Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Unemployment: Made-In-Nigeria Festival to proffer solution

Inspired by the need to put paid to the issue of unemployment in Nigeria, organizers of the inaugural edition of Made-In-Nigeria (MaIN) Festival, are billed to make a formal presentation with proposals designed to address the issue. They would be unveiled at a special session titled “Legislative Agenda for Made-In-Nigeria”, under the distinguished chairmanship of Nigeria’s Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
This session will feature private sector feedback on the proposals, as well as broader conversations with the legislative arm of government on job creation amongst other subjects.

Throwing more light on the proposals, Temitayo Etomi, Head, Technical Committee on Job Creation, MaIN Group, stated that the proposals, if implemented, could lead to the creation of 1.5 million jobs yearly over the next five years.

A seasoned entrepreneur and a 2014 Barack Obama Mandela Washington Fellow, Etomi, who is also the founder, Young Business Leaders of Nigeria (YBLN), teamed up with unemployed and underemployed youths across the country in the process of conducting her research work on unemployment in Nigeria.

She further stressed that the proposed Nigerian Jobs Act, is a first step to creating a lasting solution to the unemployment challenge in Nigeria. Etomi added:

“What we’ve found so far from our consultations is that the contents of the proposed legislation enjoy bi-partisan support from both sides of the political divide and enjoys even greater support from the Federal Government. I think we’re beginning to see a sense of purpose, direction and urgency to create new jobs for the Nigerian people, which is a great thing, especially for the younger generations”. 
Some of the proposals in the Act include: expanding access to job opportunities and training for all Nigerians between ages 19 - 26; increasing transparency and strengthening the governance of government funded programmes such as NYSC, YouWin etc; providing fiscal and non-fiscal incentives to companies (including small-scale companies) that employ a defined number of unemployed people over a defined time-scale; and increasing the productive capacity of young Nigerian’s during their NYSC years. 
With the theme: “Innovate. Connect. Power The Future”, MaIN Festival is billed to run from September 23rd – October 1st, 2016, at Eko Atlantic City, Victoria Island, Lagos. The event is an international festival of ideas, innovations and opportunities that will bring the world to Nigeria to explore and engage the best it has to offer – in five key sectors. They are: Power & Infrastructure, Agriculture, Technology, Manufacturing and Sports & Entertainment.

The Made In Nigeria Festival is being organized by the MaIN Group, a collaboration of private sector organisations. Board of Advisors of the initiative include: Prince Adesegun Oniru, Mr. Aliko Dangote, Dr. (Mrs.) Stella Okoli, Mr. Ronald Chagoury, and Senator Oluremi Tinubu

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