FG to establish tech hubs in seven states to empower 1million youths

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The federal government of Nigeria said it has partnered with Wema Bank to establish micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) digital hubs in seven states.

Vice President Kashim Shettima, in a statement on Sunday, said the hub would empower one million youths with digital skills.

Shettima said the government reached an agreement to implement the initiative, following a meeting between the vice president and representatives of Wema Bank.

“The centres to be known as FGN/ALAT Digital and SkillNnovation Hub will open first in Lagos and Borno states, with Katsina, Cross River, Anambra, Oyo, and Kano, to follow afterwards,” Shettima said.

”They will be run in partnership with a leading financial institution in Nigeria, WEMA Bank. The strategic objectives of the programme include to empower young entrepreneurs by providing them with tailored financial products, training and support to enable them build sustainable businesses that will support the growth of Nigeria’s economy.”

He stated the other objectives to include: supporting tech-savvy youths with keen interest in digital innovations and aspire to drive technological advancements, by providing them with financial solutions, training and access to strategic partnerships; and empowering young employees to become an integral part of the workforce in Nigeria, especially those deployed through the NYSC.

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Also, the vice-president said one million youths would benefit from software engineering, product design and other digital training, while 500,000 SMEs would be mentored on business development.

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