From Mustapha Adamu, Kano
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylvia has revealed that major international smartphone producers will soon establish assembling plant in Nigeria.
The Minister stated this during graduation ceremony of 1000 youths trained on GSM repairs, maintenance as well as software and hardware production specialization, held in Kano yesterday.
Sylvia disclosed that the establishment of the plant is part of an agreement reached to boost local content development in the country.
The programme was a combined effort of the Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and Nasiru Ali Ahmad, member House of Representatives, representing Nassarawa Federal constituency.
Sylvia said the training of the youth is facilitated by the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, designed to develop local content development, with youth taking the center stage.
He explained that out of the 1000 youths, 600 had fully graduated, while 400 would graduate before January 1st 2021.
He added that already 2800 youth were trained in Yobe, Bauchi and Cross River States as Smart Phone Repairers and Technicians.
The Minister who spoke via zoom at the programme, added that Nigeria has the highest GSM Market in the whole of African countries, adding that it is no longer news that GSM is not luxury but essential commodities, therefore the training of the Youth is boosting the nation economy and local content development.
Alhaji Nasiru Ali Ahmad the House Representatives Member from Nassarawa Federal constituency, Kano, said the training of the 1000 Youths on GSM Phone Repairs and Software maintenance, was part of his zeal in ensuring that the redundant Youths are fully engaged economically.
He said everyday thousands of Youths are Graduating from Universities and other Higher Institutions and although government is doing it’s possible best but they can’t provide employment to all the Youths which is why it is desirable to train them on Selves sustaince.
Nasiru Ali Ahmad explained that they have already designed to train 5000 more Youth in 2021, adding all those that have graduated are provided with Shops, Tools and other needed things to startup their Businesses.
Emir Of Kano Aminu Ado Bayero cautioned the trained Youths against using their acquired Skills in devious activities like Hacking and Yahoo Yahoo, saying doing so will turned their chance tragedy Comedy