The Federal Government has commenced Start-Up programme to build entrepreneurial spirit in youths and prepare them for self-sustaining activities rather than bing job seekers.
The Special Assistant to the Vice President on Innovations and Entrepreneurship, Mr. Ife Adebayo, made the disclosure in an interview with newsmen in Abuja.
He said that the programme would involve training youths in the area of innovation and technology, starting from the NorthCentral and South East regions of the country.
Adebayo said that the overall objective of the programme was to galvanise social and economic activities to boost the economy.
He said: “This is one of the cardinal objectives why the Federal Government engaged the private sector participants to support companies that would be able to boost the economy in their regions.
‘’One of the best ways we can accelerate our exit from recession is to support companies to do much more than they are currently doing,’’ Adebayo said.
‘’Start-Up Nigeria, as a programme, focuses on innovation, agriculture and technology, everybody involved in innovation, technology and agriculture within the two regions will be supported to achieve his or her objectives.
‘’Globally, it is known that people who work in start-up organisations ends up being employers of labour, and build their businesses from the ideas they got from such ventures.
‘’The Start-Up programme fully supports the President’s goal and zeal, which stresses the need to have more employers than job seekers in the country.
‘’Beyond the direct impact in the collaborative company, there are a lot secondary and tertiary impact on the nation.
“This is because, as government reaches out to a lot of startups, they will in turn train more people on entrepreneurial skills and employ others,’’ he said.
Adebayo said the programme would be funded from the N500 billion earmarked for the implementation of social investment programmes.
Adebayo assured that conscious effort was being made to effectively fund the programme for government to achieve its aims and objectives of putting Nigeria on the path of enhanced entrepreneurial, technological, innovative and agricultural development.
The Vice President’s aide advised youths to visit Start-Up website; www.startupnigeria.ng to register for the programme for acquisition of knowledge, skills and experience, free of charge (NAN)