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Corps Member Inaugurates Bore Hole Water in Imo Community

A corps member serving in Oru West Local Government, has inaugurated a bore hole water project in the local government area.

The Corps member, Ogungbade Qudus carried out the project under the NYSC Community Development Service (CDS) programme, having experienced water scarcity during his short stay at Mgbidi, before deployment to his place of primary assignment.

The project, which has a over-head scaffolder, tanker and standby generating set, was inaugurated by the Chairman of Oru West Local Government, Hon. Chief Ugboaja in presence of other highly powered local council officials as well as top management staff of Imo state NYSC.


The Local Government Chairman taking a sip

Speaking on behalf of the State Coordinator during the project commissioning, the Assistant Director, Corps Discipline and Monitoring, Mr. Enweonwu said that the project took the first position in Imo state, and has been nominated for presidential honours in Abuja.
He advised other corps members to impact lives in their respective host communities, adding that community development remains one of the cardinal focus of the scheme.

Also speaking during the event, the local Govt Inspector of Oru West, Mrs. Ejiofor Maria applauded the project and urged other corps members.

Meanwhile, Mr. Ogungbade expressed gratitude to God for making it possible for him to execute the project as planned, adding that “support of various individuals made the success of the project a possibility”.

Mr. Ogungbade listed the co-sponsors of the project as Sir Collins Ezenwa, Hon. T. C Okoliogwu, Dr. K.S.C. Nwkaudu, Hon. Bartholomew Okafor, Barr. Chike Ogbeleje and Chief Obasi Ajarie.

Residents of the area appreciated the corps member for the assistance, noting that it would go a long way in ameliorating the challenges of water scarcity in the locale.

The Corps member showing off the project.

They however took turn to take sip of the tap water.

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CORPS MEMBER LAUNCHES “STAND WITH NIGERIA” CAMPAIGN IN ENUGU

The “Stand With Nigeria” campaigners on Tuesday, 31st of October  had a formal lecture where roles of youths in leadership and governance were redefined. The event was well attended and reported on Radio Nigeria, Enugu National service on Frequency Modulation 92.9. Below is a very similar trans copy of the news report as filed by Edith Ajah;

 

A corps member serving in Enugu State, yesterday, Tuesday, 31st of October, launched a “Stand With Nigeria” Campaign, hash tagged “StandWith9ja” in the state.

The event with the theme; “Making of A New Nigeria: The Youth Agenda” was held at the Enugu North Local Government Secretariat’s City Hall with government officials and other dignitaries in attendance.

The corps member, Moshood Muhammed with the state code EN/16B/4959, it was learnt started the campaign as a personal Community Development Service effort until some of his colleagues adopted the ideology and joined the movement.

Speaking during the event, the Assistant Director, NYSC, Enugu State, Mr. Ernest Ebekine charged Nigerian youths to continue to work together for the development of the nation by ensuring they do the right thing at all time.

According to him, he was happy a corps member in the state could think of how to sensitize others to have the right thinking attitude, cause change so as to move Nigeria forward.

In his words, “I feel so glad that one of our corps member initiated this idea. This is a right step in the right direction because through this programme, a change will occur and our country, Nigeria, will move forward”.

The State Director of National Orientation Agency, Mr. Isaac Onukwube lauded the initiative and encouraged the corps members present to always present the country in good light.

He added that event as such should be embraced by many as it would help redirection of grievance registration by youths and other stakeholders in the country, rather than causing mayhems.

In his remark, a guest speaker at the occasion, the immediate past Commissioner for Human Capital Development and Poverty Reduction in Enugu state, Mr. Godwin Ogenyi maintained that youths should aim at making Nigeria better through their creative abilities.

While lauding the initiative of the corps member and his colleagues who put the programme together, the former commissioner charged them to equip themselves with necessary skills, and do away with the usual complaints about what is not good about the country.

He noted that opportunities only come to those who are prepared for it.

Mr. Ogenyi said; “What we are doing today is an idea of a young man, who has decided to redefine the kind of Nigeria we want to see, to consider those things we need to be able to do this. Obviously, he (Muhammed) has engaged his colleagues so they can collectively challenge the ills in the society. This is good”

Earlier in his welcome address, the founder initiative, Mr. Moshood Muhammed said the aim of the programme was to encourage patriotism among Nigerians, with special focus on the youth so as to unite and move the nation to a greater height.

He added that the inauguration of volunteers became necessary owing to the need to continue the campaign beyond his service year, noting that the same campaign is currently being mobilized for in Ogun State as well as other parts of Nigeria.

Explaining the rationale behind the project, Muhammed said; “this campaign started with a view to engage the youth so as to orientate and re-orientate citizens of the country, augment the patriotism of our people so that we can collectively move this country forward.

“The country, Nigeria, cannot move forward when we are not a part of it. There is a need for us as citizens to come on board, acts responsibly and ensure they put the country first in everything we do, because there is no leadership without followership”. He noted.

Some members of the movement expressed satisfaction with success of the inauguration and extended an invitation to other youths to key into the vision of building a better nation for all. One of them, Justin Izuchukwu Okosa said; “I thank Mr. Moshood for bringing up the idea. The campaign targets the youths so we can engage the youths of the country on the need to be patriotic because when we (the youths) do the right thing, the country will move forward.”

Another participant, Kolade Tinuola, had this to say; “Most Nigerians have turned to western countries to pursue their dreams because they have lost interest. With this attitude, we would not be able to build the kind of country we seek. Everyone of us must be part of the nation building process; in Nigeria, my contemporaries should believe that we can make it and Nigeria will rise enviably. That is why we have started this campaign”

The event, which saw the inauguration of volunteers for the campaign had in attendance a member of Enugu state House of Assembly representing Ezeagwu State Constituency, Hon. Barrister Chima Obieze; Police Public Relations Officer, SP Ebere Amaraizu; Local Government Inspector of Enugu North, Mr. Maduforo Chinedu and senior officials of the NYSC in the state among others.

YOUTH LEADERSHIP AND RAGING QUESTIONS OF CAPABILITY   



​By: Moshood Muhammed 

As it stands today, the youths of the country are very much against each other. And no one is ready to willingly cede leadership position to the other, even if available without needless antagonistic posture. Why you may ask? 

It is not out of place to state that lack of trust, scary, rotten antecedents and ego are reasons for this.

From another perspective, most of us are not only corrupt, but brilliantly and skillfully corrupt from behind like our daddies. You can blame this on lack of the right view of leadership and mentorship from them. 

Even at that, we are not ready to change our own stories and develop the will required to make a meaningful and fruitful change, required by our people. 

All these have continued unabated. Yet, this is the time our campaign for youths in the country’s leadership has gathered the most of momentum. So, can we truly have the opportunity to have atleast a youthful and resourceful President, Governors, Senators, House of Representative members et al on this manner, bearing in mind our affiliations and involvement with the present crop of political parties, its ideologies and overt and covert activities?   

The question most youths have continued to raise,and have battled overtime is, “even if one decides to lead the pack of youths for what we all seek, who are those who will back your leadership to succeed”?

We can blame our leaders, but what stuffs are we made of? 

​Before the light goes off again…

By: Moshood Muhammed

In the yesteryears

peace traveled out

politicians couldn’t bail us

Nigerians suffered a huge loss

There was a great division

War of arms rented the air

Cries became a routinal sound

Sounds of bombs became musical tunes

Hues sweep across the whole land

Toddlers became men 

They fought to save the land 

The people 

Dealt a great blow

Drenched in blood  

Peaceful atmosphere turn moist 

Women shiver 

Men held coldly 

Young allay fear

Before the light goes off again…

Why should Nigerians maim Nigerians?

War isn’t just the way

Our people can’t be slained

Our peace cannot be bothered

Let’s give peace a chance!

THE YOUTH BE TOO YOUNG TO RULE

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By: Moshood Muhammed

Year 2016 has been greatly remarkable in the life of our dear country and acclaimed giant of Africa, Nigeria. Similarly, same was witnessed the year before. It’s indeed true that this nation is richly blessed and loved by the most high God.
Despite being hugely blessed, our major problem emanates from leadership quagmire; it’s no more news that the same set of people have continued to parade the corridors of power, not leaving the sons and daughters of nobody the opportunity of having a taste of what leadership of the country looks like. By this, the Nigerian state, the most populous human black skinned country in the whole world can be said to have been ‘concessioned’ to a few.

If the country had been good and things turn out as they ought to be, perhaps, we as the people would still be deep in slumber, not minding what is being done to us by the old cargos at the helm of affairs. But, reverse is sadly the case. This was why, coupled with other factors the reason why the then ruling PDP were sacked from the Aso Rock. That done, Nigeria elected a former military ruler cum Septuagenarian as President in 2015.

That APC led government which drove to power on the campaign for CHANGE has no doubt and regrettably continued in the ‘oldness’ of the erstwhile ruling party. This government has many past leaders, who once served in various capacities appointed and elected into many offices across board. Someone like Audu Ogbe, 69, is today a federal Minister was a one-time Deputy Speaker of Benue, Minister of Communications and later Minister of Steel before becoming national chairman of PDP in year 2001 while David Mark, 68, served as Senate President between 2007-2015 and was re-elected to represent Benue state as a member, would have been in the National Assembly for twenty years in 2019. This same man had served as military governor of Niger State between 1984-1986. The list is endless.
Like Nigeria, most African countries and indeed other countries of the world have suffered same fate. Though, Africa appears the most hit; the continent prides in much older leaders as heads of government.
As a way of integrating and ensuring the participation of youths in governance, the Nigerian National Assembly, specifically the lower chamber had a bill presented before it by Hon.Tony Nwulu, representative of Oshodi/Isolo Federal Constituency II of Lagos state on June 2016. Similarly, the United Nations launched a global campaign Not Too Young To Run was launched at the first United Nations Forum on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law taking place at United Nations Geneva.
The campaign, launched by a partnership consisting of the Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the European Youth Forum (EYF) and the Youth Initiative for Advocacy Growth & Advancement (YIAGA), aims to elevate the promotion of young people’s right to run for public office and address the wide-spread issue of age discrimination.
Obviously, the need to further empower the youths’ participation in governance has captured the world attention. There, can we say the CHANGE is here?

Not Too Young To Run bill before the NASS seeks to reduce the constitutional age requirement for running for elective office in Nigeria. The ultimate goal of the bill is to promote increased youth participation in the political process. The bill which seek to alter the Section 65, 106, 131, 177 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) to reduce the age qualification for the Office of the President from 40 years to 30 years; Governor 35 to 30, Senate 35 to 30, House of Representatives 30 to 25 and State House of Assembly 30 to 25.

The bill also seeks to make provision for independent candidacy in the Nigeria’s electoral laws in order to strengthen and increase the competitiveness of the political process. It has subsequently passed the 1st and 2nd reading stage in the House of Representatives. It is now before the Committee on Constitution Review.
It is a good move, one may say. But, how good?

For many reasons, the bill if passed may not be too good for Nigeria, even though it will force so many career politicians and working pensioners to proceed on compulsory retirement, yet, can the present crop of youths live up to expectations? Many reasons are responsible for the doubts.
Nigerian youths of today, which I’m one of have been badly or ineffectually educated. While poverty has remained a major cog, those who have managed to go through the stages of western education are mostly half baked. The result of this is evident in the ‘quality’ of graduates churned out on yearly basis by the Nigerian tertiary institutions. Reason for this sentiment is that most of the youths are merely interested in the paper-certificate due for collection after their respective programmes, without showing interest in what comes thereafter. It’s just and pitiably a case of “fulfilling all righteousness”.
Secondly, the present generation of youth which can be regarded as the PRESSURE POT GENERATION has proven to be super smart in making ways to gather wealth and riches illegally. This has been exhibited by massive looting of treasuries in various groups and associations where they are members. Students’ Union leaders have siphoned monies meant for good of the entire students while abuse of power has continued unabated. Others involve in internet fraud, prostitutions, money rituals and a host of ungodly acts just to make a living. Can these set of people be trusted with our collective heritage as a nation? Wouldn’t the experience of their leadership be brutal than those of the previous years?
Another germane issue is the bad impression about Nigerian government and absence of proper moral training. I’ve had the chance of meeting people, elderly women and parents, by extension telling their wards to do well in their academics so s/he could make it to any political offices so that their sorrow could come to an end. In short, they have repeatedly tauntingly say; “I’m sending you to school so you could become a politician and bring home fortunes for me and our family”. The truth here is, since many have stolen from the country’s coffers and no serious punishment has been meted out, others are also looking out for a chance to draw from the “national well”.

In the same vein, most of our country’s graduates are barely a party to national issues cum affairs; their love for trivialities over solitude is nuli secondus. A testament of this was witnessed during the last Headies Award; the cyber space, largely dominated by the Nigerian youths went up in flames of discussions of the entertainment award in the country. Yet, this same set of people have barely given so much time to debate and dissect issues of national importance, as it was done before, during and after the show. That left me wondering if at all, this same set of people were on ground when the 2017 budget was presented to the House, when screening of the ambassadorial nominees was held among serious national issues that were on air in the concluding year.

Similarly, politics requires a fairly humongous amount of money. With the level of poverty and unemployment in the land, how will youths between ages 25 and slightly above be able to financially prosecute campaign for elections in Nigeria, where our political victory is determined by one’s financial muscle? I beg to say the career politicians and heavy bags will continue to dictate the tune of the country’s politics and we may not be close to leaving the shackles of having old cargos in power. By this, ruling by proxy will be the order of the day. Where then is the change? Where is the youth participation?

May I need say that I’m not against the bill. Infact, it is one bill that has been longed for, but, it beckons on us as youths to utilize the opportunity the bill will afford us should it become a law, to from now on think afresh. In other words, there is a need for us as a community to take our destiny into our hands and be ready to make things work for this country, if we must rule.

Also, all those who have chosen the “siddon dey look” attitude perhaps because they are religious, hyper-ambitious, outside of governance, leadership and politics among others, should be weary of the type of leaders that make it to the seat of power. This is because we are as good or poor, as the case may be as those who are at the helm of affairs in this country. The saying; “if you allow a fool to rule you, then, you will be ruled by the ideas of the fool” will be so relevant to us.

Should the Nigerian youths refuse to be bought over, reject negotiation of being used to cause unrest during elections with little inducement, with our population, we can and we will surely see the end of the oldies at the seat of power. I agree our leaders are not responsible, but we (the youths), with our current ways are not also prepared to be responsible leaders some day.
Until we decide to take back our country and show them that we can make the REAL CHANGE happens, we may forever remain TOO YOUNG TO RULE

I submit.