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The Governor of Imo State, Sen. Hope Uzodinma will on Wednesday, the 27th of September, 2023, have governors, ministers and members of the diplomatic corps in attendance at the Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri, for the graduation of 15,000 youths of Imo and beyond from Cohort 2 of the SkillUpImo Project.
Dr. Chimezie Amadi who is the Commissioner for Digital Economy and e-Government in the state, noted that the project is the premier digital empowerment programme initiated by the governor to train and equip Imo youths with the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) skill set.
The Eastern Updates recalls that sometime in February this year, the governor had graduated 5,000 youths trained in different digital skills such as front-end and back-end development, digital marketing, cyber security, data analytics, content creation, User Interface/User Experience (UI/UX) design, graphics design, tracking engineering, phone repairs and virtual assistance.
‘Cohort 2, which started on May 4, 2023, trained 15,000 youths in the different knowledge areas, and a lot of them have, today, launched their own startups and created their own digital ventures.’
A lot of them also have already been employed by tech companies like Zinox, Konga, WakaNow and other digital-driven businesses in and outside Imo.
“This is in line with the governor’s shared prosperity mandate to ensure that tech is leveraged in solving youth unemployment in the state,” Amadi said.
Preparatory to Wednesday’s graduation, the Ministry of Digital Economy and e-Government will stage a tech walk, on Tuesday, where graduands of Cohorts 1 and 2 will walk across Owerri to create awareness on digital adoption, digital literacy and skills.
Dignitaries expected at the event include governors of Ebonyi and Cross River states, Minister of Sports Development, Minister of State, Labour and Employment and Minister of Innovation, Science and Technology.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Bosun Tijani, will be special guest of honour.
Also billed to grace the occasion is the British High Commission, Canadian High Commission, Embassy of Germany and the Chairman of Zinox Technologies, Leo Stan Ekeh.
On the 3R Digital Learning Centre at the ministry, Amadi disclosed it has been completed with state-of-the-art digital equipment to support qualitative digital teaching and learning, awaiting commissioning for the commencement of Cohort 3
According to him, the centre will open a week after the graduation of Cohort 2.