ICT Firm Partners With Osun Govt To Train 5,000 Youths
The Osun State Government, in collaboration with RLG Adulawo, has begun the training of no fewer than 5,000 youths in Information and Communications Technology.
The Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Bola Oyebamiji, at the opening of the training in Ilesa on Tuesday, put the financial commitment of the state government to the training programme at N180m.
Oyebamiji said, “The government’s commitment and financial involvement in this training is N180m. The first of its kind, which we did, we expended N320m for the Oyestech. The programme is set to empower 20,000 youth in ICT. They will be trained in how to assemble, repair and service computers, telephones, television and other things included in the scheme.
“At the same time, the programme will aid the Federal Government’s policy on digitalisation of television. The Federal Government gave a deadline of September 2018 for digitalisation of television. When they came for assessment, they saw that we have the facilities needed for the production of the cable for this policy to fly and they awarded $1.5bn a contract to us to assemble the digital cable.”
He urged the beneficiaries of the training programme drawn from all the local government areas in the state to be serious with what they would be taught.
The commissioner stated that they could become self-reliant and employers of labour if they utilised the opportunities they were being offered very well.
The Chairman, RLG Adulawo, Rasaq Animasaun, said he saw the model of the training in Ghana and he introduced it to Aregbesola, who embraced it because of the positive impact it would have on youth development.
He explained that instead of travelling to Ghana for the practical aspect of the training, the trainees would have the opportunity to have industrial training at RLG Adulawo Technology City in Ilesa.
The Managing Director, Omoluabi Holdings, Dr. Tunde Faleye, commended the state government for its commitment to youth development, saying the training would afford many of the beneficiaries the opportunity to acquire ICT skills and become their own bosses instead of roaming the streets in search of non-existing jobs.