Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) has concluded its three-day empowerment workshop youths in Kaduna. The workshop which attracted well over 800 youths, was meant to expose them to viable opportunities for economic growth.
The workshop was witnessed by scores of government officials, notable mentors as well as non-governmental organizations.
Speaking during the programme, governor of Kaduna state, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, who was represented by his deputy, Mr. Bala Bantex, commended NBC for bringing the initiative to Kaduna noting that the Youth Empowered programme complements the government’s effort in empowering the youth of the state.
He said, “We welcome this initiative as a further contribution and necessary effort to support our youth with vital skills. Kaduna is a young state with 89 per cent of the population being young men and women. This demography has the potential to become the engine of growth if it is well trained and given the necessary opportunity. On our part, we are responding to these needs in a variety of ways. For instance, we have less than 100,000 people working for the Kaduna State Government, only 30,000 of them are youth. To support them, the state government has created the Kaduna Start-up Entrepreneurship Programme to equip young graduates with requisite business and entrepreneurial skills.” He further stated that the Kaduna State Government is ready to partner with NBC on any initiative to support the youths. “I want to use this opportunity to congratulate all the beneficiaries and advise them to see these opportunities provided by this workshop as a chance to pull from the wealth of knowledge of the facilitators. Once again, I want to thank NBC for this initiative,” he said.
Speaking during the workshop, country CSR manager, Nigerian Bottling Company Ltd, Mr. Ekuma Eze explained that the company is committed to supporting the Nigerian youths by making them employable and self-reliant hence the reason for ensuring the Youth Empowered initiative is extended to every part of the country.
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