Presidency, UNICEF to inaugurate expanded schemes for Nigerian youths

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency will inaugurate an intervention effort for young Nigerians.

Named ‘Generation Unlimited’, (GenU), the collaboration between the Federal Government and UNICEF will be inaugurated on July 26.

It is aimed at urgently supporting expanded education, training and employment opportunities for young people aged 10 years to 24 years on an unprecedented scale.

The collaboration is a global multi-sector partnership that was initially launched in September 2018, in collaboration with over 200 partners.

It has reached, to date, more than 100 million young people globally through innovations and programmes in more than 40 countries across six continents.

The introduction of GenU Nigeria is a national event, which will draw participants like Govs. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, of Lagos State, Abdullahi Ganduje, Kano State, Godwin Obaseki of Edo as well as  , UN Resident, Coordinator, Edward Kallon.

GenU Nigeria has a wide range of development partners including the African Development Bank, (AfDB), GIZ, ILO, UNDP, USAID and private sector organisations, which includes: Airtel, Jobberman, Tony Elumelu Foundation, Microsoft, University of Cambridge, Boston Consulting Group and UBA Foundation.

In Nigeria, the target is to reach two million young people aged 10 to 24 years by 2023 and 20 million by 2030 with education, skills training, employment, entrepreneurship and empowerment.

GenU Nigeria will be implemented in 12 States distributed across the six geo-political zones in the country. North-West: Kano State and Kaduna State; South-West: Lagos State and Ogun; North-East: Borno and Bauchi States; South-East:  Ebonyi and Enugu States; North-Central: Niger and Benue and South-South: Rivers and Cross River States.

GenU Nigeria’s pilot implementation will be in Lagos and Kano States, and shall be directly implemented at the State government levels, through the governors’ offices in the States.

Other African countries currently participating in the GenU partnership include Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa and Niger Republic.

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