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Nitda, Ncdmb Team Up To Train 1000 Yobe Youths On Gsm Repairs, Software Development

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Agricultural economics and extension
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The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board
(NCDMB) in collaboratio​​n with the National Information
Technology Development Agency (NITDA), commenced a
virtual training programme for 1000 youths in Yobe State.
The training programme will focus on GSM repairs, hardware
and software engineering, and Entrepreneurship development
will to keep them up to speed with the current technological
trends and also in line with the present administration’s
resolve to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty, thereby
creating jobs and wealth.
The training programme is taking place at five centers namely;
Federal University, Gashua, Federal Polytechnic, Damaturu,
Atiku Abubakar College of Legal Studies, Nguru and Federal
College of Education, potiskum all in Yobe State
simultaneously.
The NITDA Director General, Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi,
while delivering his good will message stated that this
programme is in fulfillment of the promise made by Mr
President, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari to lift
100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years.
“You may recall that the Honorable Minister of
Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim
Pantami upon assumption of office proactively changed the
landscape of Information and Communication Technology
(ICT) with revolutionary policies and programmes with
National Digital Economy policy and strategy for a Digital
Nigeria,” he said.
Abdullahi said that National Digital Economy policies and
strategies anchored on 8 pillars which includes; Digital Literacy
and skills, Service infrastructure, Soft Infrastructure,
Indigenous Content Development and promotion which he said
the programme supports the five pillar of the National Digital
Economy Plan and Strategy.
According to Mallam Abdullahi, Capacity building is one of the
mandates of the Agency aimed at building and boosting the
potentials of citizens across the country.
“Youths are assets to the country and also play significant role
towards the drive to Digital Economy simply because
innovation and technology evolves around youths which
makes them to bring out the embedded potentials deposited
in them,” he said.
The DG pointed out that, NITDA has been doing a lot in its
drive to achieving its mandates, this he said are evident from
trainings, deployment of Digital Hubs across the country,
promotion of local contents, Data Protection, IT clearance
among others.
“NITDA will continue to lead effort on creating an enabling
environment for technology innovation and entrepreneurship
ecosystem”, he added.
The NITDA boss applauded the Executive Secretary of NCDMB
Engr Simbi Kesiye Wabote, for his relentless effort and passion
towards the development of youths across the country which
at the end of the day will bring about growth and development
of the nation.
Earlier, the Executive Secretary NCDMB, Engr Simbi Wabote
during his welcome address stated that youth empowerment is
one of the key pillars for growth and development of any
nation adding that “youths play pivotal role in nation building.”
“This training programme is designed to impact and boost the
potentials of youths which end to end process of learning is
adopted to aid them key into the trend of technology as a yard
stick for job creation and revenue flow,”he emphasized.
At the end of the training programme, participants are
expected to benefit from mentorship, renting and furnishing of
shops, payment of stipends among others to enable them start
their businesses without initial hiccups startups do face.
While encouraging the participants to take full advantage of
the training programme which will bring out the embedded
potentials in them and also make them have a source of
living, he said ICT is contributing immensely to the Gross
Domestic Product (GDP) of the country, adding that,
“Everything is revolving around IT and we need to key into it in
order to inject new ways of doing thing to the country.
Wabote applauded the Director General of NITDA for the
various initiatives, programmes, policies and strategies he is
putting in place towards the growth and development of the IT
sector and the nation at large.

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