Best Ideas 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solution or proposition for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category, click HERE
Explain your idea in details:
Nigeria is considered as the giant of Africa. It is thus so appalling at the number of indigent young ones that litter around every nook and cranny of the country, especially in the northern parts. They go around with plates begging for food. These ones are never given opportunity for education, learning a trade or acquiring a skill. They are mostly the products of illiterate parents who marry so early. In most cases, such parents are within their teen ages with about 3 – 5 children, yet without a reliable source of livelihood to carter for these children. Worst still, you would observe some of such young boys possessing 2 or even 3 wives. It is this practice that makes Nigeria to be filled with many children and youths who were not trained, not given parental tutelage, not taken care of, etc. Such are therefore the vulnerable ones used by politicians and greedy leaders to perpetrate crime. Others grow to become criminals on their own due to idleness, hunger and lack of care/training. The result is the insurgency/terrorism, gangsterism, drug trafficking, theft and other vices that pervade Africa, Europe, America and other places. SavWoDev seeks to provide a platform for wealthy and other willing individuals or organizations that are ready to train these young ones in school, pay for them to learn a skill, provide means for them to start a trade or beginning on a given produce. There are willing individuals and organizations that do not have the time to search for these indigent ones on the street. SavWoDev would thus serve as “middle man” between the two parties. It would provide a platform for such individuals or organizations to register, indicating their willingness, while readily gathering such indigent ones.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
SavWoDev would first handle the problem of hunger. As often said “a hungry man is an angry man”. These youths get involved in these evil practices due to hunger and starvation. Sometimes, it just a little amount they are being given to go and maim another person, carry out an attack or even kill. Some would even be lured into committing suicide (e.g suicide bombers) while perpetrating these nefarious crimes. They would be given the promise that their families would be given money or deceived in another way. Being unlearned, they easily fall for such deceits. If these young ones are sent to school, given job/trade, engaged to learn a skill or sponsored to begin farming, they would definitely not fall for such deceptions. Food production, which has currently been retarded, will be boosted too. Farmers presently are afraid to go to farm in Nigeria because of Fulani herdsmen. Also, SavWoDev would grossly reduce poverty in the economies of nations, if effectively implemented. If the youths are gainfully employed, they would raise stipends for themselves. As such, they would be able to take care of themselves and their families as they grow to become parents. SavWoDev also plans to immensely sensitive people on family planning to attend to the problem of unnecessary child bearing. This in turn would promote well-being and good health; enhance economic growth through the industry and innovativeness that would be harnessed in these young ones. Most importantly, peace would be restored in our communities. In Nigeria for instance, the original owners of several communities have been sacked, while their communities are taken over by the insurgents and terrorists. This is seen in places like Maiduguri, Kaduna, Plateau, etc. If the youths are educated and gainfully engaged, they would not have time for crime.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
SavWoDev would have a website with a registration page for interested and willing persons/organizations. Such calibre of persons/organizations would register, indicating their willingness to sponsor a child, children, youth or youths as the case may be. They would then be linked up with the child(ren)/youth(s) if they intend to carry out the sponsorship process themselves or the corporate account of SavWoDev would be given them where they can make payment for the purpose. SavWoDev also seeks to have a team for sensitization. This team would educate young ones about harnessing the potentials in them. They would be encouraged to farm too. They would be totally discouraged from crime, violence and murder, which is prevalent in northern Nigeria. The team would also educate youths on family planning to avoid having multiple wives and unnecessary number of children that one cannot take care of. I am currently an entrepreneur, so I intend to kick-start SavWoDev by personally seting up a site for the project. Then, I will create awareness through handbills and other means to attract collaborators and volunteer sponsors. I will further formally write to organizations, well-meaning individuals and government parastatals to attract more sponsorship. For the sustainability of SavWoDev, the idea would diversify into communal and rural campaigns that will cover the following areas: Promotion of industry and creativity Destructive effects of crime, drug addiction and murder Marriage and family planning Power in unity and love irrespective of tribe and religion Furthermore, the beneficiaries of SavWoDev would also be made to testify and their stories with pictures and videos would be published on the site and included in subsequent handbills as an indication of the positive impact of the project. This would boost the interest of collaborators in order to enhance sustenance of the project.
I am Chima G. Alozie, a native of Aboh-Mbaise in Imo State, Nigeria. I was born in the year 1986, 18th December precisely. I grew up in southern Nigeria, Calabar in Cross River State, which is my mother’s side. Since I grew up in the southern part of Nigeria, I knew little about the lifestyle of the inhabitants of northern Nigeria. It was upon completion of my studies that I visited the northern part of Nigeria for my NYSC service year. Upon completion of my service year, I later settled in Abuja. It is my period of stay in Abuja and my service year that I have been really exposed to the lifestyle of the northerners in Nigeria. Within my stay in northern Nigeria, I have come across young boys who would tell me they have 2 or 3 wives. This has always been baffling because most of them can barely take care of themselves to talk of taking care of a family. My astonishment keeps heightening each time I see young children, sometimes with their mothers, carrying plates around to beg. The peak of my motivation came when insurgency sprung up in Nigeria and daily, several people are killed. My NYSC year coincided with the climax of Boko Haram and I served in Jigawa, a state close to Yobe, one of their heat points. The uncertainty and apprehension that the Boko Haram activities brought made me resolve to contribute towards ending insurgency. I have been a success in school and as an entrepreneur. Also, I was given an Honours award by NYSC for impacting in the community I served in line with the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). These and other factors I cannot state here give me the conviction that this idea would be a success.