Written by Laraba Murey

Embrace ICT, Candido charges Abuja indigenes

Chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC, Hon. Abdullahi Candido, has implored indigenous people of the Federal Capital Territory to embrace digital and other innovative skills, in order to ensure rapid and inclusive development of the territory. 

Candido urged FCT youth to join other Nigerians in sharing whatever experience and innovative skills that are available within their respective domains, so as not to be left behind in the scheme of things. 

He gave the charge last week while performing the foundation laying of AMAC School for the Gifted, ICT/Innovation Centre, Angwan Hakimi Orozo. 

The AMAC boss noted that today's world is moved by the digital knowledge; that's Information Communication Technology, ICT, which is a given asset that is taking the council to the world. 

He said: "We the aborigines; the indigenous populations here don't allow other Nigerians to benefit from this place, come and share whatever experience and innovative skills that are available here. 

"The Igbo and Yoruba are not better than us, so we can as well partner with them, and acquire knowledge that can in turn be of use to the communities. 

"Please I beg you; particularly the young ones, if we are able to complete this institution, please come and learn something, so that you can ensure something meaningful to do for yourself and your family. 

"We are exploring ways and manners where things can get better for us. So I want the indigenous people to realise that this is an opportunity that we have, and we must not abuse it. Sincerely, we have skills acquisition centres in Jiwa and Karu." 

On the School for the Gifted, the AMAC chairman said upon completion in the next two or three months it would enable highly talented persons, graduate or school leavers acquire some digital and innovative skills. 

"This AMAC School for the Gifted is going to be a better skills acquisition centre, as it's going to be a mixture of physical training and digital knowledge acquisition centre 

"The idea behind this institution is borne out of the desire to ensure that our youth in particular don't unnecessarily wait for white collar job. We are trying to make sure that we don't allow any mind to be idle.”

Responding, District Head, Orozo community, Dangiwa Maikeffi, thanked the council leadership for citing the school in the area, which he said would go a long way to help youth to contribute their quota to the development of the council. 

While describing the initiative as a welcome development, the community leader urged the council to ensure the timely completion and takeoff of the project.   

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