The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has commended Konga, an e-commerce platform, for partnering with the Federal Government to generate creative employment for millions of Nigerian youths.
This was contained in a statement issued on Tuesday, September 14, by Konga with the Minister commending the company during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to seal their partnership in Abuja.
Dare noted that Konga, as a digital platform, had the immense capacity to help re-write Nigeria’s unemployment narrative.
“We at the Ministry of Youth and Sports are of the view that public-private partnerships remain the way forward when it comes to the onerous task of creating opportunities for our youths.
“This belief has come to the fore with the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic; and has also been reinforced by a recent World Bank report.
“We are delighted to have a technology-driven partner; such as Konga partnering with us on this programme.
“Also, we are confident that through this MoU which we have signed today; we will be re-writing the narrative for millions of Nigerian youths who are the beneficiaries of this project,” the minister said.
In his remarks, Chairman, Konga Group, Leo-Stan Ekeh, who also lauded the ministry for its proactive zeal, said that Konga was driven by youths.
He said that they had the capacity to deliver world-class corporates, even with all the structural challenges confronting the country.
Ekeh noted that this was the right time for Nigerian youths to use their intellectual capital; and digital skills to defend the nation and become global citizens.
He urged Nigerian youths to alter their destiny; while also stressing that their passion in this century must pay their bills.
Also, Nick Imudia, Chief Executive Officer, Konga Group, affirmed that the partnership would afford Konga a chance to create millionaires across Nigeria within a short space of time.
“Konga today provides employment directly and indirectly through partnerships for over 250,000 Nigerians.
“Through this partnership, we are looking to not only offer more hardworking and ambitious Nigerian youths a chance to earn good money and create wealth; we are also keen to create millionaires who will become their own bosses and employ others,” Imudia said.
He noted that in addition to opportunities that abound in joining their fast-growing database of Konga affiliates and merchants; more deserving youths would also get job opportunities across the multiple entities within the Konga Group.
Imudia said the company was currently conducting a pilot with the Ministry of Youth and Sports; and had taken on board about 350 youths already, adding that they were all doing very well.
Konga had unveiled an initiative under its Jobs category; a youth empowerment and job creation scheme of the Konga Group.
The scheme is targeted at the employed, unemployed and under-employed Nigerian youths across board.