Nigeria Launches Outsource To Nigeria Initiative (OTNI) to Tap into Thriving Global Outsourcing Market

Vice President Kashim Shettima to Unveil Private Sector-Led Programme to Boost Job Opportunities for Youths

In a bid to harness the substantial job opportunities within the global outsourcing market, the Nigerian government is set to launch the Outsource To Nigeria Initiative (OTNI) on Monday, March 4, 2024. Vice President Kashim Shettima will unveil the initiative in Gombe State, with a focus on job creation in the business process and technology-enabled outsourcing sector.

The OTNI, a private sector-led and government-enabled program anchored by the Office of the Vice President, aims to contribute to the realization of President Tinubu’s administration agenda on job creation. Sen. Ibrahim Hadejia, Deputy Chief of Staff to the President (Office of the Vice President), highlighted the immense potential of the global outsourcing market, which generated nearly $350 billion in 2023 for seven leading countries. Sen. Hadejia emphasized that the sector offers well-paying jobs and is projected to surpass half a trillion dollars by 2030.

The initiative, backed by the Office of the Vice President, is positioned as an alternative to oil and is expected to be a significant source of employment for Nigeria’s youth. Sen. Hadejia underscored Nigeria’s advantageous position, being an English-speaking country with improved IT infrastructure and a pool of skilled and vibrant young people. He urged other state governors to follow Gombe’s lead and leverage the launch of OTNI to provide quality jobs for youths in their respective states.

Mrs Amal Hassan, the founder and CEO of Outsource Global and the driving force behind OTNI, expressed confidence that the initiative’s launch will mark a transformative moment for Nigeria’s business process and outsourcing sector. The program will aggregate talents on a Worknation platform, provide targeted capacity building, establish centers of excellence, engage in global branding, and deploy trained individuals to work in both international and domestic markets.

The initial phase of OTNI will focus on training, with a talent pool structured based on the diverse skill sets and international market requirements. The program aims to promote the outsourcing industry in Nigeria and create meaningful employment opportunities for youths in various sectors. After the training, over 1,000 Nigerians in Gombe State are expected to secure gainful employment through the initiative.

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