The senator representing Anambra North, Stella Oduah has empowered no fewer than 1,800 youths between the ages of 18 and 40 with Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Skills in Anambra state.
This was disclosed in a statement she issued on Thursday.
Senator Oduah while describing ICT as an enabler of sustainable economic growth and bedrock of socio-economic transformation said the training was part of efforts at achieving her vision of driving economic development in Anambra North by boosting ICT literacy and expediency.
“This superlative training is in keeping with my human capital development mantra because when the people of Anambra North are empowered, they can exploit productively the information technology revolution by providing services online, developing innovative platforms, advertising and marketing their goods or products as well for better returns.” She said.
She also informed that the free training which held on January 5 was part of her birthday Gift to Anambra North.
Senator Oduah also noted that the internet market was the biggest today, and the possibilities that ICT offers the empowered are limitless.
“Information Communication Technology (ICT) is the definer of today’s reality. Virtually every sector of the economy is powered by ICT. Local and international socio-economic spaces are hyphenated by ICT. The world is “mushroom-sized” today by this veritable phenomenon.
“Today, six of the top 10 largest companies in the world are ICT-based – Apple, Amazon, Alphabet, Microsoft, Facebook and Alibaba.
“In December 2001, the United Nations General Assembly identified the rapid implementation of ICT in every habitable part of the world as the principle catalyst to achieving the millennium development goals.
“We must move with the fast changing world. This age spells doom for anyone who is ICT illiterate.” She said.
“As most of you are aware, the biggest market today is on the internet. Before now, I have been empowering the diverse people of Anambra North, who are keen on leveraging on ICT to create jobs and build wealth for themselves, to tap into the benefits of this market by establishing ICT centres and running training programmes. And I will stay on this course until there is an army of ICT-compliant youths and ICT-based businesses.
She added, “the possibilities that ICT offers the empowered are limitless. More so, the saying that ‘awareness is a key ingredient of success’ is much embodied by the core of ICT because it drives the skills-framework of the Information Age through every technology used in our world today, to manage information and expand knowledge for discoveries and inventions that redefine how we live and do great work that impact our lives and communities daily.
“How then can I not be passionate about engendering ICT education, training and skills enhancement programmes to better the lives and productivity of my own people?
“This ICT revolution in Anambra North must be sustained. I will sustain it.” She said.