A new online platform, www.familylifers.com has been launched to improve the living conditions of families and youths in particular.
According to the initiator, the idea was conceived to ameliorate the impact of COVID-19 and other economic challenges on families and the youths.
This is also considering the fact that present economic crisis would push over 600,000 youths into unemployment, according to Nuffield-funded Resolution Foundation latest research.
Speaking at the launch of the platform in Lagos recently, the co- founders, Mr. Bisi Adewale and Mrs. Yomi Adewale pointed out that COVID-19 has come to aggravate existing challenges in the country to further heighten pressures.
They noted that www.familylifers.com offered a platform for Nigerians especially youths to connect with livelihood.
“The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is not a small deal on the citizens in any way. It has increased challenges faced by families, especially our youths and young adults who are the future of our nation and tomorrow’s leaders.
“Our nation is even worse for it. We battled so many things at the same time from high crime rate to poverty, unemployment, divorce, wife battering, abandonment, violence in marriage, depression, kidnapping, banditry, child sexual abuse, suicides, violence against women. Just to mention a few.
“The current unemployment rate of 27.1% according to the Q2 report of the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS implies an increase in the poverty level in many families. Many youths are out of jobs beyond gender, geographical or educational biased reasons.
“It is on these premises that the initiative of creating an online platform was built to address structural and practical challenges faced by our youth today.
The founder, Yomi Adewale maintained that Nigeria’s present situation was such that required increased investment in the youth population to enable them grow their potential and join in nation’s building.
Recognising that the country’s challenges are multifaceted, Adewale said that the organisation existed to assist government in pulling all stops to salvage the country, by exploring the strength of technology.
He said, “We discovered that one of the best ways to solve the problem of our nation is using the power of science and technology. That is why we are here today to see the birth of a platform that will bring a solution to many of our nation’s problems.
“This platform, Familylifers.com will take them out of the street and make them use technology for positive things.
“It will provide an opportunity for empowerment, employment, acquisition of skills, advertisement of businesses for SMEs/entrepreneurs, etc. for our youth to engage in meaningful ventures that will help to shun activities that could bring a setback to Nigeria and cause havoc on her citizens.”
“The new platform will also give room for young Nigerians to interact and showcase their skills, products and services free of charge. It will also be an avenue for unemployed graduates to be linked with employers of labour as they upload their CVs on the platform,” he added.