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NITDA Trains 3,700 Corps Members On Open Source Software Development

Posted: Jul 4, 2016 at 6:09 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chibuzor Emejor

Abuja – National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has begun training for 3,700 corps members on open source software development programme aimed at developing and empowering fresh graduate with Information Technology skills.

Speaking at the launch of open source software development  for corps members in Abuja at the weekend,  Dr. Vincent Olatunji, the Acting Director General of NITDA, explained that  it was part of the core mandate of the agency to empower the youth  through human capital development  in the Information Technology for sustainable livelihood and national development.

Olatunji said 100 corps members have been selected for the one-month training in 36 states of the federation and Abuja, adding that the goal of the agency is to invest in the youth at this critical period of economic recession in the country in order to empower them with employability skills and prepare them for global competitiveness and self-reliance.

Addressing the corps members, he said, “I want you to realise that Nigeria is going through economic recession. And during the period of recession, one important thing to do is invest in the human capital.

“When countries such as Singapore, Korea, India, China  were passing through recession. They invested in their human capital.

“One lesson we need to learn from these challenges is that the era of relying on natural resources for our economic sustenance is gone.

“One thing that is very germane to us is human capital development. We want to build youths who will be global competitive in Information Technology.”

He noted that the agency is working closely with the Presidency in the establishment of the Innovation Hubs across the six geo-political zones in the country, adding that the Innovation Hubs would  serve as incubation centres  for innovative and enterprising youths to develop their potentials for national development.

He added that the Innovation Hubs would provide an opportunity for youths to be mentored and their entrepreneurial skills developed for job creation.

He further underscored the need to promote local content through IT solutions, urging the beneficiaries to be serious with the training.

Responding, Mrs. Miriam Mshelia, Zonal Head, Skill Acquisition Entrepreneur Development in the National Youth Service Corps, lauded the initiative of NITDA in organising the one-month training.

Mshelia observed with joy that already some of the corps members in the course of training have learnt how to create website, register their businesses as budding entrepreneurs as well as learnt how to write feasibility reports on viable commercial businesses.