NITDA, NYSC Offer Digital Skills for Youth

NITDA, NYSC

In a significant move to boost digital literacy among Nigerian youths, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) have announced a collaborative initiative. The plan aims to offer comprehensive digital skills training to corps members across the country.

During a recent visit to the NYSC Director General, Brigadier General YD Ahmed, at the National Directorate Headquarters in Abuja, NITDA Director General Mr. Kashifu Inuwa Ibrahim emphasized the importance of this partnership. He highlighted that integrating digital transformation into the NYSC program would enhance productivity and empower the young population with essential technological skills.

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Mr. Ibrahim stated, “We are dedicated to leveraging emerging technologies to build the capacity of corps members nationwide, ensuring every Nigerian has access to digital literacy. This initiative will explore how technology can be infused into NYSC processes, including securing certificates.”

The collaboration has already led to the creation of a Community Development Service (CDS) group focused on digital skills in Abuja, supported by NITDA’s office on artificial intelligence and robotics. “Digital skills are crucial for our collective future and prosperity,” added Ibrahim.

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Brigadier General Ahmed expressed the NYSC’s readiness to synergize with NITDA to achieve these goals, acknowledging the positive impact of the initiative. He also praised the Minister of State for Youth Development, Mr. Ayodele Olawande, for his dedication to youth advancement in Nigeria.

In his remarks, the Minister of State for Youth Development commended the NYSC management for their mentorship and support to corps members throughout their service year. This collaboration marks a significant step towards equipping Nigerian youths with the skills necessary to thrive in a digital economy.