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German Chamber of Commerce trains 43 Nigerians on ICT


ABUJA – The German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Gießen Friedberg, on Wednesday in Abuja ended the training of 43 Nigerians on the usage of Information Communication and modern technologies.

The German Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Michael Zenner, said the major goal of the training was to assist Nigerians to improve on their qualifications and employability in their various job places.

The training, which lasted for 42 days, was for some selected Nigerians in private and public sectors in areas of Office Administration, Maintenance and Technical Facility Management.

Zenner said that the training would enable more Nigerians to access productive employment with a decent wage, adding that it was the key element of sustainable economic development of Germany.

He said that was the reason German Government wanted to sell the idea to Nigeria, to facilitate its development.

According to him, the training was due to the very close relationship between Germany and Nigeria.

Zenner added that Germany and Nigeria’s relation was characterised by friendship, excellent cooperation and mutual understanding.
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He said the training was due to bilateral talk President Goodluck Jonathan had last year with the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, in Brussels where European Union and Africa had economic summit.

Zenner said this type of training was called `German Dual Vocational Training’, adding that the programme was funded by German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

He said that German Government, in 2014, budgeted 150 million Euros (N31.2 million) to assist countries in areas like vocational education training and ICTs.

Earlier, Dr Juliet Onaeko, the Director-General of Industrial Training Fund (ITF), expressed appreciation to German Government on the training.

Onaeko said that the programme would help to fast track the nation’s economic development.

She explained that though ITF trained people on ICTs and usage of modern technology, the fund was partnering with foreign counties to facilitate Nigerian’s industrial growth.

Mr Tony Ejinkonye, President of Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry who issued certificates to the graduates, said the programme was to close the gap between knowledge and practical skills.

Ejinkonye said the programme was a train-the-trainee scheme, adding that the beneficiaries were expected to train others.

Mr Kehinde Awoyele, the Project Coordinator, said objectives of the training were to strengthen civil society, environment protection, fight poverty and ensure good governance.

Awoyele listed insufficient involvement of the private sector, inadequate equipment, obsolete technical infrastructure and deficient qualification of trainers as challenges faced in the training. (NAN)
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