Written by Austine ELEMUE

FCTA, UNESCO graduate 400 youths on ICT

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Muhammad Bello, has charged graduands of the recently concluded United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO/FCTA YouthMobile Information and Communication Technology project in the FCT to use the skills they have acquired for nation building. 

The minister gave this charge in Abuja during the graduation ceremony of 400 participants of the UNESCO/FCTA YouthMobile project in the FCT drawn mainly from Abuja Municipal and Bwari Area Councils. 

Bello, who was represented at the occasion by the FCTA Permanent Secretary, Mr. Christian Ohaa, said the next phase has been scheduled for Gwagwalada town and will involve 600 participants covering the southern axis of the FCT, namely; Kuje, Kwali, Abaji, and Gwagwalada Area Councils. 

He said the administration has committed over N96.7 million by way of counterpart funding to match UNESCO’s support of N42 million. 

Bello while congratulating the participants, urged them to justify the investment of both the global community and the home government towards the realization of their full potential by starting their own businesses where necessary. 

According to the minister, “The importance of knowledge, they say, is not in having it, but in using it. Similarly, to whom much is given, much is expected.  I therefore urge you all to leverage on the skills you have acquired for self-actualization and for nation-building. Let this serve as a clarion call for you all to live up to this dream and to brace up to the challenges of starting off your own businesses where necessary as well as being the torch-bearers of change.

“I am glad to note the engagement of 15 beneficiaries from the first batch by SAP (a global leading software company) who served as facilitators at the 2017 Africa Code Week. Without doubt, the beneficiaries have been given skills required to excel and we expect it to translate to increased youth productivity and employment. Similarly, we hope it will also help in the promotion of peaceful co-existence amongst themselves and in our various communities,” he stated. 

In his remarks, the director and representative of UNESCO Regional Office in Abuja, Yao Ydo, said the spirit of the education and cultural arm of the world body is to engage and partner with young women and men, in promoting peace, preventing violent extremism and engaging them meaningfully. 

 

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