About 1000 youths have received training on Google skills in Sokoto State, Northern Nigeria.
The training was designed to enhance the capabilities of job seekers through digital means in recognition of importance of Information Technology dominance in all aspects.
Nigerian Minister of State for Industry, Ms Aisha Abubakar, said the government would continue to develop and formulate relevants policies and programmes to facilitate viable partnerships on employment generation in the country.
“The collective target for this wave of training is to reach out to 500,000 Nigerians in the next 12 months and to triple that number over the next five years,” the Minister said.
She said the training would be achieved through working together with parastatals under the Ministry of Industry, Trade and investment.
“We projected training 1000 youths over the next three (3) training days, but I am told that we have over 1,600 registered on the portal within just a few days theirs opening,” she stated.
Employability of job seekers
She said the event aimed at enhancing employability of job seekers and the growth of small enterprises, who are keen to join the digital world by improving their skills.
The Minister commended Google, Mind the Gap, D9 Consulting, Usmanu Danfodio
University and other stakeholders for organising the event.
“Over 50 million Nigerians are connected online and lacked necessary expertise thereby needed optimum skills to tap the the opportunities it provided.
“Google should accord Sokoto state with enhanced connectivity platforms for people to access recent upgraded services for job creation and social engagements” She explained.
She called on Nigerian youths to utilize empowerment training platforms for productive engagements.
The Minister further cautioned youths against fake news and other cyber crimes noting that the programmed solely aimed at capacity building.
Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, urged community groups and institutions to sensitize people on the importance of the programme.
Sultan Abubakar also commended the organizers and assured maximum traditional rulers support as well as cautioned people against misusing the skills.
Vice Chancellor of Usmanu Danfodio University, Professor Abdullahi Zuru, said the university had enough facilities to support the programme.
Earlier, Mr Emmanuel Abiodun from Google, said the programme was started in 2016 on how to use internet to develop knowledge targeted 1 million people, but at present increased to 10 million.
Mr Abiodun said out of one million people who started, 450 are from Nigeria in first 12 months, noting that different government agencies had been engaged in the execution of the programme.