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[UNIDO]–A statement released by United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) has revealed that Oyo State and eight other states in the country will benefit from a $3 million entrepreneurship project organized by the international organisation.

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The other eight beneficiary states are Anambra State, Bauchi State, Benue State, Cross River State, Delta State, Katsina State, Ogun State and Ondo State

The project, which is focused on catching them young is aimed at preparing young people to create their own employment right from secondary schools.

The Industrial Development Officer of the organisation, Noriko Takahashi, while stating that the UNIDO project will support the development of entrepreneurship content in secondary schools included that “the project, costing $3 million, part of which is funded by the Government of Japan, will be implemented in the course of the next five years and will focus on supporting the education process in a total of nine states.”

In his own statement, the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Education Research and Development Council (NERDC) Ismail Junaidu, said, “to achieve this goal we need to make sure that young people in Nigeria have the chance to become productive members of society. A new education curriculum focusing on developing entrepreneurship knowledge, skills and attitudes that will benefit industries and also serve as a reliable and efficient vehicle for the attainment of the vision 2020.”

Building on a robust global network aimed at fostering investment, technology and other partnership opportunities, UNIDO seeks to enable programmes that support investment and technology opportunities to help enterprises, especially SMEs, improve productivity and innovation, and achieve systemic competitive advantages globally.

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