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Expanding opportunities for youths through strategic partnerships

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-R: Team Lead,Sales & Trade Development, MTN, Adewale Bamigba; Ooni of Ile- Ife,His Imperial Magesty, Oonirisa Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi,Ojaja II; Brand Manager, Goldberg Nigeria Breweries, Akinola Josiah Olufemi and Chief Festival Administrator, Otunba Ayo Olumokun at the press Conference to announce Olojo Festival 2018 held in Ooni’s Palace,Osun state,yesterday

While the issue of unemployment has been a major concern in the country, so also are steps taken by different quarters to tackle the menace.

This is even as foreign investors are latching on the window to invest in the country, thereby creating job opportunities for the teeming youths.

Recently, an Arab business mogul, Sharif Ahmad Bin Jaber Al Natour, was in Nigeria on a three-day visit purposely to explore business expansion opportunities that would reduce unemployment in the country. 

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The Jordanian billionaire, based in Morocco, owns Global Trade and Development Corporation (GTDC) group, which recently disbursed $800 million for commercial ventures in livestock, sugar and sugarcane in North Central Timor Global conglomerate, visited the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi and President Muhammadu Buhari to discuss various areas of possible collaboration.

According to the Arab billionaire, he is committed to building green cities in Nigeria under the Ooni/GDTC Investment Nigeria Limited collaboration as a collective instrument of social, humanitarian, industrial and commercial projects to provide happiness and give a new lease of life to millions of Nigerians through massive job creation.

The partnership, which took place at the Oodua’s palace in Ile-Ife, had both parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote green energy and environment.

Al Natour, who said he was visiting Oba Ogunwusi in support of the king’s efforts to unify Africans in Diaspora through his peace and unity agenda, described GDTC as a global company with presence in over 176 countries with immense investment in human development and infrastructural facilities.

He said that with the MoU, the technological hub, in its first phase, is expected to facilitate massive employment of youths in Nigeria.  

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“I have built schools, hospitals and houses around 168 countries in five continents of the world.

My focus now is to come home, which is Ile-Ife, to partner this globally respected Monarch who preaches peace around the globe.

The Ooni is not just my business partner; he is also my father who has assured me of his unflinching support to invest heavily in the continent in the area of agriculture and renewable energy technology that will promote international trade in Africa. 

“With this MoU signed today with the Ooni, our planned technological hub, in its first phase, will surely facilitate massive employment of youths in Nigeria,” the Jordanian prince said.

Ooni Ogunwusi, while signing the MoU, expressed optimism that the project would spur development across Nigeria and Africa at large. 

He explained that the partnership was fast-tracked to ensure that the success of the project can start benefiting the teeming unemployed youths as soon as possible.


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