Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, has announced the commencement of the N-Power’s N-Knowledge programme in the six geo-political zones of the country, including the Federal Capital Territory.
The announcement is contained in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Alhaji Bashir Nura Alkali on Wednesday, in Abuja.
She said, “N-Knowledge is a component of the N-Power Programme focused on equipping young Nigerians with relevant skills and certification to become competent workers, innovators and entrepreneurs prepared for both the domestic and global digital job market.
“N-Power (N-Knowledge) programme will upskill 20,000 young Nigerians on the global radar as exporters of world-class services and content in the creative and information technology sectors.
“The training component is targeted at developing competencies of the youth in software development and hardware training which will be catalysed to make Nigeria compete in the outsourcing market for software development,” Farouq said.
According to her, it will develop the skills and capacities along with the skills set in the value chain of mobile apps and website development, while boosting the talent development effort for the growth of the information technology industry in Nigeria.
She explained that the programme consisted of a centralised in-camp training for three months with a six-month apprenticeship across the six geo-political zones of the country.
“A total of 20,000 beneficiaries will participate in the programme. At the end of the programme, qualified trainees would be awarded certificates and attestations.
“The trainees will be introduced to different schedules that will definitely make them more informed and ready for the competitions in the global market.
“This is significant, because, the trainees will be introduced to life skills, attitude re-orientation and work ethics,” she said.
They were also told about the rules of engagement in the programme.