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Youth are key to fostering democracy and growth in Africa —Obasanjo

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Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has described the youth as ‘game changers’ in fostering growth and democratic power in Africa.

Speaking during the inauguration of a USAID adolescent empowerment project advisory group in Lagos on Monday, Obasanjo said “For a country to have peace, security and stability, the youth must have education, empowerment opportunities, employment, and a life of their own.”

He therefore emphasized that through youth empowerment and enlightenment, there will be hope of having a better society, continent and world at large.

In his speech, the former military and civilian President mentioned conversations he had with other African leaders in Gambia and Kenya, both of whom recognized the importance of engaging youth within their countries.

He said he would share some of the principles and activities of the USAID Youth-Powered Ecosystem to Advance Urban Adolescent Health project (YPE4AH) with other African leaders interested in engaging youth in their countries.

USAID’s YPE4AH project provides life skills courses, sexual and reproductive health services, and apprenticeship opportunities to disadvantaged youth in Kano and Lagos from a holistic human capital perspective.

The project, implemented by DAI and partners, have created multiple Youth Hubs within the two states, which act as safe spaces and a vehicle for delivering health information and services, referrals, leadership courses, life skills opportunities for healthy living and future planning, mentorship, workforce readiness to address socioeconomic determinants of adolescent health and provide areas for play and relaxation.

The Project Advisory Group inauguration also featured speeches and key appearances from the Lagos State Government, youth champions, adolescent representatives from
the project’s youth advisory committee, and renowned celebrities.

Gbenga Adeyinka, a multiple award-winning Nigerian actor, comedian, and presenter attended the event and gave a speech targeted at adolescents on ‘How to be who you want to be.’

Adeyinka and other celebrities will continue to act as youth empowerment advocates throughout the life of the project, to encourage youth to attend life skills courses, pursue job opportunities and education.

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UBA Foundation Rings in The Yuletide Season, Lights Up the Lagos Marina Africa’s Global bank, United Bank for Africa, through its Corporate Social Responsibility Arm, the UBA Foundation, on Tuesday, held its annual Christmas Lighting ceremony to mark the start of the festive season. The brilliant Christmas Lights of the UBA Foundation Gardens at the UBA Head Office on the Marina in Lagos, were activated by the bank’s Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Oliver Alawuba, in a grand ceremony which was witnessed by key management staff and some customers of the bank. Alawuba, who addressed attendees at the ceremony, reiterated that the annual Lighting event is a symbol of hope for the coming year, the future and all the goodness it will bring into people’s lives. Alawuba said, “The UBA Foundation is focused on touching lives and giving back to its host communities. UBA through its foundation, the UBA Foundation desire remains is committed to improving lives in whatever way we can. We want to give back always and this event is quite symbolic as it represents the affinity we have towards our customers, employees and associates as well as our communities.” The CEO of the UBA Foundation, Mrs Bola Atta, said that the Christmas lighting ceremony was important for the Foundation adding: “Today is significant. All over the world, it is known in the advent period as Giving Tuesday. It is a time to give back to those who don’t have enough. It is a time to shine light on others, to give hope and give gifts. Today we gave out a lot of gifts and people were happy as we lit up the Foundation gardens to symbolise joy and hope. We are constantly reminded as an institution, of our promise to continue to touch lives and show kindness. In these difficult times, sharing even a little bit, goes a long way.” The lighting ceremony was attended by UBA staff members and customers who were serenaded with Christmas carols by the UBA Customer Fulfilment Centre’s choir. It ended with a guided tour around the UBA Foundation gardens on the Lagos Marina. Over the years, the UBA Foundation has been very active in creating sustainable development in its host communities and as part of its corporate social responsibility, the Foundation will be feeding tens of thousands of people across Africa during this festive season. UBA Foundation, the CSR arm of the UBA Group, is committed to the socio-economic betterment of the communities in which the bank operates, focusing on development in the areas of Education, the Environment, Economic Empowerment and other Special Projects.

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