FG targets 200,000 for N-Knowledge

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The Federal Government has announced the commencement of the N-Power, N-Knowledge programme across the country.

The cheery news came from the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq who said the poverty-reduction scheme covers all the six geo-political zones and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

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The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Bashir Nura Alkali described the exercise as “a component of the N-Power Programme focused on equipping young Nigerians with relevant skills and certification to become competent workers, innovators and entrepreneurs prepared for both the domestic and global digital job market. N-Power (N-Knowledge) programme will up-skill 20,000 young Nigerians on the global radar as exporters of world- class services and content in the creative and information technology sectors”.

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Alkali also explained that the training component is targeted at developing competencies of the youth in software development and hardware training.  It is expected that young people will acquire the skills to enable Nigeria compete in the outsourcing market for software development.

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“It will develop the skills and capacities along the skills set in the value chain of mobile apps and website development while boosting the talent development effort for the growth of information technology industry in Nigeria,” he added.

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No fewer than 20,000 participants will go through in-camp training for three months with six months of apprenticeship. They be introduced to life-skills and attitude re-orientation and work ethics. Qualified trainees would be awarded their certificates and attestations.

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