Through Lukman Olabiyi
Lagos The state government has started equipping one million young people in the state with the digital skills needed to prevent cybercrime and improve young people’s knowledge of online safety. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s special advisor for education, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab, said this during an interview with reporters on the start of the second phase of the Eko Digital program.
He said that in addition to cybersecurity, the state government is equipping young people with skills in digital marketing, entrepreneurship, python and other programming languages relevant to the digital age of the 21st century.
Wahab explained that the initiative aims to produce more tech-savvy Lagosians, noting that continuing education of more than 5,000 young people in 11 centers is also part of Governor Sanwo-Olu’s development program aimed at empowering young people and students in primary and secondary schools. within the state. Wahab noted that lifelong learning was the second phase of the three-phase program designed to build a system that ensures young people do not need to wait for jobs after graduation, but can instead become employers of workforce as well as solution providers. for Nigeria, in particular Lagos State.
The assistant governor explained that including cybersecurity in the curriculum would make young people relevant in the global digital marketplace, just as they would become solution providers for the Lagos of the 21st century. He pointed out that the government designed the training in accordance with the National Cyber Security Policy and Strategy (NCPS) to provide human capacity to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC). in their anti-corruption war. Previously, the deputy project coordinator, LoftInc Allied Partners Limited, the organization collaborating with the state government on the program, Ms. Olatokunbo Aiyenimelo, said training expenses were fully covered by the government in order to attract more young people and eliminate the financial burden of interns.