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2017: Employment, Business Start-Up Top Priority for Nigerians- Survey

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Latest public opinion poll results released by NOIPolls  have revealed some of the personal goals and aspirations that Nigerians have for 2017, such as the desire to secure employment or change existing jobs (37 percent), starting up new businesses (16 percent) and getting closer to God (14 percent) amongst others.

This finding further corroborates several media reports on unemployment and under-employment being one of the major problems that the government needs to tackle.

Furthermore, the efforts of the present administration to tackle the security issues in Nigeria has no doubt influenced the perception of Nigerians towards the security of the nation, as  87 percent asserted that they are hopeful that the security situation in the country will be better than it was in 2016.

The huge achievement by the security forces in recapturing the Boko Haram stronghold of Sambisa Forest may have played a role in the current perception on the state of security in Nigeria.

Also, 82 percent are optimistic that the economic situation of the country will improve; with 79 percent optimistic that more jobs will be created in 2017.

According to NOIPolls, this may not be unconnected with the Federal Government’s social investment program aimed at creating jobs for youths, tagged N-Power. Besides, the recent passage of the bill recognizing the National Peace Corps as a Federal Government Parastatal, under the Ministry of Interior, has become a veritable channel for job creation.

“Lastly, when Nigerians were asked what they would do to move the country forward, some  said they will be more law abiding (29 percent), create employment through their various businesses (18 percent), become patriotic (11 percent) amongst others.

“Therefore, the federal government of Nigeria should uphold its tempo at reviving the economy of the country while its citizens should take the right steps towards the advancement of Nigeria. These were some of the key findings from the New Year special poll conducted in the week of January 9th, 2017”.

Every New Year brings a lot of excitement, hopefulness and aspiration, and as 2017 beckons, majority of people all over the world are full of expectations, so also are Nigerians.

NOIPolls writes: “There is hopefulness of a new dawn of possibilities since the nation has been faced with multitudes of challenges characterised by various issues in the preceding years such as the activities of Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East, recent Southern Kaduna killings in the North-West, activities of the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) in the South-East as well as the Niger Delta Avengers in the South-South, and the herdsmen menace in the North Central, just to mention a few.

“Business activities have been grounded by these happenings in all those troubled spots and were also complemented by irregular power supply, unemployment, poor exchange rate against the dollar, kidnappings, economic recessions and other crimes which are capable of undermining the development and progress of Nigeria.

“The Federal government of Nigeria (FGN), during the presentation of its 2017 Appropriation Bill, nicknamed the budget of recovery and growth, to a joint session of the National Assembly had promised that it has taken necessary steps to stimulate the economy and gave assurances of various investments in key sectors and that those steps were taken to restore business confidence that will guarantee the country’s speedy recovery from recession in 2017.[4] In view of this, NOIPolls conducted its Annual New Year Special Edition Snap Poll survey to ascertain the personal aspirations of Nigerians in the New Year, as well as their optimism about the country and the necessary actions they would take for the purpose of developing the country”.

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The survey results revealed that some Nigerians are either unemployed or are not satisfied with their current employment status as 37 percent, which formed the majority, mentioned that they are aiming at getting a job or to have a change of job as their personal goal for 2017.

Unemployment is one of the most serious problems facing developing nations today and Nigeria is no different. Being the most populous country in Africa with a population of over 170 million people, Nigeria is blessed with diverse human and material resources.

However, her resources have been left under-utilized leading to mass unemployment and abject poverty.

Poll findings also revealed that 16 percent of the respondents disclosed that they aspire to start a business and this could have been triggered by the theories by some economic experts that the year 2017 will be good for businesses to thrive in Nigeria.

Also, 14 percent asserted that they would be more religious and this supports a research that ascribed Nigerians as one of the most religious people on earth.

The current economic hardship that Nigerians are faced with also played out as 12 percent indicated that they would cut down their expenses, additionally, there is the quest to seek for added knowledge and qualifications as another 12 percent indicated that they would further their education. Some other mentions include ‘improving my business’ (8 percent), ‘get married this year’ (8 percent) and ‘build my own house and buy a car’ (7 percent) among others.

The poll also sought to find out the expectations of Nigerians for 2017 with regards to some issues that affect the wellbeing of the citizens including the economy, security and employment and findings revealed high expectation and optimism around these issues.

The larger proportion (87 percent) is optimistic that security will be better this year; similarly, 82 percent of the respondents are hopeful that the economy will be better than last year, while 79 percent stated that they look forward to the employment situation in Nigeria becoming better than it was in 2016.

Furthermore, to determine what Nigerians could do as individuals to contribute in moving the nation forward, the survey revealed some Nigerians (29 percent) especially respondents from the North-West (38 percent) and South-East (35 percent) zones aim to be more law abiding in 2017.

More findings revealed that 18 percent of the respondents basically from the South-West zone (26 percent) disclosed that that they intend to create employment through their businesses and this could go a long way in reducing unemployment in the country if it could be actualised. It is also worthy to note that this zone houses Lagos state which is the economic hub of the country.

In addition, a section of Nigerians (11 percent) stated they would be patriotic citizens whereas, another proportion (8 percent) believe that prayers will make a positive impact in the country among other positive contributions.

The recent poll results have revealed that 37 percent of adult Nigerians surveyed disclosed that they look forward to getting a job or to have a change of job as one of their personal goals in 2017 while 16 percent aspire to start a business so as to have multiple streams of income.

More findings revealed that most Nigerians are very optimistic of a very good living in 2017 as the vast majority of Nigerians are enthusiastic that the security (87 percent), economic (82 percent) and employment (79 percent) situations in Nigeria will be better than it was last year.

Finally, Nigerians have asserted that they will be more law abiding (29 percent) and that they will create employment through their various businesses (18 percent) as part of their contribution towards moving the nation forward.

Therefore, the federal government of Nigeria should uphold its tempo at reviving the economy of the country while citizens take the right steps towards the advancement of Nigeria.

 

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Ajisebutu, 21st Century Tech Boss Visits House of Reps Speaker, Seeks Support for ICT Sector

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l-r: Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of House of Representatives and Wale Ajisebutu, vice chairman/CEO, 21st Century Technologies limited when the latter paid him a visit in Abuja recently.
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Wale Ajisebutu, vice chairman/CEO, 21st Century Technologies limited, has solicited the support of the House of Representatives in creating an enabling environment for accelerated, cost effective infrastructure to increase Nigerian’s access to ICT.

 

Ajisebutu who made the call when he visited Femi Gbajabiamila, the new Speaker of House of Representatives, said that ICT as an enabler for sustainable development.

 

He congratulated Gbajabiamila on his election as the Speaker of the House of Representatives, saying that he deserved to lead the House.

 

“ I have no doubt in your ability to lead, your election is a testament to your faith, leadership qualities but also the strength of your character, and relations capacity, I pray God to guide you.

 

Gbajabiamila, also assured the 21st Century Technologies boss of the House of Representatives willingness to work with ICT sector to ensure the speedy development of the country.

 

Ajisebutu is a tireless advocate and champion in the ICT sector who has built one of Nigeria’s largest information technology hubs and has chosen to keep quiet about it.

 

His company, 21st Century Technologies Limited (21CTL) is today fully mobilized and well positioned converged multi-service provider with arms and legs in telecommunications; software; online marketplace; ICT training and so on.

 

His company 21CTL was founded and registered in 1997 and began operations in 1999, all in the 20th Century; a testament to Ajisebutu’s vision of better tomorrow for his dear country-Nigeria.

 

A chattered accountant by profession, Ajisebutu understands the economics of business management so well that it is almost second nature. He is a perfectionist who believes that every Nigerian deserves nothing but the best quality of service.

 

 

 

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World Bank Selects FUTO as Centre for Future Energies, Electro-chemical System

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The World Bank has selected the Federal University of Technology, Owerri as Africa centre of excellence in Future Energies and Electro-Chemical System, otherwise called ACE-FUELS.

It was gathered that ACE-FUELS would facilitate the university to run an international Masters Degree programmes in Electro-Chemical Technology, Future Energies, Nanotechnology and Corrosion Technology.

Speaking at a media parley on Wednesday, organized by the university to mark the Vice Chancellor’s three years in office, the VC, Professor Francis Eze stated that the university management had concluded plans to gather wastes for the production of energy.

He further advised Nigerian institutions to embrace the new technology, adding that it was the current global practice.

The VC said, “As we have continued to improve on the aesthetics of the campus environment through the maintenance of green lawns, proper waste disposal and management are also billed to be converted into energy. This is the current trend in most of the civilized world and we are emulating it. It would be of immeasurable help in power generation”.

He stated FUTO was established as a specialized university to impart practical knowledge and requisite skills needed to fast-track the technological development in the country.

Eze however, revealed that it was to deepen and expand  research activities and innovation that his administration created the office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research, Development  and Innovation

The VC did not omit to state that his three years in office had been a mixture of accomplishment and challenges.

He listed encroachment on FUTO land, hostile and uncooperative attitude of host communities, lack of staff quarters, inadequate power supply, ill-equipped library and laboratory facilities, poor road networks and inadequate hostel accommodation among others as some of the challenges faced by the university.

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Facebook to Leverage Deep Tech with Campus Roadshow

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Facebook has embarked on a University roadshow offering students the opportunity to share their ideas and learn more about technology.

As part of its continuation of its 2018 FbStart programme, the roadshow is aimed at educating and attracting students to build solutions that utilise advanced technologies to solve problems and build solutions for the future, using Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Internet of Things, Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR).

Joining the tour will be Facebook’s Developer Circle leads and Accelerator programme alumni from last year who will be providing mentorship to would-be developers, talking about the kind of workshops they run, sharing their success stories and experience from the programme, as well as the impact of Facebook Developer Circles in their communities.

The tour will feature pitch sessions for students and startups that have ideas and would like to the apply to the programme, giving them an opportunity to receive feedback from would-be mentors. The tour has already visited University of Lagos (Unilag), Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), University of Port Harcourt (Uniport), University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) and Bayero University Kano (BUK), with additional stops to go, including University of Jos (Unijos) on Friday, June 21.

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