Monday, 24 June 2013

Nigeria’s Federal Government and UNIDO partner to tackle youth unemployment

ABUJA, 24 June 2013 – In order to tackle youth unemployment, the Federal Government of Nigeria, the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Investment (FMITI), and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), will organize two entrepreneurship and career fairs, on 27 June in Abuja and on 4 July in Lagos.

Young Nigerians who are eager to start their own businesses will have a chance to meet and interact with entrepreneurs and representatives of organizations, institutions and companies.

This initiative is the first of its kind in Nigeria. UNIDO and FMITI aim to utilize this partnership and establish public-private knowledge-sharing platforms that will allow unemployed youths to access job opportunities in local businesses and institutions across the country.

An inter-ministerial committee, inaugurated in February by the Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Samuel Ortom, has engaged over 15 Federal ministries, departments and agencies from the public sector and more than 30 companies from the private sector with the aim of attracting over 1,000 university graduates and secondary school graduates between the ages of 18 and 35 years as participants at the career fairs.   

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