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NBC workshop extends to Kaduna

NBC workshop extends to Kaduna

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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-day workshop in Kaduna where it engaged no less than eight hundred youths in a bid to empower them to improve their fortunes and create viable opportunities for economic growth.

The workshop which ran between August 14 -16 was witnessed by large number of youths, scores of government officials, notable mentors, non-governmental organisations and a host of other dignitaries.

Speaking during the programme, Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, who was represented by his deputy, Mr. Bala Bantex, commended NBC for bringing the initiative to Kaduna, noting that the youth empowered programme complements the government’s effort in empowering the youths of the state.

He said: “We welcome this initiative as a further contribution and necessary effort to support our youth with vital skills. Kaduna is a young state with 89% of the population being young men and women. This demography has the potential to become the engine of growth if it is well trained and given the necessary opportunity. On our part, we are responding to these needs in a variety of ways. For instance, we have less than 100,000 people working for the Kaduna State government, only 30,000 of them are youths. To support them, the state government has created the Kaduna Start-up Entrepreneurship Programme to equip young graduates with requisite business and entrepreneurial skills.”

He further stated that the state government was ready to partner with NBC on any initiative to support the youths. “I want to use this opportunity to congratulate all the beneficiaries and advise them to see these opportunities provided by this workshop as a chance to pull from the wealth of knowledge of the facilitators. Once again, I want to thank NBC for this initiative,” said the governor.

Speaking during the workshop, Country CSR Manager, Nigerian Bottling Company Ltd, Mr. Ekuma Eze, explained that the company is committed to supporting the Nigerian youths by making them employable and self-reliant, hence the reason for ensuring the youth empowered initiative is extended to every part of the country.

“We know this is the beginning of a positive engagement with the state government in terms of empowering the young people. We are always willing and ready to partner with the government to support the youth in releasing their potential,” he said.

Eze revealed that the programme will climax with a business idea and vision where participants will be allowed to pitch their business ideas to panel of entrepreneurs who will select the best business idea. “Our commitment as a business is that we are going to incorporate a company for the winning group after which we would source for funding to enable them actualise their ideas.”

The youth empowered 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.

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