15 Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in the South-East are now receiving training on technology entrepreneurship for leadership development from the Oluaka Institute of Technology in Owerri.
The National Board for Technical Education has granted Oluaka accreditation.
The institution's director, Josephine Chukwuma, made this statement on Friday at a one-day pre-commencement workshop for the training that the institute hosted in Owerri.
The technology entrepreneurship and leadership initiative is designed to equip young people in the Southeast with entrepreneurial skills to better prepare them for the job market, according to Chukwuma, who was represented by the institute's Programme Officer, Godwin Eze.
He stated that the recipients will learn pertinent digital skills, such as site design and pitching, among others, during the two weeks of residential training and the three weeks of non-residential boot camp.
According to him, doing so would promote innovation, ease the transfer of information, and expand the region's chances for skill development.
She expressed gratitude to Innocent Chukwuemeka Chukwuma Empowerment Foundation (ICCEF), the institute's financing partner, for providing the initiative with logistical assistance.
“Technology entrepreneurship development has been hampered by challenges such as limited access to education, cultural biases such as gender and age discrimination as well as inadequate infrastructure and lack of funding and mentoring opportunities.
“But we’re giving a free training as part of our commitment to technology entrepreneurship leadership enhancement in the South-East.
“There will be two cohorts of 25 participants each , drawn from the 15 participating NGOs, and we are grateful to our funding partner, the Innocent Chukwuemeka Chukwuma Empowerment Foundation (ICCEF), for its support which has ensured the success of this programme,” she said.
One of the resource people, Uche Aniche, said that the training will provide the participants ways to overcome the problems that come with growth in the South-East.
Aniche, the convener of the technological entrepreneurship project #startupsouth, noted that encouraging young people to become entrepreneurs will, among other things, help the area's economy thrive, generate employment, and reduce poverty.
According to NAN, the participating NGOs came from the five South-Easterly states of Imo, Enugu, Abia, Ebonyi, and Anambra.
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