NATIONAL Information Technology Development Agency NITDA, has trained hundred, 100 youth Corp members in Federal Capital Territory FCT, as part oft its efforts  of enhancing capacity building and supporting innovation and creativity in Information Technology IT, in the country. The acting Director General, NITDA,Dr. Vincent Olatunji who stated this at the Launch of Open Source Software Development for Youth Corp Members in FCT in Abuja, noted that the essence of the training is to tackle the  unemployment in Nigeria. Olatunji said, “This is to equip the Youth corp members to be able to start their own businesses and to be employers of labour. We don’t want them to finish their service and start looking for job here and there. According to him, “This carefully well thought out and articulated programme on IT youth empowerment and entrepreneurship through open source software development programme is targeted at developing and empowering graduate youth with IT requisite employability skills and at the same time assisting and monitoring them to become successful entrepreneurs thereby guaranteeing the well being of the Nigerian youth”. He added that, “This is just the pilot of the programme and we hope to continue or expand the programme after a thorough evaluation of the impact on the corp members in achieving the objective of self reliance “he stated. According to him, NITDA is willing to partner with private sector organisations and civil society group to stimulate the creative ability of the youths and unleash them for sustainable socio-economic transformation of the country.
He added that the agency also supports innovation hubs where youths are empowered, assisted and mentored to develop their own IT businesses as entrepreneurs in the area of software development, also supporting institutions and communities with various IT infrastructure intervention programmes to boost Internet penetration across the country. Reacting, the participants who have already started developing their own website at the course of the training expressed their satisfaction, and also assured to make good use of what they have learnt.

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