NYSC Job Scheme, President Muhammadu Buhari has unveiled “Nigeria Jubilee Fellows”, a programme designed to make new opportunities for 20,000 fresh graduates annually.
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Speaking during the ceremony at the State House, Abuja, Buhari assured that it would provide an opportunity for mentors who were already engaged in various industries, gained relevant experience and built capacity over the years to supply mentorship and support for young Nigerians.
The President said: “Beyond the skills and work experience, we will be building a new culture of mentorship and guidance that can chart a new course for skills development and work experience in our country.
“We believe that as this programme creates new opportunities for 20,000 recent graduates annually, the beneficiaries will use the opportunities presented to them and maximize their 12 months of engagement.”
According to him, “The jubilee programme will provide a pathway for young Nigerians to gain work experience in top tier organisations, gaining relevant skills and building the right networks for the future in various sectors including information and technology , financial services, trade, manufacturing, agriculture and agro-processing.
“Other sectors include mining, telecommunications, creative industries and technology, education, health, research and development, and public sector institutions. We believe that building the proper skills and experiences across these sectors are important to sustain the economic process we are experiencing.’’
He said the programme will repose on other efforts of the govt to support young Nigerians like the N75 billion youth fund within the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, which was created to support young Nigerians in business or with business ideas, with N25 billion released annually for 3 years.
The President, who encouraged all eligible Nigerians to use for the jubilee programme, also urged private sector organizations to hitch by providing work placement opportunities, mentors and funding.
“I would like to say thank you to the United Nations Development Programme and the European Union for their support on this vital initiative. And I hereby declare the program open,’’ he said.
Buhari also said the main target on job creation, consistency in policy and innovation stimulated a 5 per cent growth of the economy within the second quarter, 2021, which is that the highest in six years, assuring that Jubilee Fellows Programme will further consolidate on the success recorded.
He listed a number of the key drivers of economic process and diversification within the second quarter to incorporate telecommunications, transportation, electricity, agriculture and manufacturing.
“Tuesday, 22nd June, 2021, I set-up the National Poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy (NPRGS) committee to coordinate our work to fulfil my promise to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in ten years. This is building on the positive results from the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan and therefore the targeted response to the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic with the Economic Sustainability Plan.