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National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB) and Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) concluded plans to partner with the Government of Imo State to implement the state’s youth digital empowerment programme – the SkillUpImo Project.
The new partners will work with Governor Hope Uzodimma’s administration to ensure the state achieves its agenda of leading other states of the federation in digital economy by training 300,000 youths in digital skills.
The foundation for NABTEB’s collaboration with Imo was laid during a working visit by its Registrar and Chief Executive, Prof. Ifeoma Abanihe, to the Commissioner for Digital Economy and E-Government, Dr. Chimezie Amadi, in the latter’s office, at the weekend.
Abanihe, who was accompanied by NABTEB’s Coordinator in the state, Christianna Okey-Ogwumba, during the visit, extolled Amadi on his successes in communication and advocacy of the ministry’s mandates, especially as they relate to digital empowerment of youths in the state.
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‘Having read, in the media, the efforts of the state government in transforming the state from an analog to a digital economy, I came to see and I am truly impressed,’ Abanihe said.
During the visit, she also witnessed the ongoing work to equip Imolites with relevant digital skills towards making them relevant in the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR).
Abanihe proposed partnership and collaboration with the ministry to ensure digital skills acquired by the 300,000 youths in the SkillUpImo project are assessed and certified by NABTEB for sustainable wealth creation and economic self-reliance.
The commissioner recently received, in his office, the General Manager, FRCN, Heartland FM Owerri, Mr. Kenechukwu Anyanwu, who promised to work with the state government to create robust awareness of the good work being done by in the area of youth digital empowerment through SkillUpImo.
‘Since the commencement of your stewardship as Commissioner for Digital Economy and E-Government for Imo State, we, at FRCN, Heartland FM, Owerri, have observed the vigour which you have exhibited and the milestones you have achieved in such a short time in carrying out the task of re-tooling the skills of youths of the state through digitisation.
‘It is on this premise that we feel there is need for the success story, so far recorded in the implementation of SkillUpImo by your ministry, to be spread all over the state and beyond. As the broadcast network of choice, we are here to partner you in this regard,’ Anyanwu added.
Amadi, in his response, appreciated NABTEB for its kind gesture of developing a special and enhanced module for learners in the SkillUpImo project.