NCC Boss Charges Youths on Digital Skills Application
Pelumi OLALEYE, Abuja
Professor Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has urged youths, who participated in the nationwide digital literacy training conducted by the Commission, to put the skills acquired as well as the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools received during the exercise to appropriate and legit use.
He said at the closing ceremony of the Digital Literacy Training for the North-West organized by the Commision at the Kano Campus of the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI) on Friday that youths who have had the privilege of participating in the training should apply the skills acquired in gainful activities to be self-employed.
“The training has provided for you useful skills, which you have acquired to earn a living for yourself without necessarily relying on the government to give you a job. Our hope at NCC is that you will apply the skills appropriately and impact your friends and associates. I also urge you to resist the temptations to sell the laptops and other IT tools you are going to be provided with,” Danbatta told the participants.
The EVC further commended President Muhamamdu Buhari, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami and the Governing Board of the Commission to implement the digital capacity-building initiative, describing the scheme as an essential intervention approved by the Federal Government to make more Nigerian youths self-reliant.
The training, a brainchild of the Commission was aimed at implementing the Federal Government’s policy to lift Nigerians out of poverty, was held for two weeks across each of the country’s six geo-political zones.
Across the zones, youths were not only trained by subject-matter experts in ICT. Still, they were also given laptops, Internet Mi-Fi, financial support and certificates certifying the digital skills they have learnt.