Nigeria’s Federal Government has launched, nyenet.com, the online module designed to complement its Youth Entrepreneurship Strategy (YES) devised to link the country’s youth population with government/private sector-sponsored entrepreneurship and empowerment programs.
NYENET is short for Nigerian Youth Entrepreneurship Network and was designed in collaboration with Nicholas Okoye, the founder, Empower Nigeria, a pseudo-incubator which, according to it’s webpage, offers training support and capital sources to get young people started in businesses.
Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria’s president launched nyenet.com alongside YES, on Tuesday, in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja. According to him, “[The] one-stop portal that will enhance government’s ability to reach out to the young. [It] will give young entrepreneurs opportunities for both training and funding for entrepreneurial ideas.”
The website, currently, is basically an aggregate – or more appropriately, a list, for they are without links or information as to the nature of said programmes – of the FG-sponsored programmes across the country’s 36 states. It is not yet clear what more nyenet.com does. Though the website outlines some features such as: Chat, Marketplace, Super Mentor and Entrepreneurship Clinic, the features are currently unavailable. “Coming Soon” written in red lettering appears when any of the links are selected.
The general outlook of the webpage is lean and and quite wonky, even for a beta version. The listing of the programmes, however, does give an insight into more programmes sponsored by the Nigeria’s federal government than currently available in the local mainstream media. In other words, a marginally better inspired evidence campaign effort for the incumbent administration.
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