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Plateau Govt. trains over 1000 youths in ICT- Commissioner

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The Plateau Government says it has trained over 1000 youths in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to enable them to become self reliant.

The state Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr Gyang Musa, disclosed this to Nigeria News Agency on Tuesday in Jos.

Musa said that most teenagers who had left secondary school and were awaiting admission into tertiary institutions, and graduates, who had yet to be employed, had been trained on ICT to enable them to become self reliant instead of waiting for non existent white collar jobs.

He said the State Government was working to set machinery in motion to support such youths whom had been trained, with stipends to enable them to start up businesses.

He said this would enable the trainees to train other youths in ICT and would help to reduce the scourge of unemployment.

The commissioner said that the government was trying to form a synergy with the University of Jos, to see if after the training, the trainees would obtain certificates from the university.

He also revealed that the ministry was working in synergy with the State Ministry of Education to introduce computer science in the education curriculum, from the primary school level to the senior secondary level to acquaint the pupils and students with current technology in the ICT sector.

He also disclosed that currently 40 teachers from the 17 local government areas of the state were been trained on ICT whom would in turn train their pupils and students.

Musa said this would help to bridge the computer illiteracy gap encountered by some secondary school students who sat for the Joint Admission and Matriculations Board examinations which were computer-based.

Edited and Abdullahi Yusuf

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