The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has commenced a capacity development programme for artisans and under-served youths in digital literacy and repair of global system for mobile communication, (GSM) phones.
A statement by the agency’s head, corporate affairs and external relations, Mrs. Hadiza Umar, said the training sessions which target 280 participants from four different states (70 from each state) – Gombe, Kogi, Niger and Oyo – aim to improve digital awareness and empower Nigerian youths with requisite ICT skills for job creation and as players in the government’s 21st century digital economy agenda.
According to the statement, the ongoing five-day capacity-building training which runs from January 10 – 14, 2022, will address a myriad of problems confronting the nation, especially the shortage of skills amongst a huge swath of the nation’s young population, who are mainly unemployed or underemployed youths.
“Expectedly, the outcome of the capacity-building would help to empower artisan youths in enhancing their businesses and earning a higher income; reduce youth unemployment by facilitating the establishment of more businesses; create new startups and more vibrant artisan communities while facilitating entrepreneurship growth and youth advancement across the country.
“The NITDA is the apex regulator for Information Technology in Nigeria under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy. The agency is empowered by Section 6(c) of the NITDA Act, 2007, to develop guidelines for electronic governance and monitor the use of electronic data interchange and other forms of electronic communication transactions in Nigeria. The agency issued the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) as Nigeria’s first comprehensive framework for the protection of personal data. The NDPR provides the principles and framework for the protection and processing of personal data of Nigerians and residents,” it added.