Aguata Local Government Council has opened a digital hub targeted at increasing the digital skills of people of the area thereby closing the unemployment gap.
The facility is sited at the headquarters of the Local Government will.
The hub was commissioned with the training of over 120 youths from the council area in different areas of Information Communication Technology, ICT at the hub
The facility houses a library, classroom, ICT hub and a Café.
Commissioning the project, the Anambra State commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Honourable Tony Collins Nwabunwanne said that the facility is in line with the initiative of the Governor Chukwuma Soludo’s administration in making the state the industrial hub of Africa.
Commissioner Nwabuwanne thanked God and Governor Soludo for being the solution sought by Ndi Anambra, and commended the Aguta Local Government Transition Chairman, Dr Chibueze Ofobuike, for taking the bold step towards youth empowerment, noting that he has set a precedence for other local governments.
He stated that Governor Soludo is interested in youth development and as such is interested in the programme’s progress, advising the trainees to take advantage of this rare opportunity.
In his welcome address, the Transition Committee Chairman of Aguata ta Local Government Area, Dr Ofobuike, stated that the 120 trainees who are drawn from Aguata’s fourteen communities in areas such as CCTV installation and solar engineering.
He urged the participants to work hard, promising intensive impactful training and empowerment to the top ten students.
According to Dr. Ofobuike, with technological advancement and a high rate of unemployment, it is critical for youths to be involved in digital skill acquisition.
In their separate remarks, the special adviser to the governor on youth empowerment programmes, Dr Nelson Omenugha, and the Managing Director of Anambra State ICT Agency, Mr Chukwuemeka Agbata, congratulated the transition committee chairman on the new feat and called for the inclusion of non-indigenes and persons living with disabilities in the program.
Other who spoke during the event were the facilitator of the training and MD/CEO Pragmatic ICT Solutions, Godwin Ezeabasili, the traditional ruler of Ezinifite, Igwe Bob Orji, and the Chairman, All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA in Aguata, Honourable Vitalis Okoroakor.
Some of the beneficiaries Mr Linus Ezedienyi and Miss Chineye Chikwando expressed gratitude to the Transition Chairman for the opportunity, promising to be productive and to make their communities proud.