The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says it is fully committed to efficiently implementing the government’s policy of repositioning youth for digital job opportunities.
Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice-Chairman of NCC, announced this in a press statement he personally signed in Abuja.
He noted that the commission had initiated a programme tagged “Digital Job Creation for Youths (DJCY) to achieve the objective.
According to him, this is in line with the National Digital Economic Policy and Strategy, (NDEPS 2020-2030).
NDEPS 2020-2030 is to further accelerate economic growth in digital literacy and skills.
More than 2,000 Nigerian youths have, so far, benefited from this programme from the six geopolitical zones of the country.
He said NCC is training another set of 600 youths under the current edition of DJCY.
Danbatta said the commission designed DJCY “to enhance the skills of youths across Nigeria through customised training.
“It offers fully-loaded laptops with networking devices, to equip and engage them in different digital entrepreneurship businesses of their choice”.
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He said the commission also provided free accommodation facilities for two weeks for the beneficiaries.
During the training, resource persons in digital skills, business development and management will re-orientate them towards self-discovery, self-development and self-employment.
“Objectives of DJCY include remoulding youths with Information and Communication Technology proficiency so as to fit into digital economy.
“We also designed it to improve access to ICT-enabled services such as banking and strengthen the ICT micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) sector of the economy,” Danbatta said.
he added that DJCY relies on the provisions of NDEPS 2020-2030, which encourage the promotion of Digital Literacy and Skills through “massive training of Nigerians from all walks of life in order to enable them to obtain digital literacy and other digital skills.”
According to him, participants in previous two editions had gainful self-employment, using laptops and internet connectivity tools provided by NCC.
“The commission is full commitment to this programme as a result of the positive feedback from the previous editions.
“Also because of the potentials it has in enhancing the digital opportunities of the Nigerian youth for the benefit of the nation’s digital economy,” EVC said.
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