Akwa Ibom Youths on the Path to Self-Employment

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Dr. Nse Essien middle flanked by the CEO of Hotel.ng, Mr. Mark Essien and the Permanent Secretary Mrs. Stella Etukakpan

Few weeks ago, I reported on this platform that Mark Essien of Hotels.ng is partnering with the Akwa Ibom State Ministry of Science and Technology to train about 500 youths in Akwa Ibom State in ICT. According to Essien, the 31st of August is supposed to mark the end of the registration as the training starts on Friday 1st September, 2017.  I am yet to get from the sponsor of the program, the total number of applicants as at today but I am sure you must have registered if you believe in self-reliance and sufficiency.

Dr. Nse Essien middle flanked by the CEO of Hotel.ng, Mr. Mark Essien and the Permanent Secretary Mrs. Stella Etukakpan

Before I conclude on what I intend to say, I will want you to take a look at this excerpt from the Punch Newspaper on – Nigerian youths and the need for self-empowerment.

“Looking at the staggering excess of its 170 million people, out of which 35 per cent are youths, it’s counterintuitive to hope that managers of Nigeria’s economy can provide white-collar or even blue-collar jobs for every youth.

The sub-continents of India and China, with populations swirling around 1.2 billion and 1.3 billion people were pragmatic at launching full-scale vocational approach to youth empowerment.  The whole idea was to make technical education and skill acquisition a national priority. There was sustained national initiative in co-opting vocational skill-acquisition into their learning architecture.

Nigeria, for instance, has always placed so much emphasis in acquiring academic certificates, a syndrome that resulted in long-queues for jobs. Then, the proliferation of makeshift institutions and schools whose contents are completely off the curve on core elements of Nigeria’s development aspirations.

This is an excerpt of Zuckerberg’s story:

“Zuckerberg developed an interest in computers at an early age; when he was about 12, he used Atari BASIC to create a messaging programme he named “Zucknet.” His father used the programme in his dental office, so that the receptionist could inform him of a new patient without yelling across the room. The family also used Zucknet to communicate within the house. Together with his friends, he also created computer games just for fun. ‘I had a bunch of friends who were artists,’ he said. ‘They’d come over, draw stuff, and I’d build a game out of it.’”

Recently we published a story of how a 10 year old girl in Aba emerged the youngest computer games programmer in Abia State during the Aba TeenHack event organized by RAD5 Hub. It therefore means that Akwa Ibom youths are at advantage for having a role model like Mark Essien coming down to offer this training to produce more software developers in the state with a promise of giving them an employment once they are done.

Every Akwa Ibom youth should therefore take advantage of this opportunity and apply at internship.hotels.ng before the end of 12midnight of 31st August, 2017 so as to partake in this program.  In every generation there must be a man who appears to alter the way of life of the people. Akwa Ibomites are known to be mostly civil servants and so with a new way of having income through software development every youth is supposed to take advantage of this opportunity. TechForest.ng will bring you updates as the training continues.

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