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Youth Assembly gets new 40 reps in Lagos, elects Aderibigbe Speaker



(Photo: Amb. Adeola Aderibigbe, the newly elected Speaker, National Youth Assembly of Nigeria (NYAN) Lagos State Chapter (middle) and other national officers of NYAN during the inauguration of new ambassadors on Wednesday in Lagos.)

The National Youth Assembly of Nigeria (NYAN), Lagos State Chapter, on Wednesday elected and inaugurated new representatives (ambassadors) in 40 constituencies in the state.

The ambassadors also in turn elected Amb. Adeola Aderibigbe (Etio-Osa Constituency I) as the State Assembly Speaker, while Amb. Akindayo Ajiboye (Somolu II) emerged as Deputy Speaker.

Other elected principal officers of the assembly are Rasheed Wasilat (Clerk), Victor Martins (Majority Leader), Emmanuel Nwokolo Emmanuel (Minority Leader), and Emmanuel Keshinro (Chief Whip).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that ambassadors and principal officers were elected and sworn in at the NYAN 2023 Lagos State Convention held at International Press Centre (IPC), Ogba in Lagos.

The Chairman, Convention Planning Committee, Amb. Jamiu Akangbe, said that all representatives were returned unopposed.

Akangbe said that the new ambassadors in various constituencies included John Ojetunde (Somolu I), Naimah Obidola-Adegoke (Ikeja II), Ayodeji Atitebi (Ikeja I), Akindayo Ajiboye (Somolu II), Tosin Akindele (Ikorodu I) and Emmanuel Macaulay (Kosofe I).

Others he said included Washilat Rasheed (Ajeromi Ifelodun I), Matthew Adewunmi (Alimosho II), Emmanuel Keshinro (Oshodi Isolo I), Emmanuel Nwokolo (Amuwo Odofin I), Kennedy Obuzor (Amuwo Odofin II), Adaora Uyanna (Surulere I).

Also elected, according to him, are Adam Abdulfatai (Agege I), Temitope Adeoye (Agege II), Nathaniel Pyennap (Ojo I) Oluwafemi Omisore (Ibeju-Lekki 1) and Phillip Awoseyila (Lagos Mainland 1).

Akangbe said that among the new ambassadors were Kehinde Adegboyega (Lagos Island 1), Olusayo Enoch (Lagos Island II), Julius Itaman (Mushin II), Abdulwasiu Akinwande (Ajeromi Ifelodun II), Imoleayo Adewale (Surulere II).

He said that John Mayomi (Alimosho 1), Obiora Beluolisa (Ibeju-Lekki II), Paul Erameh (Apapa I), Chiamaka Amazigo (Badagry 1) among others were also elected as ambassadors.

Administering the Oath of Office on the new ambassador, Amb. Michael Ogunsola, National Minority Leader, NYAN, said that the group had the mandates to create mechanism for the development of the youths in the country.

Ogunsola said that NYAN both at the National and State level meet four times in a year to chart a way for better future for the youth.

Also speaking, the NYAN National Speaker, Amb. Bashir Shagari urged the newly elected ambassadors and principal officers to show capacity in influencing government policies to protect the interest of the youth.

Shagari, who was represented by Amb. Samsideen Ogunolu, the South West Zonal Coordinator, NYAN, urged the youth to get prepared for the challenges, saying that NYAN believed strongly in consistency, commitment and sacrifice.

He said: “Whatever position you have, don’t be intoxicated by power but work hard to better the cause of the youth.

“We are not an organisation that lobbies to collect money from politicians. We are there to put the matters of youth in our front burner.

“Don’t allow the profit to override your duty. See this privilege as a call to serve and you must serve humanity.

“You educational experience, connectivity and other should be use to support and promote youth. Your post should be used to serve humanity selflessly.”

In his inaugural speech Aderibigbe called on all the ambassadors to forget about differences and ethnic divides in the state but unite and work together to better the lot of the youth.

Emphasising the need for increased youth advocacy, NYAN speaker said that youth in the state needed people that would stand for them and mount pressure on decision makers about various challenges and plights of the youth.

“Millions of youths in Lagos State are jobless and millions are also entrepreneurs who need empower to advance their businesses.

“As Speaker, I will be at the fore front of the advocacy to safeguard the interest of the youth.

“For things to work, however, we all have to unify ourselves and work together not minding our diverse ethnic and religious divides.

“If we can come together and work as youths of Lagos State, I believe Lagos State will be a better place for us all,” Aderibigbe said.


Navy disowns list of successful candidate for Batch 35 recruitment



The Nigerian Navy (NN) has disowned the purported list of successful candidate for its Basic Training School (NNBTS) Batch 35 Recruitment, saying it is fake.

Commodore Adedotun Ayo-Vaughan, the Director of Naval Information, said this in a statement in Abuja.

Ayo-Vaughan said the exercise was conducted in three centres across the country, namely; Lagos, Rivers and Kaduna States.

He described the information, being circulated recently as fake, and handiwork of fraudulent miscreants who were trying to dupe some unsuspecting applicants.

He said the list of successful candidates had not been released and that no form of invitation for training, via text message had also been disseminated by the Nigerian Navy.

‘’The alarming rate of circulation of fake information by unscrupulous individuals, regarding enlistment or recruitment into Navy is quite worrisome.

‘’Efforts are on to track and arrest the miscreants.

“Members of the public especially prospecting applicants who participated in the said recruitment are strongly enjoined to always authenticate information from the NN official website,, and other official social media handles, as well as other credible mainstream media platforms.

“Similarly, miscreants and mischief makers are warned to desist from this unwholesome practice, otherwise they will face the full wrath of the law,” he said.

Ayo-Vaughan said the text message, had invited unsuspecting applicants to report for military training at NNBTS Onne, Rivers, following their purported selection.

He said the criminals further claimed in the text message that the exercise would commence on Oct. 6.

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Gov. Alia condemns kidnapping of commissioner, one other



Gov Alia Hyacinth Alia

Gov. Hyacinth Alia has strongly condemned the kidnaping of Mr. Matthew Abo, his Commissioner for Information, culture and Tourism, and former Chairman Ukum Local Government Area (LGA), Mr. Iorwashima Erukaa.

This is contained in a press statement on Monday, signed by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Sir Tersoo Kula, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Makurdi.

According to the statement, while Mr Abo was kidnapped by unknown gunmen in his Sankara home at about 8pm on Sunday, September 24, Mr. Erukaa was taken away by a yet-to-be identified gunmen on Saturday, September 23.

The Governor, who described the act as barbaric and unacceptable, has directed security agencies to immediately commence operations to ensure the safe release of the duo.

He called on the people of the State to remain calm, as his administration would do everything possible to make the State safe for all.

“The kidnappers have made contacts with the family of Mr Erukaa but are yet to contact Mr Abo’s family,” the statement stated

Several gunmen had stormed the the commissioner’s residence in Zaki-Biam, Ukum LGA and kidnapped him.

Eyewitnesses who spoke to NAN, said that the kidnappers who came on four motorcycles, ordered everyone in the house, including the his wife and children, to lie face down and took him away to an unknown destination.

The witnesses said the abductors compelled the commissioner at gun point to sit behind the rider of one of the motorcycles while a gunman sandwitched him.

Mr Abo was sworn in as a member of the Benue State Executive Council on August 29.

He hails from Ukum Local Government Area of Sankera axis, a major flashpoint of criminal activities with rampant killings and kidnappings for years now.

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