•Signs MoU With Bravopoints To Boost Youth Investment
The Federal Government has expressed its willingness to continue to collaborate with South Africa in fashioning out dynamic and robust programmes that will engage the youth of both countries with a view to checkmating the unpleasant occurrences of the recent past.
Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, made the disclosure today in his office in Abuja when the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Thamsanga Mseleka, paid him a courtesy call.
He said that both countries can engage their youth in the fields of sports, education, ICT Skills, and culture so as to enhance the socio-economic development of the countries.
Mr. Dare stated further that the interactions which commenced today between the two countries are expected to work out mechanisms that will give room for constant dialogue which will proffer solutions that will be implemented by both governments.
“I am happy that just as Nigeria is talking about how to protect the rights of its citizens, South Africa is also looking for the same”. This he said, will ensure that the desire of both countries for mutual collaboration is achieved.
The Minister emphasized that the conversation should go beyond youth meetings to stakeholder consultations, aimed at strengthening the ties between both countries, adding that Nigeria and South Africa had a long-time diplomatic relationship, which should not be allowed to dissipate.
Speaking earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Nebeolisa Anako observed that the interaction that would strengthen the bilateral relationship between the two countries was long overdue, particularly considering the fact that both countries share so many things in common like sports, youth, and culture.
In his remarks, the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Thamsanga Mseleka said that he was in the Ministry to brief the Minister on the preparedness of his country to open up areas that will cement the long-standing diplomatic relationship between Nigeria and South Africa.
He assured that South Africa was ready to partner with Nigeria so as to work out mechanisms that will strengthen their relationship especially with the involvement of the youth of both countries in the areas of sports, culture, and education. In another development, the Federal Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Bravopoints International Limited to boost youth investment in the country.
The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare while signing the MOU in his office in Abuja today, stated that the partnership is another exemplar of public-private partnership (PPP) policy initiated by the Ministry to deepen the Federal Government’s support for the Youth to realize their business ideas towards achieving national growth and socio-economic development.
According to him, the President Muhammadu Buhari Administration is fully committed to uplifting the lives of youth in the country and as such, it would continue to partner with relevant stakeholders with a view to harnessing their potentials, innovative ideas, visions and entrepreneurial capacities to empower them into becoming self-reliant.
He stated that the signing of Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry and Management of Bravopoints International – the promoter, on “The Next Titan Nigeria Season 8” which is a foremost entrepreneurship reality and the competitive show is another step by the present administration to further strengthen the youth of the country to become self-employed and employers of labour
Mr Dare explained further that the Ministry desires a collaboration with The Promoter on the Show as a platform to ignite the entrepreneurial spirit of young Nigerians and to leverage in sensitising the youth about initiatives of government towards young people.
As an avenue to identify top 1000 talented young entrepreneurs to fund their business ideas or businesses as beneficiaries of Nigeria Youth Investment Fund, the Minister said, the youth would be engaged in auditioning of their business ideas, both online and offline to ascertain their credibility for selection.
Speaking earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Nebeolisa Anako assured that the Ministry will ensure the full implementation of the MOU in line with the policies of the government.
In his remarks, the Chief Executive Officer / Managing Director of Bravopoints International, Mr Mide Akinlaja applauded the Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari for his unalloyed commitment to investing in the innovative ideas, businesses, and visions of the Youth in the country.
He stated that the collaboration between the Ministry and Bravopoints International Limited, promoter of the reality show which will run for 10 weeks on TV, will promote and enhance the entrepreneurial spirit of the Youth in Nigeria.