By Muhammad Sani Abdulhamid
The ongoing Digital Youth Nigeria Program, administered by the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, has helped around 2,000 Nigerian youngsters from various parts of the country.
This was revealed by the Ministry’s training supervisor, Mal. Adamu Usman Kaina, at the El Lawanti ICT center in Gombe State, during the closing ceremony for 50 participants from the North East region.
The goal of conducting the animation and graphics training, according to Adamu Usman Kaina, is to close the gap in technology advancement among the country’s youth.
He added that the Ministry of Youth and sports development under the leadership of Hon. Sunday Dare, finds it necessary to fill this gap among Nigeria’s youth so that they will go along side with their counterparts across the world.
“Globally today, businesses are going more digitally. You can in the comfort of your home market your product. By organizing this training, it can help young people acquire the skills that they can use to promote their business digitally.
According to Kaina, he was impressed by the level of cooperation given by the participants throughout the period of the training.
He said of the empowerment pack that was given to the participants, they should make good use of it to improve their businesses and to take the knowledge to others within the community they find themselves.
“By doing that, the knowledge will keep rolling and cover a vast number of young people who can engage in ICT, especially in promoting their business digitally.”
He therefore changed the beneficiaries to use the knowledge they acquired during the training to be self-reliant.
Usman Kaina commended the Ministry for organizing the training, which will go a long way in bringing out the best in the youth, especially in digital marketing and advertising.
On his part, Effiong Godswill, the facilitator of the training, said the participants have been very cooperative and understanding throughout the period of the training.
He commended the Ministry of Youth and Sport development for coming up with the training and, most especially, the empowerment pack given to the participants that will help them to keep practicing what they have learned and develop skills that can turn into a source of revenue.
Some of the beneficiaries, Muhammad Khamis Safiyan from Bauchi State, and Abdullahi Muhammad from Adamawa State, assured the ministry they will use the knowledge acquired at the training judiciously and thanked them for the golden opportunity.
The Certificate, HP and Dell laptop computers were among the items given to the 50 participants of the program at the end of the training, which started on 26 July and ended on 03 September 2021.
Mal. Adamu Usman Kaina noted that the training was not for the northeast alone, but for all the six geo-political zones in the country, where youth were trained in different aspects, including software and cording, animation and graphics design, business processes outsourcing, and the internet. About 2,000 youth benefited from it.