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U.S. trains young Nigerians to boost economy

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By Okunloye Abiodun

700 women have been taught how to make furniture out of used tires - Martins.

During the graduation ceremony of the 10 participants of the “Learn to Earn Project” at the American Corner, located on the Choba campus of the University of Port Harcourt in Nigeria, Mr. Will Stevens, who serves as the Consul General for the United States in Nigeria, has stated that the U.S. government will continue to collaborate with universities in Nigeria in order to improve the economy of the country. According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), 10 young women have successfully completed the training program that was supported financially by the United States African Development Foundation and carried out by MOBA Designs.

The young women who took part in the program received six months of training in the utilization of recycled materials like tires and plastic waste to create durable, cost-effective furniture for use in African homes and businesses. In addition to providing leadership and business management skills and a means of financial independence, Stevens said the training was designed to increase the initiative of young women, cut down on pollution, foster a more environmentally friendly community, and improve the overall health of the planet. He added that the United States has 11 corners in Nigeria where training is held, and afterwards, participants receive a sustaining grant from the Consulate ranging from $10,000 to $100,000.

Nigeria has the largest participants in the U.S. programmes in Africa.

Speaking on activeness, the Consul General afford that Nigeria is the leading member of the United States programs in Africa. Adding that the partnership exchange between universities in the United States and those in Nigeria, which was established on the basis of the democratic environment of the people, made their relationship far more extensive. The fact that U.S. students learn from Nigerian academics and Nigerian students learn from the U.S. makes it possible for them to work together in a partnership.

In the previous decade, discussions have been going on about the need to find African answers to African issues and work together to discover African solutions to global challenges during that time. However, they have gathered to collaborate in order to make it possible for amazing young African entrepreneurs to develop answers to challenges that are affecting the whole globe. They are concentrating their efforts at American Corner on delivering American opportunities and ideals to the people of Port Harcourt through its University, as well as to the people of Nigeria.

The country would have enough manpower if degrees and skills were combined.

Prof. Owunari Georgewill, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt, said that it was clear that the training in the American Corner made a difference. He said that people came to the corner to learn skills that helped the country a lot with the help of the American government through its Consulate. Additionally, the University of Port Harcourt will always be grateful to the U.S. Government for what it has done for the school. The country would have enough workforce if degrees and skills were combined. He said that the Consulate had always helped the people at the American Corner with their problems but that there was still room for improvement.

Also, Beauty Martins, who is the Creative Director of MOBA Designs, expressed gratitude to the American Consulate for helping young entrepreneurs in Nigeria. Martins said that around 700 women had been taught how to make furniture out of used tires, and about 20% of them now run their own businesses in Port Harcourt as well as other cities in Nigeria. She, therefore, advised young Nigerians that if they want to improve their standard of living, they should take entrepreneurship classes.

The program would build women’s capacity to contribute more to the world.

Moreover, Stevens, the Consul General, said that he was quite pleased with his emphasis on women’s entrepreneurship. He affirmed that while women make up more than 30% of the world’s population, they only make up 40% of the labour force and contribute only 1% of the global solutions, and when women work, their earnings go toward the children’s education and well-being at home. On the other hand, Stevens praised the institution for the ‘great work’ it was carrying out and for utilizing the funding to support additional Port Harcourt entrepreneurs.


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jdpumping
jdpumping
1 year ago

Thanks to the US government for training our women in order to use tyres in making furnitures in order to make money and contribute to the economy.

Abusi
Abusi
1 year ago

Empowering people is a way to help develop the country. The man power and human resources will now be utilized in a productive way in the society. I applaud the U.S for taking empowering of women very serious and candid.

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
1 year ago

Another advancement in the angle of bringing about innovation and creativeness in young Nigerians. This will flood our society with creative citizen and give room for more development.

Last edited 1 year ago by Ultra0711
Haykaylyon26
Haykaylyon26
1 year ago

Another innovation development that will help our country, this train should not die down make government use the opportunity to make use of the training our people acquired to improved the country economy I hope more new train is acquired so we can developed our country also

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
1 year ago

This is a very good development that will help us to grow more. The training will really boost our economy system and improve a lot of people. Government needs to support this training by U.S

Adeolastan
Adeolastan
1 year ago

Nigeria need very serious training nowadays to develop both human and capital because the system need expert in all aspect so as to grow the economy.

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
1 year ago

Man power and human resources will now be utilized in a productive way in the society. Empowerment is good.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
1 year ago

Training in the exploitation of recycled materials such as tires and plastic debris to build sturdy and cost-effective furniture for use in African homes and businesses was provided to the young women who participated in the program and received it over the course of a period of six months.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
1 year ago

In addition to imparting knowledge of management and leadership in business, as well as offering young women a path toward achieving financial autonomy, the training was intended to instill in them a greater sense of initiative.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
1 year ago

In addition, the establishment of a partnership exchange between universities in the United States and those in Nigeria, which was founded on the basis of the democratic environment of the people, made their relationship significantly more extensive.

Bola12
Bola12
1 year ago

the program was aimed to promote the initiative of young women, cut down on pollution, foster a more ecologically friendly community, and improve the general health of the earth

Christiana
Christiana
1 year ago

Young women who took part in the program were trained for six months on how to use recycled materials like tires and plastic waste to make durable, cost-effective furniture for homes and businesses in Africa.

Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
1 year ago

Combining degrees and talents would provide enough workers. He said the Consulate has always supported the American Corner, but there’s space for improvement.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
1 year ago

In spite of the fact that women make up more than 30% of the world’s population, they only account for 40% of the labor force and contribute only 1% of the solutions to global problems. Furthermore, when women are employed, the money they make is put toward the education and well-being of their children at home.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
1 year ago

They have gotten together in order to work together in order to make it feasible for brilliant young African businesspeople to discover solutions to problems that are affecting the entire world.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
1 year ago

We ought to have lauded the organization for the “excellent work” that it was accomplishing and for the way that it was making use of the cash to assist further business people in Port Harcourt.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
1 year ago

another breakthrough in technological innovation that will benefit our nation; we must not let this train die out, but rather seize the chance to put our people’s education and experience to work for the betterment of our national economy. If more shiny new trains could be obtained, maybe our country could advance, too.

SarahDiv
SarahDiv
1 year ago

We need skills not degrees alone. Thanks to U.S. for training more Nigerian women to become skilled and self dependant. This will impact our country positively.

DimOla
DimOla
1 year ago

I hope more women will be given this training, this will definitely boost the economy of Nigeria.

theApr
theApr
1 year ago

The country would have enough workforce if degrees and skills were combined.