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Nasarawa govt trains I50 undergraduates on ICT/digital economy

From Esther Akaa, Lafia 

The Nasarawa State government has commenced training of 150 undergraduates on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Digital Economy to boost their digital skills. 

The Voice reports that beneficiaries of the training are students of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, under the umbrella of the Nasarawa State Students’ Association (NASSA), ABU, Zaria chapter.

Declaring the training open on Saturday in Lafia, the state Commissioner, Ministry for Special Duties, Legal Matters and Youths Development, Barr Hannatu Abimiku, called on the youths to be creative and innovative, in order to become self-reliant.

According to her, the world was moving towards digital economy, hence the need for young people to be computer literate, in order to cope with emerging technologies.

Abimiku, who cautioned the youths against the use of ICT to perpetrate cyberspace crime, urged them to use it positively to earn a living.

“We have a lot of positive things that we can use ICT to gain and not to use it to commit cyber crimes known as ‘Yahoo Yahoo’.

“If we use ICT in the negative way, we will be doing harm to ourselves because a lot of persons are in jail due the crimes they committed using the internet.

“I, therefore, charge you to be creative and innovative so that you can be self employed  because white collar jobs are no more enough for us in this country, so we must develop ourselves and prepare for the future,” she said.

The commissioner, therefore, reassured them of Governor Abdullahi Sule’s commitment to development of youths in the state through various youth empowerment programmes to enable them become independent.

She, therefore, called on the students to be good ambassadors of the state, in their various fields of endeavour and charged them to be hardworking, in order to graduate with good grades.

Also speaking, the Commissioner, Ministry for Youth and Sports Development, Lucky Isaac-Yargwa, represented by the Director, Administration and Supplies at the Ministry, Mr Mustapha Isa, charged participants to utilise the opportunity given them by the state government and become computer literate.

Yargwa noted that the state Head of Service had earlier issued a directive that all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) must create a functional ICT unit, where all activities will henceforth, be carried out via e-governance, saying that the government was committed to ICT development and digital economy.

He, therefore, called on the people of the state to embrace digital economy, which according to him was one of the ways to improve and sustain the economy of the state and country at large.

On his part, the Director General, State Bureau for Information and Communication Technology (BICT), Malam Shehu Ibrahim, represented by the Director of Training, BICT, Malam Yarwa Usman, explained that the training was to equip the students with basic knowledge of ICT, noting that it will last for a week.

“Our task here is to teach the students the introductory aspect of ICT and they will develop further on the skills and go higher. Therefore, if they are serious, their ICT life will start this week. This is what is happening around the globe and ICT is taking over the world.

“I, therefore, see no reason why a university student will not be seen with a computer. If you have a smart phone, that means you can work with a computer because all the applications in your phone are the same with the ones in a computer,” he said.

In a goodwill message, Chairman, ABU Alumni Association, Nasarawa State chapter, Engr Mohammed Sani, commended Governor Sule for always providing an enabling environment for the youths and students of the state to thrive.

He, therefore, urged the participants to put in their best during the training and ensure that they extend the knowledge gained from the training to the outside world.

Earlier, President of NASSA, ABU, Zaria chapter, Comrade Is’haq Muhammad said the training  marked a new dawn in the history of the association.

Muhammad said that the training will enable the students get acquainted with entrepreneurship, ICT and digital economy such as Microsoft suite, graphics design and basic web development, as well as UI/UX design.

He commended the open door and all inclusive policy of Governor Sule and the support recorded by students under his administration, especially the recent disbursement of scholarship grants for students in the state and charged him to sustain it.

The NASSA president also appreciated the DG, BICT, the Commissioner for Special Duties, Legal Matters and Youths Development and her courterpart for Youth and Sports Development for their support and pledged for sustenance to enable the students succeed.

In an interview with The Voice, some of the participants, Usman Salihu and Amina Idris appreciated the governor for the opportunity and promised to put in their best during the training.

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