Cuso, an international development organisation, has trained over 10,000 Nigerian youths in its 15 million Canadian dollar Youth Leadership Entrepreneurship Access and Development (YOULEAD) Project.
Cuso Country Representative, Mr Ebrima Sonko, made this known at its YOULEAD Learning and Sharing Forum in Abuja on Wednesday.
YOULEAD is a five year project, implemented by Cuso, in partnership with Cross River State Government and other partners, and funded by the Canadian Government through Global Affairs Canada.
Sonko said that of the 10,000 youths that had been trained, the organisation had assisted 3,500 to be gainfully engaged.n.
“The project value is 15 million Canadian dollars and it is funded by the Canadian government through Global Affairs Canada.
“Our interventions are at different levels, the technical training on entrepreneurship and more than 10,000 youths have been trained and out of that, 3500 have been put on jobs to ensure they started something.
“I am sure you are wondering what happens to the gap.
“We do not have the financing means to put everybody in business and not all the people that you train are actually meant for entrepreneurship but the good thing is that once they have that orientation, they go ahead to start their own business,” he said.
Ms Sophie Price, the Canadian High Commission First Secretary and Senior Development Officer, Development and Corporation Section, said the Canadian Government was graciously funding the project in view of its expected impact.
She called for women mainstreaming, saying “women are disproportionately affected by poverty. There should be inclusiveness for women and children.”
Mrs Ibironke Olubamise, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), National Coordinator for the Global Environment Facility Programme said it was time youth entrepreneurship was taken seriously.
- She encouraged youths to embrace entrepreneurship, saying, “this is where the world is going’’.