Sadiya Umar Farouq, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development, has announced the official launch of the N-Power, N-Knowledge program in six (6) geographic zones, including Abuja.
Bashir Nura Alkali, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, made the announcement on her behalf.
“N-Knowledge is a component of the N-Power Programme focused on equipping young Nigerians with relevant skills and certification to become competent workers, innovators and entrepreneurs prepared for both the domestic and global digital job market. N-Power (N-Knowledge) programme will upskill 20,000 young Nigerians on the global radar as exporters of world-class services and content in the creative and information technology sectors”.
The training component, according to the Permanent Secretary, is aimed at strengthening youth capabilities in software development and hardware training, which will help Nigeria compete in the software outsourcing market.
“It will develop the skills and capacities along the skills set in the value chain of mobile apps and website development while boosting the talent development effort for the growth of information technology industry in Nigeria”.
“The programme consists of centralized in-camp training for 3 months with a 6-month apprenticeship across the 6 geo-political zones. A total of 20,000 beneficiaries will participate in the programme”.
He went on to say that qualified trainees would receive certificates and attestations at the end of the program. The trainees will be exposed to a variety of schedules that will undoubtedly improve their knowledge and prepare them for global competition in the global market. This is significant since the trainees will be taught Life-Skills and attitude re-orientation, as well as job ethics and standards of engagement.