Thousands of Ekiti youths from the 177 wards of the 16 Local Governments were sponsored and mobilized by the State government to benefit from a one day digital training programme .
The programme which was a partnership arrangement between the State Government, the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President (OSSAP) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Google Nigeria through its affiliate, Mind the Gap was tagged DIVERSIFYING THE NIGERIA ECONOMY: Enabling Youths through Digital Skills Training.
The youth from all the sixteen local government areas of the state who were eager to acquire more knowledge to be abreast of contemporary and modern digital techniques flooded the Emmanuel Event Centre , Ikere Ekiti venue of the flag-off ceremony of the programme as as early as 8am on Friday to participate in the training programme .
Bar. Dipo Anisulowo, the Chairman (State Implementation Comittee on SDGs) who doubles as the Chief of Staff to Governor Peter Ayodele Fayose in his opening address at the flag-off ceremony advised the participants to make use of the programme to put an end to unemployment.
He said the programme is an opportunity and a rare one of its kind to empower unemployed youths in the state in the art of digital marketing skills in this digital industrial age” and he advised participants to make use of the opportunity for self development and empowerment.
He appreciated the state goverment under the leadership of Governor Ayodele Fayose (OSOKOMOLE) for his gigantic roles and initiatives in empowering women, traders, artisans and workers in the public service which coincidentally is in tandem with goal number One of the SDGS which is to end poverty in all forms everywhere.
Mr Adunmo, the Executive Secretary of SDGs in Ekiti state implored the participants to be attentive and make use of the knowledge acquired to benefit themselves and the Nation as a whole. He appreciated the Governor of Ekiti state for creating an enabling environment and giving his full support for the hosting of this programme in the state.
Some of the participants thanked the state government and the organisers for this laudable programme and promised to build on the knowledge acquired through the training to make the State greater.
Guests at the occasion were Barrister Ola Alonge, the Chairman of Ikere Local Government and Mr Olufemi Iroko from Google Nigeria as resource persons. Others include Mr Etu Suraju, Mrs Lasore Grace and Mr Oyebade, all from OSSAP on SDGs in Abuja.