FG to tackle youth unemployment with ICTs, CommTech Ministry says

FG to tackle youth unemployment with ICTs, CommTech Ministry says

FG to tackle youth unemployment with ICTs, CommTech Ministry says

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The Ministry of Communication Technology has promised to explore ICTs in addressing the country’s troubling unemployment rate.[blockquote right=”pull-right” cite=”Tope Fashedemi, Director of e-Government in the Ministry of Communication Technology”]This initiative has paid off as a young graduate of the initiative has received a $10m grant from the U.S., he adds noting that, “we have many developers now who are still under training and have developed so many apps. The apps are online and have been used all over the world and from our backend statistics 80% of these app are used by foreigners. This is an indication that without leaving the shores of the country you can achieve a lot and make ends meet.” [/blockquote]
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) estimates that no fewer than 5.3 million youths are jobless in the country while another 1.8 million graduates enter the labour market every year.

Against this background, the Federal Government will use ICT to tackle the incessant unemployment rate in Nigeria.

[wppa type=”slide” album=”3″ align=”left”][/wppa]Tope Fashedemi, Director of e-Government in the Ministry of Communication Technology dropped this hint in a keynote speech at the Cetenary and 9th edition of the Titans of Tech Awards organised by Technology Africa and held at the Golden Gate Hotel in Ikoyi, Lagos.

The event which was divided into two parts, the business discussion and presentation of awards, attracted attendance from two major sectors that drive the economy of Nigeria: entertainment and ICT sectors.

According to Fashedemi, beyond the oil and gas, the ICT sector can reduce the unemployment rate in Nigeria.

”Unlike other industries that we all know, we need to have huge capital expenditure before you can start whereas in ICT what you need to have is a great idea and some skills and have a bit of entrepreneurial drive and from there you become an employer of labour and that is the area we are focusing on”, he added.

He hinted that government has started several initiatives to encourage the youth in a bid to tackle the rate of unemployment. “One of the things we have done is to set up various ideas centres and hubs where we train young people and mentor them.”

This initiative has paid off as a young graduate of the initiative has received a $10m grant from the U.S., he adds noting that, “we have many developers now who are still under training and have developed so many apps. The apps are online and have been used all over the world and from our backend statistics 80% of these app are used by foreigners. This is an indication that without leaving the shores of the country you can achieve a lot and make ends meet.”

However, the Federal Government has created an enabling environment by driving infrastructure development to make sure that resources are available to all those that have interest and can tap into it, Fashedemi added.

High point of the event was the award presentations which saw Osun State receive recognition as the ICT Centenary State of the year. Others that received awards include Shina Badaru, Founder of Technology Times; Olusheyi Akindeinde, CEO of Digital Encode; Anthony Adegbola; Country Operation Manager of Ericsson, who all received awards for their immense contribution to the ICT sector.

 

 

 

 

 

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