Nigeria to empower youth entrepreneurs

Rahila Lassa, Abuja

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The Nigerian Government says it is committed to empowering its youths for national socio-economic development.

The secretary to the Government of the federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha said this in Abuja, at a World press conference in preparation for the 59th Independence celebration of Nigeria.

The SGF who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Political and Economic Affairs, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the federation, Mr Gabriel Aduda, said that the independence celebration is targeted at the youth, hence all programme will focus on building the group.

“The national Youth Entrepreneurial empowerment Summit, is a Federal Government programmes that is intended to reach out to them. To open up Government opportunities to them and further engage them in playing their roles in national development”. He said

According to the SGF, the youth summit will focus on creative arts.

“it’s not everyone that needs to wait for a white collar job, therefore Government is opening up the space for them to play and quite a number of programmes have been put in place, some run by the CBN and others by the Bank of Industry and moreso by the Federal Ministry of Industry Trade and Investment.” Mustapha reeled.

Mr Mustapha noted that the Summit will also host the Central Bank governor and other experts from the financial institute to talk to the youths on financial discipline.

“In some cases some of these programmes issues grants. Some issue soft loans, some as low as one digit interest rate and very good period of moratorium, but most of these things are not out there. So we are taking these opportunity to inform these young Nigerians, these entrepreneurs, these start up businesses how they can launch unto Government opportunities for them to be able to grow their businesses and enhance their skills for national development.” The SGF added

 As part of the Summit, ten people from the creative industry will also get a million naira each.