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How to Start HR Outsourcing Company in Nigeria – 7 Strategic Steps

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Are you thinking of starting an HR Outsourcing Company in Nigeria but don’t really know how to get the idea to reality? If yes, then it’s the right time to stop worrying. But before we got the real ball rolling, I guessed you already known what HR Outsourcing Companies does?

If you’re conversant with job search in Nigeria, you would had probably have a better understanding of the concept Human resources, outsourcing and its management.

However, this article is meant to educate and enlighten your dark end in this concept, just in case you find this aspect of business interesting and would like to venture into it.

Outsourcing business in Nigeria is on a leading pace, and will remain a veritable source that will still create millionaires with ease, giving to the number of students graduating from the tertiary institutions yearly.

These students having graduated ultimately turn to the labour market thus creating a favourable business ground for recruitment agencies who make money by simply assembling, screening and training job applicants then hand them over to employers in need of human resources for employment.

With that out of the way now, if you’ll like to start an HR Outsourcing Company in Nigeria, kindly read each paragraph of this guide with intense concentration as if it’s a onetime life opportunity that’ll never come your way again.

What is HR Outsourcing? – Understanding the Concept HRO Companies

The abbreviation, HR stands for “Human Resources”.

An HR Outsourcing Company in Nigeria or any part of the world is responsible for finding employee, screening, recruiting and training these employee, in turn hand them over to employers who in one way or the other needed their services.

These employers could be; financial institutions like banks, corporate organizations, government establishments as the case may be. It then stands that there are no limit to category of employers who could demand the services of a human resource outsourcing company in Nigeria.

Function and Benefit of an HR Outsourcing Company

You may understand this concept better with the illustration below

Assuming a job hunter Mr. Michael Olgade approaches XYZ HR outsourcing company in Nigeria for a job opportunity, XYZ outsourcing will in turn access Mr. Michael Olgade having received his resume. If the applicant here, Mr. Michael Olgade meets the required standard, he’s then screened, got trained and will be made available to say a corporate organization RTY who depends on XYZ HR outsourcing for its employee. RTY however pays XYZ HR outsourcing either a onetime fee or monthly via possible deductions from Mr. Michael Olgade’s monthly salary.

Here is the benefit:

It then stands that the outsourcing firm will continue to make money from Mr. Michael Kennedy so long he’s still on RTY payroll.

You can now see that it’s a continuous process that will allow you to make money off an employer and his employee for as long as the contract remains valid. I’d want to believe you now understand the entire concept and how it works.

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Having understand this business, I will then walk you through the processes involved in setting up not only a HR outsourcing firm in Nigeria, but a successful HR outsourcing business.

7 Steps to Launch Your HR Outsourcing Company in Nigeria

1. Business Registration

This is about the most sensitive department of your HR outsourcing company that must be given the attention it deserves. Business registration gives your firm an upper hand in so many sphere of outsourcing.

Recall, you would be dealing with corporate organizations, financial institutions and government agencies who would mostly not do business or go into contract with a non-registered business for varying reasons around legal protocols.

Aside that, getting your business registered gives it a face lift it deserves ordinarily, firms and other businesses would find it reasonable and comfortable enough to take up a deal with you.

Other benefits of getting your HR Outsourcing Company in Nigeria registered include but not limited to;

  • Having registered, your business would be issued a Certificate of Incorporation by the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC). This certificate is usually required when you want to carry out some profile business transactions. Even corporate account opening in any Nigerian bank, it’s a legal document that certifies that the government of the day is aware of your business.
  • It serves a legal protection in case of legal battle: Your business is a different entity from yourself when registered as a limited liability company. What this stands to imply is that, should you run into trouble on the course of doing business, you cannot be sued, rather the business is being sued and served. In time like this, you can go about doing your business while your team of legal department attains to that.
  • There is a business continuity: Your business will continue to flourish even without you being present or actively involved once you have set down a systematic structure. This likewise means that the business will outlive you in person.

There are numerous advantages that goes with getting your business registered, time will not permit me to take them up one by one. But the good news is that I got a complete guide here on how to register your business or company with CAC in Nigeria

I can also help you get your business registered with the CAC within a week and you’ll collect your certificate in your state capital only. If you’re interested in this offer, click here to contact me or WhatsApp here: 080 6886 6068

2. Get a business attorney 

As a HR outsourcing company in Nigeria, you need to have a business Lawyer. If you think you can save money for not having a business Lawyer in place, you will end up losing more money than you’d ever saved.

It doesn’t cost anything to create a legal department for your business, a lawyer has the sole responsibility of advising you right.

Your legal department will take care of legal proceedings in case you run into hot waters on the course of your business. While you go ahead with the day to day activities of the company, your legal department are sorting out legal issues, this help eliminate any clog on the wheel of your success.

You may be asking that what legal issues the business could incur that I should employ the services of a lawyer?

To make it clear, outsourcing business is a very dicey one, you will find yourself in and out of contract both from the client and the employee end.

There are situations where an employee seconded to a firm or corporation commits fraud, or caused the client physical, material and financial lose, the client will quiz you legally so long it aids her to recover loses and possible damage caused her by your employee.

Let me reiterate, before you go into business with your supposed client, you ought to have signed deed of agreement and related documents that binds the both businesses together, should any party drift or fails to keep or reorganize the dictates and contents of such agreement as duly stipulated, the other party has the right to seek redress.

Your client could seek refunds on damage out of proportion as contained in your agreement, you have the right to go to court. Your employee could deliberately want a legal battle with you having committed fraud, why would they go the extent of taking a battle with you, because they may possibly have legal prowess. This is why you need to get yourself prepared.

I do not mean to scare you out of starting an HR Outsourcing Company in Nigeria with this point, but to keep you abreast on the possible eventuality that may arise en route to starting an HR outsourcing business.

3. Rent an office

Outsourcing business demands you have a physical office, it’s very necessary for your progress, this is a location where job hunters can easily visit to onboard. Your office should have a descriptive address and very conspicuous.

Additionally, this is a place where you conduct employee interview and training, it’s necessary to understand that you’ll have influx of job hunters once they get to realize you run a job outsourcing firm.

You may have to make provision for the following in your office:

  • Desks/chairs and tables smartly positioned where intending employee will have to sit for exams, while you evaluate them.
  • You may have to employ a female secretary who will deal with documentation and filing process and interfacing with job hunters in your absence.
  • You will need either a desktop computer or a laptop, where you’ll save document, files and keep other materials you will need to retrieve from time to time.
  • Make provision for alternative power supply, just in case you have crowd for interview or do some system work.
  • Upgrade to advance office as the business grows

4. Get a Company website

The power of a website cannot be underestimated, a website for HR Outsourcing Company in Nigeria aids in getting more exposure than you can ever imagine, job hunting has gone digital and you need to be seen as an authority.

Prospective clients could contact you via your company website and close a deal with you faster than you could ever imagine.

You need to be seen and heard online, that’s where the business is, job hunters can as well get to contact you via your web page, and the advantages are numerous to mention.

Your website should contain the following;

  • About page: This page should clearly tell and state the services you render, it should be aimed at convincing your clients to hook and onboard for business. Tell them how good quality employee you can make available to them, do not forget to state the milestones you’ve achieved in the industry if any.
  • Contact page: Your contact page should show clearly your office and business address, phone number and email and web address
  • You may include blog about employee, employer and business relationship, just for the tune of the business. How to make a good and productive employee etc.
  • Application page: This is a page job hunters are expected to complete online before visiting your office for documentation. You can as well collect the hard copy as the case may be.
  • Get a complementary card for your business, don’t let this embarrass you.

If in case you need someone to build, design or maintain your company website, kindly shoot me a message and I’ll be happy to get you a professional website. Contact me here or WhatsApp: 080 6886 6068

5. Outreach/Pitch Clients

It’s time to contact your potential clients who are usually employers of labour in the right sense of perception.

Employers are the currency of your business as a HR outsourcing company in Nigeria, you will need to satisfy and exceed their needs, render a quality service by shopping and recruiting employee who are passionate about their job.

I called this point outreach because it has to be a physical contact having established a kind of relationship business wise either through mail or other communication platforms.

You need to look around and start from your immediate environment, look around, how many businesses you can identify within your area, I mean corporate organizations who could be referred to as employers of labor.

There are manufacturing industries, blue chip companies, government establishments, banks etc.

Having identified them, kindly get their contacts and do a mail to the human resource department of such firms.

Itemize your services in clear terms, request to have an appointment so you can iron things out decisively and business wise.

Go around and talk to so many employers, the more the merrier, you will surely land a deal, be mindful of negotiation, do not price yourself too high and do not price too low as to question your ability to render quality service.

Shop around the industry and get a first-hand information on pricing.

Note: Pricing is subject to qualification, you are expected to pay a HND holder a bit higher than you do an OND, like-wise B.sc in principle and so on.

6. On-boarding employee

It’s time to recruit your first set of employee, wonder how to get them, you do not need to stress out about this, just print handbills and posters, paste at strategic points in town, with your web address, email address and phone number clearly written.

Do your publicity on social media platforms, tell friends and colleagues, they’ll will glad to tell applicants at no cost to you.

Just get ready to take calls and respond to emails, you’ll be surprise at the rate of turn up.

But wait, apply strict measures in your screening, pick the best out of the best for your first and second sets of clients for individual clients alike.

These are your goods, understand the need to deliver quality employee at this point, it’s not negotiable, this will open the floodgates for subsequent business going forward.

7. Employee Guarantor form

This is a form given to an applicant by the recruiting or outsourcing agent, the content of this form is high case security sensitive.

In this guarantor form, categories of people who are permitted to guarantee the applicant are enlisted, usually professionals of various ranks as deemed suitable with the company’s risk appetite. You could as well have traditional rulers as specified in the content of the form.

Now the essence of getting these guarantors to fill and sign the forms for an applicant is to stand in as Surtees, you know why? You are dealing with people from different backgrounds who could be prone to fraud and other unforeseen mishap.

If by any eventuality they abscond with the employer’s money or commit fraud related offence that resulted in loss of funds, the employer or client will reach out to you as the HR outsourcing, you then reach out to guarantors of the employee to indemnify the client duly.

Putting the client/employer into any form of financial or material loss in a fraudulent means is tantamount to endangering the guarantors who repose high degree of confidence and trust in the employee.

For the record, the content of a guarantor’s form is very scary that it takes people with extraordinary confidence in you to endorse.

Why am I saying this, we’ve had cases where family members refused to sign or endorse for relatives, giving that there are series of warnings contained in the form which is aimed at enlightening the guarantor to understand the contract he/she is undertaking.

The position of the law as contained therein is to indemnify the employer to the last kobo in event of fraud or loss of funds.

If by any chance people turn down your request for guarantor, kindly understand and move ahead, do not make a meal out of it, you might probably do same if you were in their shoes. Intensify your search and you’ll get someone who will trust you enough to stand by you if you’re the applicant.

Advice to applicants: Please be honest with these guarantors forms, do not fake them, the outsourcing agents have field agents who travel far and wide, length and breadth of this country to confirm the authenticity of your guarantors.

They will visit your supposed guarantors as provided and confirm their identity, if you fell short in this area, your employment will be terminated, then get you arrested to pay every damn loss they incurred on you as perceived.

Rounding off – Starting an HR Outsourcing Company in Nigeria

It doesn’t cause a thing to start a HR outsourcing company in Nigeria, follow the guidelines as stated and you’ll be on your to setting up a business you will live to enjoy without stress. If this guide worth your time, do show some love by sharing it.

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    How To Start a Logistics Business in Nigeria – (10 Easy Steps)

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    Have you ever want to launch your own logistics business in Nigeria but don’t know how to start or what exactly to do? I’m going to show you an easy and practical approach to starting a profitable logistics or delivery business in the country.

    Do you know that some businesses are complementary to others? Yes, they work for the benefit of both businesses. And in this age of the Internet, the tendency to shop online continues to increase as the days go by, hence, the need for a complementary service, that’s a service to fulfill the deliveries.

    Logistics or delivery business in Nigeria or any place in the world is not ending soon because almost all e-commerce business owners or companies are now on the internet and they need a logistics company to help bridge the gap between the end of the buyers.

    Just in case you don’t know much about the logistics business, below is a quick explanation;

    Understanding How Logistics Business Work

    In a business sense, logistics aid the movement of goods/services from the manufacturer/wholesaler to the consumer. By definition, it sounds simple but by the implementation, it is rather complex. This is why manufacturing firms sparingly have their own logistics team—relying on an independent logistics company.

    Logistics companies are tasked with the responsibility of the planning, implementing, and movement of goods, services, and other valuables from the point of origin to the final consumer. The origin of logistics can be traced back to world war 1 (WWI) and WWII where the military had to make supplies available for their soldiers.

    Logistics is now a full-fledged business today and lots of money can be made. This is why I’ve made this post to guide you on starting a logistics business in Nigeria.

    If you have ever shopped on Jumia, Konga, Amazon, Aliexpress, and other top online shopping sites, I’m sure you understand that the guy or company that picked the products from the manufacturer’s warehouse and delivered to you, in operating under what we know as logistics business.

    Now, let’s talk about starting your own logistics business in Nigeria or anywhere in the world!

    How to Start a Logistics Business in Nigeria: 10 Steps!

    #1. Develop Your Business Plan

    Writing your business plan is the first step to take when starting a logistics business in Nigeria. Many take this for granted but having one is pretty important. You really don’t need to have good writing skills or be a business expert before crafting a good business plan.

    Although, there are a lot of services that can assist you in generating a business plan I advise you to write manually or hire the someone who can personally do it for you. 

    Since your business plan will be your guide as you grow your logistics business, a personalized version will always come in handy. I won’t go into great detail here as we already have a post on writing a business plan and a free template.

    Check this guide on how to write a good business plan.

    So, let’s talk about the next important step!

    #2. Get Your Capital

    After your business plan, the next thing is to get your capital – which you know is very important. And there are several ways you can source for your capital. You can choose to finance it personally or get a loan from the bank.

    Getting a loan or financing your logistics business yourself has its pros and cons and it’s totally up to you. Lots of commercial banks would be willing to offer you a loan, you can as well apply for business grants which will save you from the stress of providing collaterals. 

    Once the funding is acquired, the next step is to;

    #3. Get an Office Space

    You don’t need a big warehouse, but an office where you can attend to clients and enquires in case a company or a customer need to see you before transacting with your company.

    Ensure your office is well decorated, not beautifully but professionally.

    Note that;

    • Your main office should be separated from where you keep customer goods
    • Your office should be easily located, don’t rent an office space very far to the main road
    • Your business location should be google (You can hire me for this)

    If you’ve got your office space, then do this:

    #4. Choose Your Delivery Mode

    Logistics business in Nigeria can take different forms. We’ve got companies who make use of motorcycles, buses, mini-vans, or trucks. You can start with one of these, or you could mix them up for flexibility.

    Knowing what means to use for transportation will determine what you choose to use as your capital. Using a motorcycle/bike means less capital expenditure but also, it limits you to carry certain goods.

    Also, you’d be choosing between:

    • Intra-state (e.g within Lagos state)
    • Inter-state (e.g Within and outside Lagos state – to Kwara State, etc.) 
    • Inter-countries (e.g from the USA, China, etc to Nigeria)

    Or perhaps, you can decide to do both but keep in mind that you’ll have to learn more travel routes in a short span of time.

    Okay, the next up in purchasing the tools needed for your business and also, hiring some personnel to fill out different positions. From our definition of logistics, it is very evident that you will be needing a good number of workers to ensure everything is carried out seamlessly.

    #5. Buy Necessary Equipment & Vehicles

    You need to buy important Items like computers, stationery, dispatch box, telephones are some of the important items needed to run a successful logistics business in Nigeria. With these and more in place, it is expected that you have an effective logistics business like the top brands in the country.

    Considering your mode of delivery, you can buy some motorcycles or small buses and brand them with your business identity, just like the like of Jumia, etc.

    Some logistics companies also partner with taxi drivers and okada riders to fulfill the deliveries instead of using their own cars, motorcycles, and drivers.

    If you want to deal with inter-countries, then you need to grow your network with aviation companies.

    #6. Setup a team or Employ Staff

    About getting the necessary requirements, the next big deal is to set up your own team or employ some people to work with you.

    Also, make sure to hire staff to fill out different positions and not just drivers. Asides from delivery, business management, customer care service, and planning need to be top-notch which the driver can’t do. 

    This team or staff includes;

    • The drivers (if you have motorcycles or buses)
    • The customer care agents
    • The marketing team

    If you don’t have enough money to pay staff, you can hire university students, or those people who are smart and conversant enough, then train them yourself or hire an expert to come and train your team.

    #7. Register Your Business

    If you want your logistics business in Nigeria to be taken seriously as a business entity, then getting your business registered should be a top priority for you. These days people are getting more aware of fraudulent businesses. Failure to register yours puts up a red flag for potential customers.

    Looking at it critically, the cost of registering your business with the Nigerian Corporate Affairs Commission isn’t expensive, so why not do it? Starting with N10,000, you can register your business in Nigeria. If you have a business name already for your logistics company but don’t have enough funds to register, you can reserve your business name for 6 months with just a little token of N500. 

    Check out our post on how to register a business name in Nigeria.

    If you need me to register the business for you, it cost N25,000 and I will get your business approved and your business registration certificate will be sent to you, or you collect it yourself.

    #8. Go Digital with Your Business

    The world is digital itself, all businesses are going digital and if you’re not on the internet, then you don’t have a business yet. And when I say you should go digital, I’m not saying you should just open social media pages and that’s all.

    You should try and get a professional website, do your google business listings, list your logistics business on business directories, do Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and of course, your business social media pages are important.

    If you need a professional website design or development, my Web Design and Digital marketing agency can handle that for you. Kindly contact me here or visit our website here >>> https://www.gbolabyte.com

    We can also handle your digital marketing, google business listing, SEO, and other digital or remote tasks you need us for.

    Remember that most of your customers are online, you also need to get your business and the first approach is to get a business website for your logistics business in Nigeria.

    #9. Brand Identity Design & Branding

    Business identity and branding will really differentiate your business from other logistics businesses in Nigeria. When it comes to branding, you need the service of a professional graphics designer.

    Note that some graphic designers are not experts when it comes to branding.

    Branding is more than designing a logo, it involves anything that will make your business stands out. Brand Identity designer offers everything ranging from your logo, icons, social posts banners, ID cards for your staff, brand your company vehicles, brand your office equipment, and everything brandable.

    This is very important and it goes along with your marketing, that’s what I’ll be explaining last!

    #10. Market Your Business. 

    You’ve come a long way in starting your logistics business in Nigeria. As a new player, unless you’re extremely lucky, no one is going to find out about you. Which is why you’ve got to market your brand.

    The top logistics firms in Nigeria like GIG Logistics, Creseada International Limited, Ocenj Logistics, and more didn’t get to where they are today by chance. They sent the word out about their business and then delivered on the customer’s expectations.

    And in this age of the Internet, it’s much easier to market your business by using available tools like social media. Remember, you’ve got to offer something different from the rest, or make a service offered by your competition better. With these, your logistics business will soar to great heights.

    Part of your marketing strategy is to try and connect with e-commerce website owners or companies in Nigeria so that they can recommend you to their customers. Try to reach out to these companies and your business network will continue to grow.

    CONCLUSION – How to Start a Logistics Business in Nigeria

    E-commerce is getting bigger by the day in Nigeria and this is why the logistics business in Nigeria as a complimentary service is getting more traction. And yes, like every business, this has its own risks but with a good management team, these risks can be reduced to its bare minimum. 

    At the moment, the logistics space in Nigeria isn’t that saturated which is a good reason to start as soon as you can. As you do, keep in mind the steps above as they’ll be your guide when you experience obstacles. 

    So, over to you, when do you wish to start your logistics business in Nigeria? And if you own one already, how did you start yours? Let’s hear from you!

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    President Muhammadu Buhari’s Full Speech on #EndSars Protest

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    Have you watched the broadcast of President Muhammadu Buhari’s full speech on the #EndSars protest? Well, many of us are opportune to watched it live on NTA (their YouTube channel).

    We all know what’s happening in the country since two weeks ago and the President hasn’t until today, address the citizens of Nigeria. Before he went live to deliver his speech, Nigerians had set their expectations so high to listen to see what Mr. President planned to do with Lekki Toll gate’s Massacre, Police brutality, bad government, corruption and other things happening in the country.

    But, well… Nigerians are left disappointed.

    I know by now, you have being seeing some posts on social media by Nigerians, saying they need need to leave this country and travel to Canada and sort of cruise like that regarding President Muhammadu Buhari’s full speech on #EndSars protest.

    You’re eager to listen to it right? Worry no more! You can watch the video below or read the speech.

    VIDEO: Full Broadcast of President Muhammadu Buhari on #EndSars Protest

    You can read the speech speech below;

    ADDRESS TO THE NATION BY HIS EXCELLENCY, MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ON THE ENDSARS PROTESTS, 22ND OCTOBER, 2020

    Fellow Nigerians,

    It has become necessary for me to address you having heard from many concerned Nigerians and having concluded a meeting with all the Security Chiefs.

    2. I must warn those who have hijacked and misdirected the initial, genuine and well – intended protest of some of our youths in parts of the country, against the excesses of some members of the now disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

    3. On Monday 12th October, I acknowledged the genuine concerns and agitations of members of the public regarding the excessive use of force by some members of SARS.

    4. The choice to demonstrate peacefully is a fundamental right of citizens as enshrined in Section 40 of our Constitution and other enactments; but this right to protest also imposes on the demonstrators the responsibility to respect the rights of other citizens, and the necessity to operate within the law.

    5. As a democratic government, we listened to, and carefully evaluated the five-point demands of the protesters. And, having accepted them, we immediately scrapped SARS, and put measures in place to address the other demands of our youth.

    6. On approving the termination of SARS, I already made it clear that it was in line with our commitment to the implementation of extensive Police reforms.

    7. Sadly, the promptness with which we have acted seemed to have been misconstrued as a sign of weakness and twisted by some for their selfish unpatriotic interests.

    8. The result of this is clear to all observers: human lives have been lost; acts of sexual violence have been reported; two major correctional facilities were attacked and convicts freed; public and private properties completely destroyed or vandalised; the sanctity of the Palace of a Peace Maker, the Oba of Lagos has been violated. So-called protesters have invaded an International Airport and in the process disrupted the travel plans of fellow Nigerians and our visitors.

    9. All these executed in the name of the ENDSARS protests. I am indeed deeply pained that innocent lives have been lost. These tragedies are uncalled for and unnecessary. Certainly, there is no way whatsoever to connect these bad acts to legitimate expression of grievance of the youth of our country.

    10. The spreading of deliberate falsehood and misinformation through the social media in particular, that this government is oblivious to the pains and plight of its citizens is a ploy to mislead the unwary within and outside Nigeria into unfair judgement and disruptive behaviour.

    11. On the contrary, both our deeds and words have shown how committed this administration has been to the wellbeing and welfare of citizens, even with the steadily dwindling revenues, and the added responsibilities and restrictions due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

    12. Government has put in place measures and initiatives principally targeted at youths, women and the most vulnerable groups in our society. These included our broad plan to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years; the creation of N75 billion National Youth Investment Fund to provide opportunities for the youths and the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Survival Fund, through which government is:

    a. paying three months salaries of the staff of 100,000 micro, small – and medium – enterprises,
    b. paying for the registration of 250,000 businesses at the Corporate Affairs Commission,
    c. giving a grant of N30,000 to 100,000 artisans; and
    d. guaranteeing market for the products of traders.

    13. These are in addition to many other initiatives such as;
    a. Farmermoni,
    b. Tradermoni,
    c. Marketmoni,
    d. N-Power,
    e. N-Tech and
    f. N-Agro.

    14. No Nigerian Government in the past has methodically and seriously approached poverty-alleviation like we have done.

    15. With regard to the welfare of police personnel, the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission has been directed to expedite action on the finalization of the new salary structure of members of the Nigeria Police Force. The emoluments of other paramilitary services are also being reviewed upwards.

    16. In order to underscore the importance of education in preparing youths for the future, this administration has come up with a new salary structure and other incentives for our teachers.

    17. Let me at this point reaffirm the Federal Government’s commitment to preserving the unity of this country.

    18. We will continue to improve good governance and our democratic process, including through sustained engagement.

    19. We shall continue to ensure that liberty and freedom, as well as the fundamental rights of all citizens are protected.

    20. But remember that government also has the obligation to protect lives and properties, as well as the right of citizens to go about their daily businesses freely and protected from acts of violence.

    21. To our neighbours in particular, and members of the international community, many of whom have expressed concern about the ongoing development in Nigeria, we thank you and urge you all to seek to know all the facts available before taking a position or rushing to judgment and making hasty pronouncements.

    22. In the circumstances, I would like to appeal to protesters to note and take advantage of the various well-thought-out initiatives of this administration designed to make their lives better and more meaningful, and resist the temptation of being used by some subversive elements to cause chaos with the aim of truncating our nascent democracy.

    23. For you to do otherwise will amount to undermining national security and the law and order situation. Under no circumstances will this be tolerated.

    24. I therefore call on our youths to discontinue the street protests and constructively engage government in finding solutions. Your voice has been heard loud and clear and we are responding.

    25. And I call on all Nigerians to go about their normal businesses, and enjoin security agencies to protect lives and properties of all law abiding citizens without doing harm to those they are meant to protect. Let me pay tribute to officers of the Nigeria Police Force who have tragically lost their lives in the line of duty.

    26. I would like to thank those state Governors, traditional and religious leaders who have appealed for calm and restraint. I also thank youth leaders who have restrained their followers from taking the law into their hands.

    27. This government respects and will continue to respect all the democratic rights and civil liberties of the people, but it will not allow anybody or groups to disrupt the peace of our nation.

    Thank you all. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

    That’s the full speech of President Buhari on #EndSars protest 😉

    I don’t know what to say on this… But someone commented on Twitter that the President Buhari’s speech make the whole country “speechless” — Maybe that’s why I don’t know what to say.

    But I know most Nigerians are disappointed.

    But just in case you’re thinking of traveling out of the country and you don’t know how to start, here is how to get your international passport in Nigeria

    What do you think about the 10 minutes speech? Kindly use the comment box below.

     

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    8 Effective Ways to Reduce Your Household Expenses

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    Are you finding it quite difficult to reduce your household expenses? Okay, don’t feel depressed, this page is what you need to get motivated and take that action!

    Among all lessons we have learned during this COVID-19 “pandemic period”, one good lesson we should always stick to,  is how to manage our funds and resources. Millions of people across the world became unemployed as a result of this world-renowned virus, but how do they survive? By simply cutting their expenses and wise management of their savings.

    It is very important we learn how to manage our money wisely, or hence, we might end up becoming financially broke or a debtor. I know you don’t want that!

    Today I’ll be showing you how to reduce your budget and lower your household expenses. These tips work for everybody, regardless of who you are, either you’re a 9-5 employee or an entrepreneur.

    So, let’s check them together!

    8 Ways To Reduce and Manage Your Household Expenses

    Tip #1. Cut Off Your Cell Phone Plan

    Having and using a cell phone is quite expensive when studied critically. No doubt they’re beneficial… but we also get charged for services, tax, etc., that we can’t even explain. This is why it’s important to choose a good cell phone plan.

    According to NCC (Nigeria Communication Commission), Nigerians collectively spent about N450 Billion per month on recharge cards and data connections. That is approximately $1.17 million spent every month on cell phone plans.

    You know what?

    The amount of money spent on recharge cards and data connections covered about 73% of Nigerians’ expenses while the remaining 27% covered foodstuff, emergency funds, skincare, and other personal stuff.

    I’m sure you’re one of those people enriching these telecommunication companies every month, I personally buy data worth N15,000 every month!

    We need to learn how to reduce these expenses, and the best way we can do that is to reduce the hours we spent on social media apps (especially, Instagram and Facebook), YouTube, and online streaming sites.

    Also, a prepaid plan is the most suitable option. You can get it with the major carriers at almost half the price of the regular plan. The beauty of prepaid plans are the added bonuses and incentives. Things like unlimited calls, unlimited SMSs, reduced call rates, and lots more. 

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    If you’re looking to save some bucks, cut the regular plan and switch to a prepaid plan.

    Tip #2. Do Away With Cable Subscription

    One of the best ways you can reduce your household expenses is by ditching your cable plan. I know it feels good to lay on the couch after the day’s work… sipping your favorite drink… watching a good movie. I get it. But you’re on a budget and some things have to go.

    Thankfully, we have digital platforms today where you can watch your favorite TV and sports shows. You can watch TV on YouTube, Netflix is a good option—it costs less per month, Showbox for Android users is great, or you could get a fire stick. 

    There are lots of these services out there, using any will help in maximizing your finances in the long run.

    Tip #3. Get an Insurance

    We live in a world where everything is risky either on land, in water, or at home. Accidents can happen anytime, you can start developing a kind of sickness any day, your car might develop faults and different unforeseen circumstances that may suddenly require you to spend money.

    Sometimes, you have to borrow money from your friends, co-operative society, or take a loan from your bank, in order to take care of those issues. 

    But to help you manage your funds and reduce your expenses, Insurance plans are ready to cover that for you.

    If you are a car owner, it is very important to have auto insurance. It comes in handy because you never know when uncertainties or accidents may occur. But the cost of these plans does take a toll on your finances.

    If your business requires traveling a lot, you can opt-in for travel insurance, and you can do the same for health insurance.

    You can always shop around for a less expensive plan. The big carriers tend to charge you higher than necessary. This may be due to you having certain covers you don’t need at the moment, or you’re probably in a wrong plan.

    Take out time to review your current insurance plan, do away with covers you don’t need. Or better still, check out smaller firms with similar benefits but at a lower cost.

    Tip #4. Cancel Memberships

    Membership plans do get you exclusive features and other juicy benefits. This could be membership plans from your gym, Netflix, Amazon, or Audible. Whatever it is. If it’s not necessary at the moment, cancel it.

    You wouldn’t miss much. There are alternatives you could check out: YouTube for Netflix, visit a local library in place of Audible, and work out at home instead of going to the gym. Remember, you’re trying to cut costs.

    Tip #5. Consider Reducing Your Rent

    It’s time to do away with luxurious living if you stay in a rented apartment. Take for instance you live in a 3 bedroom apartment…you could switch to a 2 bedroom or 1 bedroom to reduce household expenses.

    Also, if you can, assuming this wouldn’t affect your work: try switching locations if possible. Certain areas are characterized by huge housing costs but you can change to less expensive areas if possible.

    I know a guy who spent up to $2,500 (N800,000) on his new rented apartment, he had enough money in his savings to take care of feeding and other necessary stuff for the few months. But as an entrepreneur, he invested the savings on a business which went against him!

    Dude is broke, and the next thing for him is to relocate to a small apartment which will cost N40,000 per year ($100/yr) instead of his previous N90,000 per year ($220/yr).

    So, don’t be afraid to reduce your rent, change the location, and start looking for the bigger picture (stabilizing your business and getting your own house).

    Tip #6. Cook in Your House, Stop Eating Outside!

    Yes, you read right. And you’re asking if it’s possible? Of course, it is possible. We don’t tend to keep records of how much we spend on food and restaurants. I don’t do that.

    And so we go ahead without knowing because we think the amount we spend per meal or snack is little. No, it’s not. When summed up, we could see how much we’ve spent and how big the amount is.

    I was a regular fan of a restaurant close to my house. I spent up to N1500 on every meal. To me, I thought that’s cool and not too much to satisfy my belly. But at the end of the first 30 days, I realized that N45,000 has left my pocket on just a 1-square meal per day. And that doesn’t include the transport fare to buy the food, the tips, and money spent on food for another 2-square meal.

    Averagely, I spent up to N60,000 in that month on food. 

    Again, you may think it’s very small when you’re spending it, but when you calculate the total money spent at the end of the month, you’ll see how much you’ve spent.

    So, I decided to start buying foodstuffs and cooking at home (I have kitchen utensils already). I spent an average of N15,000 per month on foodstuff, and like N200 per day on other things I need to buy, that is N6,000.

    It means I spend N21,000 on food I prepare myself instead of the previous N60,000 on outside food (saving N39,000)!

    So please… stop eating out. Start cooking at home and see how much of an impact it makes. Yes, it might be difficult but you need to stop.

    Tip #7. Reduce Your Grocery Bill

    Staying with our previous tip, I asked you to cook at home. But wait! What if you’ve been spending more than you should on groceries? If you’re guilty of this (maybe you’re not) here’s how you can reduce your grocery bill.

    You can start patronizing stores that offer discounts. Others may have deals like “By One, Get One Free”, or you could shop online using coupons. Don’t tell me you don’t love those deals…those discounts. You do, right? So go ahead and change your grocery store or supermarket.

    Buy your groceries in bulk instead of buying at a very expensive price per one or two.

    Also, notice those things you don’t really use and stop buying them or maybe, reduce the quantity. 

    Tip #8. Fancy Grooming… Are They Even Necessary?

    Sure they are! I know we all crave those fancy stuff such as good shoes, chains, clothes, coffees with milk, cream, sugar, or whatever. But there comes a time when we need to sit back and ask: Do I really need this? Especially if you’re like me who is grinding to save some money.

    Go get yourself a coffee maker and start making yours at home. If you’re not going to any occasion that demands you for new clothes, don’t buy it, if your shoe leather is getting worn-off, fix it by giving it to a professional shoemaker instead of disposing of it.

    I know it’s convenient to get out there and fix your nails, make your hair, or do some makeup. Right now you need to consider doing these things yourself.

    Are they difficult?

    Not at all. Unless you’re too busy. If you’re not, pick up your phone and head over to YouTube to start learning these things and start saving money. 

    CONCLUSION – These Tips Will Help You Manage Your Funds and Reduce Your Expenses

    There you have it: 8 Ways to Reduce your household expenses. I know we love to do all these things: we love to eat out, live in luxurious homes, have some fancy coffee daily, then come home to watch our cable TV.

    But right now, you need to implement these tips above. If you can’t do it all, no problem. But make sure you implement the ones you can.

    So over to you, which of these things will you be cutting? Let’s hear from you.

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