The federal government has doled out N4 million to 17 youths as start-up seed fund under the Social Investment Programme at the South-South Innovation Hub in Benin, the Edo State capital.
The event was held at the weekend with Governor Godwin Obaseki that the federal government’s gesture shows they have faith in the programme.
Obaseki noted that the hub is a creative and productive centre made to inspire young innovators in the region to come up with innovative ideas.
The governor restated his government’s resolve to giving the right environment for young people in the state to advance their ideas and utilise opportunities created by the federal and state governments.
On his part, the Managing Director of the South-South Innovation Hub Tobi Gege said: “4,300 applications were received for the programme but the number was reduced to 87.”