Enugu Govt partners alx to train Youths on AI Career Essentials

As part of the measures put in place to reduce youths  unemployment and help the youths to have gainful employment, Enugu State Government in collaboration with the African Leadership Accelerators( alx) is embarking on Artificial Intelligence (AI) Career Essentials training for youths. 

Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Hon. Lyold Ekweremadu Jnr, disclosed that on Thursday, March 21, while briefing newsmen on the said program at the Rt. Hon.(Dr.) Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi NUJ Press Center,Enugu.

 Speaking on the  empowerment programme, Ekweremadu said the  State Governor, Dr. Peter Mbah is passionate about Youth development,hence the  tech program.

According to him, alx has track records of connecting  young people in the world and they wanted “the youth of Enugu state to tap from that., to take  charge  of Tech and lead the world.

“We are bringing to the youths of Enugu Artificial Intelligence (AI). We want  to reduce youth unemployment by 70% by 2030. We have not tapped the goods of AI in terms of getting jobs”, he said . 

Pix- Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Hon Ekweremadu Jnr

He said the AI Career Essentials training  will last for 6 weeks ” It  is free and it’s for people between 18- 35 years”. According to him, the state government was also working out other programmes which included Data Analytics, AWS Cloud Computing, Frontend Web Development, backend Web development, Salesforce administration, ,Data science among others. 

These programmes according to him, are subsidized. He explained that students will pay a token which they will get back on completion of the program. The Commissioner added that the fee will make the students to be committed in the program.

Pix- Ekweremadu (4Th L) flanked by Alex team and NUJ,Enugu council chairman,Comrade Sam Udekwe( 1st R)

Pix- Ekweremadu and NUJ leadership. From L-R, Vice Chairman,Regis Anikworji, Chairman Sam Udekwe, Ekweremadu (m) Secretary , Ifeoma Amuta

In her remarks, the  Country Marketing Manager,  African Leadership Accelerators ( alx) Nigeria, Seun Babagide- Duroshola, commended Enugu state Government for approving the partnership. She said the approval has made their presence in Enugu state official.

On the AI training, she said AI has not come to take people’s jobs as most people thought, rather, “AI is the ability to change our lives. It is not taking anybody’s job. It  helps to know whichever tools to utilize as a Doctor, Carpenter, plumber and so on,” She said.

Pix- Marketing manager Alex,Seun

The Marketing manager said the program is an online program which people can do in their comfort zones, anywhere they are

In a brief remark, the Country Director, Ruby Igwe , said alx has some partners who are accountable. She said some  of their programs are completely online.and they will extend the programs to primary and secondary schools in Enugu state. She called on the youths to avail themselves of the opportunity and be part of the training

Pix 2- Newsmen

Beneficiaries of alx programs in Nigeria shared their experiences on how alx helped them to acquire skills in technology and linked them with companies that gave them good jobs.They encouraged Youths to embrace the training .

Author: Maureen Ikpeama

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