By Ijeoma Olorunfemi
The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has started the training of 10,000 vulnerable persons on digital skills development and empowerment.
The agency is conducting the training in collaboration with the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCRMIDP).
NITDA Director-General, Mr Kashifu Inuwa said this at the official launch of a one-week training for the first 200 vulnerable persons in the batch on Monday in Abuja.
“The training will continue in Nasarawa, Cross River and Sokoto states from next week with 100 beneficiaries each.
“The initiative is designed to train refugees, migrants and Internally-Displaced Persons (IDPs) from the 36 states of the federation and the FCT with a target of a total of 10,000 trainees,’’ he said.
According to Inuwa, citizens need proper digital skills to enable them to take advantage of technological advancements.
He stressed that Information Technology was widely regarded as a key enabler of development, and digital skills was a catalyst for stimulating such development in all sectors of the economy.
“All Nigerian citizens, irrespective of status, must be digitally literate so that they can use digital devices and the Internet for their day-to-day activities.
“Refugees, migrants and IDPs, being among the less privileged members of the society can benefit from this training for integration into the larger society,’’ he said.
Inuwa added that NITDA was committed to actualise its mandate through strategic, inclusive stakeholder engagement, local and international partnerships, and efficient utilisation of human resources.
He stressed that the training would enhance better career prospects for beneficiaries and helps them to practice their skills and create start-up businesses.
In her remarks, Mrs Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim, Federal Commissioner, NCRMIDP, said it would give beneficiaries starter packs.
“We have agreed to train 10,000 beneficiaries in batch one and today’s class started with 200.
“The starter pack is an ICT device that they will use to practice what they have learnt and begin to earn money,’’ she said.
Sulaiman-Ibrahim said the one-week training would cover Computer Appreciation, Digital Marketing and Graphic Design programmes. (NAN)
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By Ijeoma Olorunfemi