Twenty-five youths, under the Pillarcom Network, have been assured of access to the Government Enterprises and Entrepreneurs Programme (GEEP) loan facility.
Coordinator of the Q-Project Nigeria, a trade association recognised by the Bank of Industry (BOI) to access the GEEP, Mr Nse Edoho, gave the assurance at the end of a two weeks training on Sunday in Lagos.
The Q-Project Nigeria is a Trade Association responsible for processing GEEP loan for its members and granting small loans to market women and small scale business owners.
TBI Africa reports that Pillarcom Networks is a group of young Nigerians conducting skill acquisition training for youths to earn a living.
Edoho remarked that the “Free Youth Empowerment Programme’’ was a good initiative that was capable of enhancing development in Nigeria.He commended the participants for demonstrating perfect skills in the production of various items within just two weeks of the training.
Participants were able to produce germicides, liquid soaps, perfumes, shoes, bags and beads.Some of the participants also demonstrated expertise in catering, make-ups, graphic design, website design and digital marketing.
“The exhibition shows what the free empowerment programme has been able to do in the lives of the participants.Participants should focus on the skills they have acquired and improve on what they have learnt from time to time.
“The government, through the BOI, has provided financial assistance under the GEEP, from which they can get interest-free loans without collateral,’’ he said.
The Founder of the Pillarcom Network, Mr Taiwo Pillar, remarked that the network had conducted free empowerment training for more than 1,000 people on Information and Computer Technology (ICT).
“This is the first time we are venturing into a two-week free empowerment programme in other skill acquisitions training outside ICT.
“Participants were trained on how to produce shoe, bags and beads, liquid soaps, insecticides, dettol, Izal, perfume and custard, catering and make-up.We also train them on graphic designs and website design and digital marketing,’’ Pillar said.
One of the participants, Miss Adebisi Olawumi, said she lacked words to express her happiness for being one of the lucky participants.
“Although I joined late, I was able to catch up and took part in the production of liquid soap, dettol, izal, custard, perfume and germicides.I have been looking for an avenue to learn things like this and l thank Pillarcom for providing me with the opportunity,” Olawumi said.
She advised other youths to take advantage of various skill acquisition programmes designed to empower young Nigerians in order to be able to contribute to the nation’s economic development.