Mr Charles Abara, the Chairman of Interim Management Committee of Ngor Okpala Local Government Council, says the council has commenced free computer training for youths in his council area.
Abara said this when members of Ngor Okpala Journalists Association in Owerri paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Umuneke.
He said that the council’s ICT Centre had been lying waste since its inception, adding that the two-month intensive training was to empower youths and other stakeholders in Ngor Okpala through free computer training programme.
Abara said he believed that the future belonged to societies and individuals who were ICT complaint and urged the trainees to take the training very seriously as the world had gone digital.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the free intensive computer training, the first of its kind in the history of the council, would involve training on Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, Microsoft Publisher and Corel Draw.
Abara said the programme would be a continuous one and expressed optimism that the best graduating students would be given automatic employment as long as he served as the local government chairman.
According to him, the programme will afford participants the opportunity to access jobs elsewhere aside those that would be employed by the council.
He also enjoined the trainees to live up to expectations during and after the period of the computer course, promising to give them the necessary support when called upon.
The interim chairman told the journalists that the local government councils in Imo state were back to life with various ongoing innovations and activities in the council areas.
He said his council was in a hopeless situation in the last few years with dilapidated structures, leaking roofs, non-functional pipe born water facility, limited council offices and other challenges before he assumed office on June 20.
“We had the mandate of the state governor to bring back life to the council. We are indeed bringing life back to the council,” he said.
Abara said that the construction of a mini stadium, main council’s adminstrative office and reactivation of boreholes were ongoing with cleanliness and effective security restored to the council.
The Acting Chairman of the association, Mr Sunny Ndukwu, said they were at the council to congratulate the acting chairman on his well deserved appointment, know how he is fairing with the running of the council and to intimate him on the activities of the journalists.
He said the association was formed to interface with Ngor Okpala citizens on the corridors of power, hold them accountable and to chart a way forward in the local government.
One of the trainees, Eze Emma Ekeh, who spoke on behalf of the ICT trainees, expressed joy and showered blessings on the interim chairman for giving the people of Ngor Okpala “such a wonderful opportunity.”
He said he had some challenges when he visited the U.S. because he was not computer literate.
Ekeh advised the trainees to use the opportunity in their best interest.
Edited by Tajudeen Atitebi
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