The Federal Government has expressed hopes to fully develop the capacity of about six million Nigerian youths through Integrated Youth Empowerment Programme (IYEEP) launched with the Mara Foundation within 12 months.
In collaboration with Mara Foundation, FG said it hopes to lessen the number of youth unemployment across the country.
Speaking on the programme, Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Youth Empowerment, Ambassador Obinna Adim explained that the partnership between the government and Mara Foundation was essentially to proffer a formidable base for youth empowerment in the country, adding that the initiative aims to provide solutions for youth leadership and development.
“The mentorship programme will serve as a provider of non-formal education aimed at bridging the gap between school and life after school, enhancing young people’s potential for success by making them approach life as entrepreneurs,” Adim said.
Adim noted that the support services were expected to transform business ideas of entrepreneurs into profitable and thriving business entities that would employ other Nigerians and contribute to local, state and national economies.