Rivers State Government says it has concluded plans to train 700 youths in the state ICT sector, free of charge, to further reduce the incidence of youth restiveness in the state.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on ICT, Ibifuro Asawo, who made this known during the pre-screening activity at the Rivers State ICT Centre, said over seven thousand applicants are vying for the Codegaminators training programme which comprises three months lectures and three months internship programme.
“The Rivers State Government has decided to make this free and we thought we have just one thousand people or two thousand people but we are having about seven thousand people coming in for this course.“So what we intend doing now is to have screening activity”“We have batched them into a 400 per batch for them to actually come for this particular programme.“They come in and then we are able to spend just 2 hours with them, we have given them resources as well, that will be able to occupy them within these period”.
He urged the youths that will participate to avoid distraction and be fully focused during the period as the Code germinators programme will be intense.
The Senior Special Assistant also said the programme will help youths channel their energy to productive things to minimize youth restiveness.
According to him:
“If you look at what we are doing, it’s a tactical approach to ensure that they are working, fully occupied.“Within these three months with the team, there will be a lot of orientation activities that will take place, that will shift their minds from anything evil to productive things because it is the same energy, so they channel the energy into productive activities.“So youth development is one way the government is looking at, to ensure that it minimizes youth restiveness to the barest minimum”.
Our correspondent reports that the courses for the programme are; animation, programming, game development, photography and cinematography, cyber security h
hardware and networking, database, graphics and a host of others.