For Nigerian Youths, Here is UNIDO ICT Training Funding
Nigerian youths willing to explore the area of information communication technology development can now smile as the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) has pledged support for them on
Confirming this, UNIDO’s representative to ECONOMIC Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Jean Bakole, on a visit to the Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, said UNIDO is ready to help young people, especially, young ladies committed in pursuing ICT programmme.
This will be done by raising the needed capital for the take off of the programmme.
“UNIDO is designing a special programme for Nigeria, which will kick-off before June 2017 , meant to run through out the year.
“We(UNIDO), will be focusing mainly on how to give practical supports for the youth as the future of the country
“A lot of young women and men are to draw from this to enable them kickstart small businesses.
” We are concerned about how we can give them capacities to run their businesses. “We have to put in place, a number of incentives including the financing strategies that can help them to move ahead”, he said.
Bakole told the Minister that UNIDO would be expanding its cooperation with Nigeria towards translating the country’s policy on industrialization. Meanwhile, he said that UNIDO would be completing on-going projects in the energy sector, capacity building and in the area of environmental protection.
He added that since a lot of the youths have shown interest in ICT, the organisation would be integrating same in its programmes for the country. According to Bakole, some incentives have also been designed to assist women involved in small-scale businesses.
He however pointed out that for Nigeria to play key role as a leading economy in Africa, there must be a strong policy and massive investment to drive the economy through industrialization.
He urged Nigerian government to a stronger commitment in supporting industrialization of the country by extending more support to the youths.
The minister in response no country in the world has been able to develop without going through strong industrialization in collaboration with the youths.
By Kingsley Eke