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Junior Chamber International (JCI) has called for partnership with the government, the Bank of Industry, local and international investors, chambers of commerce and others to address the protracted economic challenges in Nigeria.
The good cause organisation lamented the rate of youth employment in the country, saying there was an urgent need to set up empowerment programmes that would cover leadership and entrepreneurship across the six geopolitical zones.
The 50th president, JCI Nigeria, Abiola Olorunnisola, said part of the laid out plan for the year 2021 is to make positive strides towards promoting transatlantic trade that would drive economic progress.
He noted that the humanitarian organisation is targeting 3000 youths who are forthright, ready to learn and pass on their knowledge to others.
Olorunnisola hinted that JCI’s new initiative tagged: ‘Rebuild, Invest, Sustain, Evolve (RISE)’, was aimed at sustaining and rebuilding the economies and strengthening the workforce morale in the wake of COVID-19.
He said: “Amidst all these plans for the year 2021, we are still very mindful of COVID-19 and the threat it poses to Nigeria. Last year, JCI Nigeria made some effort in the fight the virus; this year, we don’t plan on going any easy on it. We will continue our effort for the fight against COVID-19 through sensitisation campaigns and donations of sanitizers to the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 very soon.”