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Nigerians call for collaboration, knowledge sharing to shape better global future


A new survey has revealed Nigerians believe collaboration and knowledge sharing are key tools to creating a better world future.

Commissioned by Expo 2020 Dubai, and conducted by YouGov, the Global Optimism Outlook Survey tracked people priorities for the future, looking at sustainability, economic growth, technology, travel, and more.

More than 20,000 people across 23 countries were surveyed, broken down by geographic region, gender, employment, marital status, and income.

Despite the breadth of diversity, it appears the majority of the world is closely aligned when it comes to the key issues facing the planet’s future.

Unlocking future opportunity

According to the results, 80 per cent of Nigerians believe knowledge gathering, learning and access to education would be effective at unlocking opportunity in the future, followed by access to resources (77 per cent), and collaboration across national borders and cultures (76 per cent).

On nationwide economic development, 46 per cent and 45 per cent of respondents cited that access to education and knowledge is encouraging Nigeria’s growth. The survey also revealed that 96 per cent believe that greater collaboration and communication between individuals and communities can help in shaping a better future.

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Technology consistently appeared as having a role to play in future development and collaboration, with respondents saying they believe tech advancements will continue to build communities (96 per cent) and connect people globally (95 per cent).

Trade was also ranked highly among respondents. Seventy-four percent said they would like to experience free trade for all, while 93 per cent said they were optimistic about the future of global trade.

Seventy-seven percent of Nigerian business owners and entrepreneurs between the ages of 30-39 proved to be the most optimistic. This income and age group are keen to drive the country’s sustainable sector in line with growing the economy, and believe this can be achieved if businesses across countries are allowed to trade freely.

Looking to the future

When asked about what they would most like to experience in the year 2050, sustainability was front of mind for Nigerians. Seventy-one percent said carbon-free travel and universal clean energy transportation, followed by sustainable infrastructure and architecture (68 per cent).

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Tech featured again, with 74 per cent, 61 per cent and 63 per cent saying they would like to experience high-tech solutions, cloud computing, big data and Artificial Intelligence (AI), and e-commerce respectively.

UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director-General of Expo 2020 Dubai, Reem Al Hashimy, said

“In just over a year, Dubai and the UAE will be bringing the world together for the World Expo, in a spirit of collaboration, and creating an open global dialogue that allows us to look towards the future with renewed optimism.”

“We developed the Global Optimism Outlook Survey to help us understand what the citizens of the world believe will shape a better future. People from around the world have spoken, and we are listening. The results show that we are more connected than we may believe. That dialogue, communication and collaboration are essential, and that we are united in our desire to create a happier, more inclusive, cleaner planet. Whether you’re sitting in South America, China, or here in the UAE, we’re connected in our passions for a better future” she added.

Global outlook

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On a global level, the results highlight nine in 10 respondents believe that individuals and communities can shape the future through greater knowledge-sharing, communication, and collaboration.

Knowledge-sharing, learning, and greater access to education also stood out as dominant themes across all regions: Middle East (55 per cent), Western and Eastern Europe (61 per cent), Asia (61 per cent), North America (63 per cent), South America (68 per cent), and Africa (72 per cent).

Overall, South America (74 per cent) is the most optimistic region, followed by Africa (64 per cent), the Middle East (60 per cent), Asia (57 per cent), North America (50 per cent) and West/East Europe (50 per cent).



Cash transfer: FG disburses N349.5m to beneficiaries in Kaduna



The Federal Government has concluded the disbursement of N349.5 million to 34,946 poor and vulnerable households in Kaduna State.

The Head of Cash Transfer Unit in the State, Hajiya Hauwa Abdulrazaq, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna on Sunday.

Abdulrazaq explained that the disbursement was under the federal government’s Conditional Cash Transfer, a Households Uplifting Programme targeting poorest of the poor households in the country.

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She said that the beneficiaries, drawn from nine Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state received N10,000 each, being payment for the months of May and June at N5,000 per month.

She identified the benefitting LGAs as Kajuru, Birnin Gwari, Kauru, Lere, Sanga, Kachia, Kubau, Ikara and Chikun.

She said that 4,470 poor and vulnerable households benefited in Kajuru; 8,032 in Birnin Gwari; 1,963 in Kauru; 1,406 in Sanga, while 4,380 benefited in Lere.

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She added that a total of 2,021 poor and vulnerable households benefited in Kachia; 5,478 in Ikara; 2,784 in Chikun, and 4,412 in Kubau.

“We began the disbursement on July 1 and ended the exercise on July 10.

“The households uplifting programme is one of the national social investment programmes which implementation began in September 2016,” she said.

NAN recalls that the programme began in 2017 in Kaduna state with about 10,000 beneficiaries, but expanded to 22,380 in April 2020.

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A total of 12,566 new beneficiaries were added in May, which amounted to the current 34,956 beneficiaries in the state.

The state government had also commenced the process of capturing poor and vulnerable households into the social register in the remaining 14 LGAs, from which beneficiaries of the cash transfer would be extracted.

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Lady flaunts groceries bought for N2000 at popular Lagos store ( see reactions)



A Nigerian lady has taken to social media to flaunt the supplies she bought at a popular Lagos supermarket and it has got the attention of Social media users.
The lady identified as @sisbisi_ on Twitter took to the microblogging platform to share photos of groceries and other supplies she got at SPAR supermarket for a token of N2000.
While sharing photos of her items, she simply tweeted: “Now now 2K don finish. 🥺“
In reaction to her tweet, twitter users have called on her to borrow them the handgun she used in getting all she bought at such a meager rate. The store’s official handle also quoted the tweet saying:
What SPAR location did you spend 2k and get all these? 😑
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Man beats up woman at ATM stand (Video)



A video of a man who beats up a lady  ATM stand has been making rounds.  The argument all seem to have started with the same reason all ATM quarrel happens which is who got to the ATM stand in the first.

The man is seen in the video of threatening to beat her if she touches the machine and it wasn’t an empty threat as he did when she tried to use it.

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Another young girl and an older woman came to her rescue with the help of a man who seems to be the security man at the point.

The man-made to harass the second girl who sought protection with the older woman while they both condemn his action of beating the first girl.

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Nigerians have since been reacting to the video most of them condemning the man’s action while some people expressed why they wouldn’t be quick to jump to a conclusion as what the girl did to deserve the beating from the man is not absolutely clear.

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