In its determination to address the root cause of Boko Haram insurgency, the United Nations Development Programme, (UNDP) has trained 50 youths across the 27 local government areas of Borno state including Internally Displaced Persons (IDP), on entrepreneurship development to enable them to be self-reliant, create wealth and employ others.
While presenting certificates of graduation to the youths at the Grand Pinnacle Hotels Maiduguri, the country Director of the UNDP, Mr. Samuel Bwaliya said “over 20 million youths in Nigeria are unemployed and the undersides and colleges are graduating youths every year with no company to employ them. Government all over the world cannot provide jobs for all, hence the need to train the youths on entrepreneurship development to create jobs and stimulate the economy.”
Mr. Bwaliya said the entrepreneurship development training also includes innovation, creativity, accounting and finance, which according to him, will boast the capacity of the youths and change their mind set and make them start their business, adding that the training will also provide them with a platform on which they can source fund through financial services and grants.
“The training which is going on simultaneously in Maiduguri and Delta state, will be extended to Adamawa, Yobe and Benue. This training in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states, I believe, will stimulate the economy of the Northeast,” he stated.
He said the UNDP has entered into five years memorandum of Understanding with Federal Government to train the youths according to global standards and certification, so that they will be employable any where they go across the world, adding that they are going to partner with technical colleges, universities and polytechnics in Nigeria to achieve that.
He said “if you could remember some time last year, when we were training you on skills acquisition, I did promise you that, that was not enough, that we are going to train you on entrepreneurship service to prepare you, not only to start you business but to employ others.”
“This training is necessary because today if youths are not kept busy, they will keep us busy. I, therefore, call on the Federal, states and international community to support this programm to make our youths not only employable but create wealth and stimulate the economy,” Mr. Bwaliya added.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mohammed Gambo thanked the UNDP for the training and promised that they will use the knowledge acquired to start a new business and create wealth and employ others.