Employments, Business Start-Ups Top Priority For Nigerians In 2017 — Survey

Teddy Nwanunobi

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Abuja (Sundiata Post) –  The latest public opinion poll results released by the NOIPolls on Tuesday have revealed some of the personal goals and aspirations that Nigerians have for 2017, including the desire to secure employments or change existing jobs (37 percent), starting up new businesses (16 percent) and getting closer to God (14 percent) amongst others.

The above findings further corroborate 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.

“This may not be unconnected with the Federal Government’s social investment programme (that is) aimed at creating jobs for youths, tagged: N-Power. Besides, the recent passage of the bill recognising the National Peace Corps (NPC) 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 9, 2017,” NOIPolls said.

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.

“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, 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.

“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,” it added.

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