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During the youth empowerment scheme and scholarship award organised by Barr Sam Otobeze foundation at ochima in Igbo Etiti LGA. Enugu state. The President of the foundation Barr Sam Otobeze explained that when youths are occupied with profitable business ventures, they won’t have time to commit crime. According to him youths are vulnerable unless they build their personal security through human empowerment.

“ The moment you start thinking and projecting your business. You won’t have time for crime. Youths should reduce agitations. They should think inwards. Everyone has potential to become unique and successfull. Let’s not look for cheap means and crime. Any way they can use their head, use their hands, there are lots of opportunities, but we are not patient enough to look deep and discover them. Instead looking for quick fix, where is the money. No, life is not like that. They should come down, bend down, look for opportunities within their area. And then take it from there”.

While delivering her goodwill message the Enugu state commissioner for finance and economic development. Mrs Eucharia Offor urged the youths to lay good foundation for their future by Preparing today for better tomorrow.

“ It is encouraging our youths to become productive. Now that they are busy, they won’t be distracted by idleness. Not everyone will do white collar jobs. Some are better in starting their business. Youths should engage in something that will benefit them and their families.”

In his contribution the former Enugu state commissioner for local govt matters. Chief okey Ani advised youths to embrace humility, patience and wisdom.

“ Most important is humility, these days we don’t have humble youths. Another thing is patience. They are all in a hurry. They want to get rich quick They want to reach destination without making steps forward. And when you fly without wings. You break your leg. So I urge them to be patient take it easy, work hard and you will get there”.

Meanwhile the director general Nsukka chamber of Commerce, industry, mines and agriculture Dr Dan Ochi described skill acquisition as essential tool in tackling unemployment.

“ lf you are busy working, you will be concerned with adding value to yourself and family instead of causing trouble. When you have goals and personal development plans, you will be focused and won’t have time and energy to waste in negative actions”

Well, instead of waiting for government to satisfy all their needs, youths should wake up and take charge of their destiny. The traditional ruler of Idoha in Igbo Etiti LGA igwe Christian Eze has this to say.

“ Since Government cannot give all. Relying on self employment is reasonable. To empower the youths so they build their lives”.

The occassion featured the presentation of cheques as startup capital to beneficiaries of the scheme

Some of the beneficiaries expressed their gratitude

Emeka Abugu -” its a kind of self employment. Instead of being jobless and staying at home. It is better to find opportunities through skill acquisition programmes. Victor Enebechi “ instead of staying at home wasting time and talent. You find something doing. Gradually from low level, you attain great height”.

Capturing the moment the coordinator of Barr Sam Otobeze foundation and former Enugu state commissioner for Chieftaincy matters Pastor Emeka Abugu described youth empowerment as solution to peace and security in the land.

”It is a way of bringing peace to the community by empowering people to earn their living. Improving their financial fortunes and turning them into employers of labour. Youths should be responsible and follow due process to reach their goal”.

The Nigerian Army has invited eligible Nigerians to apply for the Short Service Combatant (SSC) Commission course 45/2019 and Direct Short Service Commission (DSSC) course 24/2019.

Legit.ng reports that a statement on the Facebook page of HQ Nigerian Army, revealed that the applications open to only serving military personnel (sponsored by any of the services of the Nigerian Armed Forces to civil institutions) and civilians were announced October 19, in newspaper adverts.

It was gathered that the submission of all applications are expected to end on November 30.

The statement read: “Applications are invited from eligible Nigerians for commission into the Nigerian Army (NA) as Short Service Combatant (SSC) commission offcers. The SSC is open to both civilians and serving military personnel.

“However, only serving military personnel sponsored by any of the Services of the Nigerian Armed Forces to civil institutions shall be considered.

“All applicants must satisfy the following conditions: Be a Nigerian as dened in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Be a male or female between the ages of 23 and 27 by January 2019. Be medically, mentally and physically fit according to NA tandards. Be recommended by at least 2 recognizable referees who must attest to the applicant’s character and integrity. Serving military personnel must be recommended by their commanding officers.

“Civilians could be recommended by a local government chairman/secretary or an officer of the Armed Forces not below the rank of a Lieutenant Colonel and equivalent or an Assistant Commissioner of Police and above who must hail from the state of the applicant. Passport photographs of referees must be affixed to the letter of attestation.

“Candidates must submit a Letter of Attestation from their former institutions. Measure at least 1.68m (for male) and 1.65m (for female) in height. Must not have been convicted by any court of law. Military personnel must be free from any disciplinary case (This is to be endorsed by the Commanding Officer/Commander).

“Possess at least a first degree with not less than Second Class Lower Division or HND of not less than Lower Credit in the arts, sciences or humanities from any recognized institution of learning. Possess valid birth certificate endorsed by the National Population Commission, Hospital or Local Government Council or valid age declaration.

“Possess a valid certificate of state of origin. Applicants (other than serving members of the Armed Forces) must possess NYSC discharge certificate or a valid certificate of exemption as the case may be.Only academic credentials obtained from 2013 to date will be considered.

“Candidates must present contact addresses and telephone numbers of parent/guardians and Next of Kin. Candidates must not have any body inscriptions or tattoos. Candidates must tender all original copies of educational certificates (primary to post-secondary).

Service personnel must present valid military identity cards and letters of recommendations by their Commanding Officers/Commanders. They must also present valid letter(s) of NA sponsorship in tertiary academic institutions. Additionally, they must have served for a period of not less than 5 years in the unit.Candidates must not be members of any cult/society/fraternity.

Conditions of services

“SSC will be granted for 15 years. Ten years will be on active list renewable thereafter for a period not more than 5 years. No extension shall be granted after he fifteenth year of commission except on conversion to regular combatant commission where applicable.

“Officer cadets who successfully complete the military training shall be granted the rank of second lieutenant. Conversion to regular combatant commission is not automatic. It is based on availability of vacancy and other criteria that are or will be in force from time to time.

“All graduating officer cadets must sign an acceptance on the terms and conditions governing the Short Service Combatant Commission before they are granted commission into the Nigerian Army. The reckonable period of service will be based on the date of commencement of cadet training of both civilian and military personnel entrants.

Method of application

“Applications are to be made online free of charge from the 19th of October 2018. Log on to www.nigerianarmyms.ng to create an account. Read the qualification criteria. From the home page, select SSC application. On successful registration, you will receive an email notification containing your login details. Click on ‘Login’ to complete the application form.

“Ensure all required documents are uploaded: Passport photograph. Educational certificates. Evidence of membership of any professional body. Certificate of state of origin. Birth certificate or age declaration. Applicants must print out their online generated photo-slip on completion of their application.

“The first page is to be signed by a Court of Law while the second page is to be signed by the local government chairman/secretary or any military officer of the rank of Lieutenant Colonel or equivalent and above who hails from your state. Successful applicants would be required to present their printed photo-slips to the selection board during interview.

Closing date

“All applications must be submitted not later than 30 of November 2018.For further information, you may call 0817 926 9294 and 0811 888 1694, or visit www.army.mil.ng.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Nigerian Army’s Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) commenced promotion examination in Sokoto for 150 captains moving to the rank of major, from different military formations across the country.

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Barr. Samuel C. Otoboeze, CPP
Bsof president
PhD(UNN) - (member, board of trustee)
Barr. G. O. Okafor, OON, SAN, KSJ
(member, board of trustee)
HRH Igwe Christain Eze (Ezeoha I of Idoha)
(member, board of trustee)
Rev. Fr. (Dr). Eva Chuma Nnamene
(member, board of trustee)
Prof. Ngozi Ejionueme
(member, board of trustee)