Microsoft, the devices and services giant in partnership with The Future Project, has launched Aiki Nigeria, an online employability and mentorship programme to serve young people in Nigeria.
The programme features a web based job/training resource centre that aims to provide a guide for young Africans in the area of career planning, skill acquisition, entrepreneurship development, Job sourcing and small business sustainability. The objective is to create a better-informed and empowered citizenry across Nigeria; particularly among the youth demography.
While unveiling the programme at Civic Centre Lagos Recently, the global brand noted that the rationale behind Aiki Nigeria is creation of jobs for a new generation of Nigerians through challenging the creativity, mentorship and enabling them to contribute to the national economy by so doing.
“In working with organisations, technology enthusiasts and governments at every level, we have emphasised the crucial importance of jobs for a new generation of Nigerians. This programme is a major step in leading a coordinated solution to this urgent problem”, Ugochukwu Nwosu, citizenship manager, Microsoft for Anglophone West Africa.
Speaking earlier, Patrick Onwumere, director, youth enablement, Microsoft Africa, noted the launch of the platform came at a time Microsoft is making its 20 years in Africa and is taking its African Initiative further in Nigeria with Aiki Nigeria as it is currently doing In Egypt, Tunisia and Ivory Cost.
The programme, which is presented in partnership with The Future Project, features a web based Job/training resource centre that aims to provide a guide for young Africans in the area of career planning, skill acquisition, entrepreneurship development, Job sourcing and small business sustainability. The objective is to create a better-informed and empowered citizenry across Nigeria; particularly among the youth demography.
Explaining why The Future Project is partnering in the programme, Adebola Williams, an executive of the outfit, noted that objectives of Aiki Nigeria tallies with The Future Project Africa, which has over the years grown from just Nigerian to Africa’s leading youth platform.
“The Future Project has always invested in enterprise and expanding opportunities for young people,” said Chude Jideonwo, executive director, The Future Project. “Through our enterprise support scheme platform, we have over 5 years created a platform for young people to build a community of opportunities, to connect with capacity and build a shared future of value. We are glad to be partnering with Microsoft to scale up this engagement and to reach a deeper pool of the un-served across the country.”
However, as the platform goes live mid December, Williams noted that about 100,000 people are expected to hook unto the services online while about 500,000 will do same by June 2014.