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Free Training for Nigerian Youths

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ORGANIZER: Taiwo

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Taiwo Akintoye wrote -

Statistics from the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) have shown that an average of 1.8million youths is graduated into the Nigerian labour market every year.

National Bureau of Statistics shows that unemployment rate in Nigeria has increased to 23.90% in 2011 from 14.60% in 2006, with figures forecasted to have risen to 24.30% by December 2012 and above that by December 2013.

It is believed that the employment problem in Nigeria is not entirely because there are no job opportunities but lack of skills to fill the available positions, just as the Honorary International Investors Council (HIIC) linked the growing unemployment rate to the rising number of poor skilled workforce in the country.

We are motivated by our drive to make an impact in our society, having identified the various challenges of an average Nigerian youth. We have observed as it is a common knowledge that Nigeria produce a large number of graduates, most of who unfortunately are not equipped with adequate skills to function productively either in paid employment or as entrepreneurs. Being young Nigerians ourselves, we have learnt through our own challenges and failures in the course of our careers, and we realized our experiences are similar to most of our peers and it continues, even with the younger ones coming after us. Gradually finding our feet, we believe it is time to do something, time to use all our privileges and opportunities to initiate the kind of change we crave.


This project is not intended to be built on our personal skills and knowledge but rather on our ability to bring people of great skills, knowledge and experience across different industries together to form a strong training team, capable of imparting valuable knowledge to Nigerian youths. The training is administered by Polyphix Projects and will focus on employability and entrepreneurship with skills to be acquired in Project Management and IT. This is the least we can do as trained project managers.

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