By Chikaodili Obinwa and Chukwuka Ugokwe
ANAMBRA State Commissioner for Youth Development, Patrick Aghamba has provided laptop computers and certificates of participation to 21 youth desk officers that participated in a four-week ICT training programme.
The training which was concluded on May 31, at Secretary to State Government Office, Awka, had 34 desk officers registering at the inception with only 21 of them following to the last day. It was themed ‘Digital Skill Acquisition for Self Reliance’.
The ICT training was held in conjunction with the Anambra State Information and Communication Technology Agency and Pacent Technologies Ltd.
Speaking during the closing ceremony, the commissioner said that the ministry has positioned itself to take the lead in revolutionising the state into becoming a digital tribe as Anambra drives its vision of becoming a smart mega city.
He stressed that the graduation was not an end goal on itself but a part of the larger journey of the task ahead.
According to him, Gov. Chukwuma Soludo is totally committed to the youth development of the state; hence the budget of the Youth Ministry was increased from ₦500 million to ₦2.5billion in the draft revised 2022 budget.
In a goodwill message, the Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy and Community Affairs, Mr. Collins Nwabunwanne said that much was expected from the officers in their various duty posts.
He asked them to have a good working relationship with their colleagues and be good team players.
Managing Director, Anambra Information and Communication Agency, Mr. Chukwuemeka Agbata commended the Youth Commissioner for organising the programme, saying that the event was one of the official assignments he has undertaken since he assumed office.
The permanent secretary, Dr. Daniel Ezeanwu enjoined the youths to apply all the mechanisms they have learnt in the training into their jobs wherever they were posted to after the training.
The Chief Executive Officer, Pa-cent Technologies Ltd, Ikechukwu Umeh said he was happy to partner with the state government in ensuring that its workforce was trained in ICT, which is an important factor globally.
Some of the participants, Mrs. Chinyere Ezeani, Mr. Chibuzor Udeh and Miss Catherine Mmadueke expressed gratitude to the Youth Commissioner whom they described as a leader.