It’s no longer news that youth empowerment is critical and essential to the sustenance, growth, and development of any nation, simply because the youth constitute part of the working citizens with the strength and energy to contribute to the development of the nation.
In line with the feasibility studies carried out by various developmental experts, its generally accepted that to have functional and sustainable development in Nigeria there is a need for the youth to be empowered with viable skills.
The recent introduction of N-Power by the Federal Government under the auspices of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian and Disaster provides the avenue for the masses to see that development of Youths in skills and empowerment is a continuous project that needs all stakeholders’ contributions to have a lesser crime-free society.
It’s on the above premise that the Professionals Council of the All Progressives Congress is embarking on providing training and succor for 37,000 youths on skills with soft loan and empowerment across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
In a release signed by the Support group Director General, Dr. Seyi Bamgbade, and published by the group National Publicity Secretary, Fatai Abiodun, the group stated that the 1-week training would help to enhance the capacity of graduates, unemployed, and the vulnerable in entrepreneurship and business Skills.
Dr. Bamgbade said the training has been designed and will be delivered by the skilled and experienced technical and expert team on vocational skills and supports from specialized government institutions that some class of people only need knowledge that can put food on their table.
The Director-General averred that the participants would be provided with the knowledge, skills, and correct entrepreneurship attitudes in line with the best global practices with Business Plan, Identification of Business Opportunities, Selling and Marketing Strategies, Accessing Business Finance, Customer Care, and Legal Regulatory Issues on Website Design, Online Marketing, Fashion Design and Tailoring, Leather Works, Photography, Hair Dressing, Block/Brick making, GSM Repairs, Makeup and Tilling, Dry Cleaning Business, Crop farming, Fish Farming, Poultry, Animal Husbandry GSM Repairs and Graphics Design and lots of others.
In a further submission, the National Publicity Secretary, Fatai Abiodun expressed that the proposed training would be held across the 3 senatorial districts of each state and the Seven Local Council of the Federal Capital Territory with the classification of 0-5yrs Post-Secondary School, 0-5yrs Post Diploma Certificate and 0-5yrs Post Graduate.
While urging the Nigerian youths to take advantage of the program, Abiodun said the application into the training would not be based on party, ethnic or religious affiliations that the only criterion is to be a Nigerian and nothing else and the application form would be available online and 109 senatorial districts across the Country.
The group said the portal would be available middle of August 2022 for just 2-weeks after the conclusion of strategies by the project National Coordinator, Mr. Shettima Umar, a Banking and Finance expert.