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Unemployment: Ex- Kogi first lady Ambassador Aisha Audu-Emeje offers free ICT training for 1000 youths in Nigeria.

Former Kogi State First Lady, Ambassador Aisha Audu-Emeje, yesterday vowed to support the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari in the creation of jobs to solve the unemployment problem in the country.

Towards this end, her organisation, A3 Foundation, with support from the Rockefeller Foundation, has launched a free IT essentials training for 1,000 Nigerian youths.

Audu-Emeje who is the CEO/Founder of the organization, said the free ICT programme was designed to create sustainable employment for high potential but disadvantaged youths in the country.

She disclosed that the global youth unemployment rate was 13 per cent in Year 2014 and that the pandemic of unemployment does not affect Nigeria alone.

Her words: "For me, I am giving back to the society and at the same time, we will give the trainees capital to get to the next stage in life.

"You can see clearly that we are one of the first private organisations to go after the desire of President Muhammadu Buhari to create jobs for the youth.

"We have stepped out by doing 1000 because we believe in Buhari and we know he is willing to succeed in all aspects of his administration.

"According to a United Nations report released in January this year, an extra 10 million people worldwide are likely to be unemployed by 2019. The report mentioned slower growth, widening inequalities and economic turbulence as reasons behind the trend."

The renowned politician and youth empowerment crusader said with all these daunting statistics, it was imperative for all stakeholders to put all hands on deck to tackle this problem head on, adding: "This is definitely not the time for complacency."

The former first lady, who described unemployment as a situation where someone of working age is not able to get a job but would like to be in full time employment, stated that "many youth in Nigeria fall into this category with their intimidating credentials from notable schools."

She identified such challenges as finance, absence of good administration and inconsistent policies as factors suppressing the efforts of the Nigerian government in reducing the unemployment rate in the country.

"The A3 foundation has taken all these factors into consideration and has sought newer ways to address the rising unemployment rate," she said.

"And that is why we have embarked on the training of 1000 youths in Nigeria in the field of ICT with support from Rockefeller Foundation to further assist high potential but disadvantaged youth in taking their rightful place in society by securing decent jobs"

The training of these youths would not only enable the youth to take their rightful place but would create an environment where the youth can in turn make meaningful impact in the society at large.

"it is our belief at A3 Foundation that the training would go a long way to help disadvantaged youths in the society by taking them off the streets and putting their individuals skills to good use." Ambassador Aisha added.

She assured that based on the Foundation's high level of commitment, the training would not be an ordinary one as the organisation intends to follow up on all trainees to ensure that they are gainfully employed.

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