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Lagos to equip one million students with digital skills

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Barely two weeks after Lagos State government kicked off its employability programme, ‘Jobs Initiative Lagos’ for graduates and undergraduates, at least 10,560 youths have registered for the programme, aimed at preparing applicants to become entrepreneurs in the state.

The initiative, through which the government targets to empower one million students in digital skills by 2023, was designed as a complementary training for students in terminal classes and graduates in entrepreneurship, employability, and basic digital skills required for the workplace.

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In a statement, yesterday, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Tokunbo Wahab, said over 3,000 youths were expected to register this week for the initiative, introduced to bridge youths’ skill-gap in the employment market.

Aside this, Wahab disclosed that the government has also introduced a digital training platform, Digital Skills Initiative Lagos’, to prepare students for the global emerging market.

He said: “Over 10,560 undergraduates from the state’s tertiary institution, since the programme kicked off, have enrolled and from the statistics made available to me, over 3,000 applicants are expected to come on board for this programme.

“The need to enhance employability of graduates across the states birthed the initiative, which had been programmed to run alongside a more robust digital skills campaign ‘Digital Skills Initiative Lagos,’ aimed at equipping graduates and final year students of state-based tertiary institutions with digital skills needed in the 21st century and invariably position Lagos as the Tech Hub of Africa”.

Wahab listed skills that would be taught in serving as a propeller for students into a new world of the fourth revolution, which is the IT revolution to include coding, phyton, data security and data analytics, among others, stressing that the undergraduates, who are mainly final year students, would be put through 13-week intensive sessions.

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