Governor AbdulrazaqEmbarks On ICT Hub To Boost Youths’ Employment
Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State has commenced an innovation hub on Information Communication Technology (ICT) aimed at equipping youths technology-wise thereby making them more employable.
The Eagle understands that the Innovation Hub, when completed, would provide a conducive and enabling environment for youths to thrive using modern technology.
The idea is to enable youths learn how to use technology to solve problems and create value.
“With the recent COVID-19 pandemic it is most crucial for the State to facilitate local participation in the digital revolution as the entire world is now moving to online services and technology has become the most important tool for survival in the post-COVID world”, a release from the state said..
Stills that participating youths are expected to learn under the scheme, include software engineering, artificial intelligence, machine learning, graphic design, robotics, digital marketing, and many other modern technologies via the training programs and activities at the Innovation Hub.
Upon completion of the programme, it ie expected that they would have been prepared for such areas as global outsourcing and start-up entrepreneurship,
“Our youths will learn the modern technology skills required to join the global workforce and will be able to work remotely for companies around the world from right here in Kwara. This will increase revenue and IGR for the State.
“They will also learn how to start companies that will solve local problems, create value and be able to scale into bigger companies”.
The Eagle findings also shows that the AbdulRazaq led Kwara State Government plans to encourage and provide incentives for struggling startups in bigger cities to relocate their businesses to Kwara. This will create jobs and in turn increase revenue and IGR in the state.
These activities will, in turn, boost the local economy by training our youths, creating jobs, triggering foreign investment, and creating a robust technology value chain from hardware vendors to network engineers and internet service providers all within Kwara State.
The Innovation Hub is also partnering with organisations like MTN, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook to bring in their resources to help its members grow.
The ICT innovation hub would be completed this year, the release added.