Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has announced that his office will launch a fellowship programme that will target 20,000 graduates annually.
He announced this on Wednesday at an event tagged, ‘Nigeria Jubilee Fellows Programme (NJFP)’, the project is in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), European Union (EU) and private sector partners such as Dangote, Visa Nigeria, BUA, Lafarge Africa, Microsoft, among others in Abuja.
Under the initiative, internship opportunities will be created for young Nigerians who have recently concluded the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme.
Osinbajo, speaking at the event, revealed that the one-year fellowship programme will be launched by President Muhammadu Buhari “very shortly.”
He noted that the NJFP will rewrite the narrative as it relates to jobs, skills and employment in Nigeria.
“We are resolute in our determination to make the needed difference, and rebuild the confidence of our young people in the ability of their government to rise up to the occasion and guarantee a future that is better and more prosperous than the past,” he said.
“Our ongoing efforts include the N-Power Scheme, which recruits young graduates and places them in agricultural, health and education intervention schemes in local communities around the country. N-Power also has a non-graduate scheme focused on technical skills and IT education.
“The president has approved the expansion of the N-Power programme from 500,000 beneficiaries to one million this year.
“We have also established a N75 billion youth fund in the ministry of youth and sports to provide credit and support for young entrepreneurs and professionals.”