Ex ABU VC Calls For Enabling Environment For Youth To Harness Potentials

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By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria

A former Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, Professor Shehu Usman Abdullahi has called on government at all levels and other key stakeholders to provide resources and enabling environment to encourage the Nigerian youth to harness their potentials.

Prof. Abdullahi made the call during the  youth free training on digital skills, organised by IRIBID Foundation Zaria as part of  activities marking  the 2021 United Nations World Youth Skills Day. 

He commended the foundation for the initiative and enjoined the beneficiaries to pay more attention to the exercise, stressing that the training was one of the ways for them to stand on their feet. 

Earlier in his welcome address, the founder of the IRIBID, Malam Usman Machika said over 500  youth would receive free training on digital skills as part of  activities marking  the 2021 United Nations World Youths Skills Day.

Machika who is also the publisher of Noble News Online, a Zaria-based media outfit, said youth will be trained on nine digital skills that include digital literacy, problem solving, global citizenship (networking) and youth interprenuership.

According to him, the training is to be conducted in collaboration with Microsoft Nigeria and also it would conduct examination and issue   certificates at the end of the training.

He added that the programme conducted in batches,  is aimed at empowering the beneficiaries with skills and knowledge that would add value to their lives. 

According to him, other training to be conducted include, curiosity and love for learning, communication skills, adaptability and conductive flexibility, assessing and analyzing information, self knowledge and emotional intelligence.

He said the foundation has already commenced training on digital litiracy; which would offer seven days extensive training for the beneficiaries in five different modules of digital literacy

The foundation is planning to extend the training in nine different areas to civil servants and some retirees.

Coordinator, National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) Zaria Chapter, Usman Mazadu, and Comrade Bello Adamu in their seperate paper presentations, said 54 per cent of existing organizations across the globe have recognized the need for digital transformation to compete in the current business environment and employee upskilling and reskilling has become imperative. 

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