PHOTOS: FG, the UN, and private sector actors plan to offer 20,000 graduates a year-long employment fellowship

we are looking forward to the President formally launching the programme very shortly
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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo attends the Official Announcement of the Nigeria Jubilee Fellows Program at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja. 2nd June 2021

The Federal Government plans to begin the Nigeria Jubilee Fellows Programme, or NJFP, a 20,000-yearly graduate job fellowship in conjunction with the United Nations Development Programme and other business sector partners.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, made the announcement, saying President Muhammadu Buhari would inaugurate the 12-month job fellowship program soon.

Internship opportunities will be established under the project for young Nigerians who have just completed the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) program. The 12-month internships will be in recognized business and public sector companies around the country and will be fully paid.

On Wednesday, Prof. Osinbajo said NJFP

“is in a very good company, a new and bold addition to an existing suite of large-scale, big-impact programmes that will rewrite the narrative as it relates to jobs, skills and employment in Nigeria.”

According to the VP,
“we are resolute in our determination to make the needed difference, and rebuild the confidence of our young people in the ability of their government to rise up to the occasion and guarantee a future that is better and more prosperous than the past.”

The Vice President noted that
“our ongoing efforts include the N-Power Scheme, which recruits young graduates and places them in agricultural, health and education intervention schemes in local communities around the country. N-Power also has a non-graduate scheme focused on technical skills and IT education. The President has approved the expansion of the N-Power programme from 500,000 beneficiaries to one million this year. 

“We have also established a N75 billion Youth Fund in the Ministry of youth and sports to provide credit and support for young entrepre-neurs and professionals.”

Prof. Osinbajo also addressed the $500 million African Development Bank technology and innovation fund, which was also highlighted at the occasion by the AFDB's Ag. Senior Director Mr. Lamin Barrow.

“Also under our Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP), designed to protect existing jobs, create new ones and promote local production, our agricultural, housing and solar power programmes already employ and will employ tens of thousands of people to ensure food security, and deliver affordable homes and new power connections.”

Mr. Edward Kallon, the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations Systems in Nigeria, expressed the UN's support for the program, saying that its debut and eventual implementation would "redefine the future of Nigeria."

Resident Coordinator of the United Nations Systems in Nigeria, Mr Edward Kallon, at Official Announcement of the Nigeria Jubilee Fellows Program at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja. 2nd June 2021

According to him,

“having a population of 41 million young people constituting 30% of the youth population in Africa, empowering young Nigerians will be key in the actualisation of a better future for Africa.”
His words:
“the Jubilee Fellows Programme will champion homegrown Nigerian talent and opportunities. It will connect inspiring young Nige-rians with local opportunities that will apply their expertise, while equipping them with world class practical knowledge.

“The Nigeria Jubilee Fellows Programme will bridge the gap between graduates and industry. Through this programme, private sector enti-ties, startups and key public sector institutions will be connected di-rectly to graduates to find the best young talent that Nigeria has to of-fer. Graduates will be able to to better understand the needs, chal-lenges and realities that industries broadly face, and learn how best to contribute to address them.”

Mr Kallon praised the Vice President's leadership, saying,

“what you are supporting today will lead to a bright future for Nigeria, and will outlive your administration. If there is a viable investment development partners will make in Nigeria, this is the one that is dearest to them and in which they will surely suppor.”

Mr. Ketil Karlsen, the EU's delegate at the ceremony, offered the organization's support for the program, expressing the EU's faith in Nigerian youth.

Bua, Dangote, VISA Nigeria, Outsource Global, GE Gas and Power, Lafarge Africa, and SecureID, Microsoft is among the program's private sector partners.

According to the Vice President

 “we are looking forward to the President formally launching the programme  very shortly,” adding

He urged private sector leaders and captains of industry, development partners and the diplomatic community, to support this program aimed at equipping young Nigerians with skills and experience required for the workplace.”

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo attends the Official Announcement of the Nigeria Jubilee Fellows Program at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja. 2nd June 2021
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo attends the Official Announcement of the Nigeria Jubilee Fellows Program at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja. 2nd June 2021
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo attends the Official Announcement of the Nigeria Jubilee Fellows Program at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja. 2nd June 2021