.” Osinbajo charged the teeming youths.

“The southwest has showed a great concern by putting a 25years action plan to advance the country but we must realize that hardwork is very crucial because nothing can be achieve without it.

“Don’t see yourselves as people of southwest alone but see yourselves as an advocate of development and advancement to build old waste places, building the gaps and bridges globally.”

The Guest Speaker of the event, Ayodele Modope who is the Director General of “No Left Over” a catering outfit who started the business of selling “Moin moin” with just N1,000, also urged the youths to be creators of wealth.

In his welcome address, the State Commissioner for Regional Integration, Hon. Bola Ilori explained that the Summit was geared towards setting the master plan for the Western Region in 25 years to come.

“The summit is to provide platform for the youths of Western Region, to come together and plan the future of the Region. The script will be written by them on how this region will be by 20 years and that is why we call it “West 2040″. So it is to involve the youths in the planning of how the region will be by year 2040.” Ilori explained.

Osinbajo, Aregbesola, Ajimobi Charge Youths On Productivity And Hardwork

Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Tuesday proffered hard work and productivity as panacea to Nigeria’s socio-economic and political development.

He said Nigeria would have overcome some of her challenges if not being hindered by endemic corruption.

Osinbajo gave the charge while addressing a congregation of youths that converged on Osogbo for 2018 Southwest Regional Youth Summit, held at WOCDIF Centre, Osogbo, Osun State capital.

He charged Nigerians to champion virtues of integrity and Omoluabi ethos as the only fundamental principle of development.

The Vice President held that Nigerians must begin to look inward on the need to support government’s efforts by being productive and hardworking, noting that a nation could only achieve her aspirations if the people are productive.

Osinbajo canvassed good character among Nigerians, saying talent and potentials mean nothing if character is absent.

According to him, “if we truly want our nation to grow and develop, thus everyone needs to make necessary input and the only way to achieving this is to be productive in all we do.”

“”We must begin to plan for the future of our nation. We must create foundation for values as it is critical to success‎.”

“We must work on the virtues that our founding fathers developed as this is the only way to set our nation on the path of greatness.

“In whatever we do, we must emphasize Omoluabi ethos. We must champion hard work and bear at the back of our minds the need to advance our nation in whatever we do.

“Talent and potential do not mean anything if there is no character, so no matter how talented one is, without character, there is no way to make success.

“Integrity is the key to success. Every business that doesn’t emphasize integrity, always fails, thus everyone must be ready to work and make sacrifice if we truly want development‎.”

The Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, challenged Nigerian Youths to be productive for the country to come out of its present economic challenges.

The Governor held that education can be effective for national growth if it induces productivity, saying the youth should see the only way to success as hard work.

He noted that youths should see agriculture as a viable business as against the belief that it is meant for the uneducated. Aregbesola stated it is disheartening that despite the fact that Nigeria is the leading cassava producing nation in the world, the country is unable to feed itself because her productivity level is low on the crop, compared to India and Thailand.

He said, “We must first discover ourselves and apply our discovery to advance our nation. There is no short cut to success other than hard work and productivity.

“One cannot go to anywhere if he or she only believes in advance fee fraud and other vices.

“It’s unfortunate that we don’t produce what we consume as a nation, but we rely on rent. Though we are educated but our education lacks critical thinking.

“We are the largest producer of cassava in the world but it is unfortunate that we are not bringing out anything positive from that effort”, the Governor emphasised.

Also, the Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, while charging youths to be hard-working noted that the only way to succeed in life is through hard work and not luck, like many youths of today now believe.

While challenging the youths to begin to see themselves as the set of people who will drive the future, Governor Ajimobi maintained that all the youth must decide to succeed in life through hard work.

Speaking on the purpose of the summit, the Oyo State Governor said it is about promoting and enhancing the future through the youth of today, stressing that the patriotic sentiment is to forge the future of the South West through the youth.

The Governor said it is important to maximize the opportunity of the summit as he called on the youths to see it as an opportunity to come together and chart a way forward for the youths in the South West and the nation at large.

He said active participation in the summit is a means of ensuring that the dreams and aspirations for the future are met.

According to Ajimobi, “the patriotic sentiment is to forge the future of the South West through this all important youth summit at this time when the nation at large needs to plan for the future.

“I see the youths as the next set of people who will drive our destiny and take our race to the next level through hard work and creativity.

“It is important to maximise the opportunity of this summit to chart a way for the growth and development of the South West, when youths come together, something good must come out of such deliberation.

“It is by investing in the youth that we have a future and our dreams and aspirations as a people will be met.”. Ajimobi stressed.‎

Earlier, the Acting Director General of the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN), Mr Sheye Oyeleye explained that the importance of the summit is to have the inputs of the youth in the master plan of Nigeria’s development starting with the South West.

He charged youths in the South West to always conceptualize their thoughts towards how to have a better future and take the region to its pride of place in the scheme of things that concerns Nigeria as a whole.

Oyeleye challenged youths in the South West to start thinking out of the box as the
world is now technology driven, noting that the time has come for the West to start seeing themselves as the rallying point of the development of Nigeria.

“I think the time has come for the youth in the South West to come out of their shells and begin to see themselves as the cradle of development of Nigeria.

“I know that our youths are intelligent and very vibrant, but it is time for them to start taking charge and put it into action.

“We should seize the opportunity of the crop of governors we have today who are ready to drive the development of Nigeria, stating with the South-West. I think the present South West governors are very passionate about the growth of the region.

In a goodwill message, the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, commended the foresight of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for appointing more youths into his cabinet, while calling on other South West governors to follow suit.

He maintained that if more governors in the region give more youth opportunities in their cabinets, the youth will be begin to have a sense of responsibility and the feeling that they own the future.

The royal father used the occasion to charge youths to join the present administration in the fight against corruption, saying it is one of the ways the country can move forward and also guarantee a corrupt free future.

“My Governor in Osun has always set the tone for the youths to take charge of the future through the appointment of a lot of youth into his cabinet.

“Osun has always been youth-driven and I want other South West governors to take a cue from this”.‎

PHOTONEWS: Osinbajo, Ajimobi, Aregbesola Grace 1st Western Nigeria Youth Summit

Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi alongside Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on Tuesday attended the Opening Ceremony of the 1st Western Nigeria Youth Summit.

The summit which seeks to provide the agenda of development of the region till the year 2040 is hosted by the State Government of Osun.

The summit is expected to end tomorrow Wednesday at the WOCDIF Events Centre in Osogbo.

Here are photos from the well attended event as captured by Dolapo Julius.

I Washed Dead Bodies To Survive As A Student Abroad – Ajimobi

Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State on Tuesday said that he washed dead bodies as a youth to pay his tuition fees while schooling abroad.

Ajimobi said this at a South-West Youths Regional Summit in Osogbo.

The governor, while urging the youth to have a positive mindset toward hard work, said he spent eight years abroad washing dead bodies to survive.

He said his parents only sent him 30 dollars all through his stay abroad, adding that he had to look for a way to survive.

“I left Nigeria in 1963 to study abroad, but throughout my stay there, I was washing dead bodies to support myself to go to school.

“When ever I got home from work, I will be weeping, remembering the number of dead bodies I washed.

“My boss at work then said I should not be afraid or fear, adding that such feeling is normal for first comers.

“He encouraged me to always see those dead bodies as iced fish.

“But against all odds, I survived and that is why I am urging youths to see hard work as the only way to success.

“I am saying this to challenge the youth of our next generation not to give up.

“This is our chance as youths and as Yorubas to come together to chart a successful pathway for the country.’’

Ajimobi, however, urged Yoruba leaders and governors to unite for the progress of the Yoruba race.

Source: NAN

Osun Hosts Regional Youth Summit

By Nofisat Marindoti

The much awaited Western Nigeria Regional Youth Summit hosted by the State of Osun is taking place today (Tuesday) at the WOCDIF center in Osogbo, the State capital.

The summit is hosted by The State Government of Osun on the grounds of the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission.

The State Commissioner for Regional Integration, Hon. Bola Ilori while addressing journalists, had explained that the purpose of the Summit was to bring youths across the Western Region together to generate ideas that would take the region to greater heights.

“The summit is to provide platform for the youths of western region, to come together and plan the future of the region. The script will be written by them on how this region will be by 20 years and that is why we call it “West 2040”. So it is to involve the youths in the planning of how the region will be by year 2040.

“We want to build the culture of adding to the society, we want our youths to become productive and to generate ideas. We encourage our youths to come loaded with ideas because there be will official endorsement for their ideas at the Summit.”

Dignitaries at the Summit include The Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo who will open it, a Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Nobel Laureate , Prof. Wole Soyinka, Gen. Alani Akinrinade, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II among others.