#1.2 million youths to benefit from government-supported project

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Over 1.2 million Nigerian youths are to benefit from The August Project (TAP) supported by the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goal ( OOSAP-SDGs) aimed at addressing forced labour and modern day slavery.

The TAP project is a cognitive re-orientation initiative aimed at improving the lives of Nigerian youths to directly address forced labour and modern day slavery, irregular migration/human trafficking and brain drain in the country.

The Global Director, TAP Project SDGs Mission Abdulsalam Ladigbolu, while speaking at the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camp in Sagamu, Ogun State, said the project would address four thematic areas, including intellectual leadership, economy, digital technology and capacity building.

The project, according to him, would help to achieve the United Nations mandate on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 4, 8 and 9) that is quality education, decent work and economic growth.

The project, which would span for 10 years, is a platform to create a broader economy needed to create employment through strategic innovations among the youths.

Ladigbolu said: “The essence of the programme is to complement President Buhari’s effort towards the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty through sustainable economic growth.

“We are working with the Office of the Senior Special Assistant on SDGs (OSSAP-SDGs) towards helping 1.2 million Nigerians youths to benefit from the Programme so that they can become a relevant global workforce with external validation credentials and compete favorably with their counterparts across the globe.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire said the federal government would continue to encourage the youths to develop sustainable livelihoods after inaugurating the Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development Training Center for Corps members in Ogun state Permanent Orientation camp in Sagamu.

Orelope-Adefulire said the Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development Training Centre was the first of its kind with workshops for metal fabrication, automobile, woodwork, leather work for automobile, block molding, tailoring, and the ICT where the TAP beneficiaries will also make use for their TAP Project training.

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