Jonathan Launches Youth Entrepreneurship Strategy

jonathanThe Goodluck Jonathan administration says it has created more jobs more than any other administration within its short term, as over seven million young Nigerians have been empowered, supported or educated using the YouWin, SURE-P and Agropreneur programmes.

This revelation was made at the conference hall of the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

It was the unveiling of the Youth Entrepreneurship Strategy, designed to aggregate all the programmes in a single window portal for the use of the beneficiaries.

President Goodluck Jonathan, at the launch, said that with the new strategy, his administration would be providing jobs to the tune of 2 million per annum.

He called on Nigerian youths to key in to the entrepreneurship strategy which he said had been designed to turn Nigeria into a different country in the next ten years going by the process.

Taking a break from campaign tours across the country to attend to the needs of Nigerian youths, the President beat his chest that jobs are being provided already and he would like to do more.

Some of the past beneficiaries of the YouWin, SURE-P, Agropreneurs and the graduate internship programmes, who are already employers of labour, also validated the President’s claims as they shared their testimonies.

The CEO of Anabel Group, Nicholas Okoye, who has been part of waging the war against unemployment, reeled out startling statistics of what the Jonathan administration job creation programme had achieved so far.

He also created the portal that would enable more Nigerian youths  benefit from the various programmes.

It is believed that the new portal would eliminate the complains associated with all the job creation programmes.

He enjoined Nigerian youths to join the single window to access all Federal Government empowerment and entrepreneurship programmes.

YOU WIN Creates 26,000 Jobs In Three Years – Jonathan

Nigerian president, Goodluck Jonathan, on Monday announced that the Youth Enterprise With Innovation programme has created over 26,000 direct jobs.

Addressing a gathering of young entrepreneurs and government officials at the ceremony marking the initiative’s third anniversary, which held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the President reiterated that YOU WIN was founded to tackle the growing unemployment rate.

Nigeria had a high percentage of unemployed youth of about 35 per cent at the beginning of his administration.

“The YOU WIN programme is unique in the sense that it depends on the Nigerian youth to create jobs for the Nigerian youths,” he explained.

He reminded the gathering of his promise to make available a minimum of 80,000 jobs through the programme and announced that over 26,000 direct jobs have been created across 6 geo-political zones.

Speaking at the event, the Minister of Finance, Okonjo Iweala, said the government initiative allowed Nigerian youths to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. The YOU WIN programme was created to “empower our youth to start or expand existing businesses and to create jobs, not only for themselves but for their peers.”

The programme is implemented as an annual business plan competition in which winners win grants up to the sum of 10 million Naira (about 64,000 dollars).

The first cycle of the initiative received less than 24,000 applications while about 65,000 applications were received in the second run.

Okonjo-Iweala said that the success recorded was indicative of the trust youths now have in the country via the YOU WIN programme. ‘They believe in YOU WIN,” she added.

President Jonathan inspected an exhibition of businesses which winners of the Youth Enterprise With Innovation Nigeria, YOU WIN, programme have established.

At an exhibition, beneficiaries of the first batch of YOU WIN showed the President what they had achieved with the grants they got from the government.