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FG will support the UNICEF GenU – Osinbajo project

By Aderogba George

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said the federal government will support the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Generation Unlimited (GenU) project to equip young people with entrepreneurial skills.

Osinbajo said this Monday in Abuja at the official launch of the project, adding that it would equip 20 million Nigerians with digital skills and other career potential.

Nigeria has one of the largest youth populations in the world, he said, and failure to invest there would have unfathomable consequences.

He said the project will help many young Nigerians realize their potential as it will bring digital training, employment, entrepreneurship and engagement to many over the next few years.

“This process is not only important for the socio-economic development of the country in the coming years, but will also provide a learning landscape for the development of future programs conducive to employment growth.

“The GenU project is a UNICEF initiative launched in September 2018 in collaboration with more than 200 partners. It was designed to connect over a billion young people with innovations and programs in 40 countries on six continents.

“This is part of the ambitious goal of reaching Nigerian youth with these opportunities, we cannot achieve the goals without strong partnerships, federal and state governments will collaborate with GenU Nigeria,” Osinbajo explained.

“We will also work with the private sector, the international community and young people themselves to make this project a reality,” he said.

Speaking earlier, UNICEF Nigeria Representative Peter Hawkins said that GenU is a multi-sectoral global partnership that aims to support more than 1.8 billion young people around the world with relevant and sustainable skills.

Hawkins said the project aimed to connect them with entrepreneurship and employment opportunities, as well as help them change the world for themselves and their communities.

According to him, Nigeria, being Africa’s largest economy, has one of the largest youth populations in the world, with a youth unemployment rate of around 37%.

He said it was for this reason that GenU was embarking on a mission to reach 20 million young people in 10 years with quality education, vocational training, employment opportunities and entrepreneurship.

Hawkins said the project would also target girls and adolescents from underserved communities, including those living with disabilities.

“In 2020, GenU Nigeria conducted a national investment program to help all stakeholders understand the opportunities missing in the continuum of how young people are equipped and empowered to become productive and engaged citizens.

“With this in mind, GenU Nigeria has identified three main interventions it will focus on: Digital connectivity, also referred to as ‘NaijaConnect’, with a focus on GIGA (connecting every school and every learner to the internet,” he said. he declares.

Hawkins said project implementation would be tailored to state priorities, as five million young people would be trained in entrepreneurship, one million in data and analytics, and five million in agribusiness. .

He said two million more young people would be trained in procurement and logistics, five million in job matching, while two million would be trained in communication and transportation.

Also speaking, Ms Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu, Executive Director of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, said that GenU Nigeria was all about connectivity aimed at bringing together government, private sector and international development partners.

Ugochukwu said the project also aims to bring young people together to create a Nigeria where they are engaged as productive members of society leveraging digital technology.

“The aim is to ensure that young Nigerians have access to training and skills development that will make them employable and also connect them to jobs.

“Nigeria has 65 million young people; UNICEF, working with partners, has put in place an incisive digital protocol and landscape to ensure that GenU Nigeria reaches 20 million Nigerian youth with vocational training by 2030. (NAN)

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