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Nigeria @ 58: What Nigerian Youths Are Saying

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  • Nigeria @ 58: What Nigerian Youths Are Saying

As Nigeria celebrates 58th independence today. Youths across the country have got a lot to say on the state of the nation.

Nigeria, the most populous black nation and the largest economy in Africa, has the potential to become a key global player by virtue of its human and natural resources.

However, choice of leaders coupled with over-dependence on crude oil and the transition from an export-based economy to consumption has impacted this potential.

Investors King spoke with some youths on the state of the nation.

Dapo Alade, 33, said: “It’s time to take the country back from the old folks running democracy like we are in the 1990s. The country is not going to change itself till we all get involved rather than sit back and point fingers. I see a great Nigeria,” the software engineer affirmed.

According to Ishioma, 31, Nigeria will only move forward if people change their mindsets. Until Nigerians shun bribery and do their jobs without gratification, learn to solve their own problems and channel budget funds to appropriate projects Nigeria may not move forward.

Ezekiel Enejeta, 30, said: “I’m proud to be a Nigerian, where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.  Let every patriot be honored; Don’t let politics get in the way. Without them, freedom would have died; What they did, we can’t repay,” the CEO of Gabzy Media stated. “It is time for you to show your independence. Happy Independence Day.”

“Is there really any cause for celebration? Things don’t seem to be getting better, in fact, they may be getting worse in terms of security, inflation, cost and standard of living, value of life, jobs, education, healthcare and so on,” said Adewumi, 34. “A major call for concern now is the threat to the unity of the nation, as many fear its only a matter of time before the country disintegrates.”

Hamza, 38, said: “Nigeria is a joke! Our leaders are jokers and the state of the nation is the punchline, sad but its true.”

Bukola Ojobe, 30, said nations that got their independence after Nigeria are thriving while Nigeria the so-called giant of Africa is faced with an economic downturn, low productivity and a high unemployment rate of 18.8 percent. United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Rwanda, South Africa, etc lack Nigeria’s resource but Nigerians queue for their visas. How sad!.

Youths across the nation have spoken against poor leadership, bribery, lack of basic amenities, threat to national unity as well as high unemployment rate. As Enejeta said, its time to show your independence, go out and vote without prejudice.

Happy Independence Day.

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.

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Savvy Publishes Its First Impact Report Since Launch

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Savvy Has Released its First Impact Report 

The non-profit organization, Savvy, has today, published its first impact report since its launch. On February 24, 2021, it published a post on Facebook and other social media platforms that read: Feb. 4, made it 6 months since we launched the Savvy Fellowship program, and it seems like yesterday. How time flies.
On a mission to train at least 10,000 passionate individuals to build successful impact-driven businesses, the organization has decided to measure and publish its progress for the last 6 months, to see whether or not it’s making an impact or falling behind. From August 4, 2020, to February 4, 2021, Savvy received 39,958 applications from individuals interested in the Savvy program. It accepted 3,298 of them, which is an 8.25% acceptance rate. 1,121 being female, and 2,177 being male.
These 3,298 participants (often referred to as Savvy Fellows) come from 122 countries. 2,181 of the Fellows have completed the Savvy program—generating 1,278 business ideas and kickstarting 587 businesses during and after the program. In the nearest future, Savvy plans to get more mentors for the Savvy program, train 7,000 more individuals through the program, and provide Internet allowance for some of the Fellows who need it to participate in the program.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many have lost their jobs and are now living in an uncertain world. I and 131 entrepreneurs from 36 countries came together to start Savvy, a global Fellowship program equipping these recently unemployed individuals with the necessary knowledge and skill that they need to start their own impact-driven business and succeed as entrepreneurs,” says Chidi Nwaogu, Head of Fellowship Program at Savvy.
For 12 weeks, no matter what stage their venture is, the Savvy program helps selected Fellows answer all the relevant questions that they need to kickstart their amazing impact venture, gain early traction, achieve product-market fit, scale into new markets, create jobs, and improve the economy of their nations.

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Bandits Kill Six, Abduct 15 in Niger LGs

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Bandits Kill Six, Abduct 15 in Niger LGs

Again, bandits have killed six persons and kidnapped 15 others in renewed attacks on communities in two local government areas of Niger State.

One of those killed was at Pandogari town in Rafi Local Government Area, where five people were abducted, while the remaining five were murdered in Gurmana in Shiroro Local Government Area of the state. Ten persons were kidnapped in this incident.

Both incidents took place Thursday night, according to an eyewitness who spoke to newsmen.

Apart from those killed or kidnapped, a large number of villagers were injured in the stampede that followed the activities of the gunmen and are presently receiving treatment at medical centres in the two local government areas.

“This thing has become a daily occurrence,” a disappointed top government official told the press on condition of anonymity.

“The attacks are creating daily IDPs and social problems for the state,” the official added.

Five persons were killed, while eight others were kidnapped in separate bandits’ attacks on Anwar Mahogi and Rsfingora communities of Rafi Local Government Area of the state also on Thursday.

Several cattle were said to have been rustled in the raid.

One of those killed in Angwar Mahogi was Dauda Daniel, a graduate of the Federal College of Education, Kontagora, who was said to be planning for his wedding slated for March 6, this year.

While the attack lasted, eyewitnesses said that a helicopter hovered in the skies apparently giving cover to the bandits.

There have been no response to calls made to the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Wasiu Abiodun, for confirmation of the incidents.

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Lagos Gov to Shut Down Third Mainland Bridge this Friday

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Lagos Gov to Shut Down Third Mainland Bridge this Friday

The Lagos State Government will shut down the Third Mainland Bridge for 24 hours from midnight Friday, February 26th to midnight Saturday.

The Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde who made this known in a statement issued on Wednesday, said the total closure of the bridge is to enable the contractors move the equipment used during the rehabilitation process off the bridge and allow both the Oworonshoki and Adeniji bound lanes open fully to traffic.

Oladeinde therefore, advised motorists approaching the bridge from Ogudu, Alapere and Gbagada to use Ikorodu Road, Jibowu and Yaba, as alternative routes, while Iyana Oworoshoki-bound traffic from Lagos-Island, Iddo, Oyingbo, Adekunle and Yaba are to use Herbert Macaulay Way, Jibowu and Ikorodu Road as alternative routes.

The Commissioner assured that traffic management personnel would be deployed along the affected routes to minimize and address any traffic impediments during the closure.

Commending Lagosians for their cooperation during the prolonged repair works of the Bridge, the Commissioner assured that the bridge is now safe for use by all and sundry.

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