The second phase of the digital skill acquisition training for youth in Lagos State has begun. Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Education, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab, revealed this while speaking to journalists on the commencement of the Eko Digital programme.
He stated that aside from cyber security, the government is equally equipping youths with skills in digital marketing, entrepreneurship, python and other programming languages that are relevant in the 21st-Century digital age.
According to the Special Adviser, the initiative is aimed at producing more tech-savvy Lagosians. He stressed that the ongoing training of over 5,000 youths at 11 centres is also part of the government’s development agenda to empower youths and students in the state.
Wahab noted that the ongoing training was the second phase of the three-phase programme designed to build a system that ensures that youths do not need to wait for employment after their education, rather they can become employers of labour as well as solution providers for the country.
Earlier, Assistant Project Coordinator, LoftInc Allied Partners Limited, Ms. Olatokunbo Aiyenimelo, stated that the training expenses was fully borne by the government in order to attract more youths and remove the financial burden on the trainees.
Disclosing that the trainees only need to visit any of the digital training centres of their choice, Ms. Aiyenimelo disclosed that Laptops, Internet Connection and an Android Phone for effective learning have been provided at the accredited libraries to aid learning.
“It is a self-paced programme, meaning that the ability to assimilate will determine the students’ duration to learn the programme. So far, we have over 5,000 people registered for the program. The first session starts at 9:30 am daily and ends at 11am, while the second session begins at noon”, she noted.