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Kogi Govt Partners ICT Firm, Targets Massive Youth Employment

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In line with the administration of Governor Yahaya Bello’s developmental and educational policy as contained in key thematic areas of the Kogi State Blueprint, Kogi state government is partnering with a Nigeria ICT consulting firm, Certified Systems Nig Ltd which has a Dubai regional office and who are certified agent of Microsoft, Huawei, Intel and Samsung.

Leading a five-man delegations to China, the commissioner for finance and head of Kogi state Economic Team Alhaji Asiru Asiwaju, speaking on a phone chat from China stated that unemployment in Kogi state is about to be kicked out.

“The primary firm, Huawei is coming to invest in various sectors of Kogi thereby boosting and enhancing productivity of the public and private sector. Also, the educational sector would receive massive and major ICT boost that would equip our youths with necessary ICT skills from elementary school through college. This would in turn boost self reliance and reduce unemployment. We are in China with the consulting firm to finalize the partnership with Huawei.

“Kogi would benefit immensely in the long run from this partnership. Since ICT provides ready job opportunities, our teeming unemployed youths who would have been trained in various areas of ICT and acquired necessary skills would put them into practice,” he said.

He explained further that the partnership wil includes setting up of ICT hubs in Kogi state owing to the bundle of talents that abound in Kogi state, adding that ICT hub is a space where technologists congregate to bounce ideas around, network, programme and design to bring their ideas to fruition and Kogi state is already blazing the trail in the whole of Northern Nigeria.

It would be recalled that the federal government in December 2016 signed a Memorandum of Understanding, (MoU) with a Chinese technology firm to provide 2000 Information and Communication Technology, ICT trainee jobs to young Nigerians in 2016 under the “Huawei’s Seeds for the Future program.” the Programme was part of the change agenda of the president Mohammadu Bihari’s administration to create jobs for the youth. The vice president Professor Yemi Osinbajo who represented president Buhari at the signing stated that the “ICT is one of the quickest ways people can get decent jobs, so we think this is absolutely important and since Governor Yahaya Bello is a 100% ICT compliant governor, it is a done deal.

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