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Carrington Fellows Urge Nigerian Youth to Get PVCs and Participate in Election Processes

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As part of the Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative (CYFI) ongoing PVC Drive Campaign, distinguished members of the organisation hosted a webinar tagged “Your PVC; Plastic or Power? To encourage young Nigerians to see their PVCs as their power and access to political significance.

The webinar which was held on Zoom brought young people from different spheres together to discuss issues around electoral participation, with respect to the forthcoming elections.

During the event, which was moderated by Kawthar Salahudeen, a 2019 fellow of the Carrington Youth Fellowship, she stated that more young people still need to understand the importance of their PVC, and so stop seeing it beyond mere plastics. “We need to understand that these powerful PVCs will determine the fate of the nation in about 14 months to come”, Salahudeen explained.

The President of the Carrington Youth Fellowship Alumni Network, Olusola Owonikoko, in his opening remark where he expressed the reason for this webinar, said CYFI remains committed to mobilizing increased youth participation in Nigeria.

“The PVC drive is directly connected to the future of the youths, because only through strategic participation can we make our voices heard, and the 2023 elections provide a significant window of opportunity”, Owonikoko said.

He went further to say that the youth including women must shun all forms of indifference and contribute to the national conversation around the coming elections. We all must register for the PVC and be fully involved in electoral and political processes.

According to Paul Enejo, Programs Manager, Elections Yiaga Africa, “PVC is power and it gives a voter the power to vote”. He stated that aside from getting the PVC, it is more important to have the right attitude towards political participation. Enejo is of the opinion that the right attitude will birth novel ideas and strategies towards meaningful engagement in the 2023 elections.

Kunle Lawal, Executive Director, Electoral College, noted that “your PVC is your key card to your country, essentially because it unlocks your voting power.” According to Lawal, the PVC gives power and takes power!

Oyeyemi Immanuel, a legal practitioner, and social entrepreneur explained to participants at the webinar that the corporate sector and individuals have a role to play in the electoral process of our great country. “The corporate sector has a bigger role to play in driving choices that directly impacts our nation. Our economy is in need of resuscitation and the corporate sector plays a critical role towards the sustainable development of our nation.”

Lying emphasizes the need for increased participation amongst the youth she said “Individuals should see the need to participate actively and strategically in the electoral process, not until then can say we have made a choice.”

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US President’s Medical Adviser, Anthony Fauci To Speak At Nigeria COVID-19 Summit

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As part of efforts to redefine the country’s national COVID-19 response and build the health security framework for the country, the Nigerian COVID-19 Summit is to host Dr Anthony Fauci.

Fauci, who is the Chief Medical Adviser to U.S. President Joe Biden as well as the Director, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, U.S. will be speaking at the summit.

The summit, which is in partnership with the Coalition of Development Partners, will be held from December 6 to December 8, 2021, in Abuja.

Dr Mukhtar Muhammed, Technical Head, Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, made the disclosure to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Sunday.

Mohammed said that the PSC had also mobilised all critical stakeholders including development partners for this important National Summit.

“We are heartened and encouraged by the support we have received so far from our development partners and the private sector.

“With just one day away from the commencement of this summit, which will help us to redefine our national COVID-19 response and build the health security framework for the country,” he added.

He, however, encouraged Nigerians and the international community to visit the website of this summit.

“There will be a virtual session that can be accessed by all. In order to register, you will log on to the website: https://2021.covid19summit.com.ng/.

“I want to thank all Nigerians, members of the diplomatic corps for their understanding of our procedures.

“Our international development partners, for providing technical and financial support, members of the press, for doing your work to ensure that we advance the cause of public health, and Nigeria remains a very safe environment,” he said.

NAN reports that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman PSC on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, had said that in preparation for the committee’s winding down, it would hold a COVID-19, summit in partnership with the Coalition of Development Partners in the country.

According to Mustapha, the theme of the summit will be: ‘Pushing through the Last Mile to End the Pandemic and Build Back Better’.

The sub-themes include: ‘Leadership And Governance In Pandemic Recovery And Reconstruction’ and ‘Nigeria’s Health-Security Framework For Effective Response To Global Health Security Threats’.

The SGF noted that the summit would be an august assemblage of key actors in the health, economic, security, and policy-making sectors of the country.

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Tragedy: Eight Children Found Dead In Abandoned Car In Lagos

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Tragedy struck in Badagry area of Lagos on Sunday as the bodies of eight children were evacuated from an abandoned car.

The tragic incident occurred at Adelayo Street, Jah-Micheal along Badagry Expressway.

The children were said to be playing in the abandoned car when they mistakenly locked themselves inside.

Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Lagos Police Command, Adekunle Ajisebutu confirmed the incident.

He said the eight children were said to have mistakenly locked themselves in an abandoned car while playing.

“Their bodies have been recovered and deposited at the Badagry General Hospital’s morgue for autopsy so as to determine the actual cause of death.

Notwithstanding the report made to the Police, the Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered a thorough and speedy investigation into the circumstances surrounding their death.

“The CP also commiserates with the families of the victims,” he said.

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We Have Willpower To Tackle Illicit Drugs – Marwa

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Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Buba Marwa says the agency is determined to tackle illicit drugs in the country despite the myriads of challenges its operatives encounter occasionally.

In an excerpt from a piece published in the agency’s magazine, the NDLEA boss said he is confident that NDLEA now holds all the aces and stands a good chance of curbing the drug menace in the country.

Marwa who reeled out some of the recent feats attained by the agency, was optimistic that the NDLEA is going to bring drug prevalence figures down, even though at the moment they still remain at a worrisome number.

According to the NDLEA chief, June was a month of strategic development and significant developments for the agency included the launch of the War Against Drug Abuse (WADA) initiative, the unveiling of the National Drug Control Master Plan (NDCMP 2021-2025) and the release of the Standard Policy and Practice Guidelines (SPPG) for the Agency’s counselling centres.

These he noted were in addition to the agency’s continuing blistering performance in terms of record arrest and conviction of drug traffickers and unprecedented seizures of consignments of assorted illicit substances.

Notwithstanding, Mr Marwa stressed that it is not yet ‘Uhuru’. He insisted that “the drug prevalence in Nigeria is worrisome, especially when compared with the global average”.

He said, “from the last UNODC/Ministry of Health survey in 2018, we now know that 14.3 million Nigerians, between the ages of 15 and 64, abuse drugs. The World Drug Report ranked Nigeria as the leading country in the abuse of cannabis. These statistics should worry Nigerians.”

The NDLEA CEO, however, assured that the statistics will change for the better, explaining that his optimism is founded on solid premises.

“We are now an intelligence-based organization, and the purpose of our strategies is to exterminate illicit drug supply or, at least, control it; while at the same time, we are ramping up our drug demand reduction efforts. With UNODC, we have launched a standard policy guideline for counselling for NDLEA counsellors. So, our strategies encapsulate prevention, treatment, and aftercare,” he declared.

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