Nigeria government launches YouWin!, a platform for aspiring entrepreneurial youth to develop and execute business ideas that will lead to job creation. The program calls for for submission of business plans from aspiring entrepreneurs, and provides a one-time equity grant for 1,200 applicants.
The program is open to Nigerians not older than 40 years. Award recipients will receive between 1million to 10 million naira depending on their business needs.
The problems in the Nigerian health sector are in most part driven by the combination of limited funding, poor oversight and lack of innovation. In my opinion, the limitations and barriers seen in the health sector can be tackled by innovative leadership much more than increase in funding.
For instance, there are creative ways access to clean water can be improved beyond just drilling boreholes. Would it help if village health centers, market squares also provide people with clean water? Continue reading…
Remi Okunola, lawyer, is a co-founder Nigeria’s indigenous offshore drilling contractor, Seawolf Oil Services Limited. His talk at 2010 TEDxEuston speaks to the kind of mindset and attitude Nigerians, particularly those overseas, must muster to effect changes in Nigeria.
The Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Dr. Bukola Saraki, criticized mobile operators while speaking with journalists about the increasing incidence of kidnapping. He accused the operators of becoming accomplices in the menace of kidnap, stating “kidnapping had become a purely technology-driven crime“.
Government needs independent and specialized units to render customer service and feedback loop
Governance is a service oriented venture; it’s all about service delivery; the more efficient the delivery models are the better for the people and the government.
However, as far as I know, there haven’t been any conscionable efforts to assess service delivery models for efficiency. Yet, Nigerian state administrators dream of private partnership projects (PPP), foreign investors coming in with wads of cash, and ‘leap-frogging’ their respective domains into modern enclaves of commerce and technology of global standard.
Growing up in Nigeria, Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu spent his after-school hours raising poultry and cattle. After high school, as he participated in youth and citizens’ associations helping farmers, Ikegwuonu quickly became aware that the rural community had little access to information about farming practices and environmental issues.
Today, Nnaemeka is multi-award-winning activist/entrepreneur: he developed a sustainable community owned and managed radio through which farmers can share knowledge with each other. Continue reading…
This amphibious clinic/community center (prototype), erected by Hope Floats Initiative HFI, is an excellent example of bottoms-up approach to sustainable development, and extent of possibilities attainable with the right resources. Continue reading…