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Kwara State Government has concluded plans to hold a two-week virtual digital training for youths in the state.

According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Rafiu Ajakaye, the training scheduled to start on April 27, was an initiative of the Digital Kwara component of the state’s social investment programme.

No fewer than 30,000 youths in the state would benefit from the virtual training over the next three years, according to the statement.

Ajakaye said the training which was to ensure the youths make the best of the lockdown season by acquiring some digital skills relevant for the 21st-century economy.

He said, “Digital skills are becoming increasingly invaluable and Kwara youths shouldn’t be left behind in the global surge for the skills of the future. KWASSIP is partnering with Google and Wootlab Foundation to organise the free virtual training programme.

“The technology skills training under KWASSIP is multi-layered. It is originally designed to train 30,000 young kwara residents in basic digital skills, while an additional 1,500 youth will be trained in advanced digital skills over the next 3 years.

“The programme will expose Kwara youths to digital skills and certifications, and prepare them for employment and entrepreneurial opportunities within the technology space. This fits into Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s agenda to make Kwara the ‘go-to’ place for digital skills in Nigeria.”

Ajakaiye said the long-term objective of the Digital Kwara was to set up digital skills centres across Kwara where the youths would be equipped with globally-relevant technology education to advance human capital development in the state.

SOURCE: PUNCH NIGERIA

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