From Princely Onyenwe
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Pantami was in Imo state today Wednesday 22-02-2023 to witness the New digital Skill-Up Program graduation held in Owerri.
Meaning the Skill-Up Program is a shift from creating job employees to producing job employers the minister stated.
While Speaking, Governor Hope Uzodinma stated that Technology, opportunity and people” are critical for human existence in the 21st Century and on that premise, the call for the establishment of Imo Skill-Up Program.
The governor further congratulated the newly graduated Youths, Governor and expressed joy at the excitement that welcomed the Skill-Up Program by Imo youths.
In his address, Uzodinma stated that more of these engaging programs will help to eradicate banditry and insecurity in the State as more youths will be gainfully engaged.
The Governor therefore charged the youths to take full advantage of the opportunities offered through digital skills training and other programs of the Government to establish themselves and become successful in life.
On his part the Minister of Communications & Digital Economy, Professor Isa Pantami stated that the Skill-Up Program is a shift from creating job employees to producing job employers.
He further encouraged Ndi Imo to leverage the era of the digital revolution to build a knowledge-based economy like the USA, China and Japan whose economies are driven by Digital innovation and Economy than by natural resources.
According to the minister, “this is by prioritizing soft and hard skills”.
He commended the Governor stating that Governor Hope Uzodinma deserves the adjective, “The Digital Governor”.
He challenged Imo Youths to invest in critical thinking and take advantage of the program for the emergence of another Mark Zuckerberg from Imo State.
Speaking earlier, the Commissioner for Digital Economy and E-Government, Dr Chimezie Amadi, disclosed that the Skill-Up Imo Project is one of the strategic initiatives of Governor Hope Uzodinma, specially designed to provide free training and support to 100,000 Imolites, particularly the youths in new innovative, and industry 4.0 skills-set.
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