Port Harcourt — The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, NCDMB, is training 1,000 youths from Yobe State on GSM phone repairs and hardware, software, and entrepreneurship development.
The training is part of NCDMB’s Youth Empowerment Programme for the North East and is designed to train and empower youths in high impact economic sectors such as ICT, Agriculture and construction.
The training is conducted in Partnership with the National Information Technology Agency, NITDA and the learning centres will be located at the Federal University, Gashua, Yobe State; Federal Polytechnic, Damaturu, Yobe State; Atiku Abubakar College of Legal Studies, Nguru, Yobe State and the Federal College of Education, Potiskum, Yobe State.
The Senate President, Dr. Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan, opened the training in a virtual event.
In his remarks, Lawan described the programme as a landmark effort in the Federal Government’s commitment to uplift the wellbeing of youths which constitute key part of the nation’s population.
He noted that GSM devices are growing in sophistication as important communication tools, just as users are multiplying by the day, such that any person that is skilled in repairs will have continuous patronage.
He canvassed for increased budgetary allocation for the youth population and creative engagement, to enable them contribute meaningfully to the economy and stay away from crime, which is often the result of idleness.
Lawan also praised the synergy between NCDMB and, NITDA in jointly organising the training, assuring that the Senate would continue to provide legislative impetus for collaborations amongst government agencies in the delivery of their mandate.
In his welcome address, the Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote explained that the Board is charged with developing local talents, facilities and assets that support the oil and gas operations and its linkage sectors but it had realised that the oil industry is incapable of absorbing all local talents even at peak capacity, hence the conceptualization of strategic youth empowerment programme.