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Warning signs: Nigerians living in extreme poverty might increase by 30 million – World Bank 

The number of Nigerians living in extreme poverty might increase by more than 30 million in 2030, the World Bank has warned.

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The number of Nigerians living in extreme poverty might increase by more than 30 million in 2030, the World Bank has warned in a new report. According to the World Bank, the current economic situation and the level of unemployment in Nigeria would be key contributors to the increased extreme poverty.

It was stated that the pace of economic growth in Nigeria is not favourable to poverty reduction and if the government does not take action, 10 years and a month from now, more Nigerians will fall behind the extreme poverty line. The report titled “Nigeria Economic Update” also projected that Nigeria’s economy would expand by 2.1% in 2020 and 2021.

Inaction will cost Nigeria

The report warned Nigeria against passiveness and operating the ‘business as usual’ culture. This means if President Muhammadu Buhari, whose tenure ends in 2023, does not take action, Nigeria will bear the brunt in the long run. Nigeria experienced recession during his administration, and World Bank warned that Nigeria could slide back into recession again if crude prices fall by 25% to $50 a barrel.

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In the report released by Bloomberg, World Bank stated that, “The cost of inaction is significant. Under a business-as-usual scenario, where Nigeria maintains the current pace of growth and employment levels, by 2030 the number of Nigerians living in extreme poverty could increase by more than 30 million.”

What Nigeria must do: The World Bank suggested several measures that should be implemented by the government. Among them are:

  • increasing domestic revenue;
  • removing trade restrictions and improving the predictability of economic policy;
  • government should remove expensive fuel subsidies; and
  • reducing central bank lending to targeted sectors that crowd out banks.

Warning signs: Although Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 2.28% in real terms in the third quarter (Q3) of 2019, up from 1.81% growth recorded in the third quarter of 2018, this is a slow pace as the difference is just 0.47% increase in the growth of the Nigerian economy (year-on-year). The CBN had also stated that the pace of growth in relation to Nigeria’s population exposes the economy to shocks.

Also, the purchasing power of Nigerians is weak because prices of livestock continue to increase and the Federal Government, House of Representatives and the Senate are backing an increase in VAT. Meanwhile, the rate of unemployment in Nigeria may rise to 33.5% next year from the current rate pegged at 23.1%, the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) warned.

NECA had suggested that what the country needs is a reduction of VAT on small traders to 3% and abolition of import duty on machinery and raw materials, among many others.

Note: President Buhari had promised to remove the fuel subsidy when he got elected as President, however, subsidy payment still remains. Nairametrics had previously reported that FG pays N326.43 billion as petrol subsidy in four months.

Olalekan is a certified media practitioner from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ). In the era of media convergence, Olalekan is a valuable asset, with ability to curate and broadcast news. His zeal to write was developed out of passion to shape people’s thought and opinion; serving as a guideline for their daily lives. Contact for tips: [email protected]

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Applications across Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya now open for the 2021 Facebook Community Accelerator Program

The selected leaders will spend five months learning from experts, coaches and a customised curriculum so they can strengthen their community.

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Today, Facebook is inviting community leaders from Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya to apply for the 2021 Facebook Community Accelerator Program—a program that offers participants training, mentorship and up to $50,000 USD in funds to invest in an initiative that extends their community’s positive impact.

The aim of the Community Accelerator is to help leaders of Facebook communities to harness the power of their community to turn ideas into action. The selected leaders will spend five months learning from experts, coaches and a customised curriculum so they can strengthen their community.

Lessons include community identity foundations, leading action-oriented programmes and sustainability. Participants will also receive early access to new Facebook products aimed at helping communities better manage and activate their members.

Plan an initiative

Participants will identify an important initiative that will create a positive impact on the broader world and develop a plan to mobilise their community around their goal. Initiatives will be shared with potential partners, mentors and a panel of judges for the chance to be awarded funding and receive public recognition.

Participants will then spend three months executing their initiatives. They will collaborate with advocates and leaders in the community space and work with the Facebook team to bring their ideas to life.

Says Kiran Yoliswa, Partner Management Lead, Middle East and Africa Community Partnerships at Facebook: “Facebook communities and their leaders are helping to resolve social challenges, sharing knowledge and information, while connecting with others that share their interests or passion for a cause. We’ve seen so many incredible communities from across South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria using our platform to drive change and provide support and encouragement for thousands of people, we’re excited to offer their Facebook Community leaders this program to help amplify their impact even more.”

How to apply

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This program is open to communities that have a presence in Facebook Groups with leaders who are 18 years or older. Communities must have existed for over one year and must have a minimum size of 1,000 members. Applications open today, May 4 – 31, 2021.

The Community Accelerator is part of our Facebook Community Leadership Program, a global initiative that invests in people building communities. Learn more and apply here.

You can find out more about the 2020 Community Accelerator cohort and those who received additional funding here.

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NIN registration: 54 million Nigerians have now enrolled – Buhari

12 million Nigerians were enrolled into the National Identity Database in the past 6 months.

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President Muhammadu Buhari disclosed that the FG has enrolled 54 million Nigerians into the National Identity Database, citing that 12 million were enrolled in the past 6 months alone and that the final aim of the scheme is to secure Nigeria’s security infrastructure.

President Buhari disclosed this in a statement on Thursday evening.

What the President said about NIN enrollment

“I am pleased with the success we are recording in the enrollment of persons into the National Identification Number (NIN) database. 54 million Nigerians have now enrolled; I am told over 12 million of these within the last six months. Our goal is total coverage.

The National Identification Number (NIN) is the foundational digital ID for the country. It will cover one of the weaknesses in our security structure. We will be able to easily identify all Nigerians, including the crooks in our midst.”

The President added that both legal residents and Nigerians are expected to obtain the NIN as it would be beneficial to government agencies to utilise resources efficiently.

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The Federal Government announced a further extension of the ongoing National Identification Number (NIN) registration and linkage with Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) exercises to a new deadline of June 30, 2021.

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