by Seyi Lawal
The Federal Government has extended the age limit for qualification to benefit from the Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria, popularly known as YouWiN! by 5 years. According to a press statement issued by Coordinating Minister of the Economy & YouWiN! Project Coordinator, the government has decided to up the age limit from 35 to 40 so that more young Nigerians can benefit from the project.
“The YouWin! Secretariat has been besieged by calls and emails since the inception of the competition from young Nigerians who couldn’t make the initially advertised cut of age 35. So seeing as we actually have more on-the-ground business men in that age bracket, the government has decided to lift the bar to allow the entry of 40 year olds and younger,” Dr. Olasupo Olusi, Special Assistant to the Project Coordinator, said.
“Government believes that the wealth of experience that the under 40s have will help make the competition even keener’. He was quick to stress, however that age would not be a factor in deciding who gets the prizes eventually. ‘This is a competition of ideas. Our job is to see that at the end of the day, the best and most innovative ideas come tops, and for us to help support those ideas and their backers so that they can make good success in Nigeria’s business terrain,” Olusi continued.