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NCDMB Tackles Unemployment with Training and Empowerment of 1,000 Nigerian Youths

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By Jean Ikani

As part of efforts to stem the tide of youth unemployment in Nigeria, the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) on Monday distributed starter kits, laptops, stores and at least N120,000 each to 1,000 young people in Cross Rivers State.

The beneficiaries, who were trained by the Council on GSM phone repairs, hardware and entrepreneurship development, came from all seven LGAs in Cross River South.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony at Marry Ekpeiken Conference Center, Channel Hotel Calabar, NCDMB Executive Secretary, Engr. Simbi Wabote said mobile technology has become an indispensable tool in the era of the fourth industrial revolution.

Engineer Wabote pointed out that the telecommunications industry is one of the fastest growing in the country and contributes massively to the gross domestic product (GDP) of the country.

“According to data from the Nigeria Communications Commission and the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics, Nigeria’s teledensity has increased from 1.89% in 2002 to 102.47% in 2021.

“Similarly, Nigeria’s total network subscription now stands at 195 million, while the number of Android phone users now stands at 56 million,” he noted.

The local content boss called on the trainees to use what they learn effectively, adding that their involvement in the program has the potential to increase the country’s GDP.

For his part, the Hon. Legor Idagbo, chairman of the Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring Committee in the House of Representatives, noted that similar programs have already been organized in Kano, Kaduna, Bauchi, Jigawa and Yobe states.

Idagbo, representing the Federal Constituency of Bekwarra, Obudu and Obanliku of Cross River, facilitated the initiative, saying the selection of interns was random and apolitical depending on who applied.

While touting the benefits of the program for the trainees, he told them the ball was in their court, adding that they would only succeed by practicing what they had been taught.

“It’s the mindset you have that will make you successful; I want to challenge you to ensure that we see 50-60% success in this training,” he said.

Likewise, Governor Ben Ayade advised the beneficiaries to use the equipment they would receive to improve their lives while becoming entrepreneurs.

Represented by his deputy, Professor Ivara Esu, the governor called on the beneficiaries not to sell what has been given to them but to use it for their benefit and that of the state.

“Use well what you have received, do not sell them, they are for your good.

“The state gives you a three-year tax holiday, access to funds, different federal government initiatives, and protection from multiple taxation,” he said.

why it matters

It should be noted that Nigeria has the largest youth population in the world, with a median age of 18.1 years. About 70% of the population is under 30 and 42% is under 15. About 40% of young Nigerians are unemployed.

The size and youth of the population offer great potential to expand Nigeria’s capacity as a regional economic center of Africa and the world.

When engaged productively, a young and large population could be an economic asset, as population growth and economic development are correlated.

NCDMB’s latest move adds to a long and growing list of Council-initiated youth training/empowerment programs under the transformational leadership of Engr. Simbi Wabote.

These developments demonstrate the Council’s determination to create value in the country through viable and robust strategic development of capabilities and capabilities.