The Commissioner for Science and Technology, Dr. Nse Essien has revealed that the Ministry has partnered with a renowned hotel booking company – hotel.ng, to train Akwa Ibom youths in various skills in software development. The commissioner made this known earlier today in Uyo while interacting with the media.
In his speech, Dr. Essien noted that “the world’s economy is driven by ICT and it is only through ICT that the State and the country can realise and attain sustainable development and realise its full potential by creating more jobs for our youths which will lead to poverty alleviation, reduce youths restiveness as well as boost the State’s internally generated revenue”.
Under this arrangement, the commissioner said the training which is expected to commence on 1st September 2017, will accommodate 150 – 500 young men and women from the state who will graduate as web developers. He however stressed that “the best 50 participants who have gone through the three months internship will be given automatic employment in the private sector.”
In his reaction, the CEO of the company and founder of hotels.ng, Mr. Mark Essien, noted that Akwa Ibom State has been at the receiving end when it comes to engagements in the Information Technology Sector. He recalled that he had attempted carrying out such training before but the turnout was very discouraging but he was optimistic that with his current partnership with the Ministry, the youths will take advantage of this golden opportunity.
Mr. Mark explained that an average developer earns between a hundred and a hundred and fifty-thousand-naira monthly and can work from anywhere in the country. He cited an example where one of his staff works from Uyo, one from Kaduna while the bulk base in Lagos State. “If we have these youths trained as software developers they could be earning as much as two thousand dollars working for companies in US and Europe right here in Uyo. This will help boost the economy of the state.” The enthusiastic Mark stated.
After two weeks of preliminary training, each participant will start earning the sum of five thousand naira weekly for completing a given task, he announced. Youths from the 31 local government areas of the state are therefore enjoined to take advantage of this opportunity and join the train in making Akwa Ibom an ICT hub. To register, interested youths are to visit http://internship.hotels.ng