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Prospects for youths in the ICT Sector

Prospects for youths in the ICT Sector


The Youth have a lot to offer in our great country of Nigeria. The All Progressive Congress (APC) recognizes this. Along with other trades, one of the key sectors we believe can empower youths as well as stimulate our economy is the ICT (Information Communications Technology) sector.

This Youth friendly sector has not only the capability of producing millions of jobs, but can create a technological atmosphere that in turn can bring more transparency, ease of initiatives, and a smooth relaxed new era of the way Nigeria operates. Leading the way in developing this youth-driven tech era range from top to bottom in the hierarchy of the ruling party.

For example, the Ministry of Communications in collaboration with NITDA (National Information Technology and Development Agency) are putting in place ICT capacity building exercises for university graduates in its Graduate Internship Scheme.

As we speak, this pilot scheme has commenced with 100 graduates receiving the benefits of this significant program. 600 more graduates and counting are also in the process of receiving training in Software Development, Coding, and other Information Technology activities not only in the South West, but throughout all Geo political zones in the country.

These initiatives that are happening for youths has even gotten the attention of social media giant Facebook who stated, at the F8 developer conference in San Francisco, the United States of America (April 12-13,2016), that it is increasing its presence and deepening it partnerships on the (African) continent because Africa is the future of the information technology growth.

It has collaborated with African Developers (especially in Nigeria) including Entertainment Nigeria, Jobberman, amongst others. However, without funding, how would opportunities, especially for Youths, be capitalized so as to produce the brand of a tech company like Facebook? One particular example of progress being made from a funding perspective is the Kaduna Startup Entrepreneurship Programme (KADSTED).

The Bank of Industry has set aside 48.44 million naira in collaboration with the Kaduna State Government and Kaduna Business School and has provided loans for up to 15 SME’s (Small and Medium Enterprises) for those who qualified. The rate of those receiving loans is expected to rise as the BOI receives its return on investment through the success of these startup businesses.

So, as you can see, we as youths have a lot to look forward to, as our Government at the Federal, State, and Local level in conjunction with the APC vision is creating that changing landscape where we can thrive in all sectors, including that of ICT.

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