The Federal Government, in collaboration with WEMA Bank, has finalized preparations to provide digital skills training to two million youths. Mr. Olusola Abiola, the Director of Information at the Office of the Vice President, announced this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.
He stated that this training initiative is part of the Federal Government’s commitment to support the job creation efforts of the Tinubu administration.
“WEMA Bank, in partnership with the Office of the Vice President, has completed preparations to launch an initiative aimed at benefiting two million youths and one million Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) nationwide.”
During a courtesy visit to Vice President Kashim Shettima, Mr. Moruf Oseni, the Managing Director of WEMA Bank, presented an update on the program’s progress.
“The delegation visited the Villa to brief the Vice President on the status of the FGN-ALAT Digital Skill-Novation Programme, which is a collaborative effort between the government and the bank. The goal is to train two million youths and empower one million Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) across Nigeria.”
Shettima praised the bank’s dedication and partnership in this initiative and urged them to maintain high standards. He expressed his sincere gratitude for their commitment and assured them that the government would fulfill its obligations.
In an interview with State House correspondents, Mr. Oseni, the bank’s MD, explained that they had come to brief Shettima on the progress of the FGN/ALAT project.
“The Vice President expressed his satisfaction, and his office will soon provide details on how we plan to proceed with this program. This includes the establishment of innovation hubs throughout the country.”
He further emphasized the importance of President Buhari’s ambitious plan to revitalize the Nigerian economy and affirmed the bank’s full support for the administration.
Temitola Adekunle-Johnson, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Job Creation and MSMEs, emphasized the significance of this collaboration.
“The power of partnership is undeniable. When the private sector and public sector unite, they can accomplish more for the people. President Buhari’s ‘Renewed Hope’ agenda requires the combined efforts of both the government and the private sector. They have agreed to partner with us, initially focusing on skills acquisition and other aspects of the scheme we intend to implement.”
The formal launch of the FGN/ALAT Digital Skill-Novation Programme is scheduled to take place on September 29th at the State House Banquet Hall in Abuja.
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