Nigeria: Too Many Nigerian Youths And Children Are Left Behind Despite Progress-UNICEF

By AAYP

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United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Nigeria has lamented that despite gains in the situation facing Nigerian children and young people, many are left behind especially when it comes to education.

UNICEF Country representative in Nigeria, Peter Hawkins stated this Monday in Abuja during the maiden edition of Naija Youth Talk, organized by the organization to mark the 2019 International Literacy Day.

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Speaking on the themed, ‘Nigeria We Want,’ Hawkins who was represented by UNICEF Chief of Basic Education, Dr Euphrates Efosie said

Nigeria’s youth bulge is one of the largest in the world, saying that out of a popultion of 200 million, more than 64 million persons are in the 15 to 35-year age bracket normally categorized as young persons.

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According to her, “It is easy to see this as a challenge to national development and it can be, if not properly managed and harnessed. Young people today live in a world of unlimited potentials. However, despite gains in the situation facing Nigerian children and young people in recent years, much remains to be done. Too many Nigerian children and young people are being left behind, especially when it comes to education. Nigeria has the world’s highest number of out of school children. More than 10.5 million Nigerian children are not in school.”

She stressed that UNICEF and partners want to build on the momentum of young people as they commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child this year and keep youth voices at the centre of the debate.

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“Today’s conversation tagged, the Naija Youth Talk, focusing on the The Nigeria We Want’, will allow young people to reflect on and celebrate the progress made by the youth to create the Nigeria we all want, as well as to build momentum and support for further action. This event is part of UNICEF’s global Youth Talks where young people come together to discuss and proffer solutions to crucial issues facing them and their peers.

“Environment that favors empowerment, entrepreneurship, employment and employability for young persons is what we need today. The Nigeria we want is a clarion call by young Nigerians who want to see a different Nigeria going forward.

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“In the education sector, which is the focus of today’s brainstorming, our young people want an education system with good learning outcomes, where a child with nine years of basic education could read and write. And have excellent numeracy skills. Young people want an education that is functional, equipping them with skills to compete in the highly technical global market place,” she added.

The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, called on Nigerian Youth to be patriotic and love their country against all odds.

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Adesina said if we have a kind of country that we all want, no one will go outside Nigeria to become Second or third class citizens elsewhere. “I would like to stress that for us to get that form of country we must love our country but the question is do we love this country? A large number of Nigerians are happy when things does not work. Youths must begin to love this country, Nigeria even when the country is un-loveable. We want to get to a point where we can say; Nigeria with all thy faults, I love you still.

On the issue of Xenophobia, he cautioned Nigerian youths to desist from circulating fake visuals of xenophobic attacks, saying that most of the videos in circulation happened some years back.

Nigerian youths are key to securing the country, says Sanwo-Olu

By T.guardian.ng (By Gbenga Salau)

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said Nigeria will be highly insecure if she fails to secure the today and tomorrow of its youth.

Speaking yesterday at the third BRF-Gabest programme, with the theme, Generational gap: Youth inclusion and the leadership question in Nigeria, meant to celebrate the birthday of Babatunde Raji Fashola, Sanwo-Olu said it is why Nigeria needs to invest in education and create an enabling environment for the youth to thrive and advised the youth to fight for what they believe in. He noted that leadership is not by age but by knowledge, insight and responsibility. He added that with the election of youths as speakers in some states, though progress is being made, there is still a lot more to be done.

Sanwo-Olu, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Social Development, Dr Balogun, praised Fashola for being a visionary and versatile leader.

On his part, Fashola said young Nigerians must continue to have a positive mindset about the country. He also said there is a need to pay attention to organised crime as a critical element of insecurity the country is facing.

During one of the panel discussions, Banky W, who contested during the last general election, said young people need to loose the sense of entitlement they own, as no one owes them anything.

Drug Abuse And Nigerian Youths -By Jerome- Mario Utomi

By Opinion Nigeria

I remember with nostalgia how participants at a focused group discussion held recently in Lagos, bemoaned infestation of our nation by social problems perpetrated consciously and unconsciously by her own people. Warning that under this condition, it may be thought audacious to talk of creating a better society while we are still battling with the problems of battered economy arising from corruption, social vices and decay of institutions.

Among these social challenges, it was clearly stated that the consumption of drugs in amounts and methods not authorized by medical professionals has become but a silent reality that Nigerians should worry about. Noting that though the act cuts across all strata, powerful statistics make it abundantly clear that the youths-majorly males with a sprinkle of females remain undefeated in this act. The gathering had as a theme; The Alarming Increase in Drug Abuse: What Did We Do Wrong? , organized by the Justice and Peace Development Centre (JDPC), Ketu, Lagos.

Indeed, the worries by the participants without fail has become a living reality validated by a reported sex romp by four students (three boys and a girl) at the sunshine Lodge, Ihiagwa, one of the satellite communities close to the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO), Imo state that left three out of the four students dead while the boys were taking turns to have sex with the girl after allegedly taking a mixture of tramadol, codeine and vodka.

Certainly, a striking human tragedy deepened by the awareness that it was avoidable particularly when one remembers that this incident occurred neither by accident nor as the first half of a reoccurring circle but rather the beginning of something new.

To explain; for decades, we have been warned with mountains of evidence that this was coming, yet, our leaders who are never ready to serve or save the citizens ignored the warnings describing it as a prank.

Now we have learnt a very useful lesson that we can no longer ignore.

The tragedy in a private hostel has additionally brought to the core governments wicKed underfunding challenge of, and incompetence in providing basic facilities such as hostel accommodation to the educational sector- a malady that runs deep through successive administrations.

If adequate hostel accommodation were provided within the school premises by the government, chances are that monitoring of these youths would have been enhanced.

But more important than all of these lessons is the urgent need to remap strategies to curb reassurance because if the results of the FUTO sex scandal looKs ugly and frightening, what is to come from what medical experts are saying may be worse if serious positive actions are not taken.

Going by these reports, there are but three main forms of drug abuse. They include the use of; mood-altering or psycho-active drugs, performance-enhancing drug and dependency drugs.

While mood-altering or psychoactive drugs such as Codeine, tramadol affect people’s reasoning ability and give the abuser wrong sense of wellbeing, performance-enhancing drugs such as cocaine, heroin drug give extra stamina or energy to the abuser. Dependency drugs on its part typify drugs people abuse in the course of trying to overcome some health issue or challenges or taken to maintain a particular lifestyle.

So what does this mean to our nation where every day ‘exciting progress” is made in the consumption of these substances without recourse to prescription. This stunning awareness in my views has made getting to the cause of this social challenge more compelling.

Certainly, it will by no means be an exaggeration to state that apart from negative peer influence, unemployment and a continuous avenue to escape problems and worries are the major reason why Nigeran youths take to the drug.

This, however, may not be the only explanation fueling this social evil.

Specifically, the deliberate desire by these youths to hide their weaknesses, failure on the part of the family to train the youths on the way they should go, broken home influence, and pressure to succeed at all cost also promote this social menace.

Regrettably, a common fact that abusers fail to remember is that aside from the wide belief that throughout history more people have silently been destroyed by substance abuse than any other cause, drug abuse according to psychologists, has never helped any individual involved.

As an illustration, it is factually supported that drug consumption in amounts or methods not authorized by medical professionals have in the past led to mental disorder, disrupted the abuser’s education and future, poor attitude to work, health problems such as lung disease, heart disease and deaths among others.

From this standpoint, it is a clear socioeconomic problem that we collectively as a nation will have to determine how to solve- as the future strength of our nation depends on these young people.

Catalyzing this process will among other solutions require the government and its agencies to come up with effective reforms and teamwork that will tackle the challenge from its roots.

I hold an opinion that what the government is doing in this direction is but a palliative which only relieves temporal distress, but leaves the disease and its ravages unaffected.

To succeed in this job, an effort expected from the government must have skill development and job creation for the youths at its centre. This approach to the problem is not without successful precedents. Addressing the perennial education sector funding and the infrastructural challenge will also be a right step taken in the right direction by the government.

Re-orientation on our cultural values by faith-based organizations and the civil society groups will assist the youths to drop illicit consumption of drugs and unwholesome behaviours that endanger their lives and threatens the society.

Parents and guardians must strive to influence which people capture their children imaginations and always be aware of who their friends are and what places they frequent. And always put the youths in the presence of people of great accomplishment whom they want them to emulate.

These in the words of Ben Carson are things that used to be done quite routinely by caring guardians but now many young people derive their identity from their peer groups and their social network which can be extensive.

Youths on their part must recognize that ‘the future is full of promises as it is fraught with uncertainty. And should, therefore, develop the capacity to seek activities laced with highest values

Source Opinion Nigeria

Nigeria: United will bounce back, says Maikaba

Plateau United Manager Abdul Maikaba has assured fans of the Nigeria Professional Football league side that the team will return to winning ways in the coming fixtures.

Maikaba stated this in a chat with http://www.brila.net that it is not too late for his side to come back to a Champions League spot on the NPFL table.

“If you look at it mathematically, we are just ten points adrift the top of the league, if we can have a good run of 6 to 8 matches unbeaten we can overcome this psychological trauma that the team is passing right now. Maikaba said.

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Nigeria: Willy Udube happy with Go Round NPFL season

By Kolade Oni

The Omoku-based side handler has explained some of the challenges his team is facing in their second season in the top-flight

Go Round head coach, Willy Udube has expressed his delight at the club’s form in the 2019 Nigeria Professional Football League despite the challenges that come with playing against other top-flight teams.

Despite only missing out on a place in the relegation zone last season by the whiskers, the Omoku-based side have been turning heads in their second season in the elite division and Udube is thrilled that his inexperienced side is coping in the elite division.

He noted that it has not been easy for him and the rest of the technical crew to ensure that the club remains very competitive amidst experienced clubs in the top-flight who have the financial power to spend big in the transfer market.

“The games are tough, but this is the case because we have a young and inexperienced team,” Udube told the club media.

“I have said it before and I will continue to say it that I have a very average team. Go Round FC is a modest club that does not have the financial power to bring in experienced players to the team.

“All this time, we have been trying to see how we can blend the players we have. It is not easy for us. It is a very big job for us, but I strongly believe that with the little we are putting in, this team will pick up before the middle of the FA Cup.”

Go Round are presently in the sixth spot in the NPFL Group B with 21 points from 14 matches and they will up against FC IfeanyiUbah this weekend in another top-flight action in Nnewi.

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Nigeria: Lobi Keep Up With MFM With Sunshine Stars in NPFL

By Ridwan Yusuf

Sikiru Alimi‘s 42nd-minute goal is all Lobi Stars require to collect maximum points and rise from No 8 to fourth in Group A of the Nigeria Professional League (NPFL) 2019. For Sunshine Stars, they drop one place to No 10, allowing Bendel Insurance to gain one spot after the MatchDay 14 tie.

Concise News reports that with two matches outstanding (both away – to Sunshine Stars and Rangers), Lobi Stars are now only three points behind leaders MFM.

At the Aper Aku Stadium in Makurdi on Monday, the two-time Nigeria champions took the game to their visitors from the blast of the whistle with Alimi Sikiru and Samad Kadiri combining well and posing a constant threat to the away side’s defence. However, Sunshine’s Ayo Ojo prevented his team from going down to an early goal pulling some impressive saves.

The defence line of the Akure-based club would be breached in the 42nd minute when tormentor-in-chief, Alimi scored from an assist by Samad.At the start of the second half, Sunshine Stars improved their game, creating some chances, but Lobi shot-stopper, John Lawrence was at his best to help his team clinch all three points.

Following the victory, Lobi Stars have moved to the fourth position with 20 points from 12 games on the Group A log, while Sunshine Stars dropped further into the relegation zone, occupying 10th position with 16 points from 13 games.

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Curbing sports bet menace on Nigerian youths

Jerome-Mario Utomi

Talking about young people, the human development experts have described the stage as a moment of the storm, a stage in the developmental growth where young adults would want to explore and express self, as well as want to know more about the world.

This uncensored urge naturally comes with an inherent challenge which adversely affects the youth’s education and promotes social vices such as; premarital sexual escapades, instant gratification, the proliferation of fake news and erosion of societal values.

But looking at recent commentaries, it’s no more an overstatement that our effort to create a more humane nation has recently witnessed a setback with the advent of sports bet on our shores.

This should however not be construed as a prediction of doom.

To explain; sports betting as a form of lottery or game of chance is neither restricted to a particular age nor sex but fueled by the grinding poverty and starvation with which our country is currently afflicted.

In this context, there is nothing essentially wrong with sports betting if well regulated, but looking at the number of minds so far corrupted, and ‘destinies’ destroyed by this game, it becomes unfortunately true that like a turbulent ocean beating great cliffs into fragments of rocks, so has sport betting submerged our country sides- bringing social, moral cultural and economic devastation upon our youths with their future now hanging on the balance.

Given this preceding awareness, nothing becomes more self-contradictory than the realization that its operation is backed by an enabling Act. Interestingly as it appears, the Act among other things provide for the establishment of the National Lottery Regulatory Commission charged with responsibility for the regulation of the business of national lottery in Nigeria as well as the establishment of a National Lottery Trust Fund.

Similarly, while some pro-sports bet advocates have argued that it cannot be called a gamble as it has a regulatory agency; others at different times and places expressed similar sentiment saying that; since the winnings of sports bet are usually predicted on outcome of legitimate games of soccer, addressing sports bet as a gamble cannot square up with logic as no good means can give birth to a bad end..

Arguably a well-chiselled position particularly when one remembers that sports betting provides a means of livelihood for the teaming operators. But before celebrating the vision and wisdom behind the above, it becomes more important that Nigerians first look at the crowd of young adults that daily fraternizes with sports betting centres, review some ‘exiting progress’ recorded in this direction, and instincts coming from the larger society.

Going by reports, the cold truth is that beyond this advantage, its negative psychological effects such as; loss of fortune, loss of businesses, depression, death through suicide, assassination or heart attack, loss of sleep (insomnia) insanity, marital problems between the gambler and the young spouse as the gambler is always temperamental and agitated- on our youths, out ways the usefulness.

But, even more, some well-meaning Nigerians had recently begun to question its usefulness to National development in the face of sterling beliefs that sports betting acts as a gateway to, and possesses the capacity for luring addicted players into criminal acts such as internet crimes (yahoo-yahoo in the local palace) and armed robbery.

The questions that now confront us as a nation are; how did parents suddenly lose control over their children to yield obedience to the power of sports betting? How many of the youths in Nigeria would overcome the temptation currently posed by sport bet? Who will stop those that cannot apply the virtue of moderation? Shall we entrust the future of our youths to the present regulators? Or must we as a nation allow the useful and the useless like good and evil go on together allowing our nation to reap whatever fruit that comes in the nearest future?

For one thing, if an attempt is made to provide answers to these questions, it will definitely establish a link between the proliferation of sports betting centres and the high unemployment challenge in the country.

My reason is not far-fetched.

The unruly behaviours of some youths notwithstanding, the lack of political will on the part of the government to tackle unemployment challenge in the country from its roots, or see the urgent necessity to cease politics and turn outwards to look for constructive and creative channels to fight the enemy called unemployment in the country contributes to the ever-increasing number of youths that throng different sports betting centres in all the major cities of the federation.

But this may not be the whole explanation.

Nigerians have learned through painful experience that greed, peer pressure, and laziness among some of these youths have conjoined to give a boost to this newly adopted culture by our youths.

In my views, this is a clear socioeconomic problem that we collectively as a nation will have to determine how to solve- as the future strength of our nation depends on these young people.

To get started, apart from coming up with more efficient regulatory framework, government at all levels-federal state and local government areas must take politics out of our education and concentrate on empowering the youths through creation of jobs that will keep these youths gainfully engaged as well as prepare the youths for jobs of the future-the leadership of our nation. In addition to the above, skills acquisition to these youths and financial empowerment to those trained and actively regulating the business activities of this lottery outfits will be another step taken in the right direction by the government.

On their part, faith-based organizations and the civil society groups as change-agents should develop the people’s capacity to welcome new ideas, reject unwholesome behaviours that can endanger individual lives and that of the entire society.

Finally, let every youth in the words of Mahatma Gandhi develop a habit of accounting for everything that comes into, and goes out of his/her pocket and be sure he is the gainer at the end.

Utomi writes from Lagos via (jeromeutomi@yahoo.com)

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Nigeria: Dalung warns youths as athletes chase N10m in Anti-Corruption Marathon

By Emmanuel Afonne

Minister of Youth and Sports Development Solomon Dalung has urged Nigerian youths to channel their energy to sports rather than engaging in vices that will be hazardous to their health and society.

Dalung gave the advice in Abuja on Tuesday at the opening of registration for the 2019 National Anti-Corruption Marathon scheduled to hold in Abuja on Dec. 9.

The minister who was represented by Mr Bamiduro Olumide, an Assistant Director in the ministry noted that the youth can make a living in sports.

“I will like to commend you because the competition has something that this government is interested in.

“We are glad that we are going to be part of it and I believe that this event will stand the test of time.”

Coordinator of the event Mr Jacob Onu said about N10million would be carted away by athletes at the event which would coincide with the United Nations (UN) Anti-corruption Day.

Onu noted that winners of the male and female categories would pocket N1 million each, while first and second runners up would go home with N750,000 each and N500,000 each respectively.

He said arrangements had been made to use the platform, which is expected to attract about N50,000 athletes, to create awareness on government’s anti-corruption fight.

“It is aimed at eulogising the anti-corruption crusade of the Federal Government through the relevant anti-corruption agencies to mark the UN Anti-corruption Day which holds on Dec. 9 every year.

“The overall intention of the marathon is to create awareness on the danger of corruption to our existence as a people and society at large.

“The general public is free to participate and it’s taking place on Dec. 9 and coinciding with the UN day for anti-corruption.

“The registration is free and open to all citizens of Nigeria. The registration is also for those that did not register online in the previous edition.

“But those that registered online during the maiden edition in 2018 will be contacted and informed when to come for accreditation before the race in December,” Onu said.

According to Onu, the organiser is working in collaboration with the anti-corruption agencies like EFCC, ICPC, Code of Conduct Bureau and Kano State Anti-Corruption Commission.

Other partners are the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), National Orientation Agency (NOA) and Bureau of Public Service Reform.

The Rwandan High Commissioner to Nigeria, Amb. Stanislas Kamanzi, said his country was aligning itself to the marathon competition because of President Muhammadu Buhari’s stance on corruption.

“I want to commend the government of Nigeria for having embarked on this important venture of eradicating corruption.

“Fighting corruption involves all hands to be on deck and that is what the marathon is all about – mobilising athletes and participants to key into the campaign against corruption.

“The talk about corruption doesn’t concern only those in positions whether private or government, but rather it involves the general public.

“When you see corruption and fail to denounce it, you are an accomplice; so, perspective of the marathon is to ensure that the messages are relayed properly as per what the issues are and the need to tackle them.

“Corruption generates poverty; we commend President Buhari and his government for initiating this corruption war.

“No wonder African Presidents and Heads of Government designated him as the champion for the fight against corruption in the continent; so, he deserves the support of all,” Kamanzi said.

Source NAN

President Buhari praises Nigerian youths in Dubai

President Muhammadu Buhari has on Monday, April 8, while speaking at the Annual Investment Meeting 2019, in Dubai, praised Nigerian youths for their giant strides in the digital sector.

Speaking on the theme “Mapping the Future of Foreign Direct Investment: Enriching World Economies through Digital Globalisation,” the president said Nigeria’s brilliant youths are on daily basis developing solutions for Nigerian, and indeed global problems.

The president who enumerated the advantages of digital globalisation, however added that it also poses a great danger if left unregulated.

He specifically decried the rise of fake news and cyber crimes. He said that the world has witnessed how the cyber space was used to manipulate elections, subvert the democratic rights of citizens as well as propagate violence.

“It is with great pleasure that I address you today on this occasion of the 2019 Annual Investment Meeting here in Dubai.

“I wish to thank His Royal Highness, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the president of the United Arab Emirates, for inviting me to speak at this event.

“This is the 9th edition of such a gathering. At this point, I want to congratulate HH, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum for his vision to support such a platform where world leaders in both the public & private sectors exchange ideas on how to make this world a better place.

“This morning, my brief remarks will be on digital globalisation, which we all agree is transforming the world as we know it. Almost every day, innovations and transformative ideas are rolled out. This trend is here to stay.

“Today, we have a cyber world that is intangible but real. This borderless world is powerful, and it impacts the lives of billions of people, no matter how remote their physical locations are.

“People work in it. People socialise in it. And people invest in it. This presents enormous opportunities. But it also remains a constant threat if left unregulated.

“On the one hand, it has made the human race more productive and more efficient. Today, we have digital banking, virtual currencies and many social platforms that connect people and cultures.

“On the other hand, we have seen platforms hijacked and manipulated as evidenced by the steady rise in fake news and cybercrimes.

“More recently, we are also witnessing the use of the cyber space to manipulate elections, subvert the democratic rights of citizens as well as propagate violence.

“In effect, the digital world has become the new frontier for both good and evil. Therefore, the challenge for world leaders must be to ensure that this space is inclusive, accessible and safe.

“In Nigeria, our mobile phone entry exceeds eighty per cent. This means majority of Nigeria’s one hundred and ninety million citizens are fully connected to this new digital world; especially our youth.

“Sixty five percent or one hundred and seventeen million Nigerians are under the age of 25 years. These bright minds are the drivers of this emerging digital sector.

“Today, Nigeria has close to ninety technology hubs and every day, new ones are coming up and they are all developing solutions for Nigerian, and indeed global problems.

“Already, these young entrepreneurs have attracted investments of over one hundred million dollars. A sizeable amount from overseas including Silicon Valley.

“As many of you from this region are aware, Nigerian start-ups always have a very impressive outing at the Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX). Many have won prizes.

“As leaders, it is therefore our responsibility to create the enabling environment for these minds to flourish and reach their full potential.

“When we came in 2015, we immediately agreed that any future economic growth must be inclusive.

“As the Nigerian youth population are fully digitalised, it is clear that the idea of having an inclusive economy cannot be achieved without digital inclusion.

“We therefore leveraged and supported digital platforms in our numerous socio-economic programs: from training extension workers in agriculture, health and education sectors; to enabling micro-credits to increase financial inclusion.

“However, whilst this digital globalisation has occurred rapidly in the private sector, many governments and regulators have not kept pace.

“New waves of cybercrime and terrorism continue to threaten the positive strides being made.

“On cyber security, Nigeria has taken the lead in cyber policing in West Africa. In this, we are working with our regional and global partners.

“Furthermore, our public sector reform programs focus on digitising key operations. From procurement to payroll to revenue collections, we are using digital platforms to reinforce our objectives of improving efficiency, accountability and transparency in governance.

“We are also working on creating the largest digital database in Africa. Already, our digital identity system has captured over thirty million Nigerians and legal residents.

“As earlier observed, the digital world is borderless. In many instances, the criminals in this world are faceless and without physical addresses. This is why we must all come together to protect the good while eliminating the bad.

“Emerging threats are difficult to prevent or manage unilaterally. It has to be a collective effort, led by both public and private sector leaders – many of whom are here today. A certain level of regulation is needed to preserve the integrity of the digital economy.

“I therefore would ask all of us here present, over the coming days, to put our heads together and come up with proposals on how we create a digital world that is accessible, inclusive and safe.

“I thank you for listening and wish you very successful deliberations. Thank you very much.”

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Nigeria: Over 300 youths in Enugu awaits training on business management

Pan-Africa Youths Entrepreneur Development (PAYED), an NGO, plans to train more than 300 youths on innovative business management and customer service to build a competent business capacity in the state.

The Project Coordinator of the PAYED, Mrs Chinwe Ogborji, made this known on Sunday during the official flag-off of the four-month training in Enugu.

Ogborji said that the training would allow youths, who were between 18 and 35 years to be acquainted with modern business strategies and also to develop capacity to improve on their businesses.

She said the organisation would connect the beneficiaries to financial institutions to start up their business and help them secure access to single-digit interest loans to enable them contribute to the nation’s economy.

“PAYED provides support through Citi Foundation and funded by Technoserver for enterprising people to build competitive business and employ more people in their businesses.

“We are trying to get more youths to be financially literate, to rely more on themselves and be able to contribute their own quota to economic development of the country.

“At the end of the training, we will connect the beneficiaries to financial institutions to start up their business, get them access to the market and also partner with other internship organisations to help establish them,’’ Ogborji said.

She noted that the organisation had trained and empowered about 280 youths in its first phase of the youth empowerment programme, saying that “the programme is holding simultaneously in Abuja’’.

The Citi Foundation takes a philanthropic approach to funding and leverages on the enormous expertise of Citi and its people to fulfil missions and drive leadership and innovation as well.

The financial literacy and business training session is an example of how Citi Foundation engages its employees as volunteers to deliver training in basic accounting and other business innovations education.

In 2018, Citi Foundation assisted in funding six programmes meant to support Nigerian youths in developing leadership skills and entrepreneurial mind-sets required to launch micro-retail start-ups.

Source PMN