Friday, 26 May 2017

Giant Stride As Presidency Partners A3 Foundation, Empowers 3,000 Disadvantaged Youths

The Presidency, through the Office of the Special Assistant to the President on Youth & Students Affairs, has collaborated with the A3 Foundation, CISCO. Rockefeller Foundation and Funds and Electronic Transfer Solutions (FETS) Ltd to empower 3,000 high potential but disadvantaged youths across Nigeria under a ‘Digital Jobs Nigeria’ youth empowerment initiative.

This was contained in a statement made public by the Office of the Special Assistant to the President on Youth and Student Affairs, and endorsed by the Technical Adviser, Ibrahim Suleiman.

The statement further explained that this move will be considered as part of the second year anniversary achievement of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration. 

Even though the programme is currently under final consideration for funding from the Growth and Employment Project (GEM) of the Federal Ministry of Industry Trade & Investment/World Bank, the 3, 000 Youths will be empowered by way of provision of Work Stations (Laptops), Internet Bundles and a N2 million grant each – to be credited to the beneficiaries in their mobile money wallets as working capital.

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Saturday, 21 November 2015

A3 Foundation storms Bauchi with youth empowerment programme

The A3 Foundation with support from the Rockefeller Foundation has flagged off yet another free IT Essentials training for high potential but disadvantaged youths in Bauchi State. 

The youths were also selected through a transparent online registration portal which filtered qualified candidates who were later screened in person by A3 Foundation staff. 

The Governor of Bauchi State, Governor Mohammed Abubakar, who flagged off the training stated that securing jobs for youths in the country is a serious challenge which must be addressed as the youths are the greatest assets of the nation.

"The survival and greatness of every society depends on how best it educates its youths and channel their potentials to productive endeavors," Gov Abubakar disclosed. 

He further stated that as part of the agenda of his administration to ensure job creation, he has approved the release of funds for the engagement of 4000 youths in partnership with the World Bank under the Youth Employment and Social Support Operation (YESSO) Scheme. 

"We strongly believe that for the government to eliminate poverty, we must engage the population in productive activities, hence the reason why we resolved to pursue vigorously the path of industrialization which holds the key to engaging the population in Bauchi State in gainful employment," he added. 

The Governor appreciated the Foundation for giving Bauchi state the rare opportunity and promised to support each trainee with N800 daily to encourage full participation in the programme. 

The Founder A3 Foundation, Amb Dr Aisha Audu-Emeje commended the governor for strategies put in place to check the rise of unemployment in the state. Amb Audu-Emeje stated that the aim of the training was job creation which would in turn boost development in the country. 

She reiterated the Foundation's commitment to the plight of the Nigerian youth and its determination to join the fight against unemployment by promoting capacity building among youth, building a generation of job creators as well as creating an equal playing field that allows high potential but disadvantaged youth secure jobs in competitive environment within the next 12 months. 

According to Amb. Dr Aisha Audu-Emeje, "there is an urgent need to equip our youth with skill sets that allows them adapt quickly in the new age of digital economy.”

A3 Foundation bags award for best ICT Sustainable Development Programme of the year

Africa Information Technology Exhibition AFRITEX has awarded the A3 Foundation for its youth empowerment programme geared towards sustainable development and job creation. 

The Foundation received the awards at the at the ongoing AFRITEX Conference taking place at the International Conference Centre Abuja, Nigeria's Capital.

Receiving the award,the Founder, Amb. Dr. Aisha Audu-Emeje dedicated the award to the youths whom she described as the owners of the world. 

She also urged the youths to take advantage of every situation they find themselves in and make the best of it. The three day event was put together in collaboration with Nigeria Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and other government agencies.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

More pictures from Niger State flagoff

Pictures from Niger state flag-off scheme

Youths in Niger State get free Cisco IT Essentials training

The A3 Foundation with support from the Rockefeller Foundation has flagged off a free IT Essentials training for 200 high potential but disadvantaged youths in Minna and Bida of Niger State.

The youths were selected through a transparent online registration portal which filtered qualified candidates who were later screened in person by A3 Foundation staff.

During the flagoff of the Minna scheme held in Federal University of Technology Minna, the wife of the Niger State Governor, Dr Amina Abubakar Bello, thanked the Foundation for the scheme which she said would complement the state government's effort in providing employment for youths in the state.

"My presence here demonstrates my renewed commitment to take all issues of youths and women groups very seriously, so that we will be better prepared towards redirecting the energy and vitality of our youths to more productive ventures of self reliance and productivity” Dr Amina Bello said.

The First Lady of the State enjoined the trainees to take the training seriously as the main aim of the training is job creation which in turn would ensure the socio economic growth of the state.

Speaking at the event, the Founder/CEO of the A3 Foundation, Amb. Dr. Aisha Audu-Emeje, described the scheme as a non-political programme aimed at creating jobs for youths in the state and bridging the unemployment gap in the society.

Amb. Audu-Emeje thanked the Niger state First Lady for her continued support of the scheme and expressed optimism that the programme would be a success.

Similarly, the Chairman of the A3 Foundation, Alhaji Adamu Aliyu, who described the scheme as a timely intervention, said it was in line with government policies put in place to check the rising rate of unemployment and develop an ICT driven economy.

"There is a need to train the right set of people with the right set of skills to save us from our maintenance culture in Nigeria and shape the right future for our youths," Alhaji Aliyu noted.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Professor Musbau Adewumi Akanji, FNSBMB, represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration)  Prof. Suleiman Sadiku welcomed the wife of the Executive Governor , Niger State to the University and commended the founder for choosing to host the event in FUT, Minna.

According to him, the University is in the fore front in the field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and also the first University to introduce a programme on cyber security.

Also, in her remarks, the Project Manager, Hadiza Emeje, described the training as an empowerment programme designed to keep youths off the streets and encourage them to become more productive in the society.
"We at A3 Foundation have the strong belief that at the end of this Cisco Certified IT Essentials training, each and every trainee would have acquired the right skill set to contend with any work environment they find themselves in," She disclosed.

During the Flag off programme in Bida, the Emir thanked the Foundation for the opportunity given to the youths of the state and assured the foundation that he would support the scheme in any way he can to ensure that the programme is successful.