On Monday, December 20, 2021, it was announced that the Federal Government of Nigeria has launched a new skills training program known as N-knowledge, a component of the Npower program. With the announcement of the launch, it was said that around 3,000 young Nigerians from the north-central geopolitical zone of the country had been trained under the program.
The N-knowledge program focuses on the digital labor market, preparing them for the global and national digital arena, with the aim of reducing youth unemployment in the country. Plans for N-knowledge include empowering around 20,000 young Nigerians in the digital sector, to help create jobs.
In the first part of the N-knowledge program, 3,000 young Nigerians from the north-central region were trained and received post-training items that would help their startups, including laptops.
This new phase saw 1,500 other young Nigerians trained, awarded certificates and subsequently equipped. These 1,500 beneficiaries were from the northeast of the country. This brings the total number of Nigerian youth who have benefited from the program to 4,500.
These new beneficiaries were trained for three months in three different learning groups, which include creative art (animation), installation and repair of computer equipment (especially with Android phones) and finally writing of scenarios.
This training took place at the Abubakar Tabari Ali Polytechnic (ATAP) in Bauchi for 90 days, after which the beneficiaries received starter kits according to their selected specializations, as well as a small sum to help them operate. .
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sa’adiya Umar Farouk addressed ATAP beneficiaries, imploring them to use what they learned from the program. The minister was represented by a deputy director of the ministry, Gidado Abubakar and also said that the federal government is fully committed to empowering unemployed and vulnerable Nigerian youth to lift them out of poverty.
One of the program consultants who managed the hardware cluster, Bashir Umar Tofa, said a total of 1,360 people have signed up for the training. However, only 771 were fully certified and trained and then received starter kits to start working. Thanks to the training acquired, these young people will be able to take charge of the installation and repair of computer equipment. Tofa encouraged them to take training seriously and to involve other unemployed young people in their specialist fields in order to help bridge the unemployment gap.