The alarming rate of corporate begging in Abuja – Feature

The alarming rate of corporate begging in Abuja – Feature

A lamp is not valued in the afternoon, but it is appreciated at night – Nigerian proverb

AljazirahNigeria’s Yemi Esho looks into the growing rate of corporate begging in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, the nation’s capital and advised the government on how to curb the embarrassing act by engaging the youths in a profitable venture that will add to the economic value of Nigeria.

“Hello sir, good morning sir,” he said as he ran after me. I pretended not to hear him, but he increased his pace and caught up with me. He accosted me and explained what he was going through.

He told me of how he finished his higher education years back and how he was invited by his big cousin to come to Abuja from the South East to attend a job interview. But unfortunately, according to him after the interview, he could not get in touch with the so-called cousin again.

He wanted me to help him out on his fare back home, but my question took him off balance. I asked why he did not come to Abuja fully prepared with his transport fare to and from his home state intact knowing well the economic condition in the country. He struggled to explain but he could not lay claim to any cogent reason, so he left. Understanding his condition, I called him back, gave him the little I could afford with the warning that the law enforcement agents are on the trail for people like him if he did not desist from the disgraceful act.

This is an everyday situation in Abuja and these emergency beggars have formed the habit of waylaying innocent Nigerians who equally are not immune from the biting economic hardship in the country. The ‘beggars’ most times go extra mile to threaten those who they are seeking help from especially when they accost them at a lone and abandoned corner.

The ‘corporate beggars’ who are mostly youths are scattered in Abuja major districts like Berger, Wuse axis, Lugbe, Banex and the AYA/Nyanya axis. These set of people have capitalized on the situation in the country to venture fully into their new found ‘thriving businesses.

While it is understandable that there are some disadvantaged, the handicapped and the less-privileged in the society who needs attention, the emergence of corporate begging has robbed the aforementioned people of whatever Nigerians were ready to part with for their survival.

A concerned Nigerian who spoke to AljazirahNigeria expressed worries on the growing rate of corporate begging while asking for an end to the ‘trade’. According to the respondent who only gave her name as Aisha, she advised that the Federal Government and the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) must wake up to the responsibilities of adding values to the lives of the downtrodden.

She said, “I am not surprised at the turnout of events lately which has propelled able-bodied men and women in the youthful age to hide under the guise of being corporate to beg. This people you meet on the streets have been out of school for years and nobody seems to care for them. They belong to the lowest rung of the society who has no connection whatsoever with those at the top echelon in blue chip companies and top organizations. When last did you see organizations like the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporations (NNPC), Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) and others placing adverts in the dailies for job placements? Jobs in these places are meant for the children of the President, governors, senators, serving and former ministers and the crème de la crème. Tell me why some people won’t resort to corporate begging to survive when the government is hostile to them.”

She added angrily, “Look at the inhuman condition our youths are subjected to outside the shores of the country and lately in Libya where they are trade off as slaves. Corporate begging can only be nipped in the bud if the government do the needful and have the belief that these youths are the leaders of tomorrow. When you are given jobs to some people because of their class and status, remember that the population of those on the other side is much and invariably can pose a threat to the continuous existence of the corporate entity called Nigeria. Is it not sad that programmes like N-Power, YouWin, lottery and betting are introduced to the poor to finally seal their fate? Sadly, the N-Power and the YouWin were hijacked by those at the top.

Aisha’s view was corroborated by Emmanuel but quickly added that the act of corporate begging by those he regarded as cheat has denied those who genuinely need one assistance or the other of help. He warned those in the act to stop and find menial jobs to engage in pending when they will find their dream jobs. He, however, called on institutions like the Bank of Agriculture (BOA) and Bank of Industry (BOI) to consider taking the vulnerable into the plans to expand the agricultural base of the nation through the provision of subtle and friendly loans.

A peep into the website of the BOI by AljazirahNigeria shows that has the mandate of providing financial assistance for the establishment of large, medium and small projects as well as expansion, diversification and modernization of existing enterprises; and rehabilitation of ailing ones.

The BoI has a number of funds that entrepreneurs of all levels can access. First is the Graduate Entrepreneurship Fund (GEF), which is meant for serving members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). The bank also has other matching and managed funds, including a fund for the automotive industry. Through 122 business development experts, entrepreneurs can access funds easily.

For the Bank of Agriculture, its key mandates among others include provision of credit to support all activities in the agricultural value chain, provision of non-agricultural micro credit to the poor segment of the society comprising rural artisans, petty traders, boosting of opportunities for self-employment in the rural areas to stem rural-urban migration, inculcation of banking habits at the grassroots of Nigerian society.

The ugly trend of corporate begging can be reduced to the barest minimum only if the mandates of BOA and BOI are implemented not just on paper but practically and to the benefits of the youth who form the nucleus of the Nigerian population.

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