In a resolute move to invigorate and amplify youth engagement within the exportation sector, the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) has unveiled an innovative initiative aimed at fostering inclusivity and empowerment. The newly introduced program, aptly named the Youth For Export Programme (YEP), was officially inaugurated on Wednesday amidst a ceremonious event in the capital city of Abuja.
Ezra Yakusak, the esteemed Executive Director of NEPC, stood at the forefront of this pivotal announcement, delivering a compelling address that underscored the significance of channeling the dynamic potential of the nation’s youth towards the non-oil export domain. The program’s overarching theme, “Promoting Youth Inclusiveness on Non-oil Export: A Catalyst for Sustainable Economic Growth,” resonates with a strategic vision to harness the demographic dividend that the country’s youthful population presents.
Yakusak eloquently emphasized that youths constitute a staggering 60 percent of Nigeria’s population, thereby positioning them as pivotal agents of economic growth and development. In his impassioned speech, he underscored the imperative of purposefully nurturing and leveraging the capabilities and talents inherent within this burgeoning segment of the population.
“The future trajectory of Nigeria is intrinsically linked to our collective ability to prioritize human capital development and offer viable and enduring economic prospects to our youth,” remarked Yakusak. He further highlighted the untapped reservoir of opportunities that the export value-chain holds, rendering it an arena rich with latent potential for young minds to embrace and propel forward.
Brigadier-General Yusha’u Ahmed, the Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), expressed commendation for NEPC’s visionary initiative and extended his heartfelt well-wishes for the program’s resounding success. He aptly encapsulated the sentiments of many stakeholders who view this enterprise as a promising step toward not only fostering youth involvement in the export sector but also nurturing a prosperous future for Nigeria’s economic landscape.
As the inaugural Youth For Export Programme sets forth on its trajectory, expectations and hopes run high, with many eagerly anticipating the tangible and transformative impact it is poised to effect on the nation’s socio-economic fabric. The echoes of this groundbreaking launch serve as a call to action, resonating with a potent message that underscores the remarkable role young individuals can play in shaping the destiny of Nigeria’s economic prosperity.