The Federal Government, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and other private sector partners are set to launch a 20,000 yearly graduate job fellowship to be called the Nigeria Jubilee Fellows Programme (NJFP).
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on Wednesday, said the 12-month job fellowship programme would be flagged off by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The VP urged business leaders, captains of industry, development partners and the diplomatic community to support the program aimed at equipping youths with skills and experience.
The initiative provides internship opportunities for young Nigerians who have recently concluded the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme.
The fully-paid internships will last for 12 months and will be in reputable private and public sector organizations across the country.
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Osinbajo described the NJFP as a bold addition to an existing suite of large-scale, big-impact programmes that will rewrite the narrative regarding jobs, skills and employment in Nigeria.
He stressed that the government was prepared to make the needed difference, and prove to young people that it was capable of guaranteeing a better future.
United Nations Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, said the launch and implementation of the scheme would redefine the future of Nigeria.
“Having a population of 41 million young people constituting 30 percent of the youth population in Africa, empowering young Nigerians will be key in the actualisation of a better future for Africa”, he said.
Kallon added that the fellows programme will champion homegrown talent and connect young Nigerians with local opportunities, while equipping them with world-class practical knowledge.
“Graduates will be able to better understand the needs, challenges and realities that industries broadly face, and learn how best to contribute to address them”, he said.
The European Union representative, Ketil Karlsen, pledged the support of the organization for the programme and affirmed EU’s confidence in the Nigerian youth.
Private sector partners of the programme include, BUA, Dangote, VISA Nigeria, Outsource Global, GE Gas and Power, Lafarge Africa, SecureID, Microsoft, among others.
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