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150,000 youths to benefit from Akeredolu’s innovation programme

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Ondo State governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN, is targeting a skills development and empowerment for 150,000 unemployed young people in Ondo state.

The Governor made the revelation at the opening of a 2- day training programme for 200 unemployed youths in Akure, organized by the newly established Ondo State Office of Innovation and Partnerships in collaboration with German Development Corporation GIZ.

Akeredolu, who spoke through his Senior Special Assistant of Innovation and Partnerships, Joel Ogunsola, said the plan will be implemented over an 18-month period and will include employability engagements, matching of the unemployed with Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) for paid internships as well as other full-time job opportunities.

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“Our newly established Office of Innovation and Partnerships office is directly responsible for empowering young people, we are working to engage up to 150,000 people within 18 months. The objective is basically to take them through different career advisory options, help them understand what the opportunities are within the Nigerian ecosystem, and specifically train them on basic digital and technological skills.

“But beyond training, the partnership is to particularly fix them with jobs. We have gotten commitments from some agencies of government and SME’s that had already keyed into the project. We are indeed grateful to GIZ for the committment to pay the cost of the internships,” Akeredolu Said.

He revealed that the Innovation Office will promote entrepreneurship, enterprise development and economic growth through innovation, urging youth to follow up on other partnerships programmes of the office for more opportunities.

Addressing the participants, the National Coordinator for the Nigerian-German Centre for Jobs, Migration and Reintegration, Mrs Elizabeth Olayinka-Adekunle said the partnership is to empower Nigerians with skills that can make them self-reliant, by introducing them to Entrepreneurial thinking, emerging opportunities within the Nigerian Economic Space, Job placement trainings to mention a few.

Speaking at the event, the Regent of Ibulesoro, in Ifedore Local Government Area of the State, Princess Moyinoluwa Falowo, commended the state government for the initiative which she emphasized will expose the participants to basic requirements to get and create jobs as well as reduce the penchant for illegal immigration among young people.