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UNESCO, SDG to train 1.2million Nigerian youths on digital skills


In line with President Buhari’s plan to move 100 million people out of poverty within the next 10 years, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), has partnered with the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Office, to train about 1.2 million Nigerian youths on online and digital skills within the next 10 years.

The August Project (TAP), tagged, “Developing local Talent for global success,” is designed to expose Nigerian youths to ideology and tactics involved in international business trade and enterprise.

The County Director, TAP project, Abdusami Laddigbolu, during a breakfast discourse with the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs, at a joint press briefing, explained that the project has been adapted to give Nigerian youths’ competitive advantage to imbibe high quality business and entrepreneurship learning skills.


He further explained that the project is targeted at creating a generation of more knowledgeable and active entrepreneurs that can sustain the current administration’s Economic, Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP), to be able develop a broader based economy. It is also meant to diversify exports and ensure that growth is not dampened by global risks or demand shocks.

The SSA to the President on SDG, Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, in her remark, said her office would work with UNESCO to achieve the goal of trading 1.2 million youths within one year instead of 10 years.

She noted that the empowerment programme would help curb brain drain, modern slavery, illegal migration, and human trafficking, in line with SDG Goals 4, 8 and 9, adding that youths must acquire adequate skills before travelling abroad so as not to become a liability.

She mentioned that the TAP project is a UNESCO REF’s initiative to train 400 NYSC-SDGs champions towards reducing poverty and equipping them with the required skills, adding that it would help curb high rate of unemployment and illegal migration.

She further called on the public and private sectors, local, sub and national government, local and foreign investors, and civil society organisations, to collaborate with government to lift 100 million people out of poverty in 10 years.

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