Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), yesterday kicked off a Digital Training Programme tagged: 'Ondo-engage' for 3,000 unemployed graduates in the state.
The ceremony was part of the activities to mark the first 100 days of the governor's second term in office.
The training programme is organised by the state government through the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) in partnership with Envivo Communications Limited and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
According to the governor, the training, which would last for nine months, would be focused on digital economy.
He said participants would be paid monthly stipend throughout the period of the training, and would get laptops and subscription.
Akeredolu said one of the major ways to address Nigeria's insecurity and other socio-economic challenges is through the dignified engagement and empowerment of the youth population.
He noted that building the digital skills of the young graduates would go a long way to equip them with relevant skills for IT jobs.
According to the governor, "Undoubtedly, ICT has turned the world into a global village, as it has assisted in automating government processes; using technology to solve common problems in the society; entrepreneurship development; proffering digital solution to problems of unemployment, insecurity and economic challenges, and improving production.
"It is in realisation of the importance of digital education that our administration decided to partner Envivo Communications Limited, leveraging on the various CBN funding initiatives such as the Creative Industry Financing Initiative (CIFI)."
"This has aided the automation of revenue collection to improve revenue generation for the state; management and control of utility infrastructure for improved revenue generation and creating of a friendly environment for investors in the state, among other programmes."
Akeredolu disclosed that after the training programme, Envivo Communications Limited in partnership with the CBN would ensure entrepreneurship opportunities for the trainees through creation of credit windows.