About 5,000 youths of ages 18 to 35 in Kaduna State have benefited from a One-Day Training organized by the office of the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in collaboration with Google and the Kaduna State Government.
The training, which held on Monday, was aimed at empowering young Nigerians on how to effectively use the Internet and its resources in becoming self-reliant.
Speaking to journalists at one of the training centers in Kaduna, Director of the SDGs, Mr. Nuhu Moses, said, “The training is expected to provide an empowerment opportunity for every youth that attends.”
According to him, “When you build the capacity of someone through training or education, you have empowered them. They would be taught on how to take advantage of the Internet to see available opportunities therein so as to utilize them.”
He added that “already, a similar training has been conducted in Sokoto, Kebbi and Jigawa ahead of Kaduna in the North-west geo-political zone,” pointing out also that, same training will be carried out in Kano, Zamfara and Katsina states.
The Chief Executive Officer of Kaduna ICT Hub, Engineer Bashir Yusuf, who is one of the technical partners of the organizers, expressed optimism about the training, saying, there would be a ‘multiplying effect’ in terms of job opportunities. He assured that similar trainings that would further consolidate on what the youth have learnt would be held subsequently.
The theme for the training was; ‘Diversifying Nigeria’s Economy Enabling Youth through Digital Skills Training.’
The training in Kaduna was carried out in five centers across the three Senatorial zones – Zaria, Kafanchan, Kachia, Murtala Muhammad Square and the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, respectively.