A total of 30,000 youth nationwide are expected to benefit from the 4th phase of Information Communication and Technology (ICT) module under the erstwhile National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP) now known as the Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA).
The 30,000 youth will be trained by the Rlg Institute of Technology, a subsidiary of Rlg Communications, within six-month period. Some of the areas they will be taken through include intensive training in ICT, Mobile phone and Laptop repairs.
The Chief Executive Officer of Rlg Communications, Mr. Roland Agambire announced this at the graduation ceremony in Accra, where 1,300 youth in the Greater Accra Region were graduated. The same ceremony was also used to launch the 4th phase of the ICT module.
According to Mr. Agambire, who is also the reigning Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana (CIMG) 2011 Marketing Man of the Year, these graduates are part of the 7,134 who form the last batch of trainees who underwent intensive at the Rlg Institute of Technology.
He added: "This brings to 24,000, the total number of Ghanaian youth trained under the module in the 3rd contract between Rlg Communications and the GYEEDA". Similar events have taken place in the nine other regions of the country.
During the six-month mobile telephony certification programme, the trainees were taken through a number of courses including introduction to computers, mobile phone soft and hardwares, basic electronics and entrepreneurship skills.
These trainings, Mr. Agambire noted, would position them to adequately face what many of them have accepted to be a challenging world driven by technology, innovation, and knowledge.
On the recommendations of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Trade, Industry, and Tourism, when they paid a working visit to Rlg offices and the Rlg Institute of Technology, the leading ICT firm has decided to begin the process of expanding their training facilities to ensure that a lot more of the country's youth gain access to ICT education and training, he revealed.
In his own words: "Currently, we have 46 centres dotted across the country and we hope to double this number to ensure easy access by all, irrespective of location, background or financial status to our training facilities".
To the graduates, Mr. Agambire advised them to shy away from negative tendencies such as indiscipline and sycophancy. He, therefore, challenged the "youth to embrace hard work, creativity and discipline and be driven by the bigger dream to succeed".
In as much as entrepreneurs are born, many others have emerged through hard work and determination, while urging the youth to embrace risks and opportunities, he also challenged them to avail themselves to a changed mindsets, saying "that is the only way to be productive and to succeed".
The Executive Director of GYEEDA, Mr. Abuga Pele noted: "One of the most significant modules under this private/public partnership arrangement is the Rlg/ICT programme which since 2009 has trained over a 10,000 beneficiaries".
He commended the management of Rlg for their immense contribution to youth employment in the country.
The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo, also thanked Rlg Communications for complementing government efforts at addressing unemployment in the country.
He assured the management of the Rlg Communications that the Greater Accra Regional Co-ordinating Council would monitor the progress of the trainees.
The Paramount Chief of Osu, Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuona VI, used the occasion to call on the government to set aside a fund for research and innovation in the country. In all, the 1,300 graduates were presented with set-up tools and certificates.