– The Buhari administration is set to launch a new job scheme tagged Nigeria Jubilee Fellows Programme (NJFP)
– According to VP Osinbajo, the private sector-backed fellowship will employ 20,000 graduates every year
– The soon-to-be-launched fully paid internships will last for 12 months, the vice president said during the formal announcement on Wednesday, June 2
State House, Abuja – President Muhammadu Buhari will soon launch Nigeria Jubilee Fellows Programme (NJFP), a new job scheme that will be engaging 20,000 Nigerian graduates annually.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo made this known on Wednesday, June 2, while formally announcing the fellowship.
This is contained in a statement signed by his spokesman, Laolu Akande, and sent to Legit.ng on Wednesday, June 2.
Legit.ng gathers that the Buhari administration is collaborating with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the European Union (EU), Dangote Group, Visa, BUA, Lafarge, Microsoft and others to initiate the project.
The fellowship is in addition to the employment opportunities created through the Economic Sustainability Plan and job schemes being implemented under the Social Investment Programme.
The vice president said:
“As we prepare for the formal launch of the programme by Mr President, I urge private sector leaders and captains of industry, development partners and the diplomatic community, to support this program aimed at equipping young Nigerians with skills and experience required for the workplace.”
Under the initiative, internship opportunities will be created for young Nigerians who have recently concluded the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme, the statement added.
The fully paid internships will last for 12 months and will be in reputable private and public sector organizations across the country.
Prof. Osinbajo expressed optimism that the NJFP will rewrite the narrative as it relates to jobs, skills and employment in Nigeria.
The vice president said the Buhari administration is determined to make the needed difference and rebuild the confidence of the Nigerian youths in the ability of their government to rise to the occasion and guarantee a future that is better and more prosperous than the past.
Stating the support of the United Nations for the fellowship programme, the resident coordinator of the United Nations Systems in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, said the launch and eventual implementation of the scheme would redefine the future of Nigeria.
On his part, the representative of the EU at the event, Ketil Karlsen, pledged the support of the organization for the programme, affirming the EU’s confidence in the Nigerian youths.
Meanwhile, the presidency has also revealed its plan to fund a National Social Housing Programme (NSHP) to benefit not less than 1.5 million Nigerians.
In a statement made available to Legit.ng, the federal government said it has finalised plans with the Central Bank of Nigeria to fund the massive project.
The aim of the initiative, Legit.ng gathers, is to assist citizens to acquire low-cost houses through mortgage and Rent to Own options.