The North East Development Commission NEDC is to establish Information and Communication Technology ICT resource centres in all the eighteen senatorial zones in the six states of the North East.
The Managing Director of the NEDC Muhammed Alkali announced this in Damaturu during the launching of the Rapid Response Initiative of the commission and presentation of a certificate to one hundred and thirty-four youth that participated in its ICT training from Yobe state.
The Managing Director of the North East Development Commission Muhammed Alkali said the gesture was to equip youth in the region with the necessary skills to enable them to take their rightful position in the National Agenda for ICT development aimed at fast-tracking the resuscitation of Nigeria’s economy in line with the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP).
While congratulating the 134 successful ICT training graduands, Muhammed Alkali also announced the donation of free Starter Packs and the sum of N20,000 to each of the beneficiaries to enable them to put into practice the knowledge acquired during the training.
He also noted that another set of 1,200 candidates have already been invited to participate in the Second Batch of the training expected to commence soon across six States of the North East.
While commenting on other activities of the NEDC, the Managing Director announced a plan by the commission to build five hundred houses for the displaced persons, upgrading of public infrastructures like schools, roads and support to boost farming activities and the designing of a development master plan for the North East region among others.
In his remarks, the Yobe state Governor Mai Mala Buni represented by the Secretary to the Yobe state Government, Baba Malam Wali said the gesture by the Federal Government and the NEDC was in line with the Yobe state post insurgency recovery plan.
He appealed to the beneficiaries of the ICT training to be good ambassadors of the programme.
Other highlights of the event include the donation of branded face masks to schools, security agencies and the Nigeria Union of Transport Worker NURTW to boost personal protection against COVID-19 in Yobe state.