NBC Youth Empowered Workshop Extends to Benin, Obaseki Pledges Support
In furtherance of its commitment to empower over 15,000 youths by 2019, the management of non-alcoholic beverage giant, Nigerian Bottling Company(NBC) Ltd has recently concluded its 3-days workshop in Benin, Edo State where it engaged over a thousand youths in a bid to improve their fortunes and create viable opportunities for growth.
The workshop in Benin which was held from the 12th – 15th of June, 2019 represents the 2nd location to be visited this year and the 5th in total since the programme commenced in October last year. In attendance were several notable mentors, youth leaders, non-governmental organisations and government officials.
Delivering the opening remarks for the workshop, the Governor of Edo state, Mr. Godwin Obaseki expressed his delight for the Youth Empowered programme and advised participants to make best use of the skills which the NBC platform has created, promising that he would not hesitate to support participants with the best ideas with necessary funding.
While commending NBC for creating such a laudable platform, Obaseki reassured the company of his administration total support for such laudable idea noting that this would go a long way to complement the administration’s policies of creating opportunities for youths by acquiring skills that would match with existing job opportunities through the ‘Edo Jobs portal’.
“We are happy for what Nigerian Bottling Company Ltd is doing. I think it is a laudable initiative aimed at addressing the unemployment challenge. I believe if youths that fall within the age range of 20 to 32 years, who make up 65 per cent of Nigeria’s population are assisted to discover and improve their talent, Nigeria will become better for it” he said.
He further noted that as companies help in developing the youths’ entrepreneurial skills, his administration has set up policies which ensures that we take full advantage of such skills, and create the atmosphere where the Edo State youths can achieve and attain a better future for themselves.
Also speaking during the workshop, the Public Affairs and Country CSR Manager (East/Central), Nigerian Bottling Company Ltd, Mr. Ekuma Eze urged participants to take advantage of the unique opportunity which the initiative has provided by developing brilliant business ideas that would attract funding and create opportunities for business.
Eze expressed the company’s appreciation to the Edo state government for creating the enabling environment to lend its support to assist the youth in discovering and harnessing their talents, which he noted would consequently go a long way to tackle the scourge of unemployment in the country.
“The huge turnout for the programme demonstrates the willingness and readiness of the youths to learn new skills as well as their desire to tap from the depth of knowledge of mentors present at the training. This is why we have considered it necessary to take this programme to every part of the country and assist them not only to be employable but also create employment” he said.
The workshop is part of the Coca-Cola Hellenic global initiative designed to support over 500,000 young unemployed people globally 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
The second edition of NBC Youth Empowered has taken participants through workshops in Ibadan and Benin, 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. Other locations to be visited this year includes; Enugu and Abuja.