A programme designed to create new opportunities for 20,000 fresh graduates annually has been unveiled by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Programme titled, “Nigeria Jubilee fellows”, according to the President, is aimed at providing a pathway for young Nigerians to get the necessary skill set as well as gaining work experience in top tier organisations.
It was gathered that the new programme was unveiled during a ceremony at the State House, in Abuja.
Speaking at the ceremony, President Muhammadu Buhari 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.”
“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 communications 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 right skills and experiences across these sectors are important to sustain the economic growth we are experiencing.’’
While encouraging eligible Nigerians to apply for the programme, the President urged the private sectors to tap into the imitative by providing work placement opportunities, mentors and funding.
He further thanked the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the European Union (EU) for their support on the vital initiative.