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FG is addressing unemployment challenge through digital skill acquisition - Pantami
FG is addressing unemployment challenge through digital skill acquisition - Pantami

FG is addressing unemployment challenge through digital skill acquisition – Pantami

FG is addressing unemployment challenge through digital skill acquisition – Pantami

The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Pantami, says the Federal Government is addressing the challenge of unemployment by creating opportunities for youths through digital skill acquisition.
Pantami stated this on Thursday in Kashere, Akko Local Government Area of Gombe state while inaugurating the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) hub deployed to Federal University of Kashere.
The ICT hub was built by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).

He stated that the challenge of unemployment worries government and it is in that regard that several interventions were being made to create the enabling environment through digital skills acquisition for youths to become employers of labour.

“The government is focusing more on developing talents through various opportunities in ICT by establishing digital and skill centres where universities and other learning centres will identify talented youths that government could assist to develop their talents.”

According to him, one of the ways to combat unemployment is to create employment opportunities for the youth and this can only happen through entrepreneurship and skills which remain the contemporary solution to unemployment.

He said that the intervention in Kashere was the third to be commissioned after those in PortHarcourt and University of Lagos while others are ongoing in Bauchi, Minna and other states.

According to him, the interventions are to bridge the gap between academia and industry, adding that the idea was to provide platforms for youths to become self-reliant and employers of labour.

FG is addressing unemployment challenge through digital skill acquisition - Pantami
http://ournigeria.newsFG is addressing unemployment challenge through digital skill acquisition – Pantami

” One of the challenge we are having as a government is our challenge of many graduates without vacancies to accommodate them.

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” Every year our children graduate from universities and they are looking for opportunity to serve the government and if you go to government the opportunities are limited.

” The vacancies in government cannot accommodate 5 per cent of our graduates. This is our major challenge,” he said.

The minister said the situation necessitated the need for government to ” think outside the box” and the only way was to change the perspective of producing potential employees to producing potential employers.

He added that the government through his ministry was working toward developing a national policy on digital innovation and entrepreneurship as part of measures toward empowering youths to tap into the opportunities in ICT.

Earlier, Mr Kashifu Abdullahi, the director-general of NITDA said the COVID-19 pandemic had presented the right opportunity for all stakeholders in academia to shift to digital platforms to conduct research and other activities.

Abdullahi charged the university to make good use of the facility to develop youths that would leverage ICT to develop the country and proffer solutions to future challenges.

On his part, Prof. Abdullahi Gani, the Vice-Chancellor of the institution thanked the Federal Government for the intervention while assuring that the facility would facilitate learning and improve quality of education in the institution.

FG is addressing unemployment challenge through digital skill acquisition – Pantami

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