Sunshine Government in Action

Ondo and eight other states in the federation, are to benefit from the UNITED Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) $3 million entrepreneurship project.

The project is aimed at preparing young people to create their own employment from secondary schools.

The other states are Anambra, Bauchi, Benue, Cross River, Delta, Katsina, Ogun and Oyo.

Noriko Takahashi, Industrial Development Officer, said the UNIDO project will support the development of entrepreneurship content in secondary schools and infuse it into the curricula of 34 trade subjects. “The project, costing $3 million, part of which is funded by the Government of Japan, will be implemented in the course of the next five years and will focus on supporting the education process in a total of nine states”.

Ismail Junaidu, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Education Research and Development Council (NERDC), stated that in order to achieve this goal, the nation needs to make sure that its young people have the chance to become productive members of society.

A new education curriculum focusing on developing entrepreneurship knowledge, skills and attitudes that will benefit industries and also serve as a reliable and efficient vehicle for the attainment of the vision 2020, should be developed.

UNIDO provides advisory services to improve the business and policy environment for the private sector, assisting with the creation of productive capacities. Its programmes support investment and technology opportunities to help enterprises, especially SMEs, improve productivity and innovation, and achieve systemic competitive advantages.

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