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MICROSOFT in conjunction with Endive Project will this weekend, May 9, showcase over 10,000 job openings for the Nigerian youth population at a job fair tagged ‘Career and Employment Fair 2015’. 
   
The Fair is aimed at creating an opportunity for potential job seekers to meet with career experts and recruiters to understand the job market, be positioned and take advantage of available jobs as statistics reveal that 50 per cent of youths (age 18 – 35 years) are either unemployed or underemployed.
   
Director, Education and Citizenship, Microsoft Nigeria, Patrick Onwumere, said: “Empowering young people and fostering the development of 21st Century skills for this generation is not only our work at Microsoft, but also our passion.  Our employability program in partnership with the Future Project and Jobberman has trained over 63,000 people in two years, this initiative is one of our efforts to place more and more people into jobs and fight unemployment.”
 
Chief Executive Officer, Endive Projects, organisers of the job fair, Debo Ajayi, said the future of Nigeria are the youths and anyone that focuses on developing the youths will build the future. 

“We need to ensure that we empower youths with information that will enable them get great opportunities to be gainfully employed and productive”, he stated.   
   
While explaining his reason for partnering on the Job fair, Ayo Daniels, founder of The Lighthouse emphasized the importance of youth development in Nigeria and the mandate of The Lighthouse through her activities to continually raise leaders who can create employment in different sectors of the economy.  “We are called to resolve societal issues and we will not relent in creating opportunities for the youths of Nigeria through our various empowerment initiatives,” he asserted.
   
Managing Director/CEO, Fistolas Limited, a High Performance Technology Training Company, Anieti Ukpe, emphasized the opportunity available for job seekers to improve their employability by developing transferable skills that employers are looking for in this current economy.


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