YouWinConnect registration: Nigerian government calls for caution

Elizabeth Christopher,Abuja

The Nigerian Government has opened a website portal  for the registration of prospective participants in its annual programme and warned applicants to disregard any website that offers alternative link for the YouWIN!Connect registration, demands money to facilitate the process or invites applicants to a meeting anywhere.
A statement signed by Director Information, Ministry of finance, Salisu  Danbatta said that   applicants can register free of charge on the programme website: and explained further that no personal contact with any person is required for the registration exercise.
YouWiN! Connect is an annual programme of the Federal Ministry of Finance which prepares qualified ventures for funding. These ventures are promoted by young Nigerians in target sectors that align with the government’s objective of diversifying the economy and promoting competition and transparency.

The programme also aims to support young entrepreneurs as they PLAN, START and GROW their businesses by providing Online, Radio and Television Enterprise Education. YouWiN! Connect aims to promote entrepreneurship as well as viable career options for young Nigerians thereby creating jobs and wealth. 

The overall aim of the program is to provide enterprise education which will in turn drive an upswing in the performance and growth of Nigeria’s economy through Competitive marketplace for funding and supporting suitable businesses that are either new or existing.
it is targeted at spurring job creation in targeted sectors of national importance, enhancing skill acquisition for SMEs to improve productivity and improve bankability of the participants by facilitating access to markets and providing support to industry networks and associations.
Voice of Nigeria reports that registration by prospective applicant was opened via the program website:  on  24th July, 2017.  

Ime Njoku