Winners emerge in YouWin scheme



By Innocent Eteng

Port Harcourt


The Federal Ministry of Finance has released names of successful Nigerians who scaled through the first phase of the 2017 batch of the YouWin! Connect programme.


The first phase, an online capacity building training that ended in January 2018,

required participants taking as much as six online business-related courses.


According to a press statement released in the early hours of Thursday, 5,000 participants were selected. The successful candidates are expected to go through the second phase, which is a “sector-specific training aimed at enhancing their business and personal skills”, as well as sharpening participants’ “ability to seek funding from development finance institutions (DFIs), increase their chances of succeeding as individual business owners,” YouWin! Connect explains further via its official Twitter handle.


More so, the statement said; “the second phase of Capacity Building will take place in 25 locations across the six geo-political zones and will last for three days. The training will be facilitated by reputable programme partners specialized in developing small and medium businesses (SMEs).”


It states further that successful candidates have been notified via email.


YouWin is the Federal Government’s enterprise development initiative initially introduced by the immediate past administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan aimed at supporting young entrepreneurs to plan, start and grow their business, thereby creating employment.


After coming to power in 2015, the Buhari administration agreed to fund the initiative further and afterwards gave it a multimedia colouration and renamed it “YouWin! Connect”.


When contacted, one of the successful candidates who resides in Port Harcourt and would rather remain anonymous confirmed that he has been notified through email and a text message.


“Yes, it is true. I have been notified as a successful participant through email and text message. I am told to take a survey exercise included in the notifying email, which will enable them assign me a training location nearest to me,” he said.