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Global Alliance For Youth Nigeria Set To Train 5,000 Youth In November

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Global Alliance For Youth Nigeria Set To Train 5,000 Youth In November

The Alliance for Youth Nigeria has taken the first step on the journey towards providing 250,000 young Nigerians with the right opportunities

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Over 5,700 youth have registered to participate in the skills training program organized by the Alliance for Youth Nigeria.

5,000 of them will be selected to take part in the training covering soft and digital skills to prepare them for the world of work.

While all participants will get to meet Industry Leaders from member companies, the best
performers will benefit from internship and mentoring opportunities in the six companies who
form part of the Alliance.

Launched in August 2021, the Alliance for Youth Nigeria is a business-driven movement of like-minded organizations passionate about working together to help young people around the country get the necessary skills to thrive in the world of work, today and tomorrow. The Alliance believes that accelerating and increasing investments in youth as well as creating direct opportunities for employment and entrepreneurship will go a long way towards tackling the current social and economic challenges posed by high youth unemployment in the country.

Members of the Alliance for Youth Nigeria include Nestlé Nigeria, Jobberman Nigeria, Sterling
One Foundation, Big Bottling Company, the United Nations Global Compact Network Nigeria, and U-Connect HR Limited. They have positioned themselves to invest in joint and individual projects to give young Nigerians meaningful work experience, internships, readiness-for-work training, and mentoring opportunities in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 8 – to promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all by 2030.

The skills training program is the first of various initiatives planned to attain the Alliance for Youth Nigeria’s target of reaching more than 250,000 young Nigerians with employability and
entrepreneurial skills to enable them to secure gainful employment or set up businesses of their own within the next 3 years.

Global Alliance For Youth Nigeria Set To Train 5,000 Youth In November

Participants will be upskilled in Personal Effectiveness and Time Management, Effective
Communication, Business Etiquette, Employability Skills, Emotional Intelligence, Critical Thinking, Idea Generation, Problem Solving, and Creativity among others.
With the kick-off of this first initiative, the Alliance for Youth Nigeria has taken the first step on the journey towards providing 250,000 young Nigerians with the right opportunities and skills to attain their highest potential as productive and contributive members of society.
Together, members of the Alliance pledge to continue to drive concrete actions to provide
solutions for measurable change in the future of the Nigerian Youth.

To sign up for The Alliance for Youth – Nigeria as an organization OR for additional information or interview requests, send an email to Corporate.Communications@NG.nestle.com

Meet Organisations that formed ‘The Alliance for Youth’ and what they do:

Nestlé Nigeria is one of the largest food and beverage companies in Africa. For over 59 years,
the company has been delighting consumers around Nigeria by consistently delivering high-quality nutritious food. With a staff strength of over 2,200 direct employees, 3 manufacturing sites, 7 branch offices, and a head office located in Lagos, the company produces and markets several iconic brands including NESTLÉ PURELIFE, GOLDEN MORN, MILO, MAGGI and NESCAFÉ. Nestlé’s purpose is to unlock the power of food to enhance the quality of life for everyone, today and for generations to come.

The Big Bottling Company Limited, makers of Big Cola and other carbonated soft drink flavors is an indigenous glocal company set up to manufacture premium quality soft drinks that are excellent in taste and very big on value. BBC started operations in 2015 and has continued to grow in leaps and bounds annually.
BBC’s partnership with Laliga attests to the brand’s deliberate commitments not only to
scintillating the teeming consumer’s taste buds but also associating with the most loved game in the country at the international stage.
Innovation-driven by deep-rooted consumer insights is the foundation upon which BBC’s
operations are hinged and this is the reason for which BBC brands have remained top of mind as Nigeria’s favorite soft drinks. For more information, visit www.bigbottlingcompany.com.

Jobberman Nigeria was founded in 2009, Jobberman is an online platform that provides training and placement for jobseekers, as well as the best selection of candidates for companies hiring. It is the single largest job placement website in sub-Saharan Africa and has the vision to become the leading source of talent in every market it operates in by simplifying job searching and talent acquisition; matching the right set of skills with employer’s needs. For more information about the online placement platform visit www.jobberman.com.

Sterling One Foundation is driven by the unique challenges facing Africa and the need for progressive change. They are committed to being the benchmark of positive social impact in Nigeria by creating sustainable solutions for youth empowerment and job creation via impactful sectors which are Education, Food security, Renewable energy, Gender Equality, and Health. For more information, follow @sterlingonefoundation on Instagram and Linkedin.

United Nations Global Compact Network Nigeria, a special initiative of the UN Secretary-General, the United Nations Global Compact is a call to companies everywhere to align their operations and strategies with ten universal principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment, and anti-corruption. Launched in 2000, the mandate of the UN Global Compact is to guide and support the global business community in advancing UN goals and values through responsible corporate practices. With more than 10,000 companies and 3,000 non-business signatories based in over 160 countries, and more than 60 Local Networks, it is the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world.
The United Nations Global Compact Network Nigeria is a business-led sustainability initiative of the UN Global Compact, it was launched in Nigeria in 2007 during the Nigerian Economic Summit. The UN Global Compact Network Nigeria as a Local Network strives to mobilize a local movement of sustainable companies and stakeholders with the aim of improving the lives of future generations.
Guided by The Ten Principles and the 17 SDGs, we support companies and stakeholders in
understanding what responsible business means within a global and local context and provide
guidance to translate sustainability commitments into action. Global Compact Network Nigeria stimulates and facilitates the creation of local connections and serves as a catalyst to companies and stakeholders to achieve Agenda 2030.
For more information, follow @globalcompactnigeria on Instagram, UN Global Compact Network Nigeria in Linkedin or visit our website at www.unglobalcompactng.org

U-Connect HR Limited, known as U-Connect is a Fully Owned Nigerian Company Incorporated in 2004, with Headquarters in Lagos and Regional Offices in Abuja and Port Harcourt.
They provide strategic HR solutions to their valued clientele. Their Services Include, HR Consulting, Personnel Outsourcing, Head Hunting, Training (e-learning), Pre-Assessment Testing, and Verification Services. U-Connect Launched First of its kind HR Online Recruitment Platform on 29 June 2016 –Gr8jobsng which provides a huge database of candidates nationwide. Recruited/Outsourced/Trained over 9,500 employees for various clients in different industries with 65% of their workforce in the Banking Industry.
They are an award winner from the AllWorld Network and Harvard Business School. One of
Nigeria’s 50 fastest-growing firms. As a Business, they draw competitive strength from an active international partnership with organizations such as George Town University, Mcdonough school of business, Washington DC, E-skills Test and Assessment (USA), Procall Solutions (SA), Zobble (India), and Synergy International, UK.

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ASR Africa Supports Govt. Healthcare Development With N2.5BN Grant In Edo State

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ASR AFRICA SUPPORTS HEALTHCARE DEVELOPMENT IN EDO STATE WITH N2.5BN GRANT TO EDO STATE GOVERNMENT

ASR AFRICA SUPPORTS HEALTHCARE DEVELOPMENT IN EDO STATE WITH N2.5BN GRANT TO EDO STATE GOVERNMENT

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The Abdul Samad Rabiu Africa Initiative (ASR Africa) – the brainchild of Industrialist, philanthropist, and founder of BUA Group, Abdul Samad Rabiu, has provided a grant of 2.5billion Naira to the Edo State Government towards the equipping of the New Stella Obasanjo Hospital in Benin City currently being reconfigured, upgraded, and expanded to a 250-bed specialist hospital.

This donation makes Edo State the fourth state after Sokoto, Ogun, and Kwara states to receive a 2.5billion Naira grant from ASR Africa’s 10bn Naira Tertiary Healthcare Systems Support Grants Scheme for 2021 drawn from the Annual ASR Africa $100million Fund for Social Development and Renewal.

Presenting the grants award letter to Governor Godwin Obaseki in Edo State, Ubon Udoh, Managing Director, ASR Africa Initiative said the 2.5billion Naira Healthcare grant to Edo State, was in fulfillment of the pledge made by the founder of ASR Africa, Alh. Abdul Samad Rabiu, in June 2021 when he specifically set aside 10billion Naira for tertiary healthcare interventions in 4 states in Nigeria.

He further added that the 2.5billion grant, which will be put towards equipping the new Stella Obasanjo Hospital, will go a long way in raising the standard of care accessible in the region. He also commended Governor Godwin Obaseki, for his commitment to healthcare development at all levels within the State.

“We are here to present to you a letter of award for N2.5 billion grant for tertiary healthcare support system scheme to support the Stella Obasanjo Hospital.”

ASR AFRICA SUPPORTS HEALTHCARE DEVELOPMENT IN EDO STATE WITH N2.5BN GRANT TO EDO STATE GOVERNMENT

“We are going to start by putting an initial deposit of N1.25billion in a joint account between ASR Africa and Edo State Government; I want to congratulate you and your team. We want to thank you for the commitment you’ve shown towards bettering the lives of your people and the quality of leadership you’ve shown and which we have seen. I want to assure you that this is the beginning of a partnership between ASR and the Edo State Government,” he said.

Governor Obaseki, whilst thanking the ASR Africa Initiative for the grant, stated that his government decided to improve healthcare delivery in the state by renovating, improving, and upgrading the Stella Obasanjo Hospital to a 250-bed hospital. He also added that new buildings and services are being added to complement and support the existing complex.

According to Governor Obaseki, “We are very concerned about healthcare in Nigeria with the post-COVID-19 economy. We are determined to make Edo a healthcare hub in Nigeria. The healthcare system is really about the people. Infrastructure is important. If you don’t have the people that are properly trained, then the equipment will just be fancy for tourism. Within the Edo axis, we can muster up to five thousand doctors in different specialisations.

“If we have access to people who can provide quality healthcare and have world-class institutions or facilities to provide that training, then we should do it. Having the right governance means an arrangement where people don’t need to travel to get the kind of care they need.

“We are very keen and are anxious to get this started. For us as a state, we just try and execute. Hopefully, next week, we will establish a joint account and the procurement process has to be accelerated; within the next four to six weeks, let the orders be placed.

“I want to thank and appreciate you and the people of Edo will eternally be grateful. We can now proudly say that you have one of your largest investments in Africa in Edo and this is what they are contributing to the lives of our people,” he added.

The brainchild of African Industrialist, Philanthropist, and Chairman of BUA Group, Abdul Samad Rabiu, the Abdul Samad Rabiu Africa Initiative (ASR Africa) was established in 2021 to provide sustainable, impact-based homegrown solutions to developmental issues affecting Health, Education, and Social Development within Africa.

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Kenneth Amaeshi, Chris Ogbechie, Other Professionals To Speak At ASPN’ Seminar On Implementation Of SDG8

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…Tagged; Implementing SDG 8 in Nigeria: What Role Should the Sustainability Profession Play?

…Theme; Implementing SDG 8 in Nigeria: What Role Should the Sustainability Profession Play?

Olushola Okunlade Writes

The Association of Sustainability Professionals of Nigeria (ASPN) will on Monday 29 November 2021, at 10 am host its flagship webinar series with the theme “Implementing SDG 8: What Role Should the Sustainability Profession Play?”, which aims to tackle the issues and challenges faced by the sustainability profession and its professionals in the implementation of the SDGs within the context of SDG 8 in Nigeria. 

Speakers at the event include Ismail Omamegbe, Director, Advocacy & Stakeholder Relations Directorate, ASPN; Professor Chris Ogbechie, Dean, Lagos Business School; and Professor Kenneth Amaeshi, Chair, Business, and Sustainable Development, University of Edinburgh. Others are Rukaiya el-Rufai, Partner, Sustainability and Climate Change, PwC West Africa; Amarakoon Bandara, Ph.D., Senior Economic Adviser, UNDP; Soromidayo George, Director, Corporate Affairs and Sustainable Business, Unilever, West Africa; and Dr. Ndidi Nnoli-Edozien, Co-Chair, Private Sector Advisory Group on SDGs, Nigeria.

…Tagged; Implementing SDG 8 in Nigeria: What Role Should the Sustainability Profession Play?

Participants at the webinar will, among other things, get a clearer understanding of the challenges associated with Nigeria’s SDGs implementation journey as well as the fundamental linkage between SDG8 and other SDGs that are required to be taken into consideration in developing effective policies around SDG8; understand the trend (evolution and current state) of the sustainability profession in Nigeria and the contribution of the profession to the sustainability agenda, and get a comprehensive understanding of the skills and competencies required as a sustainability professional and the role of sustainability professionals in enhancing SDG8.

The Association of Sustainability Professionals of Nigeria (ASPN) is a non-profit organisation established in August 2019 to redefine and improve the practice and profession of Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Nigeria.

To register and participate, please click https://bit.ly/aspnwebinar or visit our website https://aspn.org.ng/ for additional information.

Association of Sustainability Professionals of Nigeria (ASPN).
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Sustainability Professionals Set To Host Seminar On Implementing SDG8 In Nigeria

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Association of Sustainability Professionals of Nigeria (ASPN).

…Theme; Implementing SDG 8 in Nigeria: What Role Should the Sustainability Profession Play?

Olushola Okunlade Writes

The Association of Sustainability Professionals of Nigeria (ASPN) is set to host a virtual seminar on “Implementing SDG 8 in Nigeria: What Role Should the Sustainability Profession Play?” to understand the role of sustainability in advancing the development of effective policies around SDG 8.

The Association of Sustainability Professionals of Nigeria (ASPN), a body of sustainability practitioners founded to develop the capacity of members and support Nigerian businesses towards actualising sustainable business growth while driving Nigeria’s sustainable development.

The virtual seminar will hold on Monday, November 29, 2021, from 10:00, am -12:00 noon. Participation at the seminar is free and will be drawn from the public, private, and development sectors.

To participate in the webinar, register via the link https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAsfu6qpjgrG9NhxW5i8eIqCmhOrFeaSgzM is required.

Unemployment and under-employment are major challenges faced by many developing countries such as Nigeria. As of the last quarter of 2020, the data from the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics put unemployment and youth unemployment rates at 33.3% and 53.4% respectively. Some direct outcomes of these two conditions are poor economic growth and poverty. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 8is the global ambition set to address inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all. The goal identifies that not only should jobs be created but they should be decent and capable of lifting people out of poverty.

Over the years, organisations have played a critical role in addressing issues related to SDG 8 such as employment, economic inclusion, non-discrimination, capacity building, availability of a skilled workforce, elimination of forced or compulsory labour. Organisations have created job opportunities, offered apprenticeship opportunities, mentored young entrepreneurs, initiated skills development programmes, put in place mechanisms to identify child and forced labour throughout its supply chains, and developed policy against unfair hiring and recruitment practices, amongst many interventions. There is no doubt that sustainability professionals have been at the centre of developing and implementing these interventions for organisations,

Therefore, sustainability professionals have been and will continue to be crucial in the achievement of the SDGs, and it is on this backdrop that the Association of Sustainability Professionals (ASPN) has decided to organise a seminar on Implementing SDG 8 in Nigeria: What Role Should the Sustainability Profession Play?

This high-level stakeholder engagement programme aims to unravel the issues and challenges faced by the sustainability profession and its professionals in the implementation of the SDGs within the context of SDG 8 in Nigeria. This is in direct alignment with the objective of ASPN to support and enhance the development of the sustainability profession and advance sustainable development in Nigeria. The workshop will also provide a compelling examination of the state of the profession in Nigeria. This will include, how the profession has contributed to the sustainability evolution both in the fiscal policy, regulatory and private sector spaces; the capabilities and competencies required by sustainability professionals for the growth of the profession; and the solutions that will transform the profession to have a broader sustainable socio-economic development role in the holistic implementation of the SDGs and within the context of SDG 8.

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Association of Sustainability Professionals of Nigeria (ASPN).

Speakers at the seminar will comprise of leading voices in the sustainability space such as Ismail Omamegbe, Director, Advocacy & Stakeholder Relations Directorate, ASPN; Professor Chris Ogbechie, Dean, Lagos Business School; Professor Kenneth Amaechi, Chair, Business, and Sustainable Development, University of Edinburgh; Rukaiya el-Rufai, Partner, Sustainability and Climate Change, PwC West Africa; AmarakoonBandara, Ph.D., Senior Economic Adviser, UNDP; Soromidayo George, Director, Corporate Affairs and Sustainable Business, Unilever, West Africa; Dr. Ndidi Nnoli-Edozien, Co-Chair, Private Sector Advisory Group on SDGs, Nigeria; Eunice Sampson, Director, Learning and Development Directorate, ASPN.

Participants at the seminar stand to benefit from the opportunity to identify ways of strengthening and developing the sustainability profession in Nigeria; contribute to an innovative transition that will have a significant impact in Nigeria by helping devise strategies for sustainable socio-economic development, inclusive growth, and decent work; be part of and network with a community of practice to shape, drive and support the sustainability agenda across different sectors

Additionally, the seminar participants will also be able to understand the challenges associated with Nigeria’s SDGs implementation journey, the fundamental linkage between SDG8 and other SDGs that are required to be taken into consideration in developing effective policies around SDG8, and understand the trend (evolution and current state) of the sustainability profession in Nigeria and the contribution of the profession to the sustainability agenda amongst others.

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