By Olasunkanmi Onifade
SOS Children’s Villages Nigeria has partnered with StarTimes Nigeria to empower young people with ‘employability skills’.
The Chief Executive Officer of StarTimes Nigeria, Mr Justin Zhang made this known during a courtesy visit to the SOS Children’s Village, Gwagalada after both organisations signed an MoU.
He said SOS Children’s Villages builds stable families for children and young people in 135 countries and territories around the world.
“SOS Children’s Villages has almost 70 years of experience and the largest NGO dedicated to the care of children who have lost or are at risk of losing parental care.
“Since we commenced providing affordable digital Pay-Tv in Nigeria, we have invested heavily in the development of youths and children in the country.
He said partnering with SOS Children’s Villages Nigeria gives better opportunity to drive Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) efforts towards making Nigerian youths more competitive globally in their chosen career” he said.
Zhang said that in Nigeria, statistics show that 42 million people are between 15 and 24 years, comprising more than 20 per cent of the total population, adding that the demographic rates were growing fast and would increase the pressure on the country to create jobs.
“Youths make up 81.2 per cent of the working-age population in the country, but 33.1per cent of the total number are unemployed”, he said.
For the National Director of SOS Children’s Villages Nigeria, Mr Eghosa Erhumwunse, the partnership would improve the lives of young people and help them to utilise their talents.
“In as much as we see sincerity in government in empowering youths, it is a huge investment, government cannot do it alone, well-meaning Nigerians and organisations should support children and youths by ensuring quality care and empowerment,” he said.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by the two organisation last week to support vulnerable families, with an emphasis on the empowerment of young adults, in line with UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Some food items and clothing were donated to the children during the visit.