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African Youth Day Conference 2011

The Organisation of African Youth (OAYouth) is the youth platform for information exchange, forum for debate on African issues and a network of future political, corporate, academic, literary, religious and traditional leaders in all African contexts.

The African Youth Day was declared and adopted by the African Union (AU) in 2006 to be commemorated on 1 November each year. It has since evolved as the most powerful platform of young people of Africa.

WANGONeT Urges Nigerians to Protect Votes

West Africa NGO Network (WANGONeT) has urged Nigerians to be vigilant and protect their votes so that politicians that are not elected by them will not be rigged into office during the forthcoming presidential and governorship elections.
 
WANGONeT’s Tunji Lardner, blames Nigerians for being complicit by allowing politicians who do not have their interest at heart to manipulate them, adding that this has caused high rate of poverty and underdevelopment in the country.
 

World Bank Pledges Support for CSOs

The World Bank says it will support Nigerian civil society to make government more accountable to the people.
 
In a press statement, the bank’s president, Robert Zoellick, affirms that citizens' participation and good governance are crucial for economic development in any country.
 
"Our message to our clients, whatever their political system, is that you cannot have successful development without good governance and without the participation of your citizens,” argues Zoellick.
 

Soyinka Condemns Rising Election Violence

Nigerian Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has condemned the spate of killing in the ongoing political campaign rallies of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) and other political parties in that country.

Soyinka has also urged Nigerian electorate to reject a directive of the country’s inspector of police, that citizens should not use cellphones and cameras to record and monitor voting processes.

NGO Sensitises Women on Human Rights

BOABAB for Women’s Human Rights, a Nigerian-based NGO, has stressed the need for the society to accord women the respect due to them.

The organisation states that women deserve to enjoy their human rights in a male dominated world where men decide affairs including making some fundamental decisions and choices for women, thereby oppressing them.

Call to Provide Housing for the Displaced

A Geneva-based housing rights group, Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE), has urged Nigerian authorities to provide ‘adequate emergency shelter’ for thousands of people displaced by deadly violence in the central city of Jos.

"Those displaced as a result of the recent violence... must be provided with adequate emergency shelter while efforts begin to provide a permanent solution to their housing problems," says COHRE.

Nigerian CSOs Reject Unconstitutional Take-Over

Civil Society Organisations in Nigeria have declared that they reject the perpetration of lawlessness by a clique and decried suggestions of take-over of power by the armed forces following the continued absence of President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua on medical grounds.

They point out that, "We note the vacuum created in the day-to-day running of government due to the president's failure to transmit powers to Vice President Goodluck Jonathan as constitutionally stipulated.

N36 Million for NGOs to Fight HIV

Delta State Action Committee on AIDS (DELSACA) will disburse N36 million to 12 NGOs in Delta as grant for fight against HIV.

DELSACA project coordinator, John Osuyali, says that more than 140 NGOs applied for the second trench of the grant to carry out HIV related activities in the state.

"We have about N36 million for NGOs to carry out HIV related activities and only 12 NGOs will be eligible for the funding," explains Osuyali. 

NGO Trains Children on Electoral Process

Nigeria’s Children and Youth Democratic Electoral Model (CYDEM) says it has placed the necessary machinery on ground to educate children and youths on the basic tenets of democracy and the electoral process.

The CYDEM project initiator, Temitola Odetola, says that the programme is geared towards changing the negative stereotype that democracy and good governance is synonymous to bribery, corruption, rigging, injustice and violence.

Rehabilitation Centre for Ex-Inmates

A NGO, the Prison Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), has concluded plans to establish a N400 million Jubilee Rehabilitation Centre for ex-prison inmates.

PFN executive director, Barrister Benson Iwuagwu, says that centre will consolidate the activities of his organisation in its quest to re-integrate ex-inmates into the society.

"As there is no policy that guarantees the survival of ex-convicts, coupled with the stigmatization they face, we are disarming the crime in inmates and ex-convicts as the society is less caring," he explains.

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