A NON-Governmental-Organisation (NGO), under the aegis of the Bridgewaters, yesterday expressed its readiness to create jobs for over 50,000 youths in Ekiti State and Ekiti indigenes in Lagos.
The organisation said it has perfected technological projects that guarantee job creation in a bid to reduce unemployment rate.
Speaking with reporters in Ado-Ekiti, Bridgewaters Chief Executive Officer Mr. Segun Oke said the plan to automate Ekiti with broad-based digital empowerment was borne out of his desire to contribute his quota to the task of eradicating poverty.
Oke said the NGO is seeking to partner the state government to make the projects a reality.
He added that efforts were being made to get the endorsement of the government to kick-start the project.
Oke, who is an ICT expert and chartered accountant, said the NGO would equip about 10,000 youths in digital skills, artificial intelligence, robotics, programming, motion animation, cyber security and project management.
He added that Bridgewaters would train 7,000 elderly residents in better use of gadgets and the internet. About 20,000 children will also be trained in programming robotics, motion animation and other digital skills and establishment of 1000 starts-up businesses in Ekiti in the next five years.
Others include transforming jobseekers to job creators with 20,000 jobs as well as assisting 5,000 youths to get gainful employment in the innovation and technology ecosystem within and outside the country to spur the generation of N15 billion revenue from these startups and automated 100 public service/social activities within Ekiti to upscale productivity.