Buhari Bows to Pressure, Relaunches Goodluck Jonathan’s YouWin …

by on February 20, 2016

Goodluck Jonathan during his tenure as Nigeria’s President initiated the YouWin! Small and Medium Enterprise, SME Growth Fund responsible for creating over 22,000 jobs – but as Muhammadu Buhari took over as President, it was put on hold with intention to scrap.

However, a source revealed that Buhari has succumbed to pressure and has given his approval for the YouWiN relaunch.

The source disclosed that Buhari was initially unconvinced about the programe but finally bowed to pressure to continue with YouWiN but, albeit, under a new name.

This laudable project was began by former president Goodluck Jonathan with sponsorship from World Bank under the coordination of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

This affected the payment of the YouWiN3 Awardees who up till now have not received their 2nd and 3rd tranches. Expectedly, this has affected their businesses threatening them to the point of folding up if nothing is done to pay them the remaining funds.

In order not to get Nigerians talking about the government copying the works of the “ineffectual Buffon” as tagged by The Economist, a new name and a new platform has been created.

The YouWiN Programme has been renamed “BUSINESS INNOVATION GROWTH (BIG)” by the Buhari administration.

Interested Nigerians can log into the new website and enter for the competition: www.bigportal.org.ng
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  • February 20, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    Honestly, this is just a very good step in the right direction. its applaudable to commend Mr president. it has gone a long way to discredit critics who feels that our dear president wants to fold up all past adminstration initiatives after spending billions of naira and our resources. youwin is a good programme from the ones I ve seen in my area, this guys are doing really good job in their individual fields. honestly everything is not all about playing politics its one of the best initiatives of past administration that needs to be commended and encourage by buhari administration instead of closing that opportunity created by that programme to create employment. i will like to thank the president for this and advice that he help this guys who are complaining of none payment to help them get paid so that they can conclude their various projects to standard than doing it half way.


  • February 20, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    oga ure commenting as if ure not in this country again. those around buhari will not allow that programme to see the light of the day. the will criticize it so that it will be closed down instead of building it to attain its aims and objectives and all the resources invested and job opportunity created will be lost for their selfish purpose. some of them are their for their selfish purpose and are ready to grab every opportunity through criticism. well, lets see if he can help this guys who are really out to serve their father land without playing politics on it. after all it is jonathans property. he has played his own party and gone other things are left for us chikinaaas.


  • February 20, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    my brother i dont quite agree with you to an extent because our president is really clever at least from the way this are going u will agree with me that he is trying to be very carefull to identify people who are really out to work with him or those there to run him down. At least for him to allow the programme stay is commendable that I know it show he actual knows the benefit of the programme irrespective of party difference. he still has listening ears and would not allow those guys suffer as a result of none payment. i think i have seen a might poultry farm printing shops cassava plantations food processing factories etc in my area that has that youwin entrepreneurs establishing it so it will definitely be terrible disaster if such laudable newly establish projects are allowed to fold as a result of funds. the govt should follow up the project and make it work, who knows if those guys might be a serious solution to our national unemployment problems because i was told that they have an obligation to employ nothing less than ten workers on full establishment of the project and that’s really commendable from the organizers of the programme.


  • Ararhure Eseore
    February 21, 2016 at 4:13 am

    Nigerians should stop the unnecessary waste of fund and do the right thing continuation is the only way to avoid some of the pitfalls the developing countries are going through. Has this government sit down to calculate how much money will be wasted on the reprinting on this new name? What is wrong in continuing with the old name if the government finds the program or project to be viable?


  • February 21, 2016 at 6:22 am

    since this project is commendable why not the govt. explorer that avenue to create massive employment since the programme is already existing than the relaunching of the new one which will still look like starting everything afresh with lots of resources needed to bring it to the level the former programme youwin are now. i think our most problematic headache in Nigeria governance today is lack of continuity and this has resulted to lots of waste of resources and lots of abandon project in our country today which is telling us negatively in our national economy. this guys should be encourage to build their project than rejection of the project. this is our own things we should not allow it to fold please. am commenting here because i have seen lots and lots of big business projects springing up in my area through this programme.


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