ICTs will remain a crucial tool to empower Nigerian youths towards national development and lift the nation out of poverty, Mr. Gerald Ilukwe, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Galaxy Backbone Ltd has said at the kick-off of a technology programme to reduce unemployment.
[blockquote right=”pull-right” cite=”Mr. Gerald Ilukwe, the Managing Director and CEO of Galaxy Backbone Ltd”]Ilukwe said that the 21st century has potent combination of youth and entrepreneurship and it is only the successful harnessing of this combination “that will lift our country out of poverty and unemployment.”[/blockquote]
CEO of the government-owned ICT services provider said that Galaxy Backbone underscores the commitment of the ICT service provider to the Federal Government towards the success of the Enterprise Platform for Entrepreneurship in the ICT sector.
Ilukwe said this in Abuja at the launch of the Enterprise Platform for Entrepreneurship in the ICT Sector by SURE – P TVET (Technical Vocational Education and Training) Project Implementation Unit in partnership with Galaxy Backbone Ltd.
Chief Emeka Wogu, the Minister of Labour and Productivity, recently launched the initiative.
Furthermore, Ilukwe said that the 21st century has potent combination of youth and entrepreneurship and it is only the successful harnessing of this combination “that will lift our country out of poverty and unemployment.”
He urged trainees to embrace the Enterprise Platform for Entrepreneurs in the ICT sector by SURE – P TVET with the seriousness it deserves, as this may be the singular opportunity that will make all the difference for the selected youths and the nation.
At the event, the Galaxy Backbone CEO said “the launch heralds a new dawn in our collective desire to harness ICT as a tool of empowerment specifically for our youths and bring about the much-needed development of our nation.”
Ilukwe also noted that “the Enterprise Platform for Entrepreneurship in the ICT sector is not about providing Internet access to Ministries, Departments and Agencies; rather it represents a significant milestone towards setting up an enterprise platform which will be used to train Nigerian youths to acquire specific IT-related skills which will enable them start their own businesses at the end of the programme.”
The launch and commencement of the training of 2000 participants marks the culmination of effort and synergy between SURE – P TVET PIU, Ministry of Labour and Productivity and Galaxy Backbone for the benefit of our youths and nation, according to Ilukwe.
“I recommend this model of Government to Government partnership to other arms of the public sector as a veritable means of realising the objectives of the Transformation Agenda of the current administration”, said Ilukwe.
According to him, the Memorandum of Understanding signed by both parties involves the provision of an online and mobile registration platform for a national database of unemployed graduates and non-graduates; the setting up of an online portal for start-ups to display their products and services; training graduates in skills needed to start their own businesses; and provision of a mentoring/coaching programme, available online to support young entrepreneurs, as well as the provision for the trainees.
The programme, which is leveraging on Galaxy’s connectivity infrastructure nationwide, is designed to equip non-graduates and graduates with the necessary and essential skills for establishing enterprises and maintaining jobs and careers in the ICT sector, according to Galaxy Backbone.