Residents of Kaduna State have criticised efforts by the El-rufai led government to create an impression that the state is safe despite daily kidnapping and killings of residents by armed bandits.
Kaduna has become Nigeria’s kidnapping hub with at least one incident of kidnapping recorded every day since 2015 and has grown worse in recent months causing residents to flee to neighbouring states and motorists to desert the popular Kaduna-Abuja expressway.
On Sunday, eight students of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, were kidnapped along the Kaduna-Abuja expressway while gunmen stormed Albasi village in Sabon Birnin in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State and killed eleven persons. The kidnapped students remain in captivity.
Emmanuel Rabo, a resident of Damba-Kasaya village in Chikun Local Government where a similar attack happened in September but has now relocated to neighbouring Nassarawa State, told SaharaReporters on Thursday that a feeling of hopelessness is widespread in the state.
“We no longer sleep with our eyes closed since the attack,” he said. “Many people died that morning. Nobody has come to our rescue or to say, ‘let me greet these people for what happened to them’ — we are on our own.”
Rabo said the government had abandoned the people. “On the radio, you will hear them saying ‘police this, military that’ but it’s a lie,” he said. “I had to move my family to my brother’s house in Keffi because I think it is better that way — his church is feeding us, and I also do Okada business so that I feed my family and not be a burden. I don’t think we will go back.”
Another resident, Saleh Malumfashi, who lives in Narayi High-Cost Area of Barnawa said the kidnappers are emboldened by government’s inaction and unwillingness to solve the lingering insecurity.
Speaking in Hausa, he said, “Kaduna was never like this. We have always been one of the best states in Nigeria, but now it looks like these people have overpowered the government. I have lived here for 25 years even though I am from Katsina State, but it has never been this bad.
“Anybody that tells you that things are okay is just pretending, and we cannot keep pretending. I live in the township, and I can tell you that everybody is afraid. We are barely struggling to survive daily. Where will we get money for ransom? Even those who pay a ransom are still killed. I call on Baba Buhari to help us and may Allah make it easy for us.”
Calistus Eze, a businessman who sells second-hand spare parts in Malali, a popular area in the state, said he might relocate to a safer state if the situation does not improve by the end of the year.
“You know it is if one has life that we can sell anything. The way things are in the north now, not just in Kaduna, no business person can put money into building shops and warehouses because if any small thing happens, they always burn it,” he said.
“Now, it is bandits abducting people and asking for ransom. If we are truthful, the governor knows who these people are. He should talk to them because serious-minded people are planning to leave the state. I am from Nkanu in Enugu, but I have a brother in Lagos who has been pressuring me to leave. I am still watching until year-end.”
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In 2020, we have experienced a lot of changes globally, one of which is the full adoption of digital and remote work. Still, job seekers and professionals across Nigeria are finding it difficult to maximize their profile and visibility online in order to seize opportunities. As a result of this, leading talent recruitment platform, Jobberman organized a webinar on Friday, November 27, 2020, to help professionals with over five years of working experience discover how to effectively navigate the networking roadmaps and the needed job hunting tips and recipes in the midst of a pandemic.
The webinar, which was titled ‘Networking, Job Hunting & Getting Hired Remotely’, was hosted by Jobberman’s Communications Specialist, Sheila Ojei, and featured LinkedIn Visibility Coach and Lead Consultant at Inspired by Glory Academy, Glory Edozien (Ph.D.) as a speaker.
Participants were taught the importance of networking, as well as applicable and practical insights to seize the next opportunity.
During the webinar, Glory Edozien (Ph.D.) defined a network as a set of relationships that one depends on to get ahead in a career, get things done, and to develop professionally. She added that it is important to stay connected with your network, build new relationships with your existing network, and demonstrate your value within your network.
Here are some other key points that were shared during the webinar;
Networking and Job Search Mistakes
Glory discussed major mistakes job seekers make when they are job hunting, She highlighted key points such as having a wrong mindset, no clear focus or pitch, not utilizing social networking sites effectively, and not utilizing existing connections. She advised participants that instead of making such mistakes they should do the following:
Get clear on their goals: Clarity on key accomplishments, what you intend to do next, and how you will add value in your next role.
Develop your ‘who list’: A list of people who can help you achieve your career goals
Go where they go: Join professional associations, vital seminars, events, masterclasses that your ‘who list’ attend.
Brush up your job tools and skills: Understand your competency gaps, especially the soft skills gap, and find online sources to supplement.
Set up informational interviews: Arrange a virtual coffee chat with your ‘who list’.
Build Visibility online: Use social networks to build visibility for your skills.
To end the session, she shared quick hacks for building online visibility with the participants and they include.
Completing your Jobberman profile with key skills for your next role: Create a profile on Jobberman for the job you want, not the one you have.
Showcase the depth of your expertise, skills, and business outcomes
Connect with people who are in the roles you will like to do next and set up informational interviews.
Share content about your industry: Get involved and showcase knowledge
Another major highlight of the webinar was an interactive session where participants got answers to their burning questions.
Host, Sheila Ojei and Speaker, Glory Edozien tackled the top questions participants had about seizing their next opportunity and how to maximize the Jobberman profile.
If you missed the webinar, or you would like to relive the moments, check out the full recording here