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Cost of not investing in youths incredible, says Osinbajo

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Yemi Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has observed that Nigeria has one of the world’s largest young populations and that the cost of failing to invest in them is unimaginable.

The Federal Government, in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and other partners, launched a new initiative that would provide quality education, skills and employment opportunities for over 20 million young Nigerians within the next 10 years.

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Tagged ‘Generation Unlimited’, Kano and Lagos states were chosen for the pilot scheme of the initiative.

Osinbajo, who launched the programme yesterday in Abuja, noted that the initiative was not only significant for the socio-economic development of the country in the coming years but would also provide a learning landscape for developing future job and growth-enabling programmes.

According to him, Generation Unlimited Nigeria is going to provide 20 million Nigerians with digital skills, link them to job opportunities and assist them in realising their potential.

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He said: “Generation Unlimited is an initiative of UNICEF that was launched in September 2018, in collaboration with over 200 partners.”

It was designed to link over one billion young people with innovations and programmes in 40 countries across six continents. It is part of the ambitious goal of reaching young Nigerians with those opportunities and we can’t achieve the objectives without strong partnerships; the Presidency, the federal ministries and state governments will be collaborating with Generation Unlimited Nigeria, the private sector, the international community and the young people themselves to make this a reality.”

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