An employment scheme for Nigerian youths, this time involving the collaboration of the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) is on the way.
Aimed at urgently supporting expanded education, training and employment opportunities for young people, aged 10 year to 24 years, it would be inaugurated by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on July 26.
The employment scheme, is a global multi-sector partnership that was initially launched in September 2018, in collaboration with over 200 partners.
More than 100 million young people globally through innovations and programmes in more than 40 countries across six continents, have thus far benefit ted from the scheme.
Known as GenU Nigeria, the inauguration of the scheme will draw participants from Govs. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, Abdullahi Ganduje, Kano State, Godwin Obaseki of Edo as well as Edward Kallon, UN Resident Coordinator.
GenU Nigeria has a wide range of development partners including the African Development Bank, GIZ, ILO, UNDP, USAID and Private Sector Organisations.
Some of the private sector organisations are: Airtel, Jobberman, Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), Microsoft, University of Cambridge, Boston Consulting Group and UBA Foundation.
In Nigeria, the target is to reach two million young people aged 10 years to 24 years by 2023 and 20 million by 2030 with education, skills training, employment, entrepreneurship and empowerment.
The Eagle understands that GenU Nigeria will be implemented in 12 states distributed across the six geo-political zones in the country, including in the Northwest – Kano State and Kaduna State; South West Lagos and Ogun; North East –Borno and Bauchi States; South East — Ebonyi and Enugu States; North Central — Niger and Benue; South-South — Rivers and Cross River.
Further, the GenU Nigeria’s pilot implementation would be in Lagos and Kano States directly implemented at the state government levels, through the governors’ offices in the states.
Other African countries currently participating in the GenU partnership, a NAN report indicates, include Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa and Niger Republic.