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ITC, United Nations partner to boost employment prospect for youths  

The ITC and partners of the UN Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth have joined hands to launch a joint Knowledge Facility. 

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ITC, United Nations partner to boost employment prospect for youths  

In a bid to create job opportunities for youths by boosting their employment prospects, the International Trade Centre (ITC) and partners of the United Nations (UN) Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth have joined hands to launch a joint Knowledge Facility.

According to ITC, the facility will provide a learning avenue for youths through the provision of searchable and downloadable resources and tools. It will also have policymakers and practitioners coming to learn, share, and engage with young people.

ITC, United Nations partner to boost employment prospect for youths  

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The knowledge facility would build on the work of existing knowledge platforms on youth employment, and maps and links resources and tools related to youth employment and allows users to manage knowledge of, and communicate about, youth employment interventions.

Speaking on the launch, The Nation reported that the Executive Director of ITC, Arancha González said a new digital platform would be featured and it will help share knowledge to young entrepreneurs.

 “Our continued collaboration with the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth now features a new digital platform for young entrepreneurs and youth employment stakeholders alike. Through knowledge sharing and providing access to relevant resources, we support young entrepreneurs in realising their business ideas.”

[READ MORE: Nigeria to reopen border under strict compliance with ECOWAS trade agreement – FG)

What you should know:  The UN Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth is the multi-stakeholder alliance to scale up action and impact on youth employment under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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It brings together governments, social partners, youth and civil society organisations, the private sector, the UN System and others working together to share knowledge, leverage resources and take action at country and regional levels to support young people in accessing decent work and productive employment worldwide.

The ITC is a part of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth as it has been since its inauguration and continues to lead the thematic area on youth entrepreneurship.

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BUA Group, French company announce progress in 200,000 bpd refinery project

This is coming about 6 months after both firms signed an agreement for the supply of process technologies and the design of the facility.

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The BUA Group and Axens, a French-based petroleum technology company, have both signed a progress acknowledgement statement for the proposed BUA multi-billion-dollar integrated 200,000 barrels per day refinery in Akwa Ibom State.

This is coming about 6 months after both firms signed an agreement for the supply of process technologies and the design of the facility.

BUA, while making the disclosure in a statement on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, said that the French President, Emmanuel Macron, commended its Chairman, Abdul Samad Rabiu, for his commitment to developing lasting relationships between French and Nigerian businesses.

READ: What the $1.5 billion Port Harcourt refinery deal means to us – Maire Tecnimont

The statement said that this came as the French Minister for Foreign Trade and Economic Attractiveness, Franck Riester, paid a visit to the BUA Group Headquarters in Lagos where he handed over a personal invitation from Macron to Rabiu to attend the Choose France Summit in June in Paris representing business leaders from Nigeria and Africa.

The French minister also witnessed the signing of a progress acknowledgement statement between BUA Group and Axens of France for the proposed refinery project, according to the statement.

The statement also said that during the visit, it was announced that the BUA chairman had been appointed Chairman of the France Nigeria Investment Club.

READ: FG reacts to reports of revoking 32 refinery licenses

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While thanking the minister and Macron for their unwavering support in bringing BUA and French businesses together, Rabiu said BUA had so far initiated partnerships and had developed personal relationships with a few French businesses, including Axens.

He expressed confidence in the quality of expertise and technical know-how of the French companies BUA had partnered with.

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Rabiu pointed out that the BUA refinery would reduce the huge cost of transporting Nigerian crude offshore, refining it and bringing it back into the country when fully operational.

READ: Abdulsamad Rabiu’s stake in BUA Cement has increased by N1.2 trillion in value since listing in 2020

He said that the choice of Akwa Ibom for the refinery was due to the huge availability of raw materials and its proximity to export petroleum products to regional countries.

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The President of Axens, Jean Sentenac, in his statement, said he was pleased that the project was advancing on schedule and expressed delight for the very good cooperation between all the involved parties, reiterating the commitment of Axens in delivering the BUA Refinery Project on time and with the highest standards.

READ: FG to open LPG distribution channels in all local governments

Bottom line

The completion and take-off of the refinery owned by the BUA Group would come as a huge boost for the Federal Government’s effort to stop the importation of refined petroleum products, ensuring that the country becomes a net exporter of these products.

This will also help to conserve the scarce foreign exchange as the completion and take-off of the Dangote refinery and other similar refinery projects will help ensure self-sufficiency in the country.

The BUA Group, just a few days ago, was listed as one of the companies with an active refinery license from the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR).

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Covid-19: Nigeria records over 1 million vaccinations

The NPHCDA has stated that it has vaccinated 1,043,737 persons, which is 51.9% of the targeted total proportion.

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The National Primary Health Care Development Agency has disclosed that Nigeria, as of April 14th, 2021, had vaccinated 1,043,737 persons, which is 51.9% of the targeted total proportion.

The NPHCDA revealed this in a statement on Wednesday evening.

Kwara State leads in the vaccination percentage of target reached, at 110% with 30,708 vaccinations.

READ: Only 10 countries have administered 75% of all vaccinations – UN Secretary-General

Meanwhile, Lagos State has conducted the most vaccinations so far at 192,061 representing 75.7% of its percentage target reached so far.

The Federal Capital has vaccinated 40.1% of its target so far at 44,098 and Kogi State has conducted the least number of vaccinations at 5,568.

READ: Covid-19: Pope Francis set to get vaccinated, says its ethical

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Nairametrics reported earlier that the Nigerian government aimed to get 70 million Johnson and Johnson single-shot COVID-19 vaccines after the African Union recently announced a deal with the drugmaker for 400 million vaccine doses.

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