More Youths Empowered as NBC Youth Empowered Workshop Extends to Kano
It was an impressive crowd as youths numbering over 700 participated at the Kano edition of the ‘Youth Empowered’ Workshop, organized by Nigerian Bottling Company Limited (NBC). The workshop which took place from 15th – 17thNovember 2017,is part of the Coca-Cola Hellenic global initiative designed to support over 500,000 young unemployed people between the ages of 18-30 by 2020, to build life and business skills and long-lasting networks that would translate to meaningful employment and self-sufficiency.
Speaking at the opening day of the workshop in Kano, Comrade Garba Mohammed, the Commissioner of Information, Youth, Sport and Culture, expressed the government’s appreciation in the company’s drive to help tackle the scourge of unemployment in the country.”The Kano state government is indeed appreciative of this initiative that is geared towards improving the fortune of our youths and create opportunities for growth by assisting them discover themselves and their talent, having positive impacton the lives of young people, particularly as it relates to charting the right course for them” he said.
Comrade Mohammed noted that the state government was ready to collaborate with NBC,stating that initiatives that concerns the upliftment and empowerment of youths is a priority in the administration’s agenda. He said, “over the last two years, the State Government had embarked on similar initiative to assist 70,000 youths in the state.” While commending the Company for taking the bold step to assist the youths, he urged other corporate organizations to emulate the gesture from NBC by initiating other highly productive ventures for Nigerian youths, advising the participating youths to make the best use of the programme.
Speaking at the Workshop, the NBC Legal, Public Affairs and Communication Director, Mrs. Sade Morgan explained that the huge turnout for the programme demonstrates the willingness and readiness of the youths to learn new skills as well as desire to tap from the depth of knowledge of mentors present at the training. She stated further that the program is largely informed by the desire of the company to address a disturbing unemployment statistics in Nigeria which seems to be growing at an alarming rate, with recent reports showing that one out of every 4 Nigerian youths are unemployed.
On his part, the NBC Public Affairs Manager, Abuja and North region, Aminu Mohammed, described the program as laudable, and would go a long way to boost literacy in the North. One of the NBC Youth Empowered mentors, who is also a lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication, Bayero University, kano, Dr.Bala Mohammed,stated that the initiative by NBC is highly commendable considering the huge youth population in the North and the consequent rate of unemployment that exist in the region.
NBC Youth Empowered has taken participants through workshops in Lagos, Port-Harcourt and Kano, to help them discover themselves, understand their strengths and developmental opportunities, as well as provide a platform for meaningful interaction with business leaders and mentors.