Nahimah Ajikanle Nurudeen
About 30 Nigerian Youths have benefited from the United States $381,220 (about N116.27million) grant awards in 2016.
The youths who are from the Southern States of Nigeria were recognized on Friday at a grant award ceremony held at the US embassy in Lagos.
Speaking at the event, the U.S. Consul-General in Nigeria, Mr. John Bray said, “The U.S. Consulate General in Lagos has awarded approximately 381,220 U.S. dollars in Department of State funds to 30 young Nigerian recipients in 2016.
According to him, all of these recipients are working to solve hugely important problems for in across communities in Southern Nigeria.
He said, “The U.S. Mission to Nigeria is proud to stand with you in your efforts, because we share those priorities with you.”
Bray said that his Consulate was impressed with what the recipients were doing in solving human and environmental problems in their various communities.
He explained that these youths were working to empower women and girls, undeserved women, women living with disabilities, as well as training other young entrepreneurs.
Bray noted that the beneficiaries of the grants were also engaged in the environment cleaning and waste recycling, medical care and education of hearing-impaired persons in their communities.
He said some of them also actively engaged themselves in activities that would mitigate human trafficking and reduction of gender-based violence in Nigeria.
Bray mentioned Co-Creation Hub, as one of the beneficiaries of the grant award to enable it set up a new Priority American Space in Yaba, Lagos.
He said, “The Co-Creation Hub is a partner of the U.S. Mission to Nigeria to set up and operate a new Priority American Space at their business incubation facility in Yaba, Lagos.
“This Priority American Space will, when ready, be a publicly accessible space for Nigerians to access a broad range of information and materials about the United States and our culture.”
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