13 March 2014

Nigeria: Youth Receive Cellphone Repair Training

Lagos — Unemployed youth in the country are poised to transform their lives after a local technology firm partnered with an academic institution to offer them training on mobile phone repairs.

The training is a brainchild of Backup Networks Limited, which has partnered with the National Open University (NOUN).

The training is scheduled for Lagos next week.

Chief Executive Officer, Backup Networks Limited, Monday Ogbe, said the partnership was designed to empower Nigerians to leverage the more than 400 million smartphone business boom in the country for worthy employment.

According to him, with the growing rate of unemployment in Nigeria, the training would provide a platform for unemployed and other interested Nigerians to undergo a week-training.

"Currently, there are over 400 million smartphone devices within Nigeria cutting across all major manufacturers and this number is increasing on a daily basis, as there are newer manufacturers coming in and one of the biggest challenges to the manufacturers is how to cope with the increasing demand for after-sales services to their customers.

"This is where we believe a huge opportunity lies for Nigerians," he said.

Ogbe added that during the training, trainees would acquire knowledge in troubleshooting and repair of various smartphone faults such as broken screens, faulty charging ports and others.

According to him, they would also be trained on mobile device data management, identification and resolution of software-related issues on mobile devices, as well as teaching the trainees on how they could set up their own smartphone repair business with marketing techniques to drive smartphone repair business in the country.

At the end of the training, Ogbe said the trainees would receive Certificate of Completion from NOUN; complete Smartphone Repair Kits and technical skills to support them.

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