By Muhammad Auwal
Yola – The Presidential Committee on North East Initiative (PCNI) says it has trained 400 youths in Adamawa on Information Communication Technology (ICT).
Alhaji Tijjani Tumsah, the Vice Chairman of PCNI, disclosed this during the graduation of the students and inauguration of ICT centre at Federal College of Education, Yola, on Saturday.
Tumsah said that about 11,000 youths applied for the training programme at the initial stage but only 400 succeeded after thorough screening.
“The training programme is in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s plans and initiative to improve access to Information Technology in the North East.
“And it was designed to make the people of the region especially youth self productive and economically independent,” he said.
Represented by Mr Hamman Diram, the PCNI Coordinator in the state, Tumsah explained that the training exercise was conducted in all six states of the region.
He said the core objectives of the programme include establishment of ICT centre of excellence in each of the six states of the North East.
Others include generation of about 3,000 new and sustainable jobs for youths of all categories.
The programme is specifically designed to inculcate the much needed skills to the youths in the region.
“The skills include Entrepreneurship and Computer Appreciation, Digital Graphics and Smartphone Repairs,” he said.
He called on the stakeholders to support the initiative by providing internship, employment and economic support opportunities for the graduates.
Gov. Muhammadu Bindow of Adamawa appreciated the initiative and described it as a robust empowerment and development programme.
“The training programme is among the best initiatives that enhanced and improved the human capacity.
“As a State Government, we reiterate our commitment and readiness to contribute to the developmental efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari,” Bindow said.
In their separate testimonies, the graduates thanked the PCNI for giving them opportunity to study entrepreneurship and ICT.
“We don’t have interest now in government jobs and other related monthly salary business.
“From what we acquired, we can dismantled Smartphone of any type and repair it,” Mr Muhammad Diram, one of the students said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that among the Smartphone engineers include young girls, age between 15 and 18, while the training lasted one year. (NAN)