The Government of Nigeria has officially announced the creation of Nigeria Jubilee Fellows Programme aimed at employing 20,000 graduates every year after their mandatory one-year National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) program.
The federal government also said the five percent growth in the nation’s economy in the second quarter of 2021 was possible because of President Buhari’s policy, consistency, and innovation.
Speaking while launching the Programme at the State House, Abuja, Buhari noted the scheme provides new opportunities for 20,000 recent graduates yearly.
President Buhari said the programme would also provide an opportunity for mentors who were already engaged in various industries, gained relevant experience and built capacity over the years to provide mentorship and support for the youths.
“Beyond the skills and work experience, we will build a new culture of mentorship and guidance that can chart a new course for skills development and work experience in our country. We believe that as this programme creates new opportunities for 20,000 recent graduates annually, the beneficiaries will use the opportunities presented to them and maximize their 12 months of engagement.”
The President added that the jubilee programme will provide a means for the Nigerian youths to gain work experience in top tier organisations, gaining relevant skills and building the right networks for the future in various sectors including information and communications technology, financial services, trade, manufacturing, agriculture and Agro-processing.
“Other sectors include mining, telecommunications, creative industries and technology, education, health, research and development, and public sector institutions. We believe that building the right skills and experiences across these sectors is important to sustain the economic growth we are experiencing.”
He said the programme will build on other efforts of the federal government to support young Nigerians such as the N75 billion youth fund in the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, which supported young Nigerians in business or with business ideas, with N25 billion released annually for three years.
Buhari urged all qualified young Nigerians to apply for the jubilee programme and asked private sector organizations to join by providing work placement opportunities, mentors, and funding.
“I would like to say thank you to the United Nations Development Programme and the European Union for their support on this vital initiative. And I declare the program open,’” he said. Check out how to apply for Nigeria Jubilee Fellows Programme!