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GIZ empowers young Nigerian entrepreneurs

The German Development Corporation of Nigeria, GIZ through its SEDIN’s SEA HUB Project has created more than six hundred local jobs to empower young Nigerians and students on transferrable skills.

The Cluster Coordinator, SEDIN Sustainable Economic Development, Mr. Markus Wauschkuhn made this known at the 2nd National Student Entrepreneurship Activity, SEA-Hub Exhibition and Competition organized by SEDIN, Nigeria with the theme: Harnessing Youth Innovation for a Flourishing Economy in Abuja.

Mr. Markus Wauschkuhn said the aim of the programme was to equip and improve the skills of young secondary school students with entrepreneurship skills to strengthen Nigeria’s economic development.

“By catching them young, the SEA HUB project is equipping Secondary School students with entrepreneurship training in a way that develops the skills to be agile, sustainable and affordable in an ever-changing environment and situation and we have seen from a lot of competitions this year that adoption of Technology basic growing role here, very young people to secure their own future eye” he said

The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, represented by the Deputy Director, Vocational Education, Department of Technology and Science Education of the ministry, Mr. Kehinde Osinaike said that entrepreneurship was the most viable tools to solving youth unemployment and achieve the sustainable development goal.

Also, one of the entrepreneurs and student from Ijebu-Igbo, Ogun State, Mr. Linus Joseph who invented a solar panel maintained that the initiative had made him to think critically to develop a reliable source of energy with zero emission to the environment.

“With our solar street light; this one was invented which can be used to power a whole community”

“We make use of disposed materials and disposed halogen”.

”We have been able to generate more than fifty thousand from this solar panels which has made us self reliance”, Linus noted.

This year Edition gathered young innovators from fifteen secondary from five states of Plateau, Niger, Ogun, Lagos and Edo to exhibit their problem-solving skills across the federation to foster opportunity recognition, innovation, critical thinking, and employment creation among young Nigerians.

The First edition of the national competition also took place in Abuja in 2019 with competitors from only Ogun, Niger and Plateau states.

Writing by Annabel Nwachukwu