Nigeria News take a look at the expectations of Nigerians from the government in 2018.
2017 was very challenging for many Nigerians. It was a year of recession and also a season when the country was officially declared to have got out of the economic slump.
It was a year many Nigerians lost their jobs and committed suicide for lacking the capacity to make ends meet. Governments at all level could not pay workers’ salaries and most entrepreneurs closed shops due to harsh economic weather.
Towards the year, the government was able to curb the activities of militants in the Niger Delta region and increase the production of crude oil above 2.5 million barrel per day. But no thanks to the fallen price of oil in international market until later in the year that it began to steady above $60.9 per barrel.
Nigeria will be banking on the steady increase in the price of oil to run its over N8 trillion budget. The budget expectation of the government is to build a strong infrastructure of roads, rails and power to boost the economy.
The infrastructural development is expected to provide no fewer than 5, 000 direct and indirect jobs as posited by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohamed.
Besides, the ongoing construction of Dangote Refinery in Lekki, Lagos raises hope for the country to reduce the rate of unemployment.
There are millions of Nigerian youths, graduates that are jobless. There is no doubt that Nigerians are talented, resilient and energetic but there is no adequate infrastructure to support their vision.
That is why many who are graduates easily engage in commercial motorcycling to get daily bread. The rate at which youths are venturing into the music industry is becoming alarming in the country. There are thousands of youths in this sector but it is sad that government has failed to tap into this talents as a big source of national income.
Nigerians youths expect the government to take a look at the entertainment industry in 2018. It will be recalled that in 2017, Nigerian Wizkid won the Music of Black Origin, MOBO Award while his rival David won the European Music Award.
Both have taken African music to the global stage beating such music icon as Jay-Z, American rapper to MOBO. This is a sector the government can tap into to reduce unemployment.
All eyes will be on the Super Eagles at the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup. Nigerians will expect the Federal Government to provide the necessary funds for the senior national football team to excel in Russia. The players had shown commitment and readiness to exhibit their talents, funding should not be their impediment.
2018, no doubt will hot up the race for political posts by many politicians. There are strong indications that those who have not officially announced their ambition would do so towards the 2019 general election.
As usual, Nigerians will witness some fast developments from the present government in some areas to canvass for the 2019 election. It is a strategy by successive governments.