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I have always wondered whether it is a mere chance, sheer providence or luck that brought FoodpreneurNews in contact with NEPAD Business Group Nigeria (NBGN) to form a formidable alliance in the fight against poverty and food insecurity in Nigeria and beyond.

Alarmed by the high level of graduate unemployment in the country, NEPAD Business Group Nigeria (NBGN) initiated a training programme for youths tagged the “NBGN Graduates’ Employability Improvement & Development Initiative (GEIDI)”. This is also in furtherance of its objective on wealth creation and poverty alleviation.

The Executive Secretary/CEO of the NEPAD Business Group-Nigeria, Mr. Oluwole Dosumu, explained that this initiative from the Board led by the amiable Chief Dr. Nike Akande, CON, was intended to equip Nigerian graduates with both technical and entrepreneurial skills “to address the observed mismatch in graduate training and those skills required in modern workplace for enhanced employability and self-reliability”

In an interview with the FoodpreneurNews, Mr. Dosumu, who is a product of Obafemi Awolowo University, (OAU) said “NBGN had no choice but to partner with Government in assisting to find a solution to the scourge of youth unemployment and its associated vices

The first edition of NBGN GEIDI was a 6-month programme which was organized in conjunction with the Nigeria Opportunities Industrialization Centres (NOIC), Bank of Industry Limited (BOI), Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), among others. It will interest you to note that the maiden edition of the scheme which started in the first week of September, 2014 with 50 trainees drawn from all over the federation ended in March, 2015 at NOIC Complex, Gbagada- Lagos.  And the courses offered included Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Computer hardware Maintenance, Hotel & Catering Management, Electrical Installation, Automotive Mechanics as well as Painting & House Decoration.

NEPAD initiative is a veritable tool for achieving positive impact on the general well-being of the generality of our people and improvements in their quality of life.

To get more details on NEPAD INITIATIVES ON POVERTY ALLEVIATION, as they prepare for the 2nd edition of this laudable GEIDI intervention programme.

Contact: NEPAD Business Group Nigeria, 3rd Floor, Eleganza Biro Plaza, Plot634, Adeyemo Alakija Street, Victorial Island, Lagos

Phone: +234-1-2710478, +234-8055112700/ 08037881178

Email: [email protected]


About The Author

Rasaq Oke

Rasaq Oke hold a Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.) Honours degree in Food Science & Technology from the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife. He is a seasoned Food Technologist and Agribusiness expert with wide and rich industry experience that cut across reputable organization like Guinness Plc, Crown Cork and Seal, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals (now Neimeth Pharmaceuticals), Livestock Feeds Plc. and Tantalizers Plc. He is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of FOODDOTCOMACADEMY SERVICES, Managing Consultant with RESPITALITY CARE COMPANY (RCC), and Publisher/ CEO of FOODPRENEURS PUBLISHING COMPANY, the publisher of FOODPRENEURNEWS, a print and online food magazine ( Mr. Oke is an accomplished food entrepreneur, consultant, administrator, instructor, and facilitator. He is a member of the Governing Council of the Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST) and the Head,-Editorial Board of the NIFST Food Forum Magazine; An Executive Member of the Nigeria Association of Agricultural Journalist (NAAJ). He is an Full Member and Secretary of the Membership, Certification and Education Committee of the Governing Council of the Nigerian Institute of Training and Development (NITAD). He a a Media and Communication Consultant to the Lagos State Fadama Coordination Office (SFCO) and the Lagos State Coconut Development Authority (LASCODA) in addition to being a Technical Partner to the Lagos State Consumer Protection Authority (LASCOPA). He is married with children and loves playing table tennis as well as travelling.

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