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Saturday, 15 December 2018

ABUJA DECLARATION ON YOUTH IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION IN AFRICA: CALL TO ACTION

AFRICAN YOUTH CONGRESS AGAINST CORRUPTION:
9 – 10 DECEMBER, 2018, ABUJA, NIGERIA.



“ABUJA DECLARATION ON YOUTH IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION IN AFRICA: CALL TO ACTION”

PREAMBLE

We, the youth delegates to the African Youth Congress Against Corruption convened on 9-10 December in Abuja, Nigeria, under the patronage of H.E. Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and African Union Champion for the Anti-Corruption Year, in conjunction with the African Union (AU) Commission, and following the interactions, debates and exchanges on the theme:

NOTING the Keynote Statement of H.E Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which emphasized the need to move from rhetoric to action, build bridges and strengthen partnerships as well as harness cultural norms as key strategies for effectively preventing and combatting corruption in Africa; and reiterating that winning the fight is for the youth to lead and win as the real champions;

FURTHER NOTING the remarks of H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the AU Commission delivered on his behalf by H.E. Minata Samate Cessouma, AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, reiterating the need for concerted efforts in the fight against corruption as key enablers for the attainment of AU Agenda 2063 and UN 2030 Agenda;

CONSCIOUS of the shared experience, demographic, cultural and socio-economic contiguity of African Union Member States; as well as historical identities as basis for collective action in the fight against corruption;

ACKNOWLEDGE the universal nature of corruption and the imperative to debunk the perception of corruption as a strictly African phenomenon, WHILE NOTING the corrosive effect of corruption on social, economic and political development in Africa such as unemployment, violence and conflicts, limited access to quality education and infrastructure decay and the absence of quality healthcare, housing and opportunities for Africa’s teeming youth;

CONCERNED that corruption poses a great developmental challenge to the actualization of AU Agenda 2063 for unity, peace and prosperity and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);

AFFIRM that tremendous progress has been made in tackling the menace particularly in the areas of normative frameworks through the adoption of the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption (AUCPCC) and the establishment of institutional mechanisms such as the AU Advisory Board on Corruption as well as national Anti-Corruption Agencies and institutions in various AU Member States;

UNDERSCORED the need to strengthen Regional and International cooperation especially in the areas of curbing Illicit Financial Flows and the recovery and return of stolen assets;

FURTHER ACKNOWLEDGE various initiatives that have been undertaken as part of activities to commemorate the 2018 AU Theme of the Year on Winning the fight Against Corruption: A sustainable path to Transformation, including the African Governance Architecture (AGA) Regional Youth Consultations on Leveraging Youth Capacities for the fight against Corruption, the Gender Pre Forum on Corruption and Women’s Rights in Africa as well as the 7th High Level Dialogue on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance in Africa on the AU theme of the Year, the celebration of the first African Day of Anti-Corruption by the Presidential Advisory Committee against corruption set up by the AU Anti-Corruption Champion, Training On Corruption Risk Assessment for Heads of Anti- Corruption Agencies;

FULLY SUBSCRIBE to the outcomes of the aforementioned convenings and the Declaration of the African Union Assembly on the African Anti-Corruption Year adopted at the 31st Ordinary Session held in Nouakchott, Mauritania, in July 2018 as a roadmap for Africa’s fight against corruption.

DETERMINED to harness the collective interest, capacity and energy of Africa’s youth for preventing and combatting corruption in Africa;

WE HEREBY;

Strengthening the Normative and Institutional Capacities

CALL for the establishment, where necessary and strengthening of independent anti-corruption bodies, with requisite resources and independence to fulfill their mandates without political interference and limitations;

ALSO CALL for the universal ratification, domestication and implementation of regional, continental and global anti-corruption normative instrument particularly the AU Convention on Preventing and Combatting Corruption (AUCPCC) by all Member States of the African Union;

CALL for strengthened partnerships and collaboration amongst national and regional institutions dedicated to issues of anti-corruption in Africa;

CALL on National Anti-Corruption Agencies and Institutions to put in place specific anti-corruption strategies focused on, harnessing young people’s abilities, capacities and interests, as leaders, partners and beneficiaries in the fight against corruption
 Supporting Youth Advocacy and Action

COMMIT to harnessing our demographic strength for building a culture of accountable and transparent governance in Africa through initiatives that promote ethical and value-based lifestyles;

FURTHER COMMIT to the continued engagement in the fight against corruption through initiation of programmes and activities aimed at raising awareness on corruption and impunity;

COMMIT to partnering with National Anti-Corruption Agencies and other related institutions in various Member States, Regional Economic Communities and on the continent as a whole;

URGE Member States of the African Union to guarantee an enabling space for youth led advocacy and action in the areas of open governance systems, parliamentary oversight as well as public procurement processes;

CALL on African Governments to enact and implement Freedom of Information legislations as well as the protection of anti-corruption activists, whistleblowers and human rights defenders through the enactment, strengthening (where they exist) and implementation of appropriate legislations and policies;

ENDORSE the establishment of the African Youth Community of Practice on Anti-Corruption (AYCPAC) as a framework for coordination of youth led efforts in the fight against corruption in Africa, KINDLY INVITE H.E President Muhammadu Buhari to serve as patron of the community.

Harnessing Innovative Technology and Civic Tech Initiatives

COMMIT to leveraging innovative technologies as effective tools in strengthening the culture of accountability, transparency and probity in governance processes. In this vein, IMPLORE Africa Governments to create the enabling space for responsible use of these technologies in preventing and combatting corruption;

Addressing adverse impact of Corruption on Women and Girls

CALL for renewed focus and attention on the gendered impact of corruption through creation of mechanisms and systems that track, report and mitigate impact of corruption on women.

Building Social Consciousness Against Corruption and Impunity

EMPHASIZE the need for a cultural revolution that amplifies African values of probity, integrity, honesty and contentment;

CALL for harnessing the mass appeal of Africa’s creative industry using music, movies/films, literature and fashion for a new social value system premised on accountability, transparency and probity;

URGE the private sector community to adhere to ethical business standards and imbibe the culture of integrity and honesty in their business dealings;

Enhancing Pan African and International Partnerships and Collaboration

CALL for strengthened partnerships and collaboration with pan African and global institutions on diminishing illicit financial flows, enhancing asset recovery, responsible tax management and transparent management of Africa’s extractive industry;

ALSO CALL for leveraging partnerships for capacity building, institutional development and peer assessment among various national, regional and continental anti-corruption bodies;

ENDORSE ongoing efforts at developing the Common African Position on Asset Recovery as a key strategy for tracing, freezing, returning and managing stolen assets;

Finally, participants at this maiden African Youth Congress Against Corruption requested the AU to ensure the sustained leadership, commitment and political support and designate H.E Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as champion for the fight against corruption in Africa, beyond the 2018 AU Theme.

EXPRESS SINCERE APPRECIATION to H.E. Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for championing the AU Project 2018 on Anti-corruption and for hosting youths from across the continent to this auspicious event in Africa’s renewed effort to sustainably eradicate corruption in the Continent.

FINALLY, we the African Youth Delegates present at this maiden Congress commit as charged by the H.E Muhammadu Buhari, that we will take action against corruption,
we will build bridges of cooperation and will promote the culture of integrity and accountability


Done at Abuja, Nigeria this 10th Day of December 2018.

Sunday, 4 November 2018

I Support #NoToUnemployment Campaign

Nigerian Celebrity: Williams Uchemba decries unemployment rate in Nigeria.
https://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2018/10/30/williams-uchembah-decries-unemployment-rate-in-nigeria/

Add your voice by signing this petition: https://www.change.org/p/notounemployment-campaign-request-for-nigerian-government-to-take-practical-actions-towards-reducing-unemployment?recruiter=904237386&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=share_petition

~Nebo Collins
Convener, #NoToUnemployment Campaign

Monday, 22 October 2018

Join us on #NoToUnemployment Campaign

Kindly add your voice, take action by signing this petition. Please share with others. Thanks.

 https://www.change.org/p/notounemployment-campaign-request-for-nigerian-government-to-take-practical-actions-towards-reducing-unemployment?recruiter=904237386&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=share_petition

 Nebo Obinna Collins 
Convener, NoToUnemployment Campaign

Sunday, 2 September 2018

#NoToUnemployment Campaign An Initiative of New Century Initiative



New Century Initiative is a youth focused community development organization, based in Enugu state, Nigeria.
We as a non profit development organization, has engaged in a couple of youth sensitization, and empowerment activities, which includes; Community voter education, and campaign against youth involvement in election violence, advocacy on youth inclusion in governance, free training on web development, young women political inclusion, youth in gender equality and empowerment.

New Century Initiative has been in front line advocacy and campaign against the increasing youth unemployment in Nigeria through policy engagement with relevant stakeholders, policy makers and government agencies. We participated in the review of the National Youth Policy in Nigeria, review of Nigerian Youth Employment Action Plan, and meeting by the Bureau of Public Service Reforms, under the Presidency, and made huge contributions to finding everlasting and practical solution to the increasing youth unemployment in Nigeria.

We strongly believe that unemployment encourages, poverty, terrorism, crimes, and sociopolitical exclusion of young people. We launched #NoToUnemployment, which is focused on engaging the government, to create enabling environment for industry growth and development, in order to unveil opportunities for sustainable jobs for the youth who makes up to 70% of Nigeria's population.

According to Nebo Obinna Collins, the team leader of New Century Initiative, "unemployment creates poverty, poverty creates social class, and social class encourages youth exclusion."

Join us and support our campaign #NoToUnemployment

Tel.: +2348034798576, +2348180162982
Twitter: @new_initiative
Instagram: @newcenturyinitiative

Saturday, 17 March 2018

NCI Advocating Against Increasing Youth Unemployment in Nigeria


New Century Initiative has been in front line advocacy and campaign against the increasing youth unemployment in Nigeria through policy engagement with relevant stakeholders, policy makers and government agencies. We participated in the review of the National Youth Policy in Nigeria, review of Nigerian Youth Employment Action Plan, and meeting by the Bureau of Public Service Reforms, under the Presidency, and made huge contributions to finding everlasting and practical solution to the increasing youth unemployment in Nigeria.

We strongly believe that unemployment encourages, poverty, terrorism, crimes, and sociopolitical exclusion of young people.

According to Nebo Obinna Collins, the team leader of New Century Initiative, "unemployment creates poverty, poverty creates social class, and social class encourages youth exclusion."

Join us and support our campaign.

Monday, 25 September 2017

GIRL CHILD EDUCATION:THE ROAD TO A POWERFUL WORLD



     In the world, years and years ago, there was a time that education of a girl child was a taboo. A lot of people opposed the motion of Girl Education, arguing that the proper sphere of girls was the home and therefore, that money spent on Girls Education was wasted. This gave birth to the statement that "Girls/Women Education ends in the kitchen".

Nowadays, the importance of Girl Education have become so visible that a lot of people have realised that it is essential. The role of women in the development of the country and the world as a whole can no longer be looked down on.

Women have risen to  a standard where they posses a lot of influence in the society and contribute extensively to its growth and this was achieved through education.

_Education gives women freedom of thoughts and broadens her outlook and makes her aware of her duties and responsibility.
_Education empowers a girl to become economically independent.
_Empowering of girls and women is necessary to fight against the problem of gender inequality.

Women are the bedrock of the society, the home makers and nation builders. It is high time we stop the marginalization of women. Girls/Women Education does not end in the kitchen, it's transmitted, it passes from mother to child.

We should all as a nation join hands to train our Girls and empower our Women, cause its rightfully said" Train a Man and train an individual, but Train a Woman and train the whole Nation".

New Century Initiative.
#TakingAStepForward

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Child Abuse

Child Abuse
According to definition, a Child is anybody below the age of 18 years, often referred to as a minor.

Child Abuse therefore, is the improper treatment and physical or verbal maltreatment against a minor which affects the child's mental,physical ,social,emotional and psychological wellbeing.

Mental Effect: A child who is abused finds it difficult to develop intellectual reasoning and therefore can become a dummy.


Physical Effect: Abuse limits a child's physical growth,therefore the child may not develop properly.


Social Effect: A child who is abuse finds it difficult to relate with his peers and people and therefore can not adapt to his social environment.


Emotional Effect: An abuse child is down emotionally and has a very low self esteem. The child keeps to his or herself and can not contribute on issues affecting him.

Child abuse which is a menace have become so rampant in the society that the number of abuse cases cannot be over emphasised. A lot of children are being subjected to different inhuman act by both parents, guidiance including the extended family that most people now accept is as normal.


It is also worthy to note that most abuse cases are children who are orphans or those living with relations not parents and are therefore treated lesser than the children of their guidance.


Examples of child abuse includes: subjecting a child to hard labour, the use of deadly materials on a child,rape,staving a child to mention but a few.

Children are the bedrock of every society, the nation builders,change makers and future leaders, abuse,neglected and maltreated children lack the self esteem to make something out of their life and therefore ends up in the streets, most times this children also grow up to become abusers too and the chain continues and continues.

Everyone in the society has an important role to play to end the abuse of children. Show love to that child with you,treat every child fairly and equally,report abuse cases to the authorities.


Together we will protect our children and preserve our future.


New Century Initiative.
#TakingAStepForward