FG, UN, EU, private sector partners launch 20,000 annual jobs

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo SAN presenting the rollout of the Jubilee Fellows Program at Transcorp Hilton Abuja today. 10 November 2022. Pictures; Tolani Alli

The first group of recipients of the federally supported Jubilee Fellows program have been awarded one-year paid employment, as Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, explained that the program is part of ongoing efforts of the Buhari administration to rise to the challenge. employment of young people and graduates in the country.

Professor Osinbajo said this today at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja in his keynote address at the Nigeria Jubilee Fellows Program (NJFP) onboarding event for the first batch of grantees who have been matched with a employer, and several hundred of them were selected to physically attend the ceremony, while several thousand more joined virtually.

The Vice President noted that the Federal Government will continue to provide platforms to equip young Nigerians with strong employability skills that can be deployed to address national and global socio-economic challenges.

Describing the new group of Fellows as a “powerful and energetic gathering of would-be entrepreneurs, business leaders, public sector leaders, and business and industry players of today and tomorrow “, the Vice President urged them to deepen their knowledge, skills and competencies through dedication, hard work and collaboration.

“You are young and educated at the most advanced time in human history. This is the most advantageous time for any young person and many of you prove it.

“Since 2015, we have seen 6 technology and innovation companies that are now described as unicorns, i.e. a company valued at more than a billion dollars, created by young men and women of under the age of 30, many of whom were educated in Nigerian universities.

“But you don’t have to be the entrepreneur to be successful. You can be the great software engineer, the administrator or the manager of people and resources. Every day presents this great opportunity, seize this moment and realize your most beautiful dreams.

Speaking further, the vice president said the birth of the program was an important statement about a new and dynamic way to solve current economic problems.

“It has to be a collaboration between government, the private sector and civil society, development partners or what is called the third sector. It has to be individuals from those sectors, coming together to talk informally and then developing game-changing ideas,” the VP said.

Launched on August 31, 2021 by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Nigeria Jubilee Fellows Program (NJFP) is a youth empowerment partnership between the Federal Government and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), European Union (EU ) and other partners that aims to connect talented young graduates with local employment opportunities that apply their expertise while equipping them with world-class practical knowledge and relevant skills.

The NJFP is expected to provide 20,000 young Nigerian graduates with 12-month paid internships each year in leading companies and companies and in the public sector.

According to the Vice President, “The idea is to have 20,000 Jubilee Scholars every year working in institutions across Nigeria, learning professional skills, being mentored by experienced entrepreneurs, business leaders and government officials. And they get paid monthly for the year.

Addressing the first group of NJFP Fellows, Prof. Osinbajo further urged them to become valuable employees by adding value to their respective organizations.

Emphasizing how young fellows can become valuable to their colleagues, co-employees and organisations, the Vice President said: “You must be prepared to make an impact on your employers and colleagues so that whenever they have to make a recommendation on who to employ, they think of you first.

“What is needed in the modern workplace is a competent and knowledgeable team player. What every employer wants is a good team.

The Vice President said: “Competence today is not just about knowing what you are trained to do, it is also about being informed about a lot of things and that is being willing to learn, to studying, asking questions every day. The best worker is the one who can multi-task.

Professor Osinbajo commended the UNDP, EU, private sector and businesses for their support and commitments towards the successful implementation of the programme.

In his remarks, the UNDP representative in Nigeria, Mohamed Yahya, described the NJFP fellows as national resources.

“The day is yours Fellows in the room and those in line. You are all a national resource, an asset to be unleashed,” Yayha said.

Similarly, the EU Ambassador to Nigeria, Samuela Isopi, said that “our objective as partners in this program is to support the creation of new green and smart jobs, in the fields of technology and innovation, research, telecommunications, agriculture and green economy for young Nigerians. graduates.

Also present at the event were the President’s Special Advisor, Policy and Coordination, Dr. Habiba Muda Lawal; United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. Matthias Schmale; UNDP Resident Representative, Mohammed Yahya; the Ambassador of the European Union to Nigeria, Mrs. Samuela ISOPI; Group CEO NNPC Limited, Mr. Mele Kyari; Managing Director, Sterling Bank, Mr. Abubakar Suleiman and other private sector representatives.

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