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FG to train 400 youths on SME digital skill

Representative of the NCC, Director Digital Economy, Dr Austin Nwalune at the official opening of the training program with Executives of partner bodies in keen observation. Photo: Olayemi Daniyan

In a bid to check youth unemployment, the Federal Government is to train 400 youths in digital-based Small and medium scale enterprises management.

The Training is to be carried out quarterly in partnership with the Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC), the Small and Medium Scale Enterprises Development Agency (SMEDAN( and a private Digital Service company.

Declaring the training programme open in Abuja, the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Professor Umar Danbatta, represented by the Director Digital Economy of the commission, Dr Austin Nwalune, said the programme was to further implement the Nigeria Digital Economy plan.

Dr Nwalune said the commission was poised to further contribute its quota to youth engagement and poverty alleviation through the programme.

Representatives of NCC, SMEDAN, and partner company at SME digital skill training program in Abuja. Photo: Olayemi Daniyan

The Director-General of SMEDAN, represented by Director, Enterprise Promotion in the Agency, Monday Ewans, said the training would guide the youth to recognize and counter fraudulent sites used by cybercriminals.

The Chief Executive of the private partner Digital Services Company, Amu Ogbeide, commended the Federal Government on its determination to harness digital skills to check youth unemployment.

Two beneficiaries of the training, Mohammed Sani and Sarah Onuaoha, said the new strategies and training on loan utilisation acquired in the exercise would embolden the foray into new small and medium scale businesses.

About one hundred youths were selected from various areas of small and medium businesses for the first batch of the training.

Reporting by Olayemi Daniyan; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino and Tony Okerafor