Over 7000 youths in Kano state were yesterday trained on Google digital skills, in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) initiative, designed to empower youths to become self-reliant and employers of labour.
The youths were trained in six different centres simultaneously within Kano metropolis.
Speaking during the inauguration of the one-day training workshop, Kano state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje underscored the importance for youths to be conversant, with information technology, so as to realize their full potentials in the modern world.
According to him, “present day life is driven by digital knowledge. The aim of the state government is to empower Kano youths, with ICT knowledge, as a way of making them become self-reliant and useful to the society.”
He further stated that, “part of the motive for organizing the empowerment programme is to get rid of poverty, upgrade Kano youths, so as to contend, with their contemporaries from other climes. We hope that this will accord them the knowledge, with which to shun anti-societal vices and engage themselves in meaning and productive ventures.”
He expressed optimism that on completion of the first and second phases of the exercise, a minimum of 7000 youths in the state would utilize the digital knowledge acquired to support the fight against climate change, improve agricultural sector, provision of quality health service and further proceed to secure the future of the state.
Ganduje added that selected participants were drawn from the 44 Local Government Areas without resort to the considering political party affiliation.
Earlier in his remark, Kano state Commissioner for Information, Youths and Culture, comrade Mohammed Garba disclosed that, the one day intensive programme was being held in six different locations across the state.
He disclosed that, the training programme is a joint capacity building venture between the state government and the office of the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on SDG’s, adding that upon completion, the state government will equip the participants with laptop computers and other necessary equipments they need to start-up their business.
In her address, Kano state Commissioner for Planning and Budget, Bar. Zubaida Damaka Abubakar said that Ganduje’s administration has trained and empowered youths in different skills acquisition areas like automobile, computer training among others, adding that in realization of the training exercise, the state government released N5.6 million as counterpart funding for the training programme.
The Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on SDG’s, Adejoke Orelope Adefulire revealed that, over 125,000 Nigerian youths would be provided with ICT basic skills across the country.
The aide to president Buhari, who was represented by the Secretary attached to the office of the SSA, Alhaji Waziri Laminu, stated that, 7000 beneficiaries have been selected from Kano to benefit from the national scheme.
Nigeria’s IT sector will remain strong inspite of challenges – DG NITDA
The Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa has stated that Nigeria’s IT sector will remain strong inspite of challenges.
Speaking during an event ‘CONNECT THE DOT’S CONFERENCE’, with the Theme ”Igniting Resilience and Empowering Youth”, which was held in Abuja, the DG said the agency is focusing on building resilience in the face of challenges for the development of Nigeria’s information technology sector.
He stated that NITDA is working on various initiatives to ensure that the country’s IT industry remains strong and resilient in the face of challenges.
“We must be resilient in the face of challenges, and this is particularly important in the IT industry,” Inuwa said.
“We are working on various initiatives to promote resilience in the sector, including the establishment of IT hubs in universities, and the promotion of local content development.”
He also highlighted the importance of digital transformation in building resilience, stating that NITDA is working to ensure that more Nigerians have access to digital technologies and skills, which will enable them to adapt to the changing digital landscape.
He further reiterated the agency’s commitment to building a strong and sustainable IT industry in Nigeria, and pledged to work with relavant bodies towards achieving its goals.
NCC pledges support to Meta on digital economy initiatives
By Blessing Emmanuel, Abuja
The Nigerian Communi cations Commission (NCC) has pledged its readiness to support digital economic initiatives of investors, including Meta (formerly Facebook), that align with Nigeria’s vision for a robust digital economy.
During a visit to the NCC’s headquarters in Abuja, a delegation from Meta, led by Kojo Boakye, the company’s Vice President for Africa, the Middle-East, and Turkey, met with Dr. Aminu Maida, the Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
The NCC EVC emphasised the importance of compliance with industry laws, regulations, and guidelines for creating a level-playing field that encourages healthy competition and sustainable growth in the Nigerian telecoms sector.
Boakye congratulating Dr. Maida on his appointment, shared Meta’s ongoing efforts to land the 2Africa submarine cable in Nigeria.
According to Boakye, “The 45,000-kilometer-long cable, scheduled to go live in 2023, will be one of the world’s largest subsea cable projects, interconnecting Europe (via Egypt), Asia (via Saudi Arabia), and Africa.
“With a design capacity of up to 180 terabytes per second (Tbps), the 2Africa cable aims to deliver much-needed Internet capacity and reliability across Africa, supporting the growth of 4G, 5G, and fixed broadband access.”
Boakye sought NCC’s support in navigating legal and regulatory processes for the cable’s landing in Nigeria, emphasising the positive impact it will have on connectivity and affordability.
The Meta delegation also outlined plans to simultaneously land the 2Africa cable in Lagos and Akwa-Ibom States through a consortium.
Boakye emphasised that this approach aims to connect those currently without access while enhancing and providing affordable access for those already connected.
Responding, Dr. Maida assured Meta of NCC’s commitment to supporting initiatives that align with Nigeria’s digital economy agenda and welcomed the potential benefits the 2Africa cable could bring to the country’s telecommunications landscape.
Minister Tijani reels out 100 days achievement, hails Tinubu
The Minister of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy has reeled out his 100 days achievements as a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
In a recent address, Minister Tijani expressed gratitude to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu GCFR for the unique honour bestowed upon him, and highlighted the collective accomplishments, outlining the path ahead for the Ministry.
Commending the unwavering support from directors, agency heads, and the entire team (NCC, NITDA, NigComSat, NDPC, NIPOST, GBB, etc), he emphasised the dynamic and cohesive force that has been shaped within the Ministry during this period.
Highlighting his achievements in office, Dr Tijani said, “The Ministry’s mandate, structured around five pillars – Knowledge, Policy, Infrastructure, Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Capital, and Trade – forms the core of the Strategic Blueprint. This blueprint guides the Ministry’s role in realizing the President’s Renewed Hope Agenda.
“In the first 100 days, the Knowledge pillar has been instrumental in driving initiatives, most notably the Three Million Technical Talent (3MTT) program. With over 1.6 million talented Nigerians applying in a month, partnerships, including a N1 Billion commitment from IHS Nigeria and UNDP’s funding for 3,000 internships, have significantly amplified the impact.
“The National AI Research Scheme received 2,118 proposals, showcasing the depth of talent in applying technology to critical sectors. Collaborations with the Raspberry Pi Foundation led to the establishment of Code Clubs in 17 locations, fostering technological talent from a young age.
“Under the Policy pillar, collaboration with NITDA resulted in the launch of the Startup Support and Engagement Portal, aligning with the Startup Act. White Papers on top AI talent of Nigerian descent and the 1:10:100 Implementation approach outline strategic directions.
“The Infrastructure pillar achieved milestones, including mapping over 2,500 innovation spaces and revamping NigComSat’s platforms. Extending coverage to underserved locations aligns with the commitment to providing digital opportunities. Engagements at global forums such as the Mobile World Congress and ITU-World Radio Conference underscore Nigeria’s global presence.”
On innovation, entrepreneurship and capital, Dr Tijani noted that “significant partnerships were forged under the Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Capital (IEC) pillar, including the $116 million financing for AFD’s I-DICE program and a $100 million Global AI partnership.”
“Initiatives like the 4IRTA platform and the Young Innovative Builders program demonstrate dedication to leveraging technology for sustainable development,” he narrated.
The Minister explained further that the achievements of his 100 days in office were a result of collective efforts that have shaped the first 100 days.
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