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The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), His Majesty’s Place, Lagos Province 70, has set up Covenant Seed Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society with low interest to support the youth that is willing to go into the small scale and medium enterprises.

The empowerment programme, aimed at assisting a large number of unemployed youths across the country, was disclosed by the provincial pastor of the church, Pastor Femi Olunuga, in Sabo, Yaba, during the church’s 17th-anniversary celebration with the theme: ‘Divine Impartation for Supernatural Exploits,’ spanning seven weekends commencing on April 18, 2021.

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“A large number of our youths believe in white-collar jobs, but the truth is that great economies depend more on those who set up their own businesses. In these great countries such as Italy, the United States, there are cottage industries that are making great contributions towards the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of their respective nations.

“Part of what we intend to share with our youths is the need to imbibe the spirit of entrepreneurship so that they can own their businesses,” he said.

Olunuga called on the government to face the reality by providing the youth with an enabling environment such as regular electricity supply, security that would make cottage industries thrive.

He advised the youth to start by selling things that people need or offer services that are relevant, adding that days of studying courses that would make them job seekers are over.

The resource persons for the training were Assistant General Overseer, RCCG (Administration and Personnel), Pastor Johnson Odesola; President, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Mrs Toki Mabogunje; Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Stanbic IBTC Plc, Pastor Oluwole Adeniyi, among others.

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