Youth Opportunities

The Kebbi State Governor, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu has approved the immediate commencement of registration exercise for 30,000 young artisans and small-scale business owners to benefit from an interest-free micro-credit support from the Bank of Industry.

An orientation with local government officials on how to ramp-up registration for the 30,000 beneficiaries has already been conducted, application forms were produced by the Kebbi state government and deployed to all the 21 LGAs of the State.

Interested artisans and small-scale business owners needing the micro-credit support are advised to contact their local government secretariats immediately to obtain the application forms. While the registration is totally free of charge, women are encouraged to apply for the micro-credit support to boost their income.

Criteria for the registration include artisans and small business owners with identifiable business premises, available BVN, active personal bank account and must be a member of a registered Co-operative or Association.

Each eligible beneficiary can access up to Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand (N250,000) to expand their existing enterprises, but starting with initial disbursement of Fifty Thousand Naira (N50,000). The interest-free credit is repayable on weekly basis and within a maximum period of six (6) months. 

ALL types of business are supported with the credit, including but not limited to petty traders, barbers, hairdressers, henna designers, laundry operators, tailors, okada riders, keke riders, vulcanizers, shoe makers, plumbers, carpenters, hunters, fishermen, petty miners, mama put restaurants, cold shops, meat/suya sellers, spice processors, craftsmen, peasant farmers, blacksmith, beverage makers, chips processors, food vendors, kuli-kuli producers, awara & akara fryers, book binders, cap knitters, photographers, welders, mechanics, tilers, painters, GSM phone repairers. Virtually all types of business operators are eligible to access the loan.

Hon. Usman Buhari Ali Gwandu

State Co-ordinator
Kebbi State Youth Empowerment Programme/YESSO


New Antic onb. Customs Recruitment Scam

Have you recently seen or received an advert on whatsApp or Facebook about a purported mass recruitment exercise into various cadres of the Nigeria Customs Service? 

Well, take a second look, even if the adverts look authentic and persuasive.  The use of the authentic Customs Website may sway many desperate job seekers.

No matter how smart criminals may be they always leave something to give them away.  Since their intention is to scam people, a point of payment is always incorporated in their adverts. This is not possible with the authentic website.  A fake one like the “” was therefore created to request payment before forms are completed.

On a daily basis, the Nigeria Customs Service receives complaints from victims of fraudsters who have been duped of various amounts running into millions of naira.  So, it is important to know that fraudsters are on prowl duping unsuspecting and desperate job seekers. 

Legal recruitment into the Service will be announced on nationwide print and electronic media and published extensively on the official website of the Service, and official Facebook page,

The Customs recruitment application is FREE OF CHARGE at all levels.

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Deadline: Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

I’m reaching out on behalf of The Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellowship at Chicago Ideas Week. The application  window for the 2016 Fellowship is open now, and we will be accepting entries until 11:59pm CST on Tuesday, June 7th.

We’re looking for social innovators, 35 years and younger, whose non-profit and for-profit ventures are using sustainable models to tackle pressing social challenges, and who are affecting measurable impact in their fields. If this sounds like you, we’d like to encourage you to apply for the 2016 Fellowship.  If you know of other fantastic candidates we should consider, you can nominate them here!

The BHSI judging panel will select 4-5 dynamic social entrepreneurs from around the world to gather in the Midwest for Chicago Ideas Week (CIW), an annual celebration of ideas, innovation and community. CIW takes place from October 17th-23rd, 2016, and those chosen as Fellows will need to be available to travel to Chicago October 16th-21st (all travel expenses will be covered).

The world-class BHSI Fellowship experience will include:

Speaking on a respected global stage 

Present at CIW, which brings 30,000+ attendees together with globally-recognized speakers, intellectuals, and innovators.

A platform for engaging with top thinkers

Meet in private, off-the-record sessions with prominent business and political leaders.  Past meetings have connected Fellows with Founder & Chairman of Quicken Loans Inc. Dan Gilbert, Ariel Investments’ Mellody Hobson, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Gen. Colin Powell, Chairman & Co-CEO of United Therapeutics Dr. Martine Rothblatt, Khan Academy Founder & CEO Sal Khan and many more.

A customized itinerary of actionable, strategic meetings

Work closely with the BHSI Fellowship team to identify critical needs you have individually or as an organization, in order to connect you with pro-bono benefits, mentorship and guidance. Some areas where previous Fellows have received direction include legal services, media training and financial planning.

Unmatched growth and exposure

Receive $10,000 in financial support toward your venture, and have the opportunity to share your work through exclusive access to CIW speakers.

A vibrant and accomplished network of BHSI Fellows

Join an unparalleled community of social entrepreneurs. Past Fellows have founded startup social enterprises that improve the lives of communities by creating innovative solutions in the fields of clean energy, civic engagement, public health and education. They been honored and recognized by Forbes’ 30 Under 30, the Clinton Global Initiative and CNN Heroes, among other accolades. The goal of the Fellowship is to grow the impact of your venture and that process does not stop when the week is over. You’ll have access to ongoing support from our network for years to come.

Once again, our online application portal is open, and we’re accepting entries until the deadline, June 7, 2016 at 11:59PM CST. 

You can find more details about the Fellowship, including biographies of past Fellows on our website.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Julia Dilday, Jessica Malkin & David Burstein



Project Manager, Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellowship

Chicago Ideas

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@AtikuVision KebbiState



The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has approved the disbursement of about N75billion as loan to farmers in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) under the Nigerian Incentive-Based Risk Sharing in Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL).

“NIRSAL would mobilize financing for Nigerian agribusiness by using credit guarantees to address the risk of default,” Mr. Uzonwanne said.

Application form is now available Here, kindly download, fill it and submit it to the nearest centre listed on the form (Epe Youth Training Centre / Ikeja Youth Training Centre).

All participants are strictly advised to submit the form in person on the given dates as soon as possible

Fill your applicaation form here: 



Deadline: September 2016

Register for the 2016 West African Young Leaders Summit (WAYLS) and stand a chance to learn from the best about the development of Africa. 

Visit the link: 

Towards African Development Initiative!!!!