Category Archives: Youth Empowerment

Entrepreneurship Development Programme

CBN Heritage Bank

Heritage Bank has been adopted by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as the sole pilot bank for the Youth Innovative Entrepreneurship Development Programme (YIEDP). The programme is aimed at harnessing the latent entrepreneurial spirit among the teeming youths by providing timely and affordable loans to implement their business ideas. This further provides a sustainable mechanism to stimulate employment, contribute to the Nation’s non-oil GDP, and address the challenge of youth restiveness.

The following categories of youth (aged 18 – 35) are eligible under this scheme:

  • Serving youth corps members *
  • Non-NYSC (not more than 5 years post NYSC) Qualified Business Sectors: 
  • Agro – Allied
  • Food Processing / Preservation
  • Arts & Crafts, * Manufacturing / Cottage Industry
  • Information & Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Construction Support, * Power & Energy
  • Education & Financial Inclusion
  • Film & Photography
  • Automobile and others.

The details below are relevant for all eligible youth: Eligible youth can apply for the loan through this portal using his/her NYSC State Code. Applications can be made as an Individual or as a group (of 3-5 applicants with similar business interest).

A single applicant can access up to a facility limit N3m while group project jointly owned by 3-5 qualified beneficiaries can access up to a facility limit of N10m.

Applicants can also track application status via the same portal. Security: Graduate entrepreneurs will use their tertiary institution(s) certificate(s) and their NYSC discharge certificate.

Serving Corp members will pledge their NYSC discharge certificate and their tertiary institution(s) certificates(s). Also, legal ownership of assets financed by the Bank and 3rd party guarantors will be requested as additional collateral from all entrepreneurs. The application portal will be open for a limited period. However, you can refine your business ideas before the submission.

ICT4Change Youth Empowerment

Federal Government in partnership with Huawei Enterprise Have has organized “ICTforChange” . This program is designed for Universities/Polytechnics Graduates of Electrical, Electronics, Computer Science, ICT, Civil & Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Mathematics and other ICT related courses. All applicants must be between 18 – 30 years. The training is FREE but successful applicants are to provide for their living and transport expenses. The training is in these sections.
Training Courses Covers;
1. ICT Fundamentals
2. Huawei Certified Datacom Associate (HCDA) certification
3. Telecoms Power
4. BTS and Mircrowave Installation
Registration closes June 15, 2016

Training Locations: Abuja and Lagos

Training is FREE and closes June 15, 2016

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