As part of measures to combat the rising trends of unemployment and cybercrime, no fewer than 4,000 graduate youths are undergoing Information Communications and Technology (ICT) training in the state.
The training which is being facilitated by the Ocean Digits Technologies would expose the beneficiaries to how to create websites and other applications for commercial values and self -employment.
The Project Director, Mr. Adeyeye Obalola, while speaking in Ado Ekiti on Monday during the commencement of the programmed tagged: ‘Code Ekiti’ said the ICT concept and understanding was designed to engage teeming unemployment due to unavailability white collar jobs.
Obalola who disclosed that the programme will run for four years, said a some1,000 youths will be trained yearly on how to create website applications and software , so that the state can gain reckoning in digitalisation and ICT development.
“This is going to be a free training programme targeted at making our graduate youths to be self -employed, because there are no more white and blue collar jobs anywhere.
“We are going to partner Ekiti state government , corporate organisations and donor agencies for the funding , so that the burden of payment won’t be there for anyone.
“Apart from generating employment, we are also trying to redirect the psyche of our youths and expose them to the positive commercial values of ICT to earn a living and wealth, so that the concept of cyber fraud can reduce in our nation”.
The Director General, Ekiti State’s Office of Transformation and Strategy, Prof Bolaji Aluko, who flagged off the programme, said Fayemi’s government is prepared to work with like -minded organisations to build the knowledge potentials of the youths, essentially in the area of ICT development and innovation.
“ICT has gained traction all over the world in solving the societally problems. Those who made breakthroughs through inventions in solving human problems began with a vision and you have to be visionary for this programme to be successful,” he said.