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The Relevance Of Arewa Youth Consultative Council To The Development Of Nigeria

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Aliyu Danladi ,Director II Intelliegence and Strategy ,Arewa Youth Consultative Council

 

 

Arewa Youth Consultative Council (AYCC) is an inventive initiative by young people with the determination to find solutions to the social, economic, educational, and political problems of Northern Nigeria through meaningful association.

 

While the creation of the 21st Century, Arewa Youth Consultative Council finds its place in the tradition of pioneer progressive Northerners who had sought to impact positively on society.

 

Historically, societies have been known to exist in Northern Nigeria for a long period of time.  For over a thousand years, the people of the Northern States have organized themselves for the promotion of trade, religion, culture, and governance.

 

The roots of sociopolitical organization and activism in what is today known as Nigeria can be traced in the pioneer efforts of people like Malam Sa’adu Zungur who, at around 1940, founded the Zaria Friendly Society.

 

 

The Society succeeded in enlightening Northerners on the need to engage in politics in amalgamated Nigeria and also enroll in Western education for the sake of administration.

 

The struggle for the liberation of the North and equitable allocation of resources gained weight in the eve of Independence with the efforts of Northern People’s Congress, founded in 1949 as a cultural organization and later a political party, under the leadership of Sir Ahmadu Bello (Sardaunan Sokoto) and Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa. Sir Ahmadu Bello served as Premier of Northern Nigeria whereas Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa became the first and only Prime Minister of an Independent Nigeria.

 

At the same time, Malam Aminu Kano was heading the activities of the Northern Elements Progressive Union (NEPU) which were founded in 1950 and could be considered the first true political party in Northern Nigeria.

 

The journey continued down the slope from the promising years of the 1960s to the turbulent years of the 2010s where Nigeria and the North particularly, experienced the problems of political instability, insecurity, economic degradation, unemployment, and illiteracy.

 

 

With the surge of these challenges, a new platform was needed to replace Arewa on the promising pedestal. Then the Arewa Youth Consultative Council came.

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Through community development initiatives, sociopolitical activism, capacity building, and reorientation, AYCC seeks to educate and enlighten the people of Northern Nigeria on the possible trajectory of victory.

 

Youths are the target of the Council because, young people are the ones with the required energy, spirit, determination, and courage to effect the desired change in society.

 

Arewa Youth Consultative Council is all-inclusive, serving beyond the Hausa States, throughout the 19 Northern States. The Legacy of Sardaunan Sokoto as the then Premier reaffirmed the unity of Arewa regardless of tribe or religion. AYCC shall uphold that.

 

Arewa Youth Consultative Council aims at amassing the teeming population of young people in Northern Nigeria with the aim of inspiring a new generation of hope and positive action without any intention to oppress another party, politically or otherwise.

 

 

The scope of AYCC is beyond politics; it seeks for a new cultural and progressive awakening. For that reason, “Arewa” was included in the name of the Council because it is a word that the majority of Northerners can commonly relate with.

 

In a final note,  I will like to restate that Arewa Youth Consultative Council believes in the “Unity and Progress” of Nigeria and shall work to promote it.

 

AYCC shall work for a better Arewa in the just and equitable manner of the forebears without promoting any tribal, religious, or political sentiments.

 

Long live Arewa!

God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria!

 

Aliyu Danladi Is Director II, Strategy And Intelligence, Arewa Youth Consultative Council  (AYCC.)

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Harvard University Library Has 20 Million Books- Dr. Yushau

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Dr Muhammad Jameel Yushau

 

By Dr. Muhammad Jameel Yushau

The Harvard University experience is incomplete without discussing the abundant #learning opportunity offered by Harvard University library.

Harvard University has the oldest university library system in the United States. The library was established in 1638 and there are 28 libraries currently under the #university library system. It comprises 20 million books, 700 staff, 6 million digitized and publicly available items, 1 million maps and spatial data sets and 400 million rare items that include photographs, letters and manuscripts as stated by the university library page.

Harvard library

Harvard’s library

The Widener library, which is the largest and located at the Harvard Yard is where I enjoy spending part of my weekend. Widener library is an architectural edifice and a tourist attraction. Many visitors to Massachusetts State visit Widener Library as part of their touristic voyage.

A student is allowed to bring at least four guests to study in the library. So myself and my family utilize this opportunity especially during the weekends.

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The Widener library was named after Harry Elkins Widener, a book collector, businessman and 1907 graduate from Harvard University. He died in the titanic accident of April 1912 along with his father. But his mother survived. The surviving mother gave $2 million grant to start the library in the name of her son. In addition to the 6 million digitized items, there are materials in 450 languages in the library.

Students at the site

Students at the site

Takeaway: The backbone of a university is the quality of its library. Contributing to the library is not the exclusive preserve of the university, but a public responsibility.

Dr Yushau is a candidate for the Mid-Career Master Program in Public Administration, and Editor-in-Chief of Africa Policy Journal

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Collective action essential on Climate Change Action

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Jibril Salisu Nainna

 

By Jibril Salisu Na’inna.

President Muhammadu Buhari’s article that was recently published by the Washington post was apt and represents a strong voice of reason not only for Nigeria or Africa, but the whole world.

It is easy to rate it appropriately as an article conveying the right massage for humanity at a time the crisis in Ukraine is deflecting attention from the grim climate changes that are causing despair around the world.

The article has exposed the level of imbalance in some global agendas in which some countries and regions do not show sufficient commitment so long those countries or regions feel less affected by the devastating impact of climate change.

It is indeed true that the big economies are unwilling to stop or reduce their emissions that are responsible for global warming and climate change. And they are also shy of making the requisite agreed financial releases necessary to mitigate the impact of climate change,especially in developing countries.

President Muhammadu Buhari was on point when he advised the rich countries not to create the impression that the world cannot invest in its own safety against climate change.

“Don’t tell Africa that the world cannot afford the climate cost of its hydrocarbons — and then fire up coal stations whenever Europe feels an energy pinch. Don’t tell the poorest in the world that their marginal energy use will break the carbon budget — only to sign off on new domestic permits for oil and gas exploration. It gives the impression your citizens have more of a right to energy than Africans,” he said.

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It can be recalled that the rich countries that contributed most to the climate crisis and pledged that to spend $25 billion by 2025 to boost Africa’s efforts to adapt to climate change as the continent continues to struggle with drought, cyclones and extreme heat, as reported by Africanews.

But they have, sadly, failed to make that promise good.”Governments have repeatedly failed to meet their commitments to the $100 billion fund for climate adaptation and mitigation in the developing world — for the mess their own industries caused.”

 

Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt where COP27 is holding has reawaken the consciousness of Africa to demand equal input and enough action with overall sincere commitment to confronting and mitigating the adverse negative effect of climate change facing the world especially the developing and poor countries with very low or no contribution to global carbon emission.

Indeed, Nigeria is not left out of the adverse crisis, the president reminded the world that Nigerian case was not different where he said “Part of my nation is underwater. Seasonal flooding is normal in Nigeria, but not like this. Thirty-four of the country’s 36 states have been affected. More than 1.4 million people have been displaced” it is a verifiable fact, of which Jigawa state of northwestern Nigeria is the most affected state this year.

Nevertheless, for Africa to adopt resolutions of the conference fully enough, countries that made pledges to support developing countries must be committed and any source of survival that must left for the good, must firstly be substituted with an alternative means.

COP 2022 must be a truthful rise to act collectively so as to see more meaning and right actions taken ahead of next conference in 2023.

Jibril Salisu Na’inna is a student and pan Africanist wrote from ABU Zaria.
Jibrilsalisunainna @gmail.com

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Intervention Of Elder statesman :Way Out For ASUU- FG Face OFF

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Abdurrahman Joji Adamu

 

Abdurrahman Joji Adamu

The leadership of all University based unions should seek the audience and intervention of General Abdussalami Abubakar regarding the crisis and uncertainty of the Govt to address issues lingering in our Federal Universities, because the Federal government in my opinion, has adopted “competition” as the conflict mechanism tool to defeat ASUU and other University unions, The government is trying to satisfy their own desires at the expense of the other parties.

ASUU had in over the years being going on strikes, whenever they are on strike they table huge demands for the government to look into and addresses them, some of these grievances got considerate hiring by previous regimes and administrations. Part of the successes of ASUU strike overtime gave birth to tertiary intervention fund, which without tetfund intervention our Universities could have been like community public secondary schools.

This time around, the eight month strike had degenerates alot of war of words. looking at the aggressive nature of government ministers on the issue, series of meeting to resolve the strike were proved abortive until the intervention of the speaker of house of representative whom in his capacity and wisdom tried his best, ASUU agrees to back off.

It was apparent that all the striking unions were all tired and some are even ready for a fallback position. But the government in it inhuman nature has refused to give a compassionate attention on the matter by paying backlogs salaries to enable people go back to work, the repercussion had made so many of academic staff having no passion for their jobs anymore.

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Former president Goodluck Jonathan sometimes ago gave a highlight on how he solved the problem of ASUU then, in single day, without doubt we consider the statement of the former President as a challenge posed on President Buhari in order to take clue and expedite measures to resolve the strike issues, but the president gave an absent minded attitude on the lingering issue.

The essence of Government at whatever level is to provide leadership and service to the people. The arrogant nature of both ministers made negotiations deadlocked all times.

Those who think they are too big to serve should not be brought near public offices.

Ministers must not only be suitably qualified for their posts; they must also be willing to serve with all sense of expertise and humility.

With the inability of the ministers to make ASUU- cease fire on these stagnating negotiation and crafty promises, i think the president should re-visit the constitution in order to comprehend his presidential powers and duties accordingly.

 

 

Elder statesmen are seen globally as eminent senior members of a Nation especially : a retired statesman who unofficially advises current leaders. I believe the General can make peace out of these dilemma our Universities are facing. In record we have seen how the General chaired the peace accord committee in 2015 election and without doubt the committee conducted a brilliant work by making the power of incumbency irrelevant and opposition taking over the government.

I think the academics should search for a war veteran like him who has also fulfilled the promise of relinquishing power, perhaps he would advise the government impartially so they would understand.

 

Abdulrahman Joji Adamu
Write from Kano

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