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UNESCO/FCTA youthmobile training will fill ICT skill gap for youths – Expert

By Perpetua Onuegbu
Abuja –   Mr Dayo Akindolani, the Executive Officer, Mc Anderson Associates Ltd., Consultants and Trainers of Youthmobile Project says the project will fill the Information Communication Technology (ICT) skill gap for youth empowerment.

Akindolani made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) during the two months training of youths at the ongoing UNESCO/FCTA Youth mobile programme holding in Abuja.

He said that the programme would help to equip youths on skills necessary for the survival in today’s world.

“UNESCO saw the need to equip the young generation to build their skills and make them not only employable but gainfully employed through the programme.

“Mc Anderson Associates Ltd., are standing in as consultants and trainers and we believe that this programme by UNESCO/FCTA is very commendable as it will close the skills gap required for today’s world.

“ICT is the way to go now and for any economy that must grow sustainably, it must not exist in a vacuum but be aligned with the trend of things.

“ICT is the trend now and the youths must of necessity be well equipped to fit into any economic system today.

“The skills we are giving them will be enough for them to be gainfully employed with the objective to equip them with mobile app development skills and networking.

“And to see how to link them up with jobs through the skills that they have acquired at the end of each batch,’’ he said.

Akindolani said that the general aim was to make youths leverage on the knowledge acquired to become employed.

He said that at the end of the programme, the trainees were expected to set up their own companies, collaborate and partner to drive entrepreneurship.

He said that the company planned to set up a hub that would serve as offices for them.

Ezenwankwo Gabriel, one of the trainees, who is a graduate of Electronics and Computer Engineering commended the organisers of the programme, saying “it has given him a focus on what he wanted to do’’.

“Now I know I want to go into computer programming because now I am better informed and equipped for my field of study.

“It is a very big plus because it eliminates idleness from the youths which gives room for crimes but with the programme youths are kept busy and useful.’’

Fatimah Is’haq another trainee and graduate of Computer Science said that the first the programme was challenging but he was able to cope, adding that he could now develop websites and create mobile apps.

NAN reports that the project, which started in July, is a collaborative effort between UNESCO and the Federal Capital Territory Administration, Abuja.

Its aims to empower young people with competencies on mobile application development, hardware repairs, networking and entrepreneurial competencies.

It is expected that the young people would use the skills/knowledge acquired to solve local issues and gain sustainable means of livelihood.

No fewer than 100 youths have already graduated from the first batch in September and another 100 set will graduate in October. (NAN)

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