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NITDA and NYSC Partner to Empower 30 Million Nigerians with Digital Skills

NITDA and NYSC Partner to Empower 30 Million Nigerians with Digital Skills

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) have launched a comprehensive initiative to train 30 million Nigerians in digital skills. This collaboration aims to enhance employability and drive the country’s digital transformation.

The initiative focuses on providing practical training in key areas such as software development, data analytics, cybersecurity, and digital marketing. It aims to reach 30 million Nigerian youths, including NYSC members, by 2027, equipping them with essential skills for the digital economy. This effort supports President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda, which emphasizes economic reform and sustained inclusive growth through digital literacy.

During a courtesy visit to the NYSC Director-General, Brig. Gen Y.D. Ahmed, NITDA Director-General Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi stressed the importance of leveraging technology to enhance productivity and digital skills. Abdullahi cited global research predicting a talent deficit by 2030, which could result in significant economic losses if unaddressed. He noted that this initiative would not only enhance employability but also drive innovation and economic growth in Nigeria.

The implementation plan includes training NYSC members during their service year and using them as digital literacy ambassadors across Nigeria. Corps members will be onboarded onto digital platforms, provided with continuous learning opportunities, and selected as ambassadors to teach digital skills in their communities.

The Minister of State for Youth Development, Ayodele Olawande, commended the collaboration and emphasized the unity of purpose in achieving the shared goal of improving the digital skills and employability of Nigerian youth. He expressed gratitude for the dedication of all involved and highlighted the potential impact on the nation’s youth and broader economic landscape.

Brig. Gen Y.D. Ahmed expressed strong support for the initiative and NYSC’s readiness to fully engage in the process, assuring that the NYSC would collaborate fully with NITDA to achieve the initiative’s goals.

This partnership marks a significant step towards bridging the digital divide and preparing Nigeria’s youth to thrive in the digital economy.

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