Human Capital Development
With the nation’s increasing youthful population growth, with estimate that 1 in 2 Nigerians is under the age of 18, and 71% of the population is under the age of 30; the current projected demographic growth rate means that Nigeria will have one of the youngest populations by 2050. Neglecting to provide quality educational investments and developing the nation’s youthful human capital would not only be condemning about one-third of the world’s population to poverty by the turn of the century, but the nation may also slide into a failed state if appropriate steps are not taken. One of our core approaches at ensuring a prosperous society for all is through our investment in human capital development. Our interest is informed by the reality that, besides the rich mineral deposits that the nation is blessed with, abundant human resources is another aspect that the nation has not harnessed for development.
At SING Nigeria, we focus on preparing the future workforce of Nigeria to be highly skilled with the relevant competences needed to succeed in the 21st century. We have focused our activities on building the digital skills of young people in Nigeria through our Digital Skills Development and Creative Intelligence Technology Projects. Aggressive human capital development, we believe, is the game changer for the teeming youth population.
At SING Nigeria, we recognized that one of the major challenges of our nascent democracy is poor leadership and governance. The bane of our underdevelopment is not unconnected to the shortage of visionary and transformational drivers in our public and political life. As an accountability and anti-corruption actor, SING Nigeria advocates for more transparent and accountable public institutions where corruption is weeded out, thereby ensuring that key social services are at the reach of marginalized communities.
Leadership selection process remains one of best ways at ensuring good governance, and we are of the opinion that when the right persons are voted into power, the problem of corruption would have largely been solved, though we equally understand that the civil service sector is also compromised and serves in aiding corruption. We remain committed to our advocacy on good governance, especially identifying loopholes in the system that may encourage acts of corruption in our electioneering process and other sectors as may be necessary from time to time.
The symbiotic relationship between human beings and the environment is one which there is no doubt about. Conversations around climate change which have continued to gain momentum around the world, especially owing to manifested threats from climate induced activities to life and livelihood, show the indispensability of climatic and environmental elements for human survival, and the sustainability of same is highly dependent on human activities. Our environmental sustainability approach focuses on advocacies promoting sustainable environmental practice through the application of domestic and international legal frameworks that ensures fair treatment of communities unjustly exploited and promotes activities for habitable environment.
SING Nigeria’s advocacy programmes are hinged on the need to strengthen institutional capacity and knowledge of environmental issues affecting the country using researches, publications, conferences, reports and public awareness activities to promote sustainable environmental practices especially in areas like Niger Delta, where issues of the environment are intrinsically linked to youth restiveness, community agitation and extreme poverty.