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NYSC At 50: DG Seeks NITDA’s Support For New ICT Center

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As the NYSC Scheme prepares for the 50th anniversary celebration of its establishment, the NYSC Director General, Brigadier General YD Ahmed has appealed for technical assistance and ICT equipment from the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) for a smooth take-off of the new ICT centre situated at NYSC National Directorate Headquarters in Maitama, Abuja.


General Ahmed stated this on Thursday when he led some management staff of the Scheme on a courtesy visit to the Director General of NITDA, Malam Kashifu A. Inuwa at his office in Abuja.


The DG thanked the agency for its support for the Scheme over the years, especially for training Corps Members on digital skills.
He equally appreciated NITDA for providing digital ICT centre for the NYSC Rivers State Secretariat which has been of immense support in the deployment of ICT services for the Scheme’s operations. 


“I want to assure NITDA that NYSC will continue to support the agency to fast track the set target of 95% goal of digital literacy by 2023”, Ahmed said.


In his response, the Director General of NITDA, Malam Kashifu A. Inuwa congratulated General Ahmed on his appointment as the NYSC helmsman.
He promised to collaborate with the NYSC to assist the Corps Members move the country forward through ICT related skills.


He added that NITDA would strengthen its collaboration with NYSC to enable Corps Members make Nigeria become a developed country.


“We have identified with you as a strategic partner and we are looking at how we can work together and strengthen this relationship.


Our team will visit the centre and see how we can assist you”, Inuwa said.
He added that the one year period of national service, if well utilized by the Corps Members have alot of benefits.
Inuwa stated further that the collaboration would add immense value to the Corps Members before the exit service and also benefit the Scheme through digital NYSC Certificate of National Service, artificial intelligence among others.

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FG to Harness the Digital Economy to Empower Youth

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The Honourable Minister of State for Youth Development, Mr Ayodele Olawande has disclosed that the Federal Government is making efforts to harness the potentials of the digital economy in empowering the youth and creating sustainable jobs. 


He made this disclosure in Abuja  when he received the participants of the Senior Executive Course 46, 2024 of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, (NIPSS), Kuru, Jos, Plateau State  who were on study tour to the Ministry. 


Mr Olawande said over 50% of the population below the age of 30 have a significant demographic advantage in the digital age.


“Our youths are tech-savvy, innovative and eager to contribute to the country’s economic growth. However, they face numerous challenges including limited access to quality education, skills training and job opportunities. 


The digital economy offers a unique opportunity for Nigeria to leapfrog traditional development challenges. With the rise of e-commerce, digital payments and remote work”.  “Our youths can assess global markets, skills training and job opportunities like never before,” he added. 


According to the Minister, challenges hindering the growth of the digital economy in Nigeria must be addressed. 
He explained that to overcome the challenges, the Ministry has implemented initiatives such as digital skills training programs for youths, focusing on areas like software development, data analytics and digital marketing especially in the NYSC.

This, he disclosed is alongside partnering with Galaxy Back Bone to improve infrastructure, Internet connectivity and alternative electricity supply as well as funding opportunities such as grants, loans and venture capital for  startups of small businesses with launching of the National Youth Investment Fund.


  The Honourable Minister who hinted that the Ministry’ s goal is to create an ecosystem that supports entrepreneurship and employment opportunities for youth stated: ” We recognise that sustainable job creation is critical to Nigeria ‘s economic growth and stability”   

”I urge you all to join us in this journey to harness the potential of the digital economy for youth empowerment and sustainable job creation in Nigeria.”, he added. 


Mr Olawande further said that the opportunities and challenges underscore the need for a collaborative effort from all stakeholders to harness the potential of the digital economy for sustainable development.

The Minister who observed that there is a gap between the Government and the young people expressed his heartfelt desire for the Youths of the  nation to feel the Government. He opined that the  country has the most intelligent youths in the world. 

Earlier, the leader of the delegation from NIPSS, Barrister Nima Salman Mann, mni said they are in the Ministry to research, proffer solutions, recommendations and strategies to help Government chart its course for the the year, with the theme : ‘Digital Economy, Youth Empowerment and Sustainable Job Creation in Nigeria: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities’.


.She  also added that Ministry of Youth Development is very germane to this year’s theme .” We are with the Ministry of Youth to listen to what you are doing to help the youth, how you are doing it, strategic plans and way forward  as well as how we can use the digital economy to chart the goal for sustainable job creation,” she concluded. 

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