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Primate Ayodele

-Nigeria Needs To Pray Against Another Recession

 Primate Babatunde Elijah Ayodele is the founder of INRI Spiritual Church, Oke-Afa, Ejigbo, Lagos State. A renowned prophet known for his annual prophesy which has become widely accepted, the man of God spoke with Lukmon Akintola and Adaobi John on the state of the nation, the 2023 election, the future of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in this interview.

In 2019, you released prophesies for the year, how would you evaluate them?

Our prophesies came to pass. For instance, we prophesied about the removal of the Federal Inland Revenue Service boss, Tunde Fowler. We also did about the problems in Zimbabwe, the incident in Venezuela and the elections of Kogi and Bayelsa States. These were things that God showed us and we prophesied about. We also said that there will be crisis among the members of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which must be resolved before it is too late because the All Progressive Congress (APC), will make a lot of efforts and also look for ways to win the election in Bayelsa State. We said that the PDP must put their house in order if they want to win. APC will employ and meet different moves to destroy the activities of the PDP government in Bayelsa State. If the APC adopts a new strategy and does the needful, it will capture the state. APC will want to use a technicality to win by all means possible. PDP should be firm and do what is right. These were published on page 42 of our book, ‘Warning To The Nations 2019.’ We also prophesied about the crisis in Lebanon and the change in government. All of these and more came to pass.

You have maintained that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari is not people-friendly, has your prophecy changed in 2020?

The government of the All Progressive Congress (APC) has disappointed Nigerians.

Will the situation get any better?

Again, what I will say is that under the APC government, the economy will not be what we expect. The country is going through hard times. Let us pray against another recession and inflation.

2023 will witness a change in government, will President Muhammadu Buhari step down at the end of his tenure?

 In 2023, a powerful coalition is the only thing that can remove the president and the APC government. APC will crack, I can see it. Also, there is going to be an amendment of the constitution. Nevertheless, I am seeing that our National Assembly will not be able to do what is needed.

Can you make a categorical statement on the supposed third term agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari?

There is nothing like a third term agenda. That can never see the light of the day. It is dead on arrival. Anybody promoting this is just wasting his time.

Senator Bola Tinubu has been rumoured to have a presidential ambition in 2023, what has God shown you?

The truth remains the same. The cabals will work against Tinubu’s ambition. I foresee that the 2023 election will pose serious tension, as the north will want to continue to be in power. They will do anything to ensure they remain in power. The Yoruba people clamouring to become the next president of the country should seek the face of God before they embark on any journey. The Igbo will not be recognised in 2023. The 2023 election will be tough and challenging. The geo-political zones who have sold their right are still going to regret it because anybody that talks or opposes what the government is doing will face so many threats and will be eventually arrested.

Let’s talk party politics, what does the future hold for PDP?

PDP will be divided, likewise APC.

Will the chairmen of the parties remain on their seats before the 2023 election?

I am not seeing them on any seat, which is what I said before. I am seeing a new chairman in APC and also in PDP.

You have continuously talked about the division in the various parties, are we ever going to see the change we desire?

Our democracy is threatened because I am not seeing the real democracy. If we are still using money to run politics, there is no way that rigging will stop. So, that is just it. Democracy will cause a lot of problems and will break Nigeria. I foresee future referendum coming.

 

There is no doubt that the country needs prayers, where should they be directed to?

Let us pray against this terrorist issue again, I am seeing another kind of terrorist group that is coming up. Some state governors will face challenges because they will not perform well. We have to pray against sicknesses and diseases. Our health sector will also be nothing to write home about. Also, journalists in Nigeria need prayers because the government will be running after them. We need to pray. I see the death of a pastor. I see the government rising against churches; I am not seeing anything serious or fantastic. I foresee the South-West will start producing food. Let us pray for success on this to make it work as planned. I foresee that border closure will help the country grow in terms of Agriculture. People will want to sabotage the economy. There will be economic troubles in the country. The government should look into the economy. It should be taken seriously to give the country an everlasting solution. There will be unsettlement in the country in the year 2020. So many things will come up against this government. The standard of living will be high and it will affect the common man even the rich. There will still be inflation and hunger in the country.

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Can you mention the states that will face challenges?

States like Lagos State, Kaduna State, Adamawa State, Niger State, and so many other states. For instance, the Ondo State governor, he has begun to face some challenges.

Earlier you spoke briefly about the economy, can you be more detailed, what has God shown you?

I have not seen anything serious about our economy. I have not seen improvement as expected, even our Agricultural sector. Farmers will be assisted and encouraged by borrowing them money, but the money will not be accounted for. The government will distribute fertilizers to the farmers to enhance their farm crops and fake fertilizers will be given also. The local manufacturer will make various efforts to promote all our local goods. The country will pump more money into Agriculture to make the people and the country happy. The government will not be able to push the Agriculture so well. The government should work on Agriculture well. Nigeria is one of the best countries in the world, but we have bad leaders. We don’t have a considerate government, what we have is a government that is not fair to the people, and a government that does not care about the well-being of the society. The common food that we buy will witness an increase in price. I am talking of things like bread, and ‘pure water.’ Factories will also go on strike. So, if the government has done it right, we won’t be seeing all of these. And then the N30000 minimum wage they are talking about, they are just deceiving the workers because some governors will not be able to pay. The country will face serious economic challenges. The government will do a lot to improve the country but will still be faced with counter challenges. The 2020 budget will not drive the need of the people.

Will the political tension in the country get any better?

Political tension will rise. There will be issues and clashes between Yoruba and Hausa, Ibo and Hausa. I foresee protests and counter-protest against the government. Let the country pray against confusion. Nigeria will face a lot of challenges as they will embark on certain steps to normalise and checkmate its security challenges. Despite all of this, there will still be security challenges in major parts of the country. Nigeria is still sitting on a time bomb that may explode. The country should pray for peace and unity. I foresee a new flag in the world i.e. another country will emerge. Some countries will come out of another country. Let us pray to rebuke the death of a present and former minister, former governor, and former president in Nigeria. There will be some threat from Boko Haram as they will come in various dimensions to threaten Nigeria’s security. I foresee soldiers being killed and attacked. Moreover, there will be several killings of Boko Haram in March, April, and May. Boko Haram will come out for retaliation. I foresee some personalities being kidnapped by the Boko Haram sect even as I foresee them being caught in the process of trying to spread their tentacles and there will be different ways of kidnapping. There will be several security challenges from the Boko Haram sect even as they are still going to attack a military base between March and June; so the security personnel should watch and be vigilant. Members of the Boko Haram will be arrested. The amnesty on Boko Haram will cause major problems.

Hate Speech is one word which has been thrown around a lot in recent times, is there anything like that?

There is nothing like hate speech.

The battle between Governor Godwin Obaseki and Adams Oshiomole rages on, who will win?

Whatever Adams Oshiomhole does to fight Obaseki, he will fail and Obaseki will still retain the seat as the governor of Edo State.

Will Governor Akeredolu win his second term election?

Akeredolu will face challenges in his bid for a second term. They will fight him, but APC will still succeed and will still retain Ondo State because PDP does not have any seat there.

The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), has not witnessed any major achievement in recent time, what is happening?

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The leadership of the NFF should be changed. The point is this, the NFF has the wrong people as their leader. You know what, our problems are numerous. We are putting wrong people in positions, people who are not capable of delivering. We don’t have their dossier, we just say because he is this and that, we just give them the office to occupy. There are some certain places where we don’t need to do all of that. It is very important to note that there will be a lot of crisis in NFF.

We have notable pastors in this country that support the government, are they not saying the right prayers?

The right people are not being called to pray for the country. The prayers for the country are being said by people who do not see anything wrong about the government, whether they are doing it right or not, all you say is that it is well. Yes, the government is doing right; yes the government is doing well. That is all you ever hear. APC and PDP have disappointed Nigerians.

Let us go international, Donald Trump appears to be getting more controversial, has God shown you that he will complete his first term in office?

I still stand by my prophecy that Donald Trump will not leave the office until the end of his term. Trump’s impeachment will not be realistic. Trump will make efforts to have a second term but it will be difficult. He will look for all means to win. The American election will be tough. If the Democrats want to win the next election, they have to pick Joe Biden as their presidential candidate. They should work on places like Ohio, Florida, Maldives, and Pennsville because Trump will not be so easy to unseat, but he will find every means to have a second term. Joe Biden will be the best candidate to unseat Trump. Democrats must work well to bring the Republican Party down in the coming election. The Democrats must also re-strategise and work as a team; then seek God’s direction. America will be attacked like that of September 11, but when exactly I don’t know. I see killings in schools, shooting of policemen, fire outbreak, flood and an emergency in the country that may want to disrupt the power supply. The US should be careful in 10 years as the country may fall. There will be heat and attack in the United Kingdom. The country will experience climate changes and disasters. The UK will witness ups and downs even as the employment rate will be poor. The country will witness an attack and fire outbreak. There will be an attempt on the Prime Minister. The UK will lose a prominent person. The British economy will be unhealthy.

Generally, what else should we anticipate in 2020?

There will be a divide among Fuji musicians, even in PMAN. Let us pray not to lose anyone in the entertainment industry. PMAN will have a crisis and let us pray against the death of a former PMAN president. Let us pray not to lose any hip hop artist. The comedians should pray for protection against sickness. Malaika should be careful with his band boys in order not to witness betrayal or loss of a major show. Pasuma should be prayerful not to experience an unexpected situation that will cause him to lose money or international recognition. Osupa should pray not to run into debt or lose any of his band boys. He should also pray against trouble that could lead to a court matter. Nolllywood stars should pray to rebuke sickness.

 

 

There is no doubt that you are one of the most accurate prophets in Nigeria, how would you rate yourself?

It is not my place to rate myself. I am only a servant of God, and I say what he reveals to me. However, in Nigeria today, our prophecy stands and those who recognise it, recognise it. I remain a prophet in this country and anywhere in this world. If you are counting prophets that are respected so much, I will be within one to five.

Misinterpretation is synonymous with prophecies, how do you explain this?

A lot of people sometimes misinterpret messages. The fact is that you can’t interpret the message of God as you would interpret a book.

Can you explain further?

Writing spiritual messages is for gifted people, it is not for all who can write properly. The way you write political news is different from the way you write prophecies.

Tell us about the prophets that you respect in Nigeria?

I respect Prophet Olabayo most because he is the number one prophet in this country, even though he is incapacitated. Other prophets write prophecy on papers and read them one after the other, saying see what the Lord says, or this is what the Lord will do. I don’t believe in all that.

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Let this be the Year you Really COMMITT to a New Year’s Resolution!

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By: Tony Ogunlowo

It’s 2020, a new year and a new decade. You spent the latter part of last year putting together a list of New Year resolutions – things to do, things to stop doing and things you aspire to do.

It all looks good. Come January the 1st and you’re all fired up and ready to go and you start in earnest: you go on a diet and go to the gym every day to lose weight; you stop drinking and smoking or start work on that dream project.


Every day of January you are still busy implementing your New Year’s Resolution (- and talking about it non-stop!), by the middle of February your enthusiasm begins to drop and you start slacking, skipping things to do. By the end of March most people would have abandoned their New Year’s resolution altogether and gone back to their old habits: they don’t go to the gym anymore and forget their diet, others start drinking and smoking again and dream projects start to gather dust.

Why?
The answer is simply a lack of commitment. It’s a ‘fad’ to have a New Year’s Resolution: everyone else has one so why not you? It becomes a talking point in the December of the preceding year and to not have one probably means you’re from another planet! So you come up with one.

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And this is where the next problem comes in – a New Year’s Resolution is not a carefully thought out plan but rather a hastily crafted spur-of-the-moment thought – “I’m going to stop smoking next year”, “I’m going to lose weight next year” or “I’m going to start my own business next year”.
My first question would be to ask why wait till the New Year?  START NOW!!

And if you intend to start now or next year, where’s your action plan? And this is where everybody’s New Year Resolution falls apart – there is no plan! There is the will (or intention) to do it but no concrete step-by-step plan to achieve it. Say you want to stop smoking are you going to cut down gradually till you stop completely or are you going to stop and use nicotine patches to wean yourself off it or are you going to go full cold turkey ? If you are starting a new business what is your action plan for Month 1, Month 2, Month 3 and so on? Without an action plan for your New Year’s Resolution your enthusiasm will be limited. The enthusiasm for “I’m building a house next year” is different to that of “I’m laying the foundation for my new house in February next year”.

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And then there comes “commitment”: you show a different kind of commitment to studying hard and passing your final exams than you do to keeping a New Year’s Resolution. Is passing your exams more important than keeping a New Year’s resolution? NO! Anything we aspire to do in life requires the same level of commitment – and this is what a lot of people need to work on; commitment, commitment, commitment. Even if you are in a relationship and you don’t show the right level of commitment it’ll fall apart.

The best way to be more committed to achieving anything in life is to burn your bridges – it’s the best recipe for success! It sounds drastic but it works! It changes your mindset and is a great motivator. If you burn your bridges and can’t retreat you’ll be forced to force yourself to succeed no matter what because you’ll have no other option, nothing to fall back on to so you have to make it work!

So if you start something, have a good action plan, the right enthusiasm and the right commitment and you’ll finish it. You won’t drop out and you won’t quit! So let this be the year you really commit to effecting change in your life.

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Youth Unemployment: Another Disaster Waiting

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Babatunde Raji Fashola, Minister of Works

 

-After 10 Years Of Unemployment, I Resort To Learning New Things To Earn A Living, Man Cries

-Government Jobs Are Difficult To Get Except You Buy Them-Shola Akintunde, Job Seeker 

-Unemployment In FCT Is Growing Geometrically, Kelvin Ike, Director of Statistics

 

Lukmon Akintola, Felix Igbekoyi, Justice Iyasere, Toyin Adebayo, Yaqoub Popoola, Christian Nwokocha

Lagos, Owerri, Asaba, Warri, Abuja, Ekiti

Youth unemployment is fast becoming a global trend, as countries all over the world have a varying percentage.

Economist considers unemployment rate as the number of people in the workforce divided by the number of people looking for jobs but not working.

This number does not include students and retirees due to the fact that they are not considered as looking for work. It also does not include discouraged workers, people who have given up on finding a job.

According to a research conducted by Statista, the global youth unemployment rate stood at 13.2 in 2019, the rate at which it had been since 2016. Prior to then, it fluctuated between 12. 9 and 13.1.

In 2017, Burkina Faso led the global unemployment chart with 77 percent. Basically, it meant that for every 100 members of the workforce, 77 did not have jobs at the time of the survey.

Other countries with a huge percentage in terms of unemployment as at 2017 included Syria with 50 percent, Senegal with 48 percent, Haiti with 40.6 and Kenya with 40 percent.

Djibouti also had an alarming unemployment rate with 40 percent, while Marshall Islands had 36 percent, and Namibia’s percentage stood 36.

Unemployment is not peculiar with African countries alone as it is also a problem in more developed countries although in less percentage.

In 2018, the unemployment rate in the United Kingdom (UK); was put at 4.1 percent, the lowest it has been since the mid-1970s.

Between 2000 and 2008, unemployment in the UK fluctuated between 4.8 and 5.7 percent, before it rose suddenly in 2009 to 7.6 percent. After peaking at 8.1 percent in 2011, the unemployment rate gradually declined before returning to the level seen in the early 2000s.

Statistics show that in the first quarter of 2019, the unemployment rate in the UK fell even further to 3.8 percent, before increasing slightly in the second quarter to 3.9 percent. This amounted to approximately 1.3 million unemployed people, which was around 700 thousand fewer than it was just five years earlier.

In Nigeria, the youth unemployment rate is also at an alarming rate with young men and women being pushed into the labour market annually randomly.

While it is naturally assumed that conflict is the main cause of migration leading to unemployment in developing countries, there are peculiarities with each and every country.

In 2012, the number of unemployed youths in Nigeria was put at about 11.1 million, 12.9 percent.

By the third quarter of 2018, it had risen to 23.1 percent of the workforce, up from 18.1 percent a year earlier. This is according to Statistician General of the National Bureau of Statistics of Nigeria (NBSN), Yemi Kale.

Statistic from various states and Abuja, the capital of Nigeria make up these figures. The NBS put the rate of unemployed Abuja residents as 8.74.

The state of unemployment in the capital city of Abuja is better understood in the words of some of the city’s residents. 40 years old Stephen Acka said: “I have been unemployed for the past 10 years. Every effort to get another job is yet to yield fruit. I have to rely on learning new things in order to earn an income. The income though has not been regular, it is better than nothing.”

 25-year-old Grace Samuel stated that she has never had a steady job since graduating.  “I graduated over five years ago. Most of the companies I have been involved with either folded up or are unable to pay my salary at some point in time,” she said.

“I cannot say I have had any fantastic job. In Nigeria, you get jobs easily when you are connected. Government jobs are more difficult to get except you have someone that can help you or you buy the job,” Shola Akintunde said.

On his part, Sikiru Usman revealed that most of the jobs he has had have been in the private sector, but with ridiculous salaries. He now drives a Taxi in Abuja to make ends meet. Such are the experiences of a few residents of Abuja, but it is indeed a reflection of a bigger picture.

The alarming rate of unemployment in the FCT is also buttressed by the Director of Statistics, FCTA Department of Economic Planning Research and Statistics, Kevin Ike.

According to Ike, “Unemployment in Federal Capital Territory (FCT); is growing geometrically instead of arithmetically although none of the proportions are good. When it’s growing on a geometric proportion, it means it is growing at a supersonic speed. How did we get to this level? It is because of both Nigerians in the FCT and the city administrators. They were not prepared for it, we are not prepared to have this number of people looking for jobs in FCT, the jobs were not created.

“We don’t have seaports, no airport, what we have is just passenger airport and there are no industries.  Many people would want to invest in FCT. I think the bureaucracy of going into business here is something the government should look into. There should be a deliberate attempt to attract large industries, manufacturing industries, and corporate organisations in order to accommodate the number of school leavers who are looking for jobs here.

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“FCT is the seat of government, so almost all the corp members who passed out don’t go anywhere; they stay in Abuja looking for greener pastures.  The rate of job seekers in the capital is alarming. All these politicians that come to Abuja, they don’t come to FCT alone they come with legions of men and women. So, Abuja will continue to be a host of all these job seekers until we are able to turn the city into both an administrative and business capital.

“A large portion of Abuja land should be dedicated to investors, especially large industries such as petrochemical companies, production companies, and marketing companies. Companies should also come in. We have a chunk of land for Agriculture and there is no mechanised means of Agriculture in FCT. If it continues like this, in the nearest future, people will start running from Abuja instead of running into Abuja. The rate of vices will grow to a level that they are going to pursue us from the city. The decentralisation of places like Maitama and Asokoro within the seat of power would also help,” Ike said.

The situation is no different in Delta State, a state located in the South-South region of Nigeria. The troubling reality was made vivid when the Delta State Government recently announced vacancies for 1000 classroom teachers specifically targeted at the riverine areas of the state.

For the 1000 vacancies, over 50,000 qualified persons applied. This is the true situation of things. The situation is not helped by the loss of jobs arising from hitherto buoyant businesses folding up.

Saturday INDEPENDENT’s visit to Premium Steel and Mines Limited formerly known as Delta Steel Company, Ovwian-Aladja confirmed the already known fact that there is a high percentage of unemployed youths in the state, as a heap of unsolicited applications from job seekers was seen in the office of the Human Resources Manager (HRM).

At McDermott Yard in Warri which used to house as many as 20 companies, the situation was not better, as the bubbling business location had turned a shadow of itself, with most of the companies shut down and their staffs plunged back into the labour market.

The situation has thus seen individuals with Masters Degree turning to tricycle riders, all in a bid to make ends meet.  The ugly picture of graduates turning tricycle drivers is common at Udu Local Government where an average of over 5000 commercial riders operates.

The unemployment rate in the state is also visible in the number of Nigerian graduates visiting the website of the Nigerian Federal Government, N-Power for a monthly stipends of N30,000,oo, while female graduates are forced into prostitution with some even leaving the country for places such as Italy where they can ply the trade internationally.

While it would be expected that the state government would be able to alleviate the problems of the people, it appears that it is beyond them.

Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeayin Okowa painted this picture recently when he said that the Federal government allocation to the state had dropped drastically from what it used to be, adding that a state which used to be paid N 7billion now gets N 3billion. He revealed that the present economic down tune, coupled with the debt profile of the state, which runs into N637.22 billion had not helped the situation.

Okowa was quoted saying: “I just learnt from the Accountant General of the state that this month allocation is about N3 billion. This cannot even pay the wage bill of workers. The low allocation is as a result of the recent pipeline vandalism in the state, this will also affect our allocation up to the month of August. This criminal act is destroying our state and preventing Deltans from enjoying the dividends of democracy to the fullest.

“It would be illogical for a state that is grappling to meet its payroll obligation to start employing more persons,” Okowa said, adding that his administration has done its best to meet up with its electoral promises through infrastructural development, and youth empowerment programmes as encapsulated in his SMART agenda.

Indeed, the Senator Okowa-led government has been diversifying the state’s economy via the Youth Agricultural Entrepreneur Programme (YAGEP) and the Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) under which over 17,000 employment opportunities have been supposedly provided.

At a recent Orientation and Personal Effectiveness Workshop for trainees, the Executive Assistant to the Governor on Youth Monitoring and Mentoring, Eddy Mekwuye, represented by Senior Special Assistant to the Government on Youth Monitoring and Mentoring, Olorogun Frank Ozue, said the Governor’s vision was to take youths off the streets in order to create employment for them, curb youth restiveness and to build entrepreneurs that would drive the economy of the state.

He reiterated the state government’s commitment to monitoring and mentoring of trainees during training and after establishment to ensure sustainability of the programmes.

The trainees were enrolled in various STEP skills such as Catering and Confectionery; Decoration and Event Management; Fashion Design and Textile Design; Cosmetology (Skin and Facial Care); Hairdressing and Makeover, including Braiding; Information Technology Services (Open to youths with a minimum of OND/NCE; and Welding and Fabrication. Other skills are Electrical and Solar Works; Carpentry and Joinery; Tiling and Interlocking; Plumbing; Production of Cleaning Agents; POP, Screed-Making and Painting; and Audio-visual Services.

Aside from that, the government has also embarked on a weeding process of ghost workers in the state’s employ; a move which it has assured would yield results that will help the economy.

Despite this, there have been questions regarding the cancellation of created jobs such as EduMarshal and Environmental Marshals that were already playing significant role in the state.

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If the situation is bad in Delta State, it is worse in Ekiti State, a state referred to as Civil Service State due to its lack of employment from industries, a state dominated by government-owned agencies and institutions.

With arguably the highest number of workforce in the South West, the state is said to have as high as 50,000 workers while almost same number of youths are also unemployed.

Afe Babalola University Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD) remains the largest private employers of labour in the state with staff strength of about 3000.

The unemployment level is mirrored by the governor of the state, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, when he decried the over 20,000 applicants into the University Basic Education Board (SUBEB).

Seeking solutions to the problem of huge unemployment in the state, the governor, like his counterparts in other states advocated entrepreneurial skills and knowledge-based economy to address the sharp shortfall in jobs, while allegedly considering the sack of some of the state’s staff.

Reacting to the move by the state government, the Chairmen of Trade Union Congress (TUC), Com. Sola Adigun, Nigerian Labour Congress (NBC), Com. Kolapo Olatunde and Joint Negotiating Council (JNC), Com Kayode Fatomiluyi, Adigun advocated the an increase in internally generated revenues.

“Government must look inwards and increase its IGR. Nigeria Customs Service has increased its monthly revenue generations, by plugging all loopholes. There is also increment in oil supply at the international level, all these will help Ekiti economy in 2020, as sacking civil servants is not the best option,” he said.

The NLC chairman, Com Olatunde and his counterpart in JNC, Com. Fatomiluyi advised that government shouldn’t perceive sack as panacea to irregular payment of salaries.

It is also not different in the South-Eastern part of Nigeria, as residents of the zone are groaning over the high rate of unemployment too. This is despite the years of resourceful efforts and entrepreneurship drives by different governments.

According to the former Minister of National Planning Commission, Dr. Shamsudeen Usman who spoke during the opening of Gross Domestic Computation in Nigeria for the South East located in Awka, Anambra State had the lowest unemployment rate with 10% in 2012, while Enugu State recorded 18.7% in 2018. The situation has since increased leaving young school leavers on the streets looking for jobs to help family members who spent their hard-earned resources to get them educated.

In the South East, residents of cities like Aba, Nnewi, Onitsha appears to be self-sufficient judging from the volume of commerce and industrialisation from the area. These are cities where everybody seems to have something doing to earn a living.

However, the story is different in states such as Awka, Abakiliki, Enugu, Owerri and Umuahia known for Civil Service jobs. Interestingly, there are also millions of youth and others above 50 years looking for jobs.

While it might be hard to show adequate data to confirm the alarming rate of unemployment in the South East, one fact remains that universities, polytechnics, colleges of education and vocational schools in the zone like other zones in Nigeria continue to push new graduates into the labour despite the fact that previous graduates continue to seek jobs.

In Ebonyi State, the commissioner for Information, Barrister Uchenna Orji said the state has an office for Planning and Statistics responsible for issues relating to employment and unemployment.

Speaking on the state’s unemployment level, Orji said: “The unemployment rate had reduced to 30%, stating that the state had been reduced to a construction site and people are usefully engaged. You can determine this when you check the crime rate. When there is employment, the crime rate reduces.

“We have empowerment programmes of government and attitudinal change. You can also measure this with the outstanding records of unemployment. Over N7m has been earmarked for children out of schools. We have a database and it targeted at University graduates, vocational, entrepreneur, technicians and Craftsmen.”

While statistics for unemployment in Abia State are not readily available, the state governor, Okezie Ikpeazu is known to have inaugurated “Education for Employment Scheme,” a move to reduce unemployment and elevate Small and Medium Scale Entreprises (SME). While some say that the move has yielded results, others maintain that an unemployment rate of 17.5% as at April 2019 is not good enough.

Like many other states in Nigeria, Imo State has also not feared better, as the state’s established office for Directorate for employment which was set up in 1988, and attached to the office of the then military governor to create and supplement the efforts of the Federal Government at reducing unemployment appears not to have yielded any meaningful result.

Meant to help the youth to articulate, implement and create self-employment jobs that will form the basis for self-reliance, our correspondent could not find out from the office of the state statistics what the official record of unemployment was. However, unofficial sources put it as the highest in the South East at 31.3%.

While it might be difficult to talk about total eradication of youth unemployment and individual states continue to advocate self-employment, one fact which stares Nigerians both old and young in the face remains that there is an alarming rate of youth unemployment which is likely to trigger other negative and damning vices, even as more people not considered youths continue to seek jobs to do.
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Ihedioha’s Sack Is Prophecy Fulfilled For Primate Ayodele

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Associates of Primate Elijah Ayodele, founder of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Oke Afa, Ejigbo, Lagos State, have reacted to the Supreme Court judgment of Tuesday, January 14th which kicked Emeka Ihedioha out of office as Imo State Governor.

Recall that Ihedioha was sacked by a Supreme Court judgment with All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate Hope Uzodinma named the governor of the state.

A consensus of reactions that that have surfaced since the judgment have described the development as a prophecy fulfilled for Primate Ayodele who had earlier prophesied about the situation in January.

While speaking with a cross-section of journalist in Ekiti State sometime ago, Prophet Ayodele had stated that not all Governors, Senator, and members of House of Representatives elected into office will see the end of their first term.

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The man of God had said: “APC is very spiritual, the PDP should note this and work on it. APC will take Kaduna, Kano, Gombe Jigawa, and Nasarawa, but they won’t take Adamawa.

”Jigawa, Gombe Adamawa, Ogun, Ekiti, Ondo, Akwa Ibom, and Rivers will be war zones in the coming polls. Governor Akeredolu should be prayerful so he won’t face daunting challenges. He must work so well on the court case. Not all the governors will complete their time.”

For associates of the man of God, the latter part of the prophecy which stated that not all the governors will complete their term has validated Ihedioha’s sack from office, and thus is a prophecy fulfilled.

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Later this year, Primate Ayodele who is described as one of Nigeria’s leading prophets notable for prophesying long before incidents will release a new book detailing his 10, 000 fulfilled prophesies, an achievement which no prophet has ever done.

Some of his 2019 prophesies which have since been fulfilled include his advice to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), to adopt Senator Bukola Saraki as he is the only person that can oust President Buhari from office. Primate Ayodele is also known to have prophesied about the outcome of the Kogi and Bayelsa States elections, the emergence of Boris Johnson as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (UK) among others.

 

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