The Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry, ACCI, has commenced the training of selected 100 National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, members in the Federal Capital Territory on Professional IT/ICT Training.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the training in Abuja, the President of ACCI, Dr. Al-Mutaba Abubakar said the training is being conducted by the Business Entrepreneurship Skills and Technology, BEST, Centre of ACCI.
According to him, the beneficiaries will be trained on digital marketing, copywriting, web designing, business communication and administration processes, data science and advanced excel trainings.
He said the move was part of ACCI strategies of empowering one thousand youths in one year towards making them self reliant.
“The BEST Centre which is the training and capacity development arm of the Chamber has in the past few years supported youth empowerment through various vocational skills training programe and it’s flagship training is aimed at school 1000 youths in one year was highly successful with over 70 percent of the first batch of 120 participants currently engaged and generating incomes with the skills learnt” the ACCI President explained
In a remark, the Director of ACCI Best Centre, Dr. Tinuke Temitope said the training would last four weeks.
Dr. Temitope stated that the Professional IT/ICT Training would upskills youth corps members on employability skills that can make them employable and highly competitive in the global market.
According to her, it will also make their services remain relevant and essential for national economic growth in the 21st century global digital economy.
Earlier, the Director General of NYSC, Major General Shuaibu Ibrahim commended ACCI for the training noting that it would go a long to make the corps members employers of labour after their service.
Major General Ibrahim said NYSC would continue to collaborate with relevant stakeholders towards making corps members productive and contribute their quota to national economic development.
Some of the beneficiaries expressed gratitude to ACCI, NYSC and the supporting partner, GIZ for the ICT Training programme.
They therefore called for more programmes that would make Nigerian youths self reliant and responsible citizens.
By Matthew Ayoola