President Muhammadu Buhari has issued Executive Order 003

The order mandates all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to source their textile needs locally.

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele, told Service Chiefs and heads of paramilitary agencies this week that “we have the mandate of Mr. President to ensure that all uniformed services and theatre wears in hospitals and medical facilities be sourced locally from the Nigerian CTG sector.

Mr. Emefiele said our model in achieving this presidential directive is to facilitate long term contracts (five years or more) with our textile and garment factories to produce uniforms for our armed forces and uniform services using local fabrics and textile materials. We are not naive of the fact that the nature of your jobs will warrant special quality and security around the production of your wares. My team will work with your nominees toward ensuring requisite quality and security associated with your uniforms. Your nominees will also join our team to inspect the various textiles and garment factories to ensure their readiness to be engaged on long term contracts to forestall breaches.

It’s very unfortunate; we print passport overseas, production of uniforms for armed forces and services overseas.

Nigerian e-passports

The Machine Readable Passport, MRP, used by Nigerians before the coming of the Obasanjo administration was produced locally by the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting PLC, popularly called MINT. The MINT is the Nigerian Government’s official currency and other security documents printer but the NIS stopped to issue the MRPs to Nigerians after the launch of the e-passport in 2007.

When the Nigerian former President Olusegun Obasanjo paid a state visit to Malaysia in 2003 and visited Iris Corporation office where he witnessed a demonstration of the production of the e-passport, he was impressed by the security features of the e-passport. Instead of Obasanjo to return home and upgrade MINT to produce E-passport for Nigerians, he invited Iris Corporation to spearhead the implementation of Nigerian e-passport and ISTL was registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission on 20th May 2003 to help the country produce the e-passport. With that, ISTL entered into a Public-Private Partnership, PPP, with the Federal Government for the upgrading of Nigerian passport to e-passport.

Since then, Malaysia has been responsible for producing the Nigerian e-passports until this year when MINT signed MoU with ISTL to domesticate the production of international passports (e-passports), in which the e-passports will be printed locally.

Unemployment and poverty have yet to see a positive impact in Nigeria

The increasing unemployment and declining underemployment rates imply that the fragile economic recovery is beginning to create employment. But the current rate measures that, the number of people actively looking for a job as a percentage of the labour force.

However, hours worked within these jobs are not yet enough for full time employment (40+ hours within the week). While this is on-going, the inflow of entrants into the labour market continues to grow steadily, minimizing the effect of any jobs created within the economy on the overall unemployment rate.

Last year, Nigeria’s official unemployment figures jumped by 30 percent this year to 16 million with another two million expected by the end of the year. But less than forty percent of Nigeria’s nearly 200 million people are fully employed. Also, in the same year, Nigeria edged-out of its worst recession in nearly three decades in September last year and made bouts of economic growth.

Similarly, a report as at January 2019 by the Brookings Institution indicated that, the Nigeria state had overtaken India as the nation with the highest number of extremely poor people. The report showed that about 87 million Nigerians are in extreme poverty, with six Nigerians falling into extreme poverty every minute.

Furthermore, data from National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, showed that the number of unemployed Nigerians rose  by 3.3 million or 19 per cent to 20.9 million in third quarter of 2018 (Q3’18)  from 17.6 million in third quarter  of 2017 (Q3’17).

Presenty, Unemployment Rate in Nigeria increased to 23.10 percent in the third quarter of 2018 from 22.70 percent in the second quarter of 2018. Unemployment Rate in Nigeria averaged 12.31 percent from 2006 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 23.10 percent in the third quarter of 2018 and a record low of 5.10 percent in the fourth quarter of 2010; NBS and Trading Economics noted(Figure 1.).

Fig. 1. UNEMPLOYMENT INDEX IN NIGERIA.
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This  infra data, provides the latest reported value for – Nigeria Unemployment Rate – plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. Nigeria Unemployment Rate – actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases – was last updated on July of 2019.

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Why Unemployment rate is still increasing

Inadequate funding remains the major reason why most industries in the country could not survive or expand, to create more jobs in the system, Nigeria has what it takes to stand and compete favourably with China and Dubai, but for lack of support to its entrepreneurs.

From all  six geopolitical zones of the Nigeria, citizens have been lamenting  that  the Federal Government   lack of commitment  to empower entrepreneurs in the country to fast track economic growth.

The crisis of the nation is besieged by idling crowds

Every day, Nigerians face frightening sizes of challenges like frustrations, tensions, and anxieties of uncertain future all over the faces of the people. What Texas is to the United States, Nigeria is to Africa. Slightly larger than the Lone Star State, Nigeria is situated on the western part of the Africa. Like Texas, oil is also a cornerstone of Nigeria’s economy.

A view of a busy district of Lagos from a flyover bridge.

The international spotlight is now shining on Nigeria, which is also Africa’s most populous countryIn Nigeria today, the situation of employment generation is pathetically unpleasant.

Sources: BBC Country Profile – Timeline, Fitch Solutions, Nigerian government.

Last year, Nigeria’s official unemployment figures jumped by 30 percent this year to 16 million with another two million expected by the end of the year. But less than forty percent of Nigeria’s nearly 200 million people are fully employed. Also, in the same year, Nigeria edged-out of its worst recession in nearly three decades in September last year and made bouts of economic growth. But unemployment and poverty have yet to see a positive impact.

In this circumstance of Nigeria therefore, when a system is disorderly, chaotic, inconsistent and crisis ridden as typical of ours, when the policy makers and the executors are incapable of allowing healthy natural happenings, the tendency is for the citizenry to look for alternative to survive the scenario. These escape alternatives are mostly illegal, and taking unknowable adventure by citizens of lower class of my fathers land migrating through the Sahel to reach the heavens on earth, in order to survive the challenges faced in their home country.

 

 

Coming Soon: Aggregating Sahel and West-Africa Security for Regional Economic Boom

 

Most West African leaders were very optimistic about their countries’ future at independence. They hoped to transform their newly independent countries so that their citizens would enjoy the fruits of independence, as colonial rule had brought only few benefits to the majority of the people. And indeed, some started well. They formulated good policies for the social and economic development of their people. School enrollment, for example, increased substantially in the first decade of independence. The road network was expanded and hospitals and clinics were built. However, these impressive developments were soon overshadowed by many problems, some of which have still not been solved. I shall discuss below the causes spheres of influence of terrorism  and the solutions to the regional security treats for economic prosperity.

For centuries, herdsmen across Africa’s Sahel headed south during the long, hot dry season. Farmers typically welcomed them because their cattle and goats fertilized depleted cropland. While herders and farmers routinely competed over scarce resources, outright violence was restrained through customary arrangements and swift mediation from local leaders. But this symbiosis is crumbling. Instead, thousands of civilians from Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Nigeria are killed every year in bloody inter-communal violence. Many more are caught up in deadly overlapping conflicts that are spinning out of control.

Governor Abiodun to reduce unemployment rate in Ogun, through employment process digitization and youth empowerment

The prosperity of a country lies in the improvements made for the comfort of majority of its citizens. Equality based rights protection is the basic requirement of the citizens. Number of structures and institutional factors combine together to define a map for the government and a social relation between government and its people is maintained. Due to this, government is obliged to provide best material (personnel).

To fulfill human resource plan of workplace, it requires the selection of those persons who can meet the needs of that workplace. Recruitment process starts by specifying the requirements (numbers, skills and time frame) of human resource. These requirements are the result of job analysis and activities of human resource development. After this initial process of job specification description, next phase is the recruitment process. Qualified candidates are asked to apply for the jobs. At this stage recruitment authority requires to devise the selection tools. Selection tools help in sorting out the best qualified persons.

As results of  the recruitment process application problems, job description and standard personnel requirements were not adequately used, especially at the lowest category of grade levels in Nigeria.

Kudos! to the government of Ogun State, Nigeria for taking a bold steps in the areas of unemployment by innovating and purifying corrupt  job application process in his state through digitization.

Governor Dapo Abiodun

Chief Press Secretary,  Kunle Somorin, stated that the portal would register, on a continuous basis, unemployed youths in the State with a view to providing them jobs suitable for their trade and academic qualifications.

He gave the site address as www.iseya.ng/public/.

“The Government of Ogun State are partnering with the public-private sector oriented to expand their job space for our teeming young men and women and those who have special talents,” the statement quoted the Governor as saying.

“It is a major pillar of our quality governance model. We are going to have an inclusive government that will utilize valuable potentials that abound in the State and that’s why we are involving the private sector.

“All graduates and those with vocational training across the State will give their information and we will endeavor  to match them with potential employers, not only within the civil service but also with the private sector, with whom we are partnering”, he stated.

To ensure that the citizens and residents of the states are not short-changed “we will send a local content bill for legislative action, such that investors will first look inward to availability of workers in Ogun State and make our youths their primary catchment area when they situate their Corp Abida here”.

The Governor said his Government plans certain enablers as corollary to his mission  to build our future together through “qualitative governance, education,  healthcare, infrastructural development, digitization and agriculture “.

“Besides linking our graduates with industrialists and Government agencies, we plan to engage 10,000 farmers to be supported for mechanized farming with attendant value chain benefits to make agribusiness bedrock of his administration’s plan to lift people out of poverty.”

Already, Governor Abiodun said 10,000 youths will be supported to plant cassava, maize and rice – crops in which the state is a leading producer.

“Each farmer will get a parcel of land and be supported with clearing,  seedlings,  extension and off takers services to ensure profitability of their ventures,” the statement concluded.

Job portal platforms can help in solving some problems of recruitment in Nigerian federal, state civil service and to determine the extent of the utilization of job description and job specification in the recruitment process if embrace by all government of the federation and not manipulated.

TEF and UNDP to Empower 100,000 Additional Entrepreneurs   

As the continent looks towards its entrepreneurs. With a majority of African nations diversifying from traditional sources of income, entrepreneurship is increasingly seen as a key to economic growth.

Looking into the infrat tenuous economic statistical analysis, it shows vividly that entrepreneurial development is one of the strategic growth tools in which the continent can evolve her economic potentiality.

  • Nigeria is expected to be the 3rd most populous country by 2050 with a population of over 300 million while several other African countries are projected to have more than doubled their population in the same time period.
  • Africa, in general, is expected to account for more than half of the world’s population growth between 2015 and 2050.
  • 41% of Africans are currently under the age of 15 and 60% of the continent is below the age of 25.
  • Now, 9 out of 10 working African youth are poor or near poor and over the next 10 years, only one in four of Africa’s youth are expected to find a wage job at best.
  • The youth population in Africa is expected to double, to over 830 million, by 2050.
  • In Nigeria alone, over 40 million additional jobs will be needed between now and 2030.

Entrepreneurship development is basically the process of improving the skill set as well as the knowledge of the entrepreneurs. The process of entrepreneurship development is nothing but helping the entrepreneurs develop their skills through training and application of that training.

Now, Tony Elumelu Foundation as an African non-profit organization.

TEF Chairman, Tony O. Elumelu.

Founded in  by Tony O. Elumelu and headquartered in Lagos. Nigeria Tony O. Elumelu belief that, with the right support, entrepreneurs can be empowered to contribute meaningfully to Africa’s prosperity and social development.

Tony Elumelu Foundation Fellow

It is has also been a great ĵmoment,  since the establishment of Tony Elumelu Foundation, in the areas of entrepreneurship, small and medium scale businesses development to the young continent of Africa.

UNDP Representative and TEF Chairman sighning the partnership agreement.

We are pleased to announce the partnership between the Tony Elumelu Foundation and UNDP to empower 100,000 additional entrepreneurs in 7 Sahel African countries over a 10-year period. This is in addition to the 10,000 African entrepreneurs that the Foundation is already committed to; stated in TEF News letter.

Starting this July, applications open for African entrepreneurs residing in the following countries: Nigeria (Northern), Niger, Chad, Cameroun, Mauritania, Mali and Burkina Faso.

With this partnership, the Tony Elumelu Foundation will give hope to the thousands of African entrepreneurs who have not been selected for its TEF Entrepreneurship Programme.

Across Africa, entrepreneurs are starting every size, and every type, of business. Without adequate entrepreneurship education, mentorship and business support, Africa faces a very uncertain future.

So, we are imploring international organizations, wealthy African descants to partner with the likes of TEF or follow their empowerment path in the areas of entrepreneurship development and employment growth strategies in Africa, that have helping thousand of Africans since inception of the programme.