The Bayelsa State Government has disclosed plans to train 8,000 youths in the state in Information Communication Technology (ICT) over the next four years.
In a statement on Tuesday, the Commissioner for Comunication, Science and Technology, Dr. Promise Edio Ekio said the training is part of the Diri Digital Entrepreneurship Empowerment Programme (DDEEP).
According to him, the DDEEP is an initiative of the Governor, Senator Douye Diri, implemented through the Ministry of Communication, Science and Technology.
He said it is aimed at equipping youths, women and public servants with contemporary skills in Information Communication Technology (ICT) to give them an edge in life.
Dr. Ekio stated that the application for the training has commenced and it will be held in Batches, with the first batch starting on November 3, 2021.
He said the modules for the training include: Mobile App Development, Website Development, Computer Hardware Maintenance, Computer Networking and Mobile Phone Repairs.
He noted that the eligibility criteria is that applicants must be indigenes of Bayelsa State and must be a youth (male and female) between the ages of 17- 35.
Ekio said that the applicants must have basic knowledge of the use of computer and the internet, adding that young school leavers, students and graduates can apply.
The Commissioner further stated that applicants must have a functional gmail account, phone number, and must be resident in Yenagoa.
To apply, he informed that interested persons should visit the Facebook page of the Ministry of Communication, Science and Technology, click on the registration link, fill and submit the completed form.
He stressed that all applications must be submitted on or before October 28th 2021 in order to secure a place in the training.
Recall that the government had embarked on similar programmes in the state such as the Diri Boost Initiative executed in partnership with Skillporte Multinational.
The aim was to Identify and support entrepreneurs in Bayelsa State in acquiring knowledge and funds to drive their businesses in line with Governor Douye Diri’s Prosperity Vision for the state.