About National Association of Self Employed Nigerians
In our pursuit of a better Nigeria of our dream, we, the self-employed, have chosen to come together under one big umbrella – National Association of Self-Employed Nigerians, NASEN, seeing the country at this time appears to have a government with a clear direction; it is therefore our belief that any support for government towards sustainable economic development definitely will count during this era of change.
Experience they say is the best teacher; with the experiences gathered by self-employed persons and their quest for a better Nigeria where everyone will have a flourished and robust livelihood, this group of Nigerians who want to work to excel in their various professions, should be given the opportunity to improve on their standard of living.
Nigerians should have a dream, “the Nigerian dream.” This dream should be our utmost priority at this time. A Nigeria, that is for all and all Nigerians.
We believe that the need to form a unified front that will put the government under check while encouraging the leaders to make polices that are generally people-oriented is necessary.
However, the true state of Nigeria calls for support from this class of people (Self -Employed Nigerians) who are often called the common man and who make up over 70% of the working population.
An all encompassing group, National Association of Self-Employed Nigerians, (NASEN) was formed to cater for the needs and challenges faced by this teeming group of well- meaning Nigerians; the association also hopes to turn the odds to favor her members and reverse the downward trend that seeks to swallow innovations and entrepreneurial spirit which is the hallmark of meaningful development in any nation.
National Association of Self Employed Nigerians (NASEN) is an organized body for those who are self employed in Nigeria; it was registered on the 21st January 2016 with the Corporate Affairs Commission CAC to promote the Nigerian socio-economic activates aimed at building a robust economic structure that will with the passage of time, reduce poverty to zero level. In other words, NASEN is an association that fosters the economic wellbeing of her members devoid of religion, tribe or profession.
It is established as a matter of necessity, having observed with keen interest, the effect of Nigeria’s long dependence on oil as a major source of revenue.
NASEN supports projects and programmes that impacts positively on employment creation, skills development and capacity building, developing the ‘green economy,’ agriculture and agro-processing value-chain, technology diffusion and commercialization, rural development and the business environment.
National Association of Self-Employed Nigerians is seeking for the provision of risk funding which we referred to as Employment Creation Fund (ECF).
The Employment Creation Fund will be in form of BOND which will serve as a lifeline to NASEN; the fund will be used to support and promote projects and programmes that have the potential of boosting employment creation, skills development and capacity building in various sectors of the economy especially the green economy - agriculture, and agro-processing value-chain, technology diffusion, commercialization and rural development.
We have observed with keen interest the activities of self-employed people in Nigeria that make up over 70% of the population and contribute over 75% of the internally generated revenue of Nigeria. These are people who are involved in import and export, manufacturing, farming, recycling, trading, licensed agents, and service providers etc; these people have played very important roles in Nigerian’s economy but yet have not received any form of support from the government. Their interests are not protected, even when they are being taxed heavily. The worst is that government polices destabilize their businesses in most cases, the bank polices are not even favourable to them not to talk of their business. 90% of these people do not have access to credit facilities even when they have good proposals.
Indeed, the plight of these people is critical and which if not addressed will continue to plunge Nigeria into instability especially on the economic and security fronts.
Without stability in these two key developmental areas as stated above, no nation can be seen as developed.
Because most of these people often referred to as self-employed persons already belong to an association and in most cases depend on these various associations that are specialized based on their unique calling, they will certainly continue to operate in groups or in smaller associations, and this will make it difficult to address the plight of all self-employed people. NASEN is therefore tying the vast financial transactions of all its members into a seamless and transparent network solution that we refer to as Systemic Trust, and which will promote economic development through what we call Personal Income Generation (PIG), amongst the self-employed people as a whole using the Social Security Identity Card System. We intend to have the self-employed citizens contribute in the making of polices that will promote sustainable development in Nigeria; hence, the need to come together under one umbrella.
NASEN has come up with a forensic system of identification that automatically makes its card holders legitimate and trusted; legitimate in the sense that appropriate background personality checks have been carried out on all NASEN social Security Identification Card holders with their status having been fully verified and confirmed to cover the risk NASEN may undertake on behalf of such individuals.
The vision of the organization is to promote what we at NASEN call PIG (Personal Income Growth) amongst self-employed Nigerians especially those who want to work irrespective of tribe, religion, group, business or profession for the purpose of achieving sustainable economic development, eradicating poverty by encouraging and empowering self-employed people. NASEN will also mentor them and inculcating in them the culture of paying tax and supporting people-oriented policies.
Our mission is to bring all those who fall into this class together for a common goal, irrespective of their area of specialization, location and status to bridge the gap and limitations presently faced by all self-employed Nigerians in accessing finance.
Aims and Objectives
NASEN’s main objective is to reduce the rate of poverty to zero level by championing socio-economic sustainability of every individual who belongs to this class and directly chart a success course for them with the support of some other institutions and corporate bodies across the globe. Also NASEN will;
- Encourage people to be self employed, as it is expected to improve on the country’s internally generated revenue (IGR) and Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
- Reduce recurrent expenditure by encouraging people to be self-employed and creating jobs through self employed initiatives.
- Build business trust amongst Nigerians which is expected to make communication/transaction more transparent.
- Support security agencies in their bid to reduce crime to a very minimal level using NASEN social security identification system.
- Put a check on civil servants and leaders even as it is expected of them to put a check on the activities of individuals who are self-employed; this is aimed at promoting discipline in various government institutions and the society at large.
NASEN has worked out a strategy in which self-employed people in Nigeria will have to access funds for their business and make positive contributions to the socio-economic development of the country.
As tax payers, the association will make sure that some of the social services, loans and grants such as Health Insurance Scheme (HIS), housing and pension etc are made available to its members. This we will also support and encourage the government towards making polices that will affect and promote public interest.
In order to build trust in transactions of any kind, especially with regard to credit facilities such as bank loan, purchase on credit, visa application and other forms of agreement, NASEN will stand in the gap to ensure hitch-free transactions.
These and many more which are within the permissible activities of law-abiding citizens of Nigeria will be pursued and implemented vigorously.
NASEN encourages everyone that is eighteen (18) years and above who is self-employed or owns a business with the exception of students and those who receive salary from government, to be a member of this association.
All intending members will have to pick up a form, fill and submit same to any NASEN office close to his or her location and must also visit a NASEN office near him/her for biometric capturing before the completion of the registration.
An identity card with a social security alphanumeric number will be issued to the person after screening and approval.
All members of NASEN with a social security identity will have the privilege and opportunity to access any form of credit facility from financial institutions etc for investment without collateral or any form of hitch once endorsed by NASEN.