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The impact of Cohort 2 SkillUpImo training for 15,000 Imo youths 

The impact of Cohort 2 SkillUpImo training for 15,000 Imo youths 

The Imo State Governor, Sen.Hope Uzodimma has flagged- off the second edition of the SKILLUPImo digital training programme, Cohort 2 for 15,000 Imo youths, reiterating his administration’s irrevocable commitment to laying a solid foundation for youths to deploy their acquired digital skills anywhere they go and excel accordingly.

Launching the programme at Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri on Thursday, May 4, 2023, the Governor emphasized that the welfare of youths is central to the prosperity agenda of his government, as they represent the present and future generation of Imo State.

He disclosed that the success recorded with the first edition, Cohort 1, had come to the attention of President Muhammadu Buhari, the multinational national companies such as Coca Cola and others.

For example, he said Imo State has attracted a grant of a million dollars ($1m) from CocaCola as a result of the investment in digital economy and that the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy is poised to support the programme and ensure graduation and proper equipping of the trainees.

Governor Uzodimma recalled that 5000 youths were trained and graduated in Cohort 1, empowered with laptops and other start-up kits based on their chosen areas of specialization.

He noted that the step to achieving the target of graduating100,000 youths in digital skills can only be realised with the encouragement of participants. The Governor said: “Today we are flagging off 15,000 young men and women with plans at top gear to ensure that we shall achieve before the end of this year, 100,000milestone within our implementation programme. To this end,1 have directed the Ministry of Digital Economy and E-Government to explore necessary collaborations considered expedient to ensure increased access to SKILL-UPImo programme for all Imo State residents and citizens.”On graduation, not only will we give you start up kits but also Professional Certificates”

“Learn the Course, acquire the knowledge and then leave the rest to my government,” he charged them, saying “this will enable you contribute to the economic development of Nigeria and the world at large.”

“The programme will help to engender peace because by the time the 100,000 youths are removed from the unemployment market, Imo State will be safe, Nigeria will be safe and the economy will improve,” he added.
The Governor said the Skill-Up Programme has nothing to do with political party, zone or where one comes from hence he appealed to the youths to convince their parents to allow them acquire the necessary skills for their future.

He commended the efforts of the Commissioner for Digital Economy and E-Government and the Resource Persons for their commitment to the success of the programme and for a job welldone.

Earlier, the Commissioner for Digital Economy and E-Government, Dr.Chimezie Amadi said the objective of the training programme is to train 300,000 youths in the space of three years, graduating 100,000 each year.

He revealed that apart from the five learning centres in use, five more have been added to increase access to the training programme as directed by Governor Uzodimma and assured that “the mandate to train 100,000 each year will be realised by his Ministry.”

He listed the extra centres to include Imo State Polytechnic Omuma, K,O Mbadiwe University, Ogboko, College of Health Sciences, Amaigbo, Claretian University Nekede, and University of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Umuagwo.

Some of the beneficiaries of Cohort 1 who graduated last month shared their experiences and gains from the training.

Miss Chioma Onuoha, Mr.Cletus Munachimso, and Mr.Chuks Godwin, individually thanked Governor Uzodimma for the life changing experience they got from the training programme. They said the training had positioned them to be earning money from their skills.

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