Saturday, 28 November 2015

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Youths in Ogun State have been called upon to embrace the various opportunities in online digital employment as alternatives to seeking white collar jobs to enable them become self-reliant.

This call was made by the Secretary to the Ogun State Government, Barr. Taiwo Adeoluwa while declaring open a one-day free digital job training programme for unemployed youths organized by the Federal Ministry of Communication Technology and Rockefeller Foundation in collaboration with the Ogun State Government held at the Valley View Auditorium, Abeokuta.

Barr. Adeoluwa who was represented by the Special Adviser to the Governor on General Duties, Mr. Omolayo Olorunwo reassured the youths that the State Government would not relent on its oars at ensuring that unemployment in the State is reduced drastically, adding that Government would continue to assist the teeming youths in the State to make them productive.
 “This training programme organized for our unemployed youths is one of the various initiatives of the present administration to make our youths self-sustaining and reliant and enable them add values to the society and become better citizens” Adeoluwa remarked.
In his keynote address, the Ogun State Head of Service, Elder Sola Adeyemi pointed out that the youths daring involvement in criminal and social vices without gender disparity was as a result of high level of unemployment in the society, emphasizing that this necessitated the State Government to collaborate with appropriate bodies to put the programme together.
Elder Adeyemi who was represented by the Director, Service Matters, Mr. Oyejola Oyeneye noted that the Senator Ibikunle Amosun led Government would continue to give hope and reduce the rates of unemployment through various human capacity building and wealth creation programmes.
Speaking in the same vein, the immediate past Senior Special Assistant to the Ogun State Governor on Information Technology, Mr. Bunmi Adebayo charged the youths to see the programme as an opportunity to acquire necessary skills and tap into the job opportunities offered through the internet that would generate more income for them.
Adebayo further encouraged the youths to be steadfast in the use of ICT tools such as smart phones, computers and internet connection as this would give them daily income if they are persistent at least for six months.
In their goodwill messages, the representative of the Federal Ministry of Communication Technology, Mr Madunezi Emmanuel commended the Ogun State Government for providing an enabling environment for the programme, adding that fourteen thousand youths have been trained in 18 States and Ogun had provided a better platform in terms of preparation, security, conducive environment with necessary facilities in place, noting that these are pointers to the fact that Government was responsive and committed to the welfare of its youths.
The spokesperson from Rockefeller foundation  who is also an icon in digital job, Mr. Femi Bayode assured participants that about one thousand jobs are available on various platforms online which they could benefit from. He added that a platform would also be created for the youths to interact and work as a group for better productivity.
Earlier in her welcome address, the Director of Information Technology at the Bureau of Information Technology, Mrs. Olatundun Adekunte said the objective of the programme was to empower the youths to have access to online jobs and operate independently without relying on Government.
Responding on behalf of the participants, Mrs. Aishat Odufuye lauded the State Government for the initiative, saying it has further exposed beneficiaries to various avenues of online wealth creation.

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