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Reveled: How Sen Melaye escaped from Police custody — Witness

Reveled: How Sen Melaye escaped from Police custody — Witness
| May 29th, 2019

LOKOJA—Prosecution witness yesterday at the FCT High Court in Apo, Abuja has given insight into how senator Dino Melaye escaped from police custody last year while being transported to Lokoja from Abuja.

The senator is facing a six-count criminal charges of attempted suicide, attempt to escape from police custody, damage to police property, mischiefs, and threat to public servants.

The prosecutor’s witness, the third in the series, Sergent Alao Muhammed said he was in the same vehicle where the senator forcefully jumped from, and in the process damaged the police property. The witness who said he had been in the police service for 12 years said Melaye damaged two police property when he forced his way out of their vehicles and attempted to escape.

The witness during the course of trial gave evidences that Melaye while being transported to Lokoja, broke the windshield of the vehicles with his elbow. The damaged vehicles which were already in the court premises was again assessed by the court and all the counsel to be true with the one being described by the witness. Testifying, he said, “On 24 April, 2018 at about 2pm my station officer who doubled as team leader, ASP Ibrahim Sunday detailed me amongst other three officers to convey Dino in a bus from Abuja to Lokoja. “On reaching Area 1 roundabout, Abuja, I saw a white Toyota hilux blocked our bus, immediately, the defendant broke the glass window and stood up inside the vehicle  saying, “I’m not going to Lokoja, I’m not going to Lokoja”. “When the defendant try to open the car door I stood up to hold him but he kicked my hand as I try to hold him and the three of the defendant’s men who were accompanying him inside our vehicle blocked the other officers and assisted him to leap frog out of the door. “The police officer beside him sitting at the back of the driver, Corporal Nafiu Adamu was pushed as Dino forced the door opened. “Senator Dino jumped down from the bus, sat on the ground saying, “ I’m not going to Lokoja; I will kill myself and put police in trouble.” The witness said the senator turned down their appeal to come back into the vehicle and in a short while a large crowd gathered round them; a development the senator used to escaped. “The three men that entered our vehicle and the thugs that blocked our road carried him and put him inside a hilux and zoomed off from the roundabout. “We chased them to Yenagoa center where they use the vehicle to blocked the exit. The senator open the hilux and ran into the near bush along with those who assisted him. “We traced them to the bush and arrested one of them.” The witness said while the defendant was on the ground at the Area 1 roundabout, he held an object in his hand threatening to kill himself and implicate the police; this he said amounted to attempt at committing suicide. The trial however turned heated when Melaye counsel, Benson Igbanoi (standing in for Mike Ozekhome) commenced cross examination of the witness, as the prosecuting counsel,  Jovi Orijefo refused to accept the document the defendant’s counsel was trying to present. The prosecutor counsel, said the defendant document (statement of the same witness on the day the issue occurred) was not certified and should not be accepted. The judge, Justice Sylvester Orji in a short ruling, asked the defendant’s counsel to ensure the document is certified before bringing them to the court at the next sitting. He subsequently adjourned the case to September 11, 18 and October 3, 2019 for continuation of hearing and cross examination of witnesses.



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 Could this be the cure for cancer?

Could this be the cure for cancer?
| May 29th, 2019

The CEO/Chief Consultant, Olaking International Holistic Medicine Company (OIHM), Dr. Olawale Qazeem has achieved modest success in managing patients suffering from Cancer, HIV, Diabetes, Tuberculosis, etc. In this interview with Omolara Akintoye, the University of Ilorin graduate of Medicine and Indian-trained medical personnel shares insight on local expertise available in the management and treatment of debilitating ailments like cancer, which leads to loss of foreign exchange for the country. Excerpts

HIGH blood pressure and Diabetes are two public health challenges which affect a large population of the society. How do you manage patients suffering from the above mentioned disease conditions?

Diabetes and hypertension are two silent killers that pose a significant health challenge. These diseases have hit an all-time high in some developed and developing nations of the world, ranking high as one of the causes of mortality.

We take pride in the fact that our protocols for hypertension and diabetes are safe, reliable and research-based. When patients with diabetes and high blood pressure come to us for treatment, we carry out standard tests, check the organs and pinpoint any marker that might indicate the presence of the diseases.

We instruct them on why they need to alter their dietary regimen, improve their physical activity level, manage stress and rest properly. Our patients are given different supplements to either replenish the stores of nutrients that have become depleted, drop down their blood glucose levels or lower their blood pressure and lipid count.

Your incursion into cancer treatment has yielded positively, why this dreaded disease?

Firstly, I have assisted my grandfather who was a stark illiterate, but highly knowledgeable in curing cancer with herbs attend to his customers, majority of them were big-wigs coming from the city to meet him. Asides from helping him to translate or act as an interpreter, I also helped in preparing the herbal medicine. By the time I got to the University, I was already having my own patients. Majority of them were the ones recommending cancer patients to me now.

In 2017, I read a report by a renowned Medical doctor how Nigerians spent billions of Naira going abroad to treat cancer, many would still die after spending so much money. This was what really gingered my interest to be helping those afflicted with the disease.

There was a particular case of a lady who was doubting me, but after I agreed to treat her, and she was able to stand on her feet; she promised that she will go back to the clinic where she was attending before and introduce her new discovery to them.

Cancer is curable mostly at the early stages, and also, using herbs to treat prevents it from spreading to the other organ.

Why did you tow the path of naturopathic medicine as opposed to allopathic medicine?

Naturopathic medicine has always been deeply ingrained in me, it’s a gift I can proudly say I was born with. Here’s why; my mom has been in the profession of using herbal medicine to treat ailments of the locals in our community for decades. Seeing her handle a myriad of patients with different medical conditions inspired me to follow the path. Furthermore, I opted for naturopathic medicine because it dawned on me that prevention is pivotal than cure.

A plethora of diseases which affect humans can either be traced to the food we eat or the lives we lead. So, I saw the need to go for a treatment plan that treats the body via natural means and allow it to heal itself.  I’d rather nip any root problem in the bud before the condition escalates by employing a top-notch approach that involves an adequate diet, lifestyle modification, and administering herbal supplements.

How do you diagnose a disease?

When a patient walks through the door of my office, I carry out a comprehensive consultations to know the etiology of the ailment. At this juncture, I’d like to say a naturopathic doctor’s method of diagnosing a patient’s disease is highly nuanced with that of an allopathic doctor’s. In most cases, we carry out the standard tests done in unorthodox medicine.

However, we ask questions about our patient’s health history, signs and symptoms, sleep patterns, hearing capabilities, sex life and bowel function. We do all these to get a visual image of your general health.

We also carry out routine tests on them even after they must have presented a bloodwork and/or test result from a medical doctor. We do this just to be sure of what exactly the cause of the illness might be.

What are the challenges you have encountered in your field?

It is not totally out of place to say that the naturopathic profession in Nigeria is still in its baby steps. Ever since our inception, one of the main obstacles we have encountered is being accepted by the society. The public’s misconception of the role played by naturopathy is one that we cannot overstate.

The society has not fully bought into the idea of trusting a naturopathic doctor. In most cases, patients who visit us for treatment find it difficult to complete their treatments. It is imperative that our clients and would-be clients understand that we use natural medicines, and at such we expect them to be patient and see results for themselves, instead of giving up mid-way and concluding that natural remedies are not effective.

In the same breath, the government is still sitting on the fence about issues pertaining to alternative medicines like naturopathy. Lack of support from the government has been one of the drawbacks we experience in this field.

What ailments have you had successes treating with naturopathic methods?

We have recorded tremendous success treating patients who are experiencing illnesses such as obesity, liver diseases, heart diseases, chronic fatigue syndrome, fertility problems, fibromyalgia, hormonal imbalances, cancer management, allergies and chronic pain.

If there is one thing I’d like to chip in, it’s the fact that liver diseases like fatty liver and hepatitis are on the rise. We get cases of these ailments reported to at least every week, however, we are thankful that our intervention has been fruitful so far.


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Borno Government House steward commits suicide
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Borno Government House steward commits suicide
| May 29th, 2019

The Police in Borno on Tuesday confirmed that one Mr John Antagav, a steward with Borno Government House, has committed suicide.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr Mohammed Aliyu, who visited the scene of the crime at the Government House, Maiduguri said the police would thoroughly investigate the matter.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Antagav’s body was found hanging on a tree at a garden of the Presidential Lodge at about 2:30 pm.

Aliyu disclosed that the cause of the incident was not clear, adding that men of the command dispatched to the scene of crime brought down the corpse and evacuated it to the Specialist Hospital, Maiduguri.

He identified the deceased as a retired staff of the Government House, who was later reengaged as contract personnel.

“From the preliminary report, it is difficult to preempt what exactly happened.

“This is somebody who is doing fine; he has a house and a vehicle which he usually drives himself to work every day.

“We are going to reach out to his family in order to trace the root of the problem as investigation is still ongoing.”


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Breaking: Imo Assembly Speaker resigns
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Breaking: Imo Assembly Speaker resigns
| May 29th, 2019


The Speaker of the Imo state House of Assembly, Rt. Acho Ihim, has resigned his position few weeks to the inauguration of the new session.

The embattled Speaker tendered his resignation letter to the Clerk of the House, Chris Duru.

The Deputy Speaker, Hon Ugonna Ozurigbo also resigned in a similar manner just last week.

It will be recalled that 21 out of the 27 lawmakers had during a brief but rowdy plenary, suspended the Speaker and the majority leader, Lugard Osuji, over what was described as conduct against the interest of the members of the House.

The aggrieved lawmakers who served an impeachment notice on him, announced, Chinedu Offor, member representing Onuimo Local Government Area, as the acting Speaker.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker, Marcel Ekwezuo, confirmed the resignation.


Ekwezuo said “the Speaker has resigned. He tendered his resignation letter today, May 28. He is grateful to his colleagues and the people of Imo state for the opportunity to serve as the number third citizen of the state for four years now.”

But a lawmaker told our correspondent that him resigned because of fear of being impeached.

The source said “yes, he has resigned but beyond the reason given, he played a fast one by resigning before he is impeached during the next plenary. He knows that after today, he will no longer get the executive backing to remain as the speaker until this Assembly comes to an end. He preferred to leave with the governor which is the best for him.”


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Presidency: Buhari has no new bank accounts, houses
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Presidency: Buhari has no new bank accounts, houses
| May 29th, 2019

GOING by the Assets Declaration Forms submitted yesterday by President Muhammadu Buhari to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), he has added virtually nothing to his assets in the past four years.

The President has not built any house, opened no new bank accounts and acquired no new shares since he took the last oath of office.

The President submitted his assets declaration forms to the CCB in Abuja yesterday — in compliance with the Constitution stipulating that such documents must be before his oath-taking scheduled for today.

A statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media & Publicity, Garba Shehu, said that the duly completed forms were submitted to the CCB Chairman, Prof Mohammed Isa, on behalf of the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Household & Domestic Affairs, Sarki Abba.

The statement reads: “The forms, as signed by the President and sworn to before a Judge of an Abuja High Court showed no significant changes in assets as declared in 2015 by him.

“There are no new houses, no new bank accounts at home and abroad and there are no new shares acquired.”


The CCB chairman was said to have commended the President for leading by example by declaring his assets in accordance with the law.

Also yesterday, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo submitted his assets declaration forms.

A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Laolu Akande, said: “Ahead of the oath-taking ceremony slated for tomorrow, 29 May 2019 and in compliance with the requirement of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has submitted his assets declaration forms to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).

“The submission by the Vice President follows right after President Muhammadu Buhari submitted his forms.

“The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Research, Legal and Compliance Matters, Office of the Vice President, Dr. Balkisu Saidu, submitted the completed forms to the Chairman of the CCB, Professor Mohammed Isa, on behalf of the Vice President.

“Compared with the assets Prof. Osinbajo declared in 2015, the forms show no significant changes in his assets; as there are no new real properties, shareholding or bank accounts.”


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Rumbles in APGA, as Ojukwus battle over BoT seat
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Rumbles in APGA, as Ojukwus battle over BoT seat
| May 29th, 2019

…Plot to drop Umeh, Otti uncovered
 
Since Tuesday last week when the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) was dissolved, the battle over who makes the new list of members of the board has once again rekindled the old internal squabbles within the family of late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu.
It would be recalled that the National Secretary of APGA, Chief Labaran Maku, had explained to reporters in Awka that the dissolution of the BOT was as a result of the fact that the tenure of the Board has expired, adding that a new BOT would be set up after the party’s National Convention on May 31 this year.
 
Authoritative sources have it that the widow of Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, Amb. Bianca will not make the new list of BoT members following the face-off between her and Governor Willie Obiano, which was a fall-out of her losing the Anambra South Senatorial District ticket in the last primary elections.
 
Also to be affected in the shakeup is the immediate past National Chairman of the party Sen. Victor Umeh, who was alleged to have taken sides with Bianca as well as the gubernational candidate of the party in Abia State Dr. Alex Otti, who was earlier suspended by the Abia State Chapter of APGA for challenging the outcome of governorship election at the tribunal without the consent of the party.
 Currently, the trio of Otti, Umeh and Bianca’s relationship with the leadership of the party has been estranged and during the last primary elections, they all lamented over the controversial conduct of the exercise in their respective states.
 
It was equally learnt that Amb. Bianca Ojukwu is to be replaced by first son of late Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu Emeka Jr. who is being wooed by the leadership of the party to dump the All Progressives Congress (APC) and return to APGA. During the last APGA National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting in Awka, members concluded that Bianca Ojukwu should be dropped from the BoT following strong allegations of anti-party activities against her after the party’s primary elections.
 
“Yes, her activities in the past months after she failed to get the ticket at the primary elections have been unbecoming of a woman that represents our life leader Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu and she believes that being the widow of Ezigbo Gburu Gburu confers on her the right to do or say anything she likes in the party and insult the party leadership and the Governor of Anambra State.
 
“Our worry at this stage is will Emeka Ojukwu (Jr) accept to return to APGA and take Bianca’s place? We have been reaching out to him and we have been talking but it has not clicked yet. “Some other members of the Ojukwu family have also been approached to convince him (Emeka Jr) to return to APGA and become member of the Party’s Board of Trustees,” said a party source.
 
Confirming the overtures at him, Emeka Ojukwu (Jr) told reporters in Awka that the National Chairman of APGA Chief Victor Oye, had earlier visited him at his residence in Abuja, urging him to intervene in the crisis in the party adding that it was under that circumstance that he returned the visit to Oye at his country home in Amawbia, Anambra State. Ojukwu, however, maintained that he is still a member of APC, but failed to confirm if he has been offered the membership of APGA BoT in place of his father’s widow Bianca.
 
“Victor Oye the National Chairman of APGA visited me in Abuja and was talking about problems in APGA and wanted me to intervene and not to join APGA as people are claiming. “Ezeigbo Gburu-Gburu, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu- Ojukwu, my late father, sacrificed his youth, his time, his health, his wealth, for the good of his people. APGA is his legacy, and as such must be protected. If we allow our grievances, justified or unjustified, perceived or otherwise to lead us into actions that will lead to APGAs demise, we would be destroying Ojukwu’s legacy and the ideologies he bequeathed to us.
 
“Being the first son of Ezeigbo, I have a moral burden to protect those things he held dearest and sacred while exercising my right to freedom of association. “I am honoured that the APGA National Chairman found it imperative to solicit my contribution.
 
“He is the Governor and the first citizen of Anambra state. He is my elder and in Igbo land we give respect to whom it is due and that is our tradition. Beyond that we have been friends and continue to enjoy a good relationship. In terms of this particular visit, I am not aware that he is involved. By the way, APGA as a national party has been relevant in   the national discourse over the years and is even more so today than in years past.” On the plot to drop Sen. Victor Umeh as a member of the BOT, the media aide to the Senator, Mr. Emeka Ududema contended that it is against the constitution of the party to drop his boss.
 
“APGA has a constitution and it stipulates that all former chairman and secretaries of the party are life members of the party’s Board of Trustees and unless there is no APGA or that the constitution of the party is amended. “So for one to say that Sen. Victor Umeh would cease to be a member of the BoT is unconstitutional and is of no effect.
 
“The allegation that he is backing Bianca Ojukwu does not hold water and it  is not a reason to stop him from being a member of the board,” he said. Supporters of Amb. Bianca Ojukwu described the move to drop her as part of the actions of the governor whom they accused of “use and dump”.
 
Mr. Ebel Chukwuogo, leader of a pressure group in APGA known as APGA Oriental Front (AOF), said: “You cannot replace the widow of Ezeigbo with Ezeigbo’s son, Emeka.
 
This is the style of Obiano government. They have used her to win second term and now they want to push her out after rigging the primary election against her. “We insist that Amb. Bianca Ojukwu remains a member of the APGA BoT in the interest of peace in our party and you cannot appoint a card carrying member of another party a member of our Board of Trustees.”

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ROLE OF THE YOUTHS IN DEMOCRACY
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ROLE OF THE YOUTHS IN DEMOCRACY
| May 29th, 2019

Studies  show  an  increasing  disengagement  from  conventional  political  participation  in recent  years  by  young  people.  Findings  suggest  they  vote  less,  membership  in  political  parties  is declining,  and  they  distrust  political  institutions.  What  is  the  reason  for  this  decreasing  political commitment?  According  to  different  surveys,  increasing  unemployment  rates  among  youth,  an increase  in  precarious  jobs  and  job  insecurity,  and  ever  more  difficult  transitions  from  school  to work could contribute  to  young  people’s apparent  disillusionment. There  is  a  need  to  cultivate  a  culture  of  democratic  participation,  especially  among  young people.  Young  people  nowadays  are  equipped  with  equal  and  better  opportunities  to  access information  and  gain  knowledge  about  the  concept  of  democracy  and  politics.  This  equal opportunity  stretches  out  to  participation  of  youth  in  democratic  decisions  like  taking  part  in elections.  However,  even  with  the  above  given  advantages  that  the  youth  have  their  interest  in taking  part in democratic  matters is  still  lacking. There  are  various  reasons  why  youth  choose  to  boycott  partaking  in  democratic  decisions.  The disappointment  with  politics,  the  mistrust  towards  political  parties  and  the  complexity  of democratic  decision  making  process  is  creating  this  negative  attitude  among youth.  They  grow  up seeing  how  the  world  turns  out  because  of  politics  and  most  believe  their  efforts  will  not  be  even be  recognized  because  they  believe  the  system  is  corrupt.  Problems  related  to  or  that  arise  from politics  around  the  world  dampen  youth  participation.  Many  countries  still  do  not  have  fair elections to this day  and that adds salt to the injury. 

Facing a world in a vertiginous transformation, the social and personal construction in the Nigeria democracy is indispensable. In a process of transformation that will lead Nigeria to peace and tranquility and eventually to a true democratic country, a country that really belongs to all the Nigerian people, depends mostly on the participation of the youths, to rebuild the country from the total devastation. Participation is the noblest action of exercising democracy. Participation means taking part in decision making to build the future and making decision means having responsibility to whatever the risk as the outcome of those decisions. To make all these become real, there might those in power grant opportunities. The achievement of new spaces of political and cultural participation of youths, through their juvenile organizations, should play, in this context, a decisive role. These existing organizations should free themselves from any influence or interests (politically, ideologically, or any religious believe) in other to maintain as important social and cultural movements, which take the conscious responsibility for pushing the process of changing and society building.

Regardless of the seemingly daunting challenges facing the youth in this country , it is imperative to ensure that they participate in the Democratic process. To realize this objective ,we suggest the following as mechanism towards a purposeful integration of the youth. To start with, there is need to create awareness for the youth on the critical role that they can play in the process of deepening democracy. Such awareness can be undertaken by civil society organizations,international organizations and their affiliate agencies and progressively minded political parties in the country, Such sensitization programs should include sub-themes like value-re-orientation andethical rebirth. The youth wing of the various political parties should also be advised on the need to constantly advocate for change in the ways that parties are being run.They must insist on the inculcate on of the practice of internal democracy ,such that the diverse interests of party members are taken care of. 

At the microlevel, rather than remaining passive and succumbing to the tactics of the school authorities to muzzle the vibrancy of student union governments in the tertiary institutions ,students should learn from history and act decisively to restore the glory of yesteryears where constructive activism played a prominent role in shaping government policies.

There is also the need to incorporate the millions of youth who are engaged in menial jobs through forming them into cooperatives organizations .

This way ,a platform of interaction would be created through which their social and political consciousness could be raised to appreciate their roles as sovereign citizens and their functions as the future leaders of the country .

To be relevant in the journey towards democratic consolidation,the youth in Nigeria should through their respective associations ,develop working relationship with Civil society Organizations. As vanguard of change ,they should also embark on the strategies of civil disobedience to compel the political authorities in the country to factor in their interests inpolitical, social and economic activities. Various youth groups and organization can come together to form youth parliament ,which could deliberate on the political situations in the country and come up with common position..The youths should organize themselves to the cause of a committed and effective youth movement ,which can help in mass mobilization of people for political participation .They should also be committed to work and aspire to build democratic culture among themselves and the society in general .

On a final note they should work for building trust in politics , which is currently at a deficit ,due to the many years of failure of governance . Trust in politics is vital for enhancing the consolidation of democracy .

This should therefore be part of the political engagement and agenda of the youth .





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ACCESSING NIGERIA

ACCESSING NIGERIA
| May 28th, 2019

Entrepreneurship as we all know is a self employed business which is written for student who must live in a world influenced by business activities, because without business human being cannot operate on his own self.

Nigeria has recently been dubbed as the hub for startups in Africa becoming the country that generates so many successful business ideas turned lucrative businesses that it’s tough to keep track . In fact, Nigerians are setting an example to many other countries showing a slow but steady diversification of their economic structure, stepping away a little from their sole valuable resource for years: oil. This new generation is opening doors and demonstrating that they are a new kind of entrepreneur who can identify and execute innovative business opportunities.

Nigeria’s pool of business opportunities has become quite large in a number of different segments. 

Nigerians are now forced to start a fresh re-wakening to the challenges and realities of true national that is a creation of new emphasis on self-employment. Graduates and school leavers are now realizing that government have no interest to come to there and through paid employment.

Some problem, business men encounter during this self employed job in entrepreneurship is that people seem to lack the ability to perceive profitable business opportunities even as the opportunities come and also they seem to be unwilling to take risk on perceive opportunities for fear of losing their capital and some are ignorant of existing business opportunities.

  Some problem, business men encounter during this self employed job in entrepreneurship is that people seem to lack the ability to perceive profitable business opportunities even as the opportunities come and also they seem to be unwilling to take risk on perceive opportunities for fear of losing their capital and some are ignorant of existing business opportunities.

Enterprise states limitless prospects and reward for private enterprise and self-employment . It is an economy that rewards creativity, initiative and hard work . Nigeria is one of such economy. People are therefore self-determining in their approach to life. Every one seems to be thinking of what he or she can do with his or her hands or brain, since it is obvious that the government cannot provide gainful employment for all the people.

Since 1960, the country’s development plan have land a great emphasis on public sector control of the economy we have a situation where the public/private sector mix has increasingly titled towards public sector domination. The trend has generally distinguished the government as a major investor in a let of business which otherwise should have been left to the private sector  the net effect of this type of government participation in (and control of) business activities has been the emergence and general perception of the government as the provider of almost all that make life worth living, including employment.

Nigeria appears to be currently finding the right path to a possible entrepreneurial venture in the 21 st century. Nigerians are now forced to start a fresh re-awakening to the real challenges and realities of true nationhood. The new emphasis on self-employment is understood to be in line with the above consideration. The unemployment situation in the country is luring a lot of unemployed Nigerians, including graduates into self-determination through self employment. 

     Graduates, and school-leavers are now realizing that government and the organized private sector enterprises are not ready to come to there and directly through paid employments. Short of alternative, Nigerians are therefore launching themselves into various business Ventures. 


NIGERIA  OFFERS OPPORTUNITY  TO ENTREPRENEURS TO THRIVE IN VARIOUS SECTORS RANGING FROM 

FAST FOOD BUSINESS 

Getting a food business right is the key. There has to be a mix of good customer service and management, besides the obvious initial capital investment. You do have several options to open a restaurant, either start from scratch or acquire a franchise.


E-COMMERCE 

All of the tools and the collaborative community available at your fingertips will make any e-commerce business easier to get off the ground. This a low-investment start up that allows for easy and on-the-go adjustments with a quick learning curve. The other big advantage is that there are tons of tools to measure the effectiveness of business strategies along the way.


AGRICULTURE 

The potential behind agriculture has spread to a few different types and is now leading at the front of business ideas as a replacement for the oil business. Poultry farming is one of the biggest ones, and giving up to 30 million Naira annually. Cassava, which up to recently had not been explored, is now on the rise especially since it is a main ingredient in many dishes in Nigeria. Snail rearing is also on the list, although many people are still not doing it on a large scale . Finally, rice farming , which if managed correctly can bring in a big return, will be able to compete with imported rice and fill the need of the food by choice of Nigerians.


CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS 

The Nigerian population continues to rise and so does the need to build housing. Trying to keep up, the construction and housing business has boomed in the past few years. There is great demand for variety, so there all types of projects available. The investment is considerable, not as much as other businesses, but what you can be sure of is that you won’t be short of work to make the return.


 HOTEL BUSINESS 

This is a quite competitive business, but if done right it can be just the right timing to get into the hotel and tourism industry. This business idea will require a large amount of capital, planning and patience since it is not a quick return. The key will come down to customer service to get visitors to return and attract new ones.


DRY CLEANING 

Dry cleaning tends to be a quite expensive business in Nigeria, so finding affordable rates and good quality service is very scarce. To be successful you really have to set yourself apart from the current services offers by keeping to deadlines and offering fair prices.


FURNITURE BUSINESS 

Again in this case the imported furniture is quite expensive, so being able to design and assemble furniture locally can also be a great business idea . You don’t necessarily have to be a carpenter, you could outsource and just make sure to get a responsible and punctual provider.


ONLINE ADVERTISING AGENCY 

As mentioned before, there has been an increase in all things online related, so of course other business ideas surge from the booming industry. One of the most relevant nowadays is online advertising which takes care of promoting online businesses and managing marketing strategies for them.


FASHION AND ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS 

There has been a boom in the entertainment business in Africa in general, but Nigeria has definitely stood out especially in music and movies reason why it was coined Nollywood. In 2009 it had surpassed Hollywood as the world’s second largest movie industry, preceded by Bollywood. With this in mind, it is no surprise that the fashion industry followed in line and started to cater to all of the new national and international stars of the Nollywood industry with its particular style. They are setting trends, making big moves in the movie and music industry, so being part of this growing community right now would be a smart business move. The important this is to know where you would fit and what service or product you could offer to the already structured segment.

The Nigeria  population and the available  manpower has made it possible  for young  entrepreneurs  to venture into business  establishments  in the country, despite the challenges of power supply, political  instabilities  and other  related  challenges  Nigeria still  pose  as the hub of entrepreneurship  in Africa.  So, if you’re looking for just the right business idea to develop this is a great place to start. 


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