Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has commenced nationwide training of another batch of 600 youths in ICT to make them relevant in the new digital age.
This is contained in a statement issued by the NCC and made available to newsmen on Tuesday in Ibadan.
The commission said the policy was aimed at redirecting and repositioning the Nigerian youth towards the digital era through digital job creation programmes.
“This involves a two-week training and capacity-building initiative for about 600 youths across the six geopolitical zones that will harness their strength and stimulate/empower them for self-employment,” he said.
It added that the effort would increase the contributions of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the Nigerian economy.
According to the Commission, the expected outcomes of the programme shall include, but not be limited to, the implementation of digital inclusion via digital job creation, targeted at the youth; “Reach out to the youth who lack ICT training tools to fit into the digital economy and realize their potential through the provision of modern ICT tools to support their trade.
It said it would “Create a pool of Master-Trainer-Youths who will serve as mentors and trainers to others in their communities and to enhance their earning potentials.”
The two-week-long training, under Digital Literacy and Skills, would commence simultaneously in Ibadan, Lagos, Ilorin, Abuja, and 12 other centres nationwide.
The package for the training includes free accommodation and feeding of participants, provision of free laptops, computers, mobile mifi internet devices with three months subscriptions, training materials, and training certificates to the participants.
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