Sen. Sani Musa trains 140 youths on ICT
… as 1,000 get Scholarships
The lawmaker representing Niger East Senatorial District, Senator Mohammed Sani Musa has trained one hundred and forty youths in Niger State have been trained in various aspects of Information and Communication Technology, ICT.
The beneficiaries were drawn from the nine local government areas making up Niger East, namely, Chanchaga, Bosso, Paikoro, Gurara, Suleja, Tafa, Shiroro, Munya and Rafi.
The five-day training covered Computer appreciation, web-design, digital poster and banner designs as well as digital card designs.
The training was anchored by the National Information and Technology Development Agency, NITDA, which provided the facilities and facilitators for the training.
At the closing ceremony, Senator Sani Musa disclosed that the decision to train the youths was born out of his passion to empower the youths with requisite skills that will make them self-reliant.
He frowned at the involvement of youths in drug abuse and political thuggery which according to him should not be encouraged.
According to him “I have children at home. If my children will not be on the street engaging in political thuggery or drug abuse, I will give my best to see that other children do not go on the street.
“I also believe our youths have the potentials to be at their best, if given the necessary support. Hence, the training is geared towards making them realise their dreams and putting their potentials into profitable ventures.”
He emphasised the importance of ICT which according to him is the driver of modern economy.
“We have to match what advanced countries are going to use against us in the future. And that is ICT. We have to start learning it today,” he said.
He further disclosed that in addition to the training on ICT, at least three hundred youths and women are currently undergoing training in crop production at the Niger State Technology Incubation Centre Minna and other aspects of science and technology at the Industrial Trust Fund, ITF.
The lawmaker revealed that training will also commence for one hundred and eighty teachers of Science and Technical expertise in the senatorial district, to be facilitated by the Institute of Scientific Innovation, with 20 beneficiaries to be selected from each of the nine local government areas.
Senator Sani Musa further disclosed that one thousand secondary and tertiary schools students will benefit from a scholarship scheme he has instituted to assist indigent children. He explained that students studying medicine will also benefit from the scholarship scheme which would soon commence.
He stated, “In no distant time, we are also going to build ICT Centres in each of the nine local government areas. We are bringing a modern rural market in all the nine local government areas. We will build 60 open shops with different designs. With that we will re-engineer our economy and diversify the source of income of our people.”
Earlier on, Governor Abubakar Bello who was represented by the Commissioner of Investment, Dr Mustapha Jibril had commended Senator Sani Musa for the kind gesture.
He expressed optimism that with the contributions and support by the lawmaker, the state government’s goal of reducing unemployment rate in the state would be realised.
“Senator Mohammed Sani Musa has shown that it does not take hundred years to transform the lives of the people. In less than a year and six months, we have seen the giant strides he has been able to make in the lives of our people. I believe by the end of four years, he would have transformed the entire Niger East,” Dr Jibrin said.
Other speakers at the event including the Director-General Small and Medium Enterprises, Faruk Audi, Coordinator of the Social Investment Programme in the state, Barrister Amina Lucy Guar and former Commissioner of Water Resources, Abubakar Azozo also commended the efforts of Senator Sani Musa at enhancing the livelihood of his constituents by extension the masses in the state.
The participants thanked Senator Sani Musa for the training.
“Now I can earn money on my own without depending on anyone. The knowledge I have acquired here is no doubt a lifetime asset that I will forever cherish,” said Angelina Ibrahim Yohana.
Another beneficiary, Shehu Idris from Munya local government said, “I am going to be an employer of about too. Because this training is sure not just for only me. I am going ahead to train other people too, and hopefully have my own business where I can also employ youths to work for me.”
“I am overwhelmed to be part of this training. No more going to the streets,” Shafi Mohammed from Rafi local government said.
At the end of the training, Senator Mohammed Sani Musa also gave the sum of Seven Million Naira grant to the one hundred and forty trainees.
Each of them went home with the sum of N50,000.
In addition, a tablet, a training certificate and an ICT manual was donated to each of the beneficiaries to enable them carry out their businesses.