The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo whilst delivering a special lecture on “The Challenges of Human Development in 21st Century Africa” at Oxford University in the United Kingdom said the N-Power programme is setting a target of training and benefitting 10 million graduates by 2023.
He also disclosed the programme has provided over 500,000 jobs to young Nigerian graduates in the past two years.
He said, “As the proportion of the working age group of 15-59 years will continue to increase steadily over the next years, Nigeria has the advantage of ‘demographic dividend'”.
“Harnessing the demographic dividend through appropriate skill development efforts provides an opportunity to achieve inclusion and productivity within the country.
“Over the past two years, through the N-Power Programme, the largest post-tertiary employment programme in Africa, we have been able to offer skills development programmes digitally to over 500,000 young citizens between the ages of 18 and 35. We have set a target of skilling 10 million Nigerians by 2023″.
The Vice President also inaugurated the International Advisory Board (IAB) of Oxford University’s African Studies Centre, under the School of Global and Area Studies (OSGA).
The members of the inaugurated board are eminent leaders from across the world and they include:
- Tito Mboweni, an international advisor of Goldman Sachs, and former Chairman of the South African Reserve Bank, who will chair the board
- Monica Geingos, First Lady of Namibia, lawyer and entrepreneur
- Ibrahim Gambari, former UN Under-Secretary for Political Affairs, one-time Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations and former Nigeria’s External Affairs Minister
- Charlotte Scott, former First Lady of Zambia and development specialist
- Gareth Ackerman, Chairman of Pick’n’Pay, South Africa
- Alex Duncan, Director and Consultant Economist, The Policy Practice, Brighton, United Kingdom
- Ivor Agyeman-Duah – Economist and author, Accra, Ghana
- Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, Nigeria
- Linda Mabhena-Olagunju, founder and Managing Director, DLO Energy Group (Pty) Ltd, South Africa.
The Vice President was received by the Head, Oxford School of Global & Area Studies, Tim Powers; and the Director of the African Studies Centre, Prof. Wale Adebanwi.