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The federal government through the Office of the Vice President will launch a digital hub that will empower one million youths across the country with digital and related skills.

This move is in line with the President Bola Tinubu administration’s commitment to providing more digital jobs for young Nigerians.

According to a statement issued yesterday by the Director of Information in the Office of the Vice President, Olusola Abiola, the centres to be known as FGN/ALAT Digital and SkillNnovation Hub, would open first in Lagos and Borno States with Katsina, Cross River, Anambra, Oyo, and Kano to follow afterward.

They would be run in partnership with a leading financial institution in Nigeria, WEMA Bank. The arrangement for the initiative was reached after a recent meeting between representatives of the bank and Shettima in Abuja.

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The strategic objectives of the programme include: empowering young entrepreneurs by providing them with tailored financial products, training, and support to enable them to build sustainable businesses that will support the growth of Nigeria’s economy.

Other objectives include: supporting tech-savvy youths with a keen interest in digital innovations and aspiring to drive technological advancements, by providing them with financial solutions, training and access to strategic partnerships; and empowering young employees to become an integral part of the workforce in Nigeria especially those deployed through the NYSC.

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FGN/ALAT Digital and SkillNnovation Hub, positioned to serve as a centralised platform to provide cutting-edge digital skills, mentorship and networking opportunities, is targeted at tech-savvy youths and young entrepreneurs in Nigeria.

The focus is on promoting entrepreneurship, skills development and the integration of young employees in the workforce, particularly getting one million youths employed in the digital economy and upskilling SMEs who can directly add value to the country’s economy.

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In training, one million young adults will be trained in software engineering, product management, business analysis, cloud computing, and product design, using a specialised curriculum designed for the FGN/ALAT Digital and SkillNnovation Hub.

In mentorship, 500,000 SMEs across Nigeria will be mentored by experts while coaches will train and upskill them for business growth and quantum leap.

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Under the scheme, grants will be provided under a collaborative arrangement between the federal government and WEMA Bank, setting aside N500 million to be given to SMEs and techprenuers.

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