Nigeria’s Youth and Sports Development Minister, Sunday Dare, has said that about 7000 Nigerian youths have been certified by IBM in digital skill.

He made the statement while speaking with State House correspondents on the outcome of the Federal Executive Council’s virtual meeting.

He said the training Programme was organised by the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development with the aim of addressing youth unemployment in the country.

The meeting was chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Wednesday.

The minister said-“The one that we have started, which really gladdens our hearts at the ministry, which is part of our success story, is the IBM Digital Skill Training.

“As soon as COVID-19 happened, we decided to migrate from an offline platform to an online e-learning platform

“And within three months, with the IBM partnership, we have been able to train 7,000 youths. Most of them have received IBM certifications which they can use to work anywhere in the world.

“Right now, over 9,000 youths have registered. Some are half way through their training and that is ongoing,’’ Dare said.

“So, I think youth development in our country and under the ministry of youth and sports development is on a new trajectory and the one that we are looking forward to is the 100 million AfDB Support for the DEEL Programme,’’ he said.


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