For the next two years, 200,000 Nigerian youths will be trained on web designing and management, software training and cloud computing.
The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, disclosed this yesterday (November 12) at the 2019 Africa Youth Day celebration. He added that the youths will be proffered tutelage in the basic, intermediate and advanced levels of the courses.
With the theme ‘One Million by 2021, Count Me In’, the 2019 African Youth Day which was spearheaded by the African Union centered on youth investment, participation and partnerships as well as to increase intercultural exchanges and understanding among young people.
According to Dare, part of the African Union’s target is that by 2021, One Million young people from different African countries will be able to boast of having core skills in the areas of Education, Employment, Entrepreneurship and Engagement (4Es).
“It is important that governments in Africa continue to place the need for increased investments in youths on the front burner.
“I, therefore, commend the African Union for the theme ‘One Million by 2021, Count Me In’ as this will open opportunities for young people to take a personal stake in their development, and in a broader sense, that of the continent.” Dare said.
He advised that in as much as African leaders invest in infrastructure and economic reforms as a result of achieving sustainable development, they should also invest sustainably in human capital.
“Decades of these investments still leave us in search of more effective ways to attain our development goals. For me, I believe the way to go is to tilt the scale.
“The cost implication of increasing investment in youth is minimal when compared with the enormous resources most countries in Africa expend to mitigate the impact of poor investments in youths, peace, security, and economies.
“Therefore, many experts believe that if not adequately harnessed, youths could become a demographic time bomb rather than resource because a large mass of frustrated young people would likely become a potential source of social and political instability.
“It is from this context that I commend the African Union for the theme,’’ Dare said.