In a bid to ensure that Taraba is part of the digital revolution, National Youth Sevice Corps in partnership with Cedar Networks Limited today introduced the Google Digital Skills Training programme for 1000 Youths in the state.
In his welcome address, the Taraba State coordinator of the NYSC, Mr. Emmanuel Attah disclosed that Taraba is privileged to be a beneficiary of the programme as it is in line with the Rescue Agenda which has almost completed the digitization of the state mass media.
In the same vein, the Google facilitator, Mr. Wale Italeye, disclosed that Google intends to enlighten people to close up the digital divide in Africa by exposing participants to latest technologies and internet skills to enhance livelihood.
He stated that the programme will avail people with knowledge to integrate into various professions, become Google certified partners, create a career path in the digital world and empower communities.
According to him, the intention of Google was to train 100,000 Nigerians and that by 2020, there would be 1.5 billion Africans using the internet.
He listed the new objectives of the programme as follows.
To build a bridge in the digital divide through knowledge, expose participants to latest technologies in the digital age to be able to use the tools to expedite businesses, aid participants to be self reliant, and to be able to put what they have learned to improve their professions.
While displaying to the audience the effect of online technology on Small and Medium Enterprises,SME’s in Nigeria, the facilitator revealed that the total number of SMEs in Nigeria was 2.3 million and that digital business in Nigeria operate on about $90 billion but unfortunately, only 7 per cent of small businesses are online.
He therefore stressed the need for Taraba to embrace Online technology in order to attract investors and improve the economic well being of the State.
He added that if all Taraba businesses are online, the map will be enhanced.
In her closing remarks, the head of Information and Communications Technology, ICT unit of NYSC in Taraba, Mrs. Salomi Pantuvo, appealed to participants to utilize the knowledge gained at the training adequately to enhance individual and corporate activities.