In a few hours, Nigeria will join the rest of the world to mark a brand new year 2022. There are certain events that will shape the new yearand this cut across, politics, sports, entertainment, health, education, security and business.
Nigerians will be witnessing so many political intrigues as the year progresses. Serious politicking will begin among political elite and their parties. It is a year many of the ambitious politicians will officially and publicly declare their intention to contest for office. It is the year most political parties will have their national conventions to choose new leaders and candidates for presidential, governorship and other positions.
Year 2022 will redefine the modus operandi of the country’s Independence National Electoral Commission on how it will conduct the general election in 2023 amidst security challenges. It is in 2022 that governorship elections will happen in Ekiti and Osun States to test the elecronic transfer of election results as recommended by INEC. One should not be disappointed to see less governance and more politicking in 2022.
It is another grammy year. All eyes are on the 2022 Grammy Awards just because of Nigerians nominees. There are five nominees from Nigeria and these include Wizkid, Tems, Burna Boy, Femi Kuti and his son Made for various categories. Nigerians will want to see that the coveted awards are won by these Nigerian artists. Of course it is a year that will bring out the creativity in the entertainment industry as more artists gather momentum to explore their talents.
With the Omicron variant of COVID-19, there are indications that government may come up with drastic regulations for another lockdown due to the non-compliance of the larger population with NCDC COVID-19 rules. Government will be enforcing vaccination across mostly among civil servants. It is a year the health world will need to take dratsic steps in addressing the pademic, which has been the major clog in the wheel of the world economy and human surviavl.
The battle against banditry and terrorism continues in Nigeria. The Federal Government will have to do more to curtail the Boko Haram and bandits activities, especially in the new political year. Being the eve of another general election, year 2022 will definitely spur ethnic agitators in some regions to demand justice as a way of ceding the country’s leadership to their sides. It is a year the security apparatus and agencies, eacpacially the police will have to step up their games to curtail the looming security challenges. Many Nigerians in the north did not enjoy year 2021 due to banditry and terrorism, they seek better security in 2022.
The threat by the Academic Staff Union of Universities to embark on another strike may happen in 2022 if the Federal Government fails to implement the agreement it had with the lecturers. For most period of 2021, university students were home because their lecturers were on strike . This is one event that can shape and shake the education sector in 2022.
Two great sporting events in 2022 are the FIFA World Cup in Qatar and African Cup of Nations in Cameroon. While the AFCON begins in January, World Cup falls in the second quarter of 2022. However the playoff to qualify African teams for the world cup is scheduled to take place immediately after AFCON. The five teams that will represent Africa must emerge during the playoffs. Besides, it is the year he British-Nigerian Anthony Joshua will have his rematch against Oleksandr Usyk for the heavyweight boxing unified belts that he lost to the Ukranian in 2021. The rematch will happen in the first quarter of 2022.
No doubt, the economy indicators are not showing any sign of relief, it may be worse in 2022 with the Federal Government’s plan to increase the pump price of fuel. At present the price is N162 per litre. Currently the price of cooking gas is high and this may lead to national protest by the Nigeria Labour Congress and other trade unions that will paralyse the fragile economy.