After dumping the “YouWin” economic programme initiated by former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, the Federal Government has revived it.
Jonathan had designed it to empower youths to become entrepreneurs before President Muhammadu Buhari discarded it.
But more than after in office, Buhari has brought it up under a new name, “YouWinConnect”.
The Director of Information in the Ministry of Finance, Salisu Na’inna Dambatta, made this known on Wednesday in a press statement where he said that the Finance Minister, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has kept her promise of resuscitating the Jonathan’s “YouWin” programme.
According to Dambatta, the Federal Government has enhanced and restructured the Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria “YouWin” programme into a multimedia-based programme and re-launched it as “YouWinConnect”.
He said the restructured scheme comes with a sharper focus on supporting young entrepreneurs with fresh business management ideas for sustainability.
“The transformation of the programme is in line with the promise made earlier in the year by the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, who initiated consultations with beneficiaries and other stakeholders of the programme on July 22, 2016, for inputs that would improve the performance and sustainability of small and medium businesses start-ups by beneficiaries of the programme.
“The minister stated that the ‘YouWinConnect’ was designed “to support young entrepreneurs as they Plan, Start and Grow their businesses by delivering to them enterprise management education and skills as well as Franchise Development Online, through radio and television.
“The ‘YouWinConnect’ Programme, which replaces the ‘YouWin’ Programme which took off in 2011, aims to promote entrepreneurship as well as viable career options for young Nigerians thereby creating jobs, wealth and contributing to the concerted efforts of pulling Nigeria out of the ebbing current economic recession,” he said.
Dambatta said under the restructured ‘YouWinConnect’, the Federal Ministry of Finance, which would run the scheme, would organise and focus training programmes for young entrepreneurs to boost their capacity in business management including book keeping, reinvesting profits, avoiding unnecessary debts and the ability to identify and key into new business opportunities.