The Federal Government, in alignment with President Bola Tinubu’s commitment to creating more digital jobs for young Nigerians, is launching a digital hub. This initiative, led by the Office of the Vice President, aims to empower one million youths in Nigeria with digital and related skills. The hub, known as the FGN/ALAT Digital and Skill Innovation Hub, will first be established in Lagos and Borno States, with additional centers to follow in Katsina, Cross River, Anambra, Oyo, and Kano. The project will be conducted in collaboration with WEMA Bank, a prominent financial institution in Nigeria.

    The strategic objectives of this program include providing tailored financial products, training, and support to empower young entrepreneurs and help them establish sustainable businesses that contribute to the country’s economic growth. It also aims to support tech-savvy youths interested in digital innovations by offering financial solutions, training, and access to strategic partnerships. Additionally, the initiative seeks to empower young employees, particularly those deployed through the NYSC (National Youth Service Corps), to become integral contributors to the Nigerian workforce.


    The FGN/ALAT Digital and Skill Innovation Hub will act as a centralized platform, providing cutting-edge digital skills, mentorship, and networking opportunities for tech-savvy youths and young entrepreneurs in Nigeria. Its primary focus is to promote entrepreneurship, skills development, and the integration of young employees into the workforce, with the goal of employing one million youths in the digital economy and upskilling SMEs that can directly add value to the country’s economy.

    Regarding training, the program aims to train one million young adults in various areas, including software engineering, product management, business analysis, cloud computing, and product design. A specialized curriculum will be designed specifically for the FGN/ALAT Digital and Skill Innovation Hub to achieve these training objectives.

    In terms of mentorship, experts will provide guidance to 500,000 SMEs across Nigeria, while coaches will train and upskill them for business growth and advancement. Furthermore, the initiative will offer grants to SMEs and techpreneurs through a collaborative arrangement between the Federal Government and WEMA Bank, with N500 million being allocated for this purpose.

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