National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA has said that not less than 4, 000 new jobs would be created for Nigerian youths through its planned partnership with an India-based firm, ISON on business process outsourcing.
Director General of NITDA, Mr. Peter Jack said training of the youths in business process outsourcing subsector of information and communication technology, ICT was one of the projects that is dear to the agency.
Jack, while receiving the Vice President and Site Head of ISON, Mr. Rajesh Sirkeck in Abuja, informed that a memorandum of understanding, MoU that would spell out the rules of engagement between the two organisations would soon be signed and seal the relationship by formulating framework for the engagement.
He said NITDA would look at the challenges the company identified and look for way to ameliorate it to achieve the objectives of training the youths.
According to him, the MoU would enable ISON to explore the NITDA’s rural information centres across the country as call centres and at the same time use them for training of the youths in these communities.
Jack said using the centres for calls and training would increase capacity building and foster their sustainability to reflect the business model initiative.
On infrastructure, he also informed that NITDA would collaborate with NigComSat to deploy broadband to these centres and proffer alternative backup with fibre optic.
The Director General added that a lot have been done to improve electricity in the country but the renewable energy like solar would also be explored.
Earlier, the Vice President and Site head of ISON, said “the partnership would ensure we utilize our collective synergies to positively impact on Nigerian youths and business with reference to information technology and outsourcing processes”.
Sirkeck stated that the training would specially focus on IT essential which would be sufficient for them to work as call centres agents for communication companies adding that the company has trained 1400 Nigerian youths.
He said the company offers opportunity for government to train the youths of the country for employability adding that they have found out that what they lacked is requisite knowledge of ICT.
“The need for partnership with government agency becomes imperative in order for us to expand the scope and number of trainees. Right now we have office in Ibadan, Oyo State but we want a national spread for the training and we identify NITDA as an agency with business process outsourcing.
“There are challenges that are inhibiting our operation which we believe forming a synergy with government agency will resolve. The infrastructure challenge, security and space to expand the training centres are part of the challenges confronting us”, he stressed.

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