FG trains unemployed graduates on web design
The National Information technology development agency (NITDA) has embarked on the training of 100 unemployed graduates in the country, to equip them with skills needed to provide web design services to clients on a continuous basis.
The training, which is aimed at developing youths and helping them realise their full potentials in IT and be self-reliant was formally launched at the University of Ibadan (UI) IT resource center.
The Minister of Communication, Barrister Adebayo Shittu who was represented by the Acting Director General of NITDA, Dr. Vincent Olatunji said “ Recent statistics from the NBS shows that 19:7 per cent of the labour force and 71 per cent of students who graduate from tertiary education do not find work.
This may virtually be the cause of the various vices we experience from among the youths and it is in the light of this that the federal government in a bid to address the challenge is approaching the employment generation issues headlong.
“ Nigeria faces a number of challenges that can be tackled with innovative, well educated, patriotic and optimistic citizens who have the courage and inquisitiveness to think in new ways. With youth comes energy, innovation and optimism if given the opportunity; unfortunately, the youth in the country encounter a lot of hardship in the society.
“ Empowerment programmes such as this would allow the youths to exercise their inquisitiveness and bring innovation to bear on solutions to man’s challenges”.
The Minister also hinted that work is at advanced stage towards establishing innovation hubs across the six geo political zones of Nigeria to incubate, mentor and commercialize ICT related ideas and innovations and Ibadan is one of such centres.
In his welcome address, Acting Director General of NITDA, Dr. Vincent Olatunji said the agency in a bid to tackle unemployment in the country embarked on the training.