ABUJA, 31 July 2013 – Nearly 3,000 University and secondary school graduates visited entrepreneurship and career fairs held in Abuja in June and in Lagos in July, and met with representatives of some 100 private sector companies, as well as from 21 federal ministries, departments and agencies, and 42 enterprises managed by young entrepreneurs from across the country.
The fairs were organized by the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Investment of Nigeria and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).
Samuel Ortom, Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, who spoke at one of the fairs, said that the ministry partnered with UNIDO to “help bridge the existing gap in the labour market" and to support young graduates in finding new jobs.
The Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Investment has been mandated by the Presidency to generate 3.1 million jobs annually through 2015.
Patrick Kormawa, UNIDO Representative to Nigeria and Director of the Regional Office, added: "At UNIDO we recognize the challenges facing young people in many developing countries, and especially in Africa, when it comes to employment. Without jobs there can be no wealth creation, no sustainable development, and social stability will be at risk.”
During the entrepreneurship and career fairs, 18 business start-up workshops were held, and more than 300 job-seekers received consultations from private sector human resources experts.
UNIDO will host a workshop in August in support of the Government’s efforts to formulate sustainable development policies and strategies for addressing youth unemployment in the country.
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