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Corpreneur: More corps members benefit in Lagos, Kano, Kaduna

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Joel Ajayi

The Minister of State for Youth Development, HM Ayodele Olawande, has extended the reach of the Corpreneur Support Initiative (CSI) to benefit corps members in Lagos, Kano, and Kaduna. During his visit to the NYSC camp in Karaye, Kano, he unveiled the initiative, which aims to provide financial assistance to more than a hundred corps members who have completed the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) program, with the goal of promoting entrepreneurship and self-employment.

Emphasizing the importance of transitioning from skill acquisition to active entrepreneurship, the Minister highlighted collaborative efforts with the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Job Creation and MSMEs, Mr. Temitope Adekunle-Johnson. He also lauded Wema Bank for its additional funding, showcasing a strong partnership aimed at fostering business skills among Nigerian youth.

HM Olawande revealed that over a hundred outstanding corps members from various skill sets, who have emerged from the SAED program in the ongoing Batch A Stream 2 Orientation Course of the NYSC, would receive varying amounts of financial support to kickstart their businesses. He urged the youth to leverage the skills they have acquired, while providing them with the necessary support and resources to create employment opportunities and contribute to economic growth.

Implemented in partnership with the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Job Creation and MSMEs, led by Mr. Temitope Adekunle-Johnson, the Corpreneur Support Initiative (CSI) also involves Wema Bank providing additional funding to corps entrepreneurs who require more capital injection into their businesses. This initiative reflects a strategic move under the Renewed Hope Agenda to empower young Nigerians to transition from skill acquisition to successful entrepreneurship

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Minister of State for Youth Development sets up task force to implement Youth Development Programmes

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The Minister of State for Youth Development, Mr. Ayodele Olawande has sets up a task force for the purpose of implementing youth development programmes with the various stakeholders. This includes government agencies, private corporations and development partners called ‘Nigerian Youth Joint Task Force (NYJTF)’.

He made this known when he received the National stakeholders of various youth groups representing the ethnic nationalities and political parties in Abuja, recently.

During the meeting, the various groups unanimously agreed that the Task Force is opened to membership from all other professional youth organizations and groups, including people with disability that may want to contribute to the actualization of the Task Force’s mandate.

The mandate is to unite all youth across political, ethnic and religious divide to pursue the common goal of implementing youth development initiatives by all critical actors such as governments, private sectors and development partners. This according to the groups will serve as a support to augment Mr. President’s effort in youth development.

The meeting agreed that a new approach would be adopted in the pursuit of youth development in the country that will enable the youth to feel the government and be part of the government.

A task force will develop practical initiatives for improving youth welfare. They have a 6-month timeline to provide 3 deliverables such as better living conditions for corps members, sustainable skills for the informal sector, and grassroots development initiatives. Other ideas include cooperatives for cottage industries and funding to improve local production capability.

The meeting agreed to have a technical committee that will distill ideas and put forward great initiatives to improve the lot of the youth, while others will continue to galvanize support for the implementation of the initiatives.

The committee further agreed to accommodate as many youth groups as possible across the federation.

It is expected that at least three states would be visited by the committee to commence engagement with relevant stakeholders on how to chart a course for youth inclusion and development within the next two weeks.

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