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No fewer than 4, 000 N-Power Volunteers on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Borno state have been trained by Borno Social Investment Program (BSIP) in collaboration with Google Africa, African team of one of the major search engine companies’ world, Mr. Habu Kale, the coordinator of the project has said.
The participants who were selected from across the 3 senatorial zones of the state received the training in Maiduguri, Askira and Biu local governments.
Speaking to newsmen on Tuesday, Kale, said that the training, which lasted for two days, seeks to train the volunteers on how to use Google and its tools optimally.
‘‘We actually targeted about 3000 participants under the N-Power volunteer scheme, but we have recorded over 4000 right now. The training was scheduled for the three senatorial zones in Borno state.
‘‘There are abundant opportunities on Google app which most of our people don’t know how to access them.
‘’Therefore, we are partnering with Google Africa to see how we can impact this knowledge on our youths so as to discover new avenues for development,” Mr. Kale further explained.
Also corroborating, Gideon Okibe, a trainer from Lagos, said the training is not only to impart digital skills to the youths but also aimed at improving activities on the internet.
In his words, ‘‘Ignorance of opportunities on the internet has limited people’s use of the internet, so we will make sure the participants learn the basic skills on how to tap into these opportunities to develop themselves and be self-reliant instead of waiting for a white-collar job,’ Mr. Okibe added.
Some of the participants who attended the training commended the BSIP and Google Africa for organizing the training.
‘’The training is interesting. I learned the difference between internet, network, website, web-page among other things,” Maryam Isa, N-Power volunteer from Maiduguri said.
Like Maryam Adamu Babakura, another participant, also said ‘‘In the digital world we are left behind today, I think this training is very important and I am now ready to explore some of the skills I have learned here.
‘’I learnt the importance of online marketing like an advert and it is cheaper on applications like Google and YouTube than the traditional Radio and TV”.