American Consulate AWE Alumnus trains 70 young people on digital and management skills

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Lagos — The US government is committed to supporting economic and human development initiatives that help create employment opportunities and facilitate sustainable and improved economic growth and development.

The United States African Development Foundation (USADF), as part of its Employability Support Project in partnership with the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF ), in 2019 supported an alumnus of the US Consulate Academy for Women Entrepreneurs, Funke Medun, to train 70 young Nigerians on a digital skills and employability programme.

The employability training program aims to create more employment opportunities for the state’s youth, reduce unemployment, and improve economic growth, and will also equip participants with digital and management skills that will empower them. will contribute to the growth of various organizations.

After an intensive six-week training, more than 70 young people attended the first cohort graduation ceremony, held at American Space in Ikeja, Lagos. American Spaces are open to young Nigerians looking to develop ideas, as well as leadership and entrepreneurial skills through programs and workshops designed especially for them.

Speaking at the event, U.S. Consulate Public Affairs Officer Stephen Ibelli highlighted the importance of small businesses in driving economic growth and boosting shared prosperity.

“For Nigeria to succeed, the men and women who start businesses or hope to develop new businesses and employment opportunities must succeed. Ideas for new products or improved services will produce the growth, jobs and incomes that will lead to a more prosperous and stable Nigeria,” Ibelli said at the ceremony held at Ikeja American Corner.

Ibelli explained that the US Mission to Nigeria annually supports a variety of exchange programs focused on promoting entrepreneurship and technological innovation.

They include: International Visitor Leadership Program, African Women Entrepreneurship Program, Global Innovation through Science and Technology Program, Women Entrepreneur Academy, TechWomen and the Young African Leaders Initiative ( YALI).

“Through these programs, the United States government will continue to help create a more peaceful, stable, and prosperous future for Nigeria,” Ibelli added.

In his remarks, Medun acknowledged the commitment of the first batch of participants to successfully completing the six-week capacity building program and noted that the second batch of training will begin in the coming weeks.

“We hope they will be able to leverage the skills they have gained through their participation in this program to help grow small businesses in their local communities,” Medun said.

The American Foundation for African Development is an independent US government agency created by Congress to invest directly in local businesses and African social entrepreneurs. USADF creates pathways to prosperity for marginalized populations and underserved communities across the continent.

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