A non-governmental organization (NGO), Hacey Health Initiative (HHI), with the help of Access Bank, has said it is focused on equipping more than 1,500 young Nigerians to perceive opportunities in the country’s technological sector rather than seeking to “japa” from it.
Its Kaduna State coordinator, Barr. Jennifer Agbaji, told reporters in an interview that Hacey is implementing a post-COVID-19 survival project with funding from Access Bank to assist and prepare young people for employment, higher education, and entrepreneurship.
According to her, the project, which is being implemented in the Federal Capital Territory, Oyo, Kaduna, and Ebonyi States, would help a lot of Nigerian youths to be change agents in all spheres of the country’s economy by way of being productively engaged in technology driven projects.
“The project aims to strengthen the capacity of young people to effectively serve as change agents, promoting health and development messages, initiatives, and policies within and beyond their communities.
“For example, how they can leverage technology-driven projects such as coding, web programming, web design, graphic design, digital marketing, social media marketing, and other computer applications that are available to young persons.
“This will help these young persons to be productively engaged instead of looking for white-collar jobs that are not readily available for the masses.
“We are implementing the project in the FCT, Oyo, Kaduna, and Ebonyi States where we have reached over 1,500 young persons including members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to help them see a good future in Nigeria as a land of opportunities.
“Many people are going overseas without knowing there are so many benefits here in the country. So, we have been encouraging and empowering these young people on how to identify and key into these opportunities in their interest, and that of the country’s,” she said.