NCC commits to creating digital job opportunities for youths through DJCY program
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has reaffirmed its commitment to creating digital job opportunities for young people in the country.
Speaking at a press conference, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of the NCC, explained that the Digital Job Creation for Youths (DJCY) program is part of the National Digital Economic Policy and Strategy, which aims to promote economic growth in digital literacy and skills.
“We are fully committed to the effective and efficient implementation of the Federal Government’s policy direction in repositioning the youth for digital-era job opportunities,” Danbatta said.
According to him, over 2,000 Nigerian youths have already benefited from the DJCY program, which provides customised training and fully-loaded laptop computers with networking devices. The ongoing edition of the program has 600 youths currently being trained.
“The DJCY program is designed to enhance the skills of youths across all the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria.
“The beneficiaries are provided with free accommodation facilities for two weeks, during which resource persons in digital skills, business development and management, are engaged to retool them with their laptops to re-orientate them towards self-discovery, self-development, and self-employment,” he said.
Danbatta explained that the DJCY program has several objectives, including remoulding youths with other skills to fit into the digital economy, strengthening technical and scientific competences among youths, and creating opportunities for self-employment.
“Hundreds of the participants in the previous two editions have reported gainful self-employments, using the laptops and Internet connectivity tools provided by the Commission,” Danbatta added.
He added that the NCC has received commendations from the Federal Government for the efficient and effective design and implementation of the DJCY program.
Danbatta concluded by restating the NCC’s commitment to the DJCY program and its potential to enhance digital opportunities for Nigerian youth and the nation’s digital economy.