Have you considered the risk of travelling to Europe through the desert ? Or travelling to the United States of America to do menial job even when you hold a good degree that can make you start work on management level in Nigeria ?
The truth is that any young man can make it in Nigeria without going abroad . Any serious – minded young Nigerian can make good money , build lovely houses and live comfortably in Nigeria without enduring the excruciating pains of passing through the desert to go to Europe .
It is not news that many Nigerians, given the opportunity , will jump on the next available flight out of the country because of low standard of living , falling education standard, police brutality , erratic electricity supply, bad roads and disorderliness etc .
The truth is that it ’ s not easy even in Germany , Asia , United Kingdom and the United States where people want to run to . For example , let ’ s consider the case of those who want to travel to Europe through Libya . Many Nigerians have been repatriated from Libya this year alone while many others died . Some are in jail while others got drowned in Canary Island.
The US embassy in Nigeria has stopped the drop box whereby those for visa renewal could just fill application online without having to appear at the embassy. Now everybody has to appear before a visa officer. Even for a fresh application it is a herculean task to gather documents and appear at the window . Many people rely on visa contractors while some sell their houses and borrow to apply for visa to travel abroad .
As for the America Diversity visa lottery, people born in Nigeria are no longer eligible to participate . Nigerians are not eligible because they sent over 50 , 000 immigrants to the US in the past five years . Therefore , the road to travel to the United States is gradually closing against most Nigerians.
How do you then make it in Nigeria without going abroad ? In Nigeria, there are many legitimate opportunities to make good money . It should be clear to Nigerians, especially the youth , that they should stay in the country and use their natural talents and energy to do something significant instead of going through the valley of the shadow of death to go abroad .
You can start a fried / jollof rice mobile restaurant ; engage in commercial snail farming , cassava, plantain and maize farming . Do computer graphics , assemble and repair phones and computers . You can start your ice cream , fruit and yogurt business. Nothing should hold you from making soap, and doing chairs and table rentals . You can also become an author and a motivational speaker . You can start to think about fresh ideas which tally with your passion and do something in that regard . The opportunities are limitless .
You can start to do business in Korea, Germany , United States , Sweden , China without leaving Nigeria . You can export products to Europe , Asia and the Americas.
It is true that times are hard in Nigeria but it is also during difficult times that you can innovate and make money . This is the best time for those who can use their brains . You must be able to squeeze water out of stone and sell ice to the Eskimos . The sky is for those who can fly higher than others . While others are scheming to run away , stay back and make money in Nigeria . Find something of little value and make it valuable and take advantage of Nigeria’ s huge population and make your products available to many people .
If you are a young man or woman, you can also acquire huge portions of land in a remote area to cultivate maize , cassava, palm fruit , Castrol oil , vegetables and nurture them . During harvesting , while others are complaining , you will be laughing all the way to the bank . Don ’ t wait for government to offer you job , do what you can do with your hands .
There are also foundations that can give you seed grants to assist your dreams . Look for them online instead of using your data to browse inanities .
Finally , Nigeria can bridge the gap of development with the developed world by massive investment in Information and Communications Technology . As a nation , technology and not crude oil , remains a life saver . Technology will solve the time bomb of massive unemployment staring us in the face .
I know that Nigerians, particularly boys and girls , are imbued with mind – blowing ICT ideas. Look at Rwanda who in May 2016 officially opened its fatlab where IT ideas can be incubated . Nigeria has no such thing . I think it is high time Nigeria established a Silicon Valley.
My heart cries for the development of this nation . How much have we made from solid minerals ? How much money has the ministry of science and technology generated for the country ? With a truly Nigerian Silicon Valley, we will use technology to tackle epileptic power supply, oil exploration , efficient health delivery and reform the nation ’ s dysfunctional educational system .
As it is today , Nigeria is nowhere to be found as far as ICT investment in the world is concerned . For example , money spent on ICT worldwide is estimated at $ 4 trn and will double in the next 12 years . The United States of America budgeted over $ 80 bn annually on ICT .
Let us engage our youths by providing incentives and enabling environment . As we develop ICT and get our young people into farming even those who ’ d stayed abroad for many years will start their journey back home .DON'T MISS: Download Edujandon.com News app and get latest news updates directly to your phone!