June 10, 2024

Digital literacy: NITDA, NYSC partner to empower 30m Nigerian youths

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By Juliet Umeh

The National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, is partnering with the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, to improve digital literacy across Nigeria and reach 30 million Nigerian youths, including corps members by 2027.

The Director General of NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, who disclosed this weekend, said the programme would provide training in practical digital skills, such as software development, data analysis, cybersecurity and digital marketing.

He said: “It will also bridge the digital divide in Nigeria, equip young Nigerians with skills needed for the digital economy, increase employability of youths and drive innovation and economic growth.

“Overall, this initiative seems like a significant step towards improving digital literacy in Nigeria, potentially leading to a more skilled workforce and economic growth.”

On his part, the Minister of State for Youth, Ayodele Olawande Wisdom, commended the collaboration, while emphasising unity of purpose in achieving shared goals.

He said: “I appreciate this collaboration because I believe we are one family and we are working towards the same goal.

“I also believe that if there is anything we can give, it is our commitment. Regardless of where you come from, as long as, at the end of the day, the Nigerian youths are in a better position from where they are coming from, that is what is important.

The minister acknowledged the dedication of all involved and expressed gratitude towards the NYSC’s leadership, commitment and availability to the cause.

The Director General of NYSC, Brig Gen YD Ahmed, in his response, expressed enthusiasm for the initiative and NYSC’s readiness to fully engage.