IBM’s N9billion Skills Development Fund aimed at promoting skills development,meets with FG to strengthen ties on job creation

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L-R: Minister of Communications, Dr. Isa Pantami in a handshake with the Vice President, IBM Citizenship Global Market and Digital Hub, Jean-Christopher Knoertzer, who led the Company’s delegation on a courtesy visit to the Ministry’s office in Abuja on Tuesday.

By Ibiyemi Mathew

Tech giant,IBM led by its Vice President, IBM Citizenship Global Market and Digital Hub, Jean-Christopher Knoertzer along with a delegation were at the Ministry of Communication on a working visit to explore partnership which is aimed at promoting education and skills development for Nigerian Digital Natives.

The tech giant had earlier in November 2018 announced the launch of 25 million dollars (approximately N9 billion) in Nigeria and some other African countries for youth empowerment in the next few years as disclosed by the Empowerment for Nigerian youths Director, IBM Venture Capital Group, Ms Deborah Magid, at the 21st Century Women and Youth in Innovation Technology themed ‘Turning Promises into Action’ held at the UN headquarters in New York.

Addressing the delegation that visited the ministry’s headquarters,the Honourable Minister for Communications,Dr Isa Pantami commended IBM for upholding high ethical standards.The Minister further pledged the Ministry’s 100% commitment to work with IBM, stating that the vision of the Ministry is not just to produce job seekers, but rather, job providers.

He said that the Government alone cannot be employers of labour but with a broad policy that will focus more on creating jobs outside the government.

“Young Nigerians are blessed with crazy and disruptive ideas, what they require is mentorship, guidance and an enabling environment to thrive,” he said.

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