The All Nigeria Nationals in the Diaspora (ANNID) yesterday said its long term target of one million Nigerian youth across the country for direct employment will begin with 1, 000 of them, equally distributed among the six geo-political zones of the country within the first quarter of 2014.
President of the association, Dr. Peter Mozie, made the disclosure yesterday in Abuja at the post-convention meeting of the association.
"We have been around (founded) since 2009 and we decided to come home (Nigeria) for two major reasons: to identify with the cause of persons with disability and to create platforms for Nigerian youth to tell their own stories especially on employment opportunities. On the employment opportunities for the youth, we are targeting one million of them for direct engagement with collaboration with reputable international organisations known for the PPP initiative to bring viable projects where the youth can be employed and they in turn employ others later.
"On the persons with disability, we have concluded arrangement to hold an international convention to raise the standard of living of these fellow citizens the way it was done by some other countries that succeeded in doing it. Ours is not for jamboree but practical action and this is why we did not solicit for financial support from anywhere but made personal financial commitment amongst ourselves to sustain our credibility," Mozie said.