Over 270 students drawn across Ondo state secondary schools have been trained in coding by the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) in partnership with Google.
This is in addition to 18 ICT teachers earlier trained by the two institutions as part of their strategic plans to extend the capacity of ICT to dictate the future economy to the public schools.
Addressing the trainees after two weeks of intensive practical training, the SSA to the governor on ICT Hon. Olumbe Akinkugbe says the present administration will continue to expose youth to the emerging trends in technology with a view to making them self-reliant.
As he put it, “it is the fundermental objective of the present administration to equip & prepare the present generation for challenges ahead through digital technology.”
According to him, “the cheapest & surest way to guarantee the future of this country is to equip the present generation with basic technological knowledge of how to create wealth for themselves through the multidimensional opportunities available in ICT.
In his goodwill message, representative of Google, prince Olagbegi commended the state govt for making conscious effort to transform the state from from oil to knowledge-based economy.
Sharing his experience with the gathering, Olagbegi said about 30% of the world youth population will come from Africa by the year 2030 and as such, all hands must be on deck to encourage youth to start showing interest in the digital technology believed to be the future economic masterpiece.
SITA in partnership with General Electric & Premiere Hub Innovation had earlier trained 20 manufacturing entrepreneurs, 30 home builders, 20 electronic technicians & 32 fashion designers in digital technology.