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Industry experts, at an information and Communications Technology (ICT) forum, in Lagos, have called on Nigerians, especially the youths to leverage on the benefits that digital technology provides to position themselves for empowerment.

Speaking during a session at the conference, with the theme: “The Freelance Economy: Technology and the Future of Jobs, the Managing Solicitor, TRIAX Solicitors, Moses Dickson, stated that technology is creating a new wave of digital entrepreneurs, who can provide their skills and expertise at the comfort of their home, without having to resume in a conventional office environment.This trend, according to him, would support the government in solving the unemployment problem in the country, which has led many youths to be involved in criminal activities.

“While the government can provide enabling environment through policies and technology infrastructure, young people can create opportunities for themselves through technology,” he said.

Oruaze also emphasized the role of training in creating these digital jobs. According to him, training in- and out-of-school youth with basic and advanced digital skills will connect young people with job opportunities in the digital economy, leading to innovation, higher productivity and competitiveness, expanding markets, access to work and entrepreneurship opportunities.

Also speaking at the event, the Chief Executive Officer of Career Insights; Keji Giwa, stated that the youths can only leverage the transformative power of technology to create jobs for themselves when they are equipped with a range of digital skills.

Giwa stressed that while technology can enhance education, reduce youth unemployment and promote social and economic development, it is the responsibility of young people to explore these opportunities.

Giwa said skills like coding, web development, graphic design can provide employment for young people and these skills can be offered on freelance and hire platforms.
“Today, people do not need to wait for the government to get jobs, they can create jobs for themselves if they acquire digital skills”, he said.Participants were also encouraged to invest in themselves by acquiring digital skills while also leveraging on social media to position themselves and marketable in the job market.


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