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Politics / Re: Osinbajo Is A True Statesman, An Uncommon Leader, Says Okowa by okefranci: 2:50pm On Nov 29
Even the opposition party recognise Osinbajo's leadership and loyalty
Business / Fed Govt Committed To Restoring High Economic Growth, Says Osinbajo by okefranci: 1:23pm On Nov 29
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has assured the business community of Federal Government’s unrelenting efforts to restore the country to a path of economic growth.

He said on Friday in Lagos that the target was to make the growth rate higher than population growth rate.

Osinbajo gave the assurance at the 2021 Presidential Policy Dialogue organised by the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) and explained that the efforts would drive inclusive economic prosperity.

The vice-president said part of government’s plan was the creation of the National Medium Term Development Plan, the Economic Sustainability Plan and similar others to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He added that plans were underway to help the Nigerian economy to adapt to climate change and match the disruptions of digital economy and the fourth industrial revolution.

Osinbajo noted, however, that the appropriate regulatory environment was critical and urged for private and public sector partnerships to formulate and implement policies to drive economic growth.

“Nigeria needs to adopt value addition practices in order to create wealth that will accelerate economic recovery post-COVID-19.

“The medium-term development plan when implemented in full; the strategic orientation of becoming a value added economy will help to create a number of good paying jobs.

“Our aim is to focus on the development of the local industry

beyond crude oil with focus on technology so that we can create wealth value chains.

“The success of the plan is greatly dependent on the partnership between the public and private sectors, especially as huge investment inflow is required.

“It is important for the Nigerian youth to get necessary skills and key into the Nigeria Jubilee Fellowship Programme which seeks to engage 20,000 youths yearly over a five-year period,” he said.

In her remarks, Mrs Toki Mabogunje, President, LCCI, said the short-term outlook of key economic indicators looked fragile but bright.

She expressed the hope that recent policy interventions and economic reforms would drive the economy to turn the corner soon.

Mabogunje noted that in spite of several economic disruptions such as insecurity, liquidity crisis, amongst others, the Nigerian economy had some strong fundamentals.

“Our natural resources endowments are vast; the sustained rising price of crude oil, the domestic market is large, and our people are resourceful and enterprising.

“What is much needed are the enablers as times like these offer tremendous opportunities for innovation, creativity, export growth, and import substitution’’.

“These are the silver linings even as we expect to see the economy navigate an upward curve in its recovery journey,” she said.
The LCCI president charged government to focus on building a thriving and sustainable economy, enhance social inclusion and reduce poverty.

She also challenged government to enlarge agricultural output for food security and attain energy sufficiency in power and petroleum products.

Mabogunje also called for the expansion of transport and other infrastructural development, business growth, entrepreneurship and industrialisation, access to quality education, affordable healthcare and productivity.

“I would like to underscore the need for regular engagements and communication on policy issues to ensure quality feedback and enrich the policy-making process.

“This should cover macroeconomic and sectorial policies such as foreign exchange, trade, tax, energy, transportation, industrial, agricultural and ICT policy, among others.

“Regular engagement with relevant stakeholders in the various sectors will bring a great deal of value to the economic management process,” she stressed.

Earlier, the Lagos Governor, Babajide Sanwo – Olu lauded the chamber, noting that of part interest was in the area of ease of doing business. The governor who was represented by Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Mr Sam Egube stressed the need to engage collectively to position Nigeria to transform its resources and huge potentialities into results.

Egube said Nigeria must raise commitment levels and harness potentials offered by the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) to defragment Africa for global competitiveness.

“COVID-19 transformed business models and processes and we are faced with necessities to come up with ingenious strategies to ensure the wheels of commerce keeps moving.

“Africa remains at the lower rungs of the ladder in spite of its abundant natural resources and potentials for growth and development, but the AfCFTA would position the continent as a global competitor.

“We understand the importance of formulating policies to drive the business community and we are always ready to engage with it at all times,” the commissioner said.

He reiterated the state government’s strategic direction to harness public and private sector growth to create jobs, expand social services and provide then atmosphere conducive to business.

In his submission, Otunba Abimbola Ogunbanjo, Group Chairman, Nigeria Exchange Group, said promoting the right policies to advance the private sector, technological advancement and capacity building were critical to driving private sector development.

Ogunbanjo said this was important to assist the country’s recovery from COVID-19 in spite of the resilience it has shown with its exit from recession and current economic growth.

“As custodians of growth in the economy, we must recognise and promote right policies and outcomes that encourage and empower the sector in industry promotion and access to finance.

“The Nigeria Exchange Group recognises the importance of policies in shaping industries and we are keen on facilitating policies that can bring change for investment.

“We are actively involved to ensure an enabling environment for listings.

“Increasing attention must be paid to leverage technology which would be the driver of advancement for decades to come in areas of commerce, telemedicine, financial services and more.

“We must intensify efforts at capacity building

“The responsibilities fall on private and public institutions to provide the right education and training to develop and equip Nigerians with tools to evolve with the times for maximum delivery,” he said.


https://thenationonlineng.net/fed-govt-committed-to-restoring-high-economic-growth-says-osinbajo/

Politics / Re: Is Osinbajo Running For President Come 2023? by okefranci: 11:46am On Nov 29
I cant tell for now ,so let the time come

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Politics / Re: APC, PDP Strategise For Popularity As Osinbajo Visits Delta Today by okefranci: 11:45am On Nov 29
Congratulations to the people of Delta
Politics / APC, PDP Strategise For Popularity As Osinbajo Visits Delta Today by okefranci: 11:27am On Nov 29
THE Delta State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party and the opposition All Progressives Congress, are preparing to outshine each other as Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, pay a working visit to the state on Monday (today).

Osinbajo is scheduled to inaugurate the multi-billion naira 8.5MW Independent Power Project and the ultra-modern Chike Edozien State Secretariat Complex along Marian Babangida Way, both located in Asaba.

On his part, Omo-Agege is expected to be the guest speaker at the ongoing 90th anniversary of the sociocultural Urhobo Progress Union Worldwide to be held at the UPU Cultural Centre, Uvwiamuge, Agbarho, in Ughelli North Local Government Area.

Our correspondent gathered that in a move to showcase their respective popularity in the state, the two leading political parties have already mobilised their members and supporters to throng the events.

An APC leader, Nze Athan Iwuchukwu in a signed statement called on party men and women, especially non-indigenes across the state, to fully mobilise in their native attires, as early as 8am at Osubi Airport, to give the Deputy Senate President a rousing reception.
In a similar vein, the PDP, “urged Deltans to troop out in large numbers to welcome VP Osinbajo as he arrived in Asaba on Monday 29th November.”

According to PDP, the Vice President “truly deserves the best of Delta hospitality and care while in the state to perform these all-important official assignments”.

https://punchng.com/apc-pdp-strategise-for-popularity-as-osinbajo-visits-delta-today/

Politics / Re: A Look At Some Of Vice President Osinbajo's Official Activities For Last Week by okefranci: 4:08pm On Nov 28
Each day is coupled with different activities, may God help professor Yemi Osinbajo to achieve his goal and to pilot Nigeria come 2023
Politics / A Look At Some Of Vice President Osinbajo's Official Activities For Last Week by okefranci: 4:02pm On Nov 28
A look at some of Vice President Osinbajo's official activities for last week

22nd November
Received in audience the University of Lagos Alumni Association led by its President John Momoh at the State House, Abuja.

• Attended as the Special Guest of Honor, the Coca-Cola 70th Year Anniversary Gala in Eko Hotels, Lagos State.

23rd November
Attended the launch of the World Yoruba Centre in Ibadan, Oyo State.

24th November
Joined the Federal Executive Council Meeting presided over by President Buhari.

• Received in audience a farewell Courtesy visit from the outgoing UN Resident Coordinator Mr. Edward Kallon at the Statehouse, Abuja.

25th November
Joined the National Security Council Meeting and together with the President decorated his Aide De Camp Lt. YM Dodo for the Promotion of the Rank of Colonel at the Statehouse, Abuja. The meeting was chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Received in audience on a farewell courtesy visit, the ED/CEO of NEPC Mr. Segun Awolowo at the Statehouse, Abuja.

• Also received in audience members of the Presidential Defence Reform Implementation Committee at the State House, Abuja.

26th November
Attended the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry Presidential Policy Dialogue in Lagos, Nigeria.

Jobs/Vacancies / Re: Osinbajo, Others Harp On Value Addition, Commodities Market Development by okefranci: 3:08pm On Nov 27
The pandemic has caused a lot of havoc to our economy but yet we need to work hands in hands to knock the umemployed down by creating more jobs to allow the balance of economy
Jobs/Vacancies / Osinbajo, Others Harp On Value Addition, Commodities Market Development by okefranci: 2:58pm On Nov 27
Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday, said Nigeria needed to deepen value addition to aid job creation and growth of the commodities market.

To achieve this, Osinbajo said there was a need to build a resilient and competitive economy that would mitigate and adapt to climate change and relentlessly match the digital economy and fourth industrial revolution. Osinbajo gave the assertion at the 2021 LCCI Presidential Policy Dialogue Organised by the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

According to him, the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic precipitated a global health crisis that triggered socio-economic crises with macro-economic shocks that shrunk the size of the global economy thereby contracting GDP growth, shrinking employment, global oil prices and the hospitality sectors.

Osinbajo said plans were underway to boost supply chains and prioritise the export of goods and diversification of the non-oil sector to strengthen production outcomes and increase the GDP size under the Economic Sustainability Plan
Speaking on fintech and tech environment, he said technology and tech-enabled businesses would be a major focus in the coming years, adding that the fintech space, despite the global health crisis, had contributed to economic growth and development.

He posited that the right regulatory environment was critical to growing the sector, adding that this would bring together private and public sector partnerships to formulate policies such as banking policies and payment systems to accommodate the new tech enabled players.

He commended the efforts of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in expanding investment space for fintech to support digital and creative sectors while lauding the conceptualisation of the $600 million investment in digital and creative enterprise programmes.

Governor of Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, lauded the LCCI for its consistency in promoting harmonious relationship between government and the private sector, particularly in the area of ease of doing business.

The governor, represented by the Commissioner, Economic Planning and Budget, Sam Egube, stressed the need to engage collectively to position Nigeria to transform its resources and huge potentials into result to be among the global comity of nations.

Sanwo-Olu said Nigeria must raise commitment levels and harness opportunities offered by the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) for global competitiveness.

“COVID-19 transformed business models and processes and we are faced with the necessity to come up with ingenious strategies to ensure the wheels of commerce keeps moving.
“Africa remains at the rung of the ladder in spite of its abundant natural resources and potentials for growth and development but the AfCFTA would position the continent as a global competitor.

“We understand the importance of formulating policies to drive the business community and we are always ready to engage with it at all times,” he said.

He reiterated his administration’s strategic direction to harness public and private sector growth to create jobs, expand social services and provide a conducive environment for businesses to thrive.

LCCI President, Mrs Toki Mabogunje, said the short-term outlook of key economic indicators looked fragile but bright, expressing optimism that recent policy interventions and economic reforms would drive the economy to turn the corner soon.

Mabogunje noted that in spite of several economic disruptions such as insecurity, liquidity crisis, among others, the Nigerian economy had posed strong fundamentals.

“Our natural resources endowments are vast, the sustained rising price of crude oil, the domestic market is large and our people are resourceful and enterprising.
“What is much needed are the enablers as times like these offer tremendous opportunities for innovation, creativity, export growth and import substitution.
“These are the silver linings even as we expect to see the economy navigate an upward curve in its recovery journey,” she said.

The LCCI president charged the government to focus on building a thriving and sustainable economy, enhancing social inclusion and poverty reduction, enlarging agricultural output for food security and attaining energy sufficiency in power and petroleum products.

She also called for the expansion of transport and other infrastructural development, business growth, entrepreneurship and industrialisation, access to quality education, affordable healthcare and productivity and more.

On his part, Group Chairman, Nigeria Exchange Group, Otunba Abimbola Ogunbanjo, said promoting the right policies to advance the private sector, technological advancement and capacity building was critical to driving private sector development.

Ogunbanjo said this was important to assist the country’s recovery from COVID-19 in spite of the resilience it has shown with its exit from recession and current economic growth.


https://guardian.ng/news/osinbajo-others-harp-on-value-addition-commodities-market-development/

Culture / Re: Baba Suwe: Exit Of A Comic Legend by okefranci: 4:53am On Nov 27
The Youruba artistes really missed a gem ,a comedian and someone who really make them laugh
Business / Re: Productivity: Value Addition, Key To Development Plan – VP Osinbajo by okefranci: 4:49am On Nov 27
This is very good but we appeal the government to establish a monitored implementation mechanism that will guarantee the delivery of positive impact of the plan made
Culture / Baba Suwe: Exit Of A Comic Legend by okefranci: 4:45am On Nov 27
Many who had followed Baba Suwe’s story would most likely admit that it didn’t come as a surprise when his death was announced on Monday, November 22. As it were, the grim reaper had on few occasions winked at the legendary comic actor since he lost his grove and bubbly old self as result of the health challenges he battled within the twilight of his life in 2019 and 2020 until he passed on. Even before his death, mischief makers had made this jolly good fellow a victim of death through rumours.
But heartwarming it is and in true appreciation of his acting skills and memory, fans of the late thespian have been paying tribute to him since his demise. Baba Suwe, born Babatunde Omidina, was best known for the comic role he played in scores of movies – including those he produced. Mourning him has taken shades of reminisces for the actor who catered for Nigeria’s households viewing pleasure with his performances.

A senior media colleague in a post on his Facebook page must have captured the thoughts and minds of many. With his short but evocative tribute to the late Nollywood thespian, who was popular for his theatrics, he wrote that many grew up loving comedy, because Baba Suwe was an active player in the entertainment industry. “You dictated the pace, carved a niche, defined your style and set a standard eligible only for raw talents.” Baba Suwe was naturally gifted and truly made many smile and sometimes, laugh to stupour.
He had his definition for everything and created his own lexicon as trademark. “Put succinctly, you stood out from the lot”, the colleague added. “The last two times I saw you, I prayed God to give you peace and rest and I think that prayer has just been answered. We certainly won’t forget you, Baba Suwe. An era comes to a deserving end.” True to him, Baba Suwe was thoroughly exemplary and unique for having a definition for everything and created his own lexicon which made it his bouquet of trademarks.
Witty and energetic, Baba Suwe was a delight to watch on the screen during his heyday. As one of the most iconic Yoruba actors, producer, theatre practitioner, humour merchant, Baba Suwe brought laughter and joy to homes. Until his success streak was dimmed some years ago when he was held at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency on suspicion of drug trafficking. He was suspected to have ingested several wraps of cocaine and was kept under surveillance by the agency for three weeks.
With the assistance of his lawyer, the late Bamidele Aturu, a human rights activist, the allegation was described as false and defamatory by the ruling of a Lagos High Court. The court ordered his release and instructed the NDLEA to pay him N25 million as compensation. His fans and supporters cheered him as he left the court building after the hearing.

In 2013, the Appeal Court struck out the compensation ruling, insisting that the anti-narcotic agency violated no law in keeping Omidina in custody all through the investigation period. The actor had said in interviews that the experience crippled his health. His health would become a public discourse in 2019, when friends solicited funds for his medical treatment. Through the generosity of well-meaning Nigerians like Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Billionaire Femi Otedola and Reverend Esther Ajayi, amongst others, he was flown to the United States for the treatment of diabetes and other ailments. He returned to the country a month later.
Until his death, Baba Suwe’s regret was that he did not receive the N25 million compensation court ordered the NDLEA to pay him. He lamented in a report that the death of Bamidele Aturu, his lawyer, was a blow to efforts toward getting the compensation. “If my lawyer, Bamidele Aturu, was still alive, I will have got my compensation a long time ago because he is a good lawyer. He is also a compassionate person. The man was nice. When we were in court, he really tried. If he was alive, I would have been compensated,” he had said.
In 2019, he also echoed his regret of not getting the compensation and cried out during an interview while soliciting funds to enable him to access good health care. “After all this, I haven’t received the N25 million compensation. Please don’t let me die this way. I can’t lie, see how I am looking,” he had said. “I slumped when I travelled and was admitted for about three weeks. They asked me if I was trafficking cocaine and I said no. I was examined and they didn’t see anything. After that, I requested to return to Nigeria.
After returning to Nigeria, I tried to walk on my own but I was staggering; that’s how I started using the walking stick. When I returned to America, they said I needed to do surgery and that it would cost a lot. When I approached people, they said they didn’t have money so I couldn’t raise as much money as I needed. I need help from my fans so that I can take care of myself.” The ace actor eventually passed on this week at 63 after a long battle with an undisclosed illness. Baba Suwe was born on August 22, 1958, at Inabere Street, Lagos Island. He hailed from Ikorodu LGA in Lagos state.

https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2021/11/27/baba-suwe-exit-of-a-comic-legend

Business / Productivity: Value Addition, Key To Development Plan – VP Osinbajo by okefranci: 1:40am On Nov 27
Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo says boosting productivity through value addition is key in the implementation strategies of the country’s new medium-term plan, the National Development Plan 2021-2025 (NDP 2021-2025).

Prof. Osinbajo stated this on Friday in Lagos at the 2021 Presidential Policy Dialogue organized by the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, LCCI.

“The cornerstone of the strategy is boosting productivity by focusing on value addition as the guiding principle for all sectors, especially agriculture, manufacturing, solid minerals, digital services, tourism, hospitality and entertainment; value added is the key.

“In agriculture, for example, just as we try to increase production, say, of rice, we are paying equal attention to the value chain such as storage, transportation, processing, marketing; the introduction of commodity market—we have two private ones now and the public one.”

Vice President Osinbajo explained that similar measures were being taken in the mining sector, where government recognizes that exploitation and extraction would not create jobs.

“Our aim is to focus on resources beneficiation and of course development of the local industry so that we can create wealth all along the mineral value chain,” he stated.

Restating the strategic objectives of the NDP 2021-2025, which “Include establishing a strong foundation for a diversified economy, investing in critical infrastructure, enabling human capital development and improving governance and strengthening security,” Osinbajo said, “The implementation of the plan is expected to be supported by a range of measures of fiscal, monetary and trade measures including reformation of subsidy regimes and a better functioning foreign exchange market.”

Cardinal Principles

According to Prof. Osinbajo, there are a number of cardinal principles of the strategic direction of the NPD 2021-2025, among which is the centrality of job creation.

“All programmes and policies are viewed from the lens of the number of jobs, direct and indirect that they can create.

“This is important because it will also influence the sort of incentives that would be given sectors of the economy.

“Secondly, the loosening of restrictions on trade; we believe that generalized restrictions on trade are counter-productive, especially when they impede the ability of local industries to procure critical inputs.”

Prof. Osinbajo pointed out that the focus of government would be on allowing import of goods to which value can be added before domestic consumption or export.

“When implemented in full, the strategic orientation of becoming a value-adding economy will help create a high number of jobs.”

Other principles of the NDP 2021-2025 that the vice president listed were the promotion of business friendly environment, ending and accelerating the growth of the Nigerian digital economy.

He said the plan, “Envisages a movement away from a strategy of managing limited supplies to one of expanding the supply base of food and manufactures as well as with regard to electricity supply, petroleum products and foreign exchange. It also prioritizes the exports of goods and services beyond crude oil.”

Prof. Osinbajo said that the success of the NDP 2021-2025 would depend greatly on strong partnership between the public and private sectors.

“The new National Development Plan envisages an investment commitment of N348 trillion over the plan period of which it is expected that Government at all levels will come up with about N49.7 trillion or about 14% while the private sector is expected to invest N298 or about 86%.

“This government has always emphasized that the private sector has a key role to play in our efforts to build a more resilient and competitive economy.

“Private companies are engaged in design, construction, logistics and financial components of national infrastructural projects just as we are fully conscious that good infrastructure is vital to enable the private sector to be efficient and competitive, we also see their role in all the sectors of the economy.

“This is why we are now able to use the Abuja-Kaduna railway and Lagos-Ibadan railway and talk about near completion dates for the Second Niger Bridge, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Abuja-Kano Expressway, and the Abuja-Kaduna-Kano gas pipeline.

“The infrastructure story will be taken up a notch higher when Infraco, the N15 trillion naira infrastructure fund being set up in partnership with the private sector takes off fully.”

AfCTA Negotiations

Calling on the private sector to contribute to the articulation of the national trade strategy and provide support to Nigeria’s negotiators in the Africa Continental Free Trade Area, AfCTA, Vice President Osinbajo urged Nigerian businesses to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the free trade area.

“As things stand, negotiations on the Rules of Origin which are very important for boosting local production are at about 87.65% complete with outstanding work of about 10% on textiles and 2% relating to automobiles.

“In the services, 41 countries have made offers but which are still to be verified. The Phase 2 negotiations on investment, intellectual property, competition are at early stages while talks on Women and Youth in Trade and Digital Trade are yet to start.”

In her remarks, the President of the LCCI, Mrs. Toki Mabogunje acknowledged the efforts of the Nigerian government at fixing the economy.

She said the approval of the NDP 2021-2025 by the Federal Executive Council to succeed the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, ERGP 2017-2020 was an indication of government’s clear and deliberate efforts at managing the economy.

“We urge the government to establish a monitored implementation mechanism that will guarantee the delivery of positive impact of the plan.”

Delight Over Subsidy Removal

Listing the LCCI priorities that would ensure enabling business environment in Nigeria, Mrs. Mabogunje expressed delight at the “Proposed removal of fuel subsidy after a long drawn delay,” and recommended “Corresponding investment in transport infrastructure to ease movement, create more transport choices and thereby reduce the cost of transportation and logistics.”

She also commended the passage and signing into law of the Petroleum Industry Bill and urged the federal government to ensure that the suspension of the inauguration of the board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation does not hinder the implementation of the Act.

The LCCI president also spoke on the need for regular engagements between the government and the private sector; digital national assets register; the establishment of the Special Economic Zones, Climate Change, among others.

In the lead private sector remarks, the Group Chairman, Nigeria Exchange Group, Otunba Abimbola Ogunbajo stated that technology would be the driver of advancements in the years ahead.

He called on businesses in Nigeria to leverage technology and digitalization to grow their businesses.

There was also a dialogue session during which Vice President Osinbajo answered questions on various aspects of the Nigerian economy.

https://von.gov.ng/2021/11/26/productivity-value-addition-key-to-development-plan-vp-osinbajo/
Crime / Re: Court Proscribes Bandit Groups, Declares Them Terrorists Bandits by okefranci: 11:46am On Nov 26
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Celebrities / Re: Why I Rejected Invitation To Meet Osinbajo - Sabinus by okefranci: 11:11am On Nov 26
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Politics / Re: Engaging With The People & Their Needs Remain Our Major Concern, Osinbajo Says by okefranci: 1:32pm On Nov 25
Buhari/Osinbajo administration will continues exploring the vast opportunities in this country.
Politics / Re: FG Grooming Youths For National Leadership Role, Says Osinbajo by okefranci: 1:29pm On Nov 25
The youths are the leaders of tomorrow and we have to be proactive in our deaings
Politics / FG Grooming Youths For National Leadership Role, Says Osinbajo by okefranci: 1:27pm On Nov 25
Olawale Ajimotokan in Abuja

Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has said that the present administration is grooming and positioning young people to take up leadership roles through a number of programmes.
The vice president, who was represented by the Head of Service, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan stated this at the 2021 Annual Directors’ Conference of the Institute of Directors, held in Abuja.

Osinbajo said the Leadership Enhancement and Development Programme (LEAD-P) being implemented through the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation was to identify and train 100 middle Level officers on grade Level 10-14 within the public service annually and enhance their leadership potentials.
Other leadership development programmes, he added, is the Build Your Brand (BYB) initiative which is a leadership development programme designed for young business leaders.

The NextGen Leaders Programme, he added, is an inter-Generational mentoring and networking programme that mobilises and connects youth with structured support system from committed adults to remove impediments to their growth while the youth also support teenagers who are about to become youth.

The two initiatives are being driven by the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development.
Also, through the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, the vice president said the Young Professionals Programme (YPP) is being implemented to build a workforce of young and competent individuals that can champion economic growth and diversification through research, skills development and innovations.

“The programme is also intended to ensure that young individuals are equipped to properly understand the challenges and dynamics of public sector management and administration,” he added.

According to him, in 2018, the “Not too Young to Run” bill signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari dropped the age qualification for the office of the President from 30 to 40 years; Governor from 30 to 35, Senate 30 to 35 and House of Representatives 25 to 30.
The federal government has initiated a Young Aspirant Leadership Fellowship (YALF) to complement efforts towards driving the legislation, he added.

“These and many more actions too numerous to mentioned are aimed at engaging the younger generation and giving them required exposure to enable them take up leadership positions” he further said.

Osinbajo urged the Institute of Directors to remain proactive and be in the forefront of promoting effective governance through the mentorship and building of the capacity of younger talents.


https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2021/11/25/fg-grooming-youths-for-national-leadership-role-says-osinbajo/

Politics / Re: Why Osinbajo Should Succeed Buhari – APC Group by okefranci: 11:43pm On Nov 24
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Culture / Re: Osinbajo Tasks Yoruba Indigenes On Return Of Stolen Artefacts by okefranci: 11:35am On Nov 24
The most important thing is that we need to document our history and culture and we need to bring pride to our heritage because if you don’t write your history, the enemy will write it in a wrong way and it will affect your pride.
Culture / Osinbajo Tasks Yoruba Indigenes On Return Of Stolen Artefacts by okefranci: 11:31am On Nov 24
Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday, urged Yoruba sons and daughters and the International Centre for Yoruba Arts and Culture at the University of Ibadan (UI) to join in the global movement to champion the return of artefacts that were plundered, looted or illegally taken away from the country.

This also came as the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III; the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams; Governors Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun) and Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo) stressed the need for preservation of the Yoruba culture.

They made the call during the presentation and launching of the International Centre for Yoruba Arts and Culture (ICYAC) at the UI, Ibadan, the state capital.
Osinbajo said: “The Centre should offer a destination for mission of discovery by the very many Africans in Diaspora who trace their origins to the Yoruba people and promote closer links between the Yoruba people in the homeland and their kin in the Diaspora but more importantly provide a crucial pillar in the global attempt to build social and economic bridges between people of African descent everywhere in our world. And while we are at it, you must join in the global movement to champion the return of artefacts that were plundered, looted or illegally taken away from these shores.”

Akeredolu, represented by his deputy, Lucky Ayedatiwa; Abiodun by his deputy, Mrs. Noimot Salako-Oyedele and Makinde by his deputy, Rauf Olaniyan; all said the Yoruba must preserve their heritage.

The Alaafin stressed the need for Yoruba to preserve their culture and heritage. He said that modern system of government had been part of Yoruba political system before the advent of colonialists.
Oba Adeyemi maintained that the ICYAC would be a focal point of return and restitution of stolen archives and artefacts.

On his part, Gani Adams said: “We need to document our history and culture and we need to bring pride to our heritage because if you don’t write your history, the enemy will write it in a wrong way and it will affect your pride. Yoruba is one of the most important races in the world. This is a race that has been in existence for more 15,000 years. We have a lot of things to document so that the global village can know our importance and where we are coming from.”

The convener, Mr. Alao Adedayo, said that the centre would help to promote the preservation of Yoruba culture, tradition and religion.

Adedayo, who is the publisher of Alaroye newspapers, said: “The idea was first conceived in 2014 with the desire to create a place where researchers could conduct and complete works on the history, arts and culture of the Yoruba.”

“The Centre will promote and propagate our history, culture and tradition. This will teach the younger generation about our past as a tolerant and peaceful race. This will promote the unity, progress and prosperity of this country.”

https://guardian.ng/news/osinbajo-tasks-yoruba-indigenes-on-return-of-stolen-artefacts/

Politics / Re: Osinbajo, Alaafin Launch Centre For Yoruba Arts In Ibadan by okefranci: 6:46am On Nov 24
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Culture / How Culture Can Strengthen Bonds Of Unity – Osinbajo by okefranci: 7:38pm On Nov 23
The work of centers such as the International Centre For Yoruba Arts and Culture could become a base for how culture can help in building a more inclusive, fairer, and more just society, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.

Prof. Osinbajo, who was speaking this afternoon at the launch of the Centre in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, added that the Centre could strengthen the bonds of unity within an ethnically diverse nation such as Nigeria.

“The work of this Centre should also offer a base and sanctuary which reflects how Yoruba culture can contribute to the tools of nation-building,” the VP stated.

Reflecting on President Muhammadu Buhari’s observation in 2018 that the rest of Nigeria could learn from the accommodating nature of Yorubas in South West regardless of religion, ethnicity, and politics, Prof. Osinbajo asked, “how can the rest of the nation learn as President Buhari observed, from the way Yorubas manage within their families to accommodate diverse faiths and beliefs?

“At a more reflective level, we will through this repository and the traditions embedded in the artworks and cultural artefacts, imbibe the triumphs, challenges, inventions, and spiritual heritage of the Yoruba people.

"And how here at home, Yoruba culture also had to adapt to the onslaught of colonialism in Nigeria by the British and in Benin and Togo by the French. In 'Death and the King’s Horseman', a classic play by Professor Wole Soyinka, we see forces at work that tried to adapt cultural practices with tragic consequences.”

Highlighting the Omoluabi philosophy of the Yoruba people, which is used to describe a person of integrity, trust and honour, the VP observed that, “in a nation dogged by the abdication of high values especially in leadership, perhaps the Centre might take on the task of formalizing the pedagogy on the concept of Omoluabi for teaching in our schools. Omoluabi, the true moral quintessence of the Yoruba race - the virtuous man, or the man or woman of character.

“Perhaps scholars here will distill the heart of the Omoluwabi ethos, and reveal the attributes of trustworthiness, reliability, honesty, and forthrightness for coming generations of Nigerians. Perhaps the world needs to know that the Omoluabi is one whose word to brother and stranger alike is reliable, who believes in the equality of all men regardless of race or belief, and that all deserve to be treated with dignity and fairness. One who believes that the commonwealth is not to be stolen or personalized, but it is for the good of all."

In the same vein, the Vice President noted that “culture is not just about the past, and it is neither static nor immutable, it is constantly creating and recreating;” and “progress is not merely determined by fidelity to tradition, but by our capacity for invention and reinvention.”

Prof. Osinbajo further said Nigeria could further leverage its diversity to harness strength and raise development capital.

As the VP observed, a continuously changing global landscape and the Fourth Industrial Revolution have made it more vital to adapt to technological innovation changing at lightning speed.

According to him “the future of mankind is at an inflexion point with COVID-19 and climate change already disrupting life as we know it. To cope well, we must draw strength from our cultural capital - the wealth of tangible and intangible knowledge that emanates from a society’s core and enables it to cope with change.

“One of the tasks of scholars, enthusiasts, and citizens interested in understanding the Yoruba heritage is to use culture as a tool for helping us discern our place in the world and to rekindle our visionary capabilities. This intent is inherent in the design and work of this Centre.”

On the potential impact of the International Centre For Yoruba Arts and Culture, Prof. Osinbajo observed that “the World Centre will therefore serve not just as a place of memory, but as a place that inspires us and fires our collective imagination, even within the dynamic contexts of advances in technology, ideas and thought.”

Beyond being a place for the study of Yoruba arts and culture, he also stated that the Centre could join the advocacy for the return of artefacts to their original homes, while also becoming a destination point for many Africans in Diaspora to trace their origins to the Yorubas.

Equally, the Centre should also promote closer links between the Yoruba people in the homeland and their kin in the diaspora, he added.

The VP commended the visioners of the Centre, particularly Mr. Alao Adedayo, who is also the Publisher of Alaroye Newspapers, for the boldness and ambition of their enterprise, as well as the enormous self-sacrifice and patriotism that it entailed.

“You have initiated a place that will give context and depth to our understanding of our past, our place and role in the present, and hopefully our preparation for the future. A place that will help tell a fuller, deeper and richer story of a proud, creative, and colorful people, but also of the rich tapestry of cultures, races, ethnicities, and faiths of which they are a part,” he added.

Also at the event, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III praised the idea of the Center while highlighting the pride of place that Yoruba people hold in Nigeria and around the world. Referring to a recent speech by the VP detailing how young Nigerians are making global waves in technology and innovation, the Alaafin said such exploits by many young Yoruba youths show the high esteem of the Yoruba people.

The Alaafin, who spoke in Yoruba, also called for the preservation of Yoruba customs and traditions.

“Considering the rate at which things move these days, it will be disastrous allowing our traditions go into oblivion in the face of permissiveness. Languages often hold the record of a people’s history, including their songs, stories, praise, poetry and ancient traditions, " the prominent Yoruba monarch said.

He also observed that with the gradual extinction of a language, humanity could lose access to local understanding of plants, animals, and ecosystems, some of which have important medicinal value, and many of which remain undocumented by science.

In his remarks, Mr. Alao Adedayo, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Centre and Publisher of Alaroye Newspaper, said, the centre was set up to preserve in one place, the culture, tradition, language of a people, adding that it will also promote the idea of Yoruba people coming together to achieve things and help in nation building.

Alao also emphasised that the centre would be to serve as a one-stop shop, offering old, new, recreated and reconstructed materials for researchers, lecturers, students, authors, journalists, historians and members of the public interested in Yoruba history, arts and culture as a tool for nation building, national cohesiveness and mutual understanding.

Others speakers at the event which attracted different groups from the Southwest States, Kwara and beyond were the deputy governors of Oyo State, Rauf Olaniyan; Ogun State, Mrs. Noimot Salako-Oyedele; and Ondo State, Lucky Aiyedatiwa.

The Vice Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Prof. Kayode Oyebode Adebowale, among other dignitaries also attended and spoke at the ceremony.



*Laolu Akande*
*Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity*
*Office of the Vice President*
*23rd November, 2021*
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Politics / Re: PYO Support Groups Flood Yoruba WCE, Say Osinbajo Will Perform As President by okefranci: 2:06pm On Nov 23
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Politics / Osinbajo Support Groups Flood Yoruba World Centre Say He Will Perform As Presid by okefranci: 2:01pm On Nov 23
Many support groups and a legion of supporters of the Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, on Tuesday, flooded the presentation and launching of the Yoruba World Centre project known as the International Center For Yoruba Arts and Culture (NCEYAC) in Ibadan.

The arrival of Vice President Osinbajo to the programme which kicked off 11:00 a.m. at John Paul 11 Hall, opposite U.I Bookshop, University of Ibadan, was greeted with a rousing fanfare by the general audience happy to behold the physical presence of Nigeria’s second-in-command at the event.

On his arrival, Vice President Osinbajo, was ushered in to the Ibadan campus by the Vice Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Prof Kayode Adebowale, and other management staff members of the institution, to the novel event which began under the chairmanship of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, who also at the event.

Prior to the arrival of the Vice President as the Special Guest of Honour, the event had witnessed a massive political campaign of songs for the Vice President by different support groups, members of the ruling All Progressives Congress, (APC) and many of his supporters.


https://thedailyleaks.com/2023-pyo-support-groups-flood-yoruba-world-centre-event-say-osinbajo-will-perform-as-president/
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Business / Osinbajo Says FG Plans To Inject 10 Million Gas Cylinders In 12 States by okefranci: 11:36am On Nov 23
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has revealed that the Federal Government will donate 10 million LPG cylinders in a year through certified marketers in 12 pilot states.

He disclosed this at the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) sensitisation under the theme: “Stimulating Delta state’s socio-economic growth through LPG adoption and expansion”, on Monday, in Asaba, Delta State, according to NAN.

The programme was organised by the National LPG Expansion Implementation Plan (NLEIP) under the Office of the Vice President.
He revealed that Nigeria had proven gas reserves of 260 trillion cubits feet (tcf) and unproven reserve of 600tcf, and that the country needs to maximize its use.

Osinbajo said, “Nigeria is gas rich as well as oil. Unfortunately, the concentration has been on oil, when we have 260tcf of proven gas reserves and 600tcf unproven gas reserves. All those figures will remain statistics unless we do something about it.
A state like Delta is crucial because of the abundant gas available here. Gas flaring must come to an end and we must make use of resources that will come from ending gas-flaring.

“This programme is crucial because of the several advantages attached to usage of gas: the same cooking gas can be used to power vehicles. The power sector can also take advantage of the same LPG.

“Delta being one of the 12 pilot states, two from each geopolitical zone, where for the next one year, we will concentrate on making sure that both the state, industry and the people enjoy the advantages of this fuel.
“It was set up in 2017, and it was critical for us to look at the regulatory environment and also a way that distribution of gas is carried out in the country.

“Today, you buy your cylinder, I buy my cylinder, that is about to change that is why the 12 pilot states were chosen, so from consumer-cylinder-owned model, we are hoping to transit to marketers’ cylinder-owned model.”

He also added that the regulations for LPG cylinders states that five years after manufacture, the cylinder is supposed to recertified. 10 years after, reverify that cylinder, and 15 years after, that cylinder should be scrapped.

Osinbajo said that the FG has engaged two plants to manufacture cylinders and will inject five to 10 million cylinders within the 12 pilots states in the next one year.

“The marketer will be given these cylinders and they are responsible to ensure that the cylinders get to your homes”, the vice president said.
Nairametrics reported earlier this year that the Federal Government disclosed that it is planning to launch Liquefied Petroleum Gas distribution channels in every local government in Nigeria.

The Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva revealed that the ministry is targeting to ameliorate the energy challenge in Nigeria and clean cooking gas is key in this regard because 70% of greenhouse emissions are caused by deforestation.


https://nairametrics.com/2021/11/23/lpg-vice-president-says-fg-plans-to-inject-10-million-gas-cylinders-in-12-states/

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Politics / Re: Osinbajo, Govs, Ooni, Alaafin, Others Launch Yoruba World Centre by okefranci: 6:41am On Nov 23
This is fantastic ,the Yorubas are to encourage their culture as to recon with, I like listening to Professor Yemi Osinbajo's speech
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