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UNESC Restates Commitment To Peace On World Humanitarian Day



UNESC Restates Commitment To Peace On World Humanitarian Day

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (UNESC), Office of the Special Adviser/Representative on Community Peace and Development (CPD) for Africa, Nigeria has reiterated her commitment to strengthening relationship in order to achieve sustainable peace building and development in Nigeria and Africa at large.

The UNESC stated this position during this year’s Humanitarian Day.

The UN General Assembly declared every August 19 as World Humanitarian Day to pay tribute to humanitarian workers killed and injured in the course of their work
to provide life-saving support and protection to people most in need.

During a press conference to commemorate this year’s Humanitarian Day, the Special Adviser and Representative to UNESC on Community Peace and Development (CPD), Prof. Babalola Muyiwa , emphasized that the CPD Office had been transformed into a national and international think tank to formulate policies on issues of communal peace, social cohension, development, political participation and leadership.

It also promotes an active citizenry by providing support for inclusive dialogue and advocacy initiatives through the members of the Community Peace and Development Committee.

The committee appointed Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to President’Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity as the chairman and has the following as advisers: Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sen. Abdullahi Gobir, Chairman, Senate Committee on National Security and Intelligent, Gen.Charles Okoro (rtd), Sen. Iyabo Anisulowo, former Minister of State for Education, Northern/Southern Governors Forum and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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The committee also has Prof. Muyiwa Babalola as the National Coodinator and Special Adviser on Community Peace and Development. Others are: Barr. Danladi Ismail, Apostle Dr. Chuks Alozie, Prof.(Mrs) Anosike Celine, Abdullahi Bulama, Dr.Tokunbo Akeredolu, Hassana Alhassan, Zainab Misa, Hon.Felix Idowu and Musa Salisu, Hon. Oliver Suleiman and Hajiya Binta Edet Saeed.

According to Babalola, peace is a concept of societal friendship and harmony in the absence of hostility and violence, and it is commonly used to mean a lack of conflict and freedom from fear violence between individuals and groups. He also said that part of the recommendation for national government is to incorporate and harness the potential of youths for peace and sustainable development.

Babalola said that the Community Peace and Development Office of UNESC had designed national programmes to prevent conflict, most especially in the northern part of Nigeria, and collaborated with the government of Nigeria and other African countries, United Nations Inter-Pacific Association (UNIPA), International Diplomatic Cooperation Organization (IDCO), United Nations Interchange Development Association (UNIDA), Globastorm Safety Foundation, United Nation Global Compact, European Transparency, European Road Safety Charter (ERSC), International Road Victims Partnership (IRVP), World International Economic Group, The World People’s Forum and more.


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Tinubu Approves N70,000 Minimum Wage



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By John Michael Ojo

The Federal Government on Thursday, pegged the new national minimum wage at N70,000.

This was made known by Mr Bayo Onanuga, a Special Adviser to President Bola Tinubu on Information and Strategy, in a statement posted on X, formerly known as Twitter.

“President Bola Tinubu has approved N70,000 minimum wage for Nigerian workers with promise to review the national minimum wage law every three years.

“President Tinubu also promised to find ways to assist the private sector and the sub-nationals to pay the minimum wage.

“President Tinubu announced the decisions at the meeting held with leaders of TUC and NLC on Thursday in Abuja, the second time the parties met in 7 days,” the statement read.

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Olaopa Urges Youths To Shun Japa Syndrome, Prepare For Leadership



Prof. Tunji Olaopa flanked by Hon Abike Dabiri (left )and Prof. Oladapo Afolabi , former Head of Service of the Federation ( right) at the event on Thursday.

The Chairman of the Federal Civil Service Commission, Prof. Tunji Olaopa, has urged youths to prepare for leadership positions early in life instead of travelling overseas to seek opportunities, a development that is popularly known as the Japa syndrome.

The seasoned bureaucrat and former federal permanent secretary said that opportunities abound for youths but that they could only access them when they begin early .

According to Olaopa who spoke on Thursday during the 2023/2024 graduation of KIA Lakeside Academy in Abuja, these opportunities will elude the youths if they opt to go and wander on the streets of foreign countries. He said : ” In the civil service I am very familiar with, people grow old and retire every day. We need youths to fill such vacancies that the old people leave behind . If all the youths go abroad to be doing menial jobs, do we go to Ghana and other neighbouring countries to employ their youths?

Prof. Tunji Olaopa and Prof. Oladapo Afolabi, former Head of Service of the Federation at the event.

He said that under his leadership of the Federal Civil Service, there is so  much hope for youths to access federal jobs. He said he had decided to maintain a policy of transparency and equity in making jobs in the civil service available for all eligible Nigerian youths through open advertisement.

He said in the area of political leadership, the older generation could not keep on dominating the sector. He said that the youths would be need to replace the old political leaders as they quit the scene.

According to him, the ability to prepare early for leadership goes hand in hand with a clear vision. He said nobody could prepare for anything if there is no clear vision of where they are going or what they want.

He said people who reach great heights in life always have a clear vision of where they are going early in life and they work towards it. He gave the example of former United States President Bill Clinton who as a youth had a clear vision of being his nation’s leader.

According to Olaopa, past and current leaders in Nigeria have had early in their youths clear visions of what they want in life. He said it was this clear visions early in life that made them trailblazers in different areas of life. In politics he cited Chief Obafemi Awolowo , Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe and others. He said that these were trailblazers in their youth. He said in business, young people have become trailblazers.

He said that because of the opportunities the current world offers, youths do not need to become old people before reaching great heights in life. According to him, youths have become trailblazers in technology . He mentioned the examples of Zuckerberg of Facebook, Elon Musk and a younger Bill Gates.

Talking about breaking the glass ceiling, Olaopa said that no gender barrier should stop anyone from reaching the summit of life. He said many women in the past and the present have been trailblazers. He mentioned Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti. Dora Akunyili,l and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. He said unlike in the past , many bank CEOs in Nigeria are currently women.

However, Olaopa said that nobody could be a trailblazer without preparation. He said this preparation comes in the form of education. He quoted Nelson Mandela who once observed that “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” He said if in the past people we regard as great today could get education despite the huge barriers they were faced with, youths of today have no excuse. He said Awolowo was faced with a huge educational disadvantage which he overcame by studying at home . He said Azikiwe had to find his way overseas where he suffered to educate himself. According to him, one of the greatest lawyers today in Nigeria is Chief Afe Babalola. He said Babalola overcame his challenges by studying at home and that today he owns one of the best universities in the country.

According to him, youths who lack the opportunity of going to formal university classrooms can avail themselves of the opportunities offered by the open university system that the Federal Government supports .

He said that in fact President Bola Tinubu has demonstrated his interest in the education of the less-privileged through his government’s Student loan scheme. He said that youths who desire to acquire university education but have no sponsors can use that scheme.

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Tinubu Appoints Walson-Jack Head Of Service As Yemi-Esan Retires




As the current Head of Service Folasade Yemi-Esan, CFR, is due to retire on August 13, 2024, President Bola Tinubu has approved her replacement. She is Mrs. Didi Esther Walson-Jack.

Mrs. Walson-Jack was appointed as Federal Permanent Secretary in 2017 and has served in several Ministries.

While thanking Yemi-Esan  for her stewardship, President Tinubu tasked the incoming Head of Service to discharge her duties with innovative flair, integrity, and stringent adherence to the extant rules and regulations of the Civil Service of the Federation.

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