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Federal Government and Wema Bank Announce Eligibility Criteria for Skillnnovation Grant Program

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In a bid to bolster the nation’s workforce and empower its youth, the Federal Government, in collaboration with Wema Bank, has unveiled the eligibility criteria for the Skillnnovation Grant program. This initiative, announced through the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), aims to train two million youths in digital skills and provide support to one million Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) across the country.

Mr. Olusola Abiola, the Director of Information at the Office of the Vice President, revealed that this program aligns with the Federal Government’s commitment to fulfilling the job creation agenda of the administration led by Vice President Tinubu. The partnership with Wema Bank underscores the government’s determination to equip the youth with essential skills for the digital age and foster entrepreneurship.

To be eligible for the Skillnnovation Grant program, aspiring candidates must meet specific criteria outlined by the organizers. The program welcomes applications from Nigerian youths between the ages of 18 and 35 who are passionate about acquiring digital skills and contributing to the nation’s economic growth. Additionally, MSMEs seeking support should be registered and operating within the country.

To be eligible for the Skillnnovation Grant, aspiring participants must meet the following criteria:

  • Age: Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 35. This focus on young adults aligns with the program’s objective of empowering the next generation of digitally-savvy professionals.
  • Nationality: The grant is exclusively available to Nigerian citizens, ensuring that the benefits of this initiative directly impact the country’s youth population.
  • NIN: A valid National Identity Number (NIN) is mandatory for participation. This requirement ensures the integrity of the application process and facilitates seamless identification of beneficiaries.
  • Employment Status: The grant targets unemployed or underemployed individuals, prioritizing those who stand to gain the most from acquiring digital skills and enhancing their employment prospects.
  • Training Commitment: Applicants must demonstrate a willingness to actively engage in a digital skills training program. This commitment underscores the importance of dedication and perseverance in acquiring new skills.

Interested individuals who meet these eligibility criteria are encouraged to visit the Skillnnovation website: skillnovation.alat.ng to apply for the program. The application process is designed to be straightforward and accessible, ensuring that aspiring participants can seamlessly enroll in this transformative initiative.

Speaking about the initiative, Mr. Abiola emphasized, “Wema Bank, in partnership with the Office of the Vice President, has concluded arrangements to commence an initiative that will impact two million youths and one million MSMEs across the country.” He further encouraged eligible candidates to visit skillnovation.alat.ng and apply for the program, stressing the significant opportunity it presents for personal and business development.

The Skillnnovation Grant program reflects the government’s dedication to fostering digital literacy, entrepreneurship, and job creation. By providing training and support to the youth and MSMEs, this initiative is poised to make a substantial impact on the socio-economic landscape of Nigeria, paving the way for a brighter and more prosperous future.

Read our previous post about Skillnnovation here 👉 Federal Government and Commercial Bank Partner to Empower Nigerians through Digital Skills Programme

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