Google trains 500 Abuja residents on digital skills

The Abuja Enterprise Agency (AEA) is training 500 residents of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in digital skills to enable them to effectively maximise the digital space.

The Managing Director of AEA, Mr Arabi Tukur, said that the training by AEA, in conjunction with the Google Inc. was part of activities to mark 2018 global entrepreneurship week.

He explained that the training was meant to accelerate business, create employment opportunities and reduce poverty in the territory.

Tukur noted that the training was designed to also improve the knowledge and skills of 500 participants in the digital space, so as to enhance and facilitate business growth for societal development.

He reiterated the commitment of AEA to ensure continuous improvement of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector.

The managing director, therefore, urged participants to be open-minded and focused toward exploring the digital space for self development.

A resource person, Mr Tayo Olosunde, says digital skills for Africa is a Google initiative in conjunction with various training partners, aimed at training young people in digital skills.

Olosunde said that the initiative was geared toward closing the digital knowledge gap in Africa and to improve employability and job creation.

He explained that empowering entrepreneurs with digital skills remained critical to the development of the society.

Olosunde, who submitted that it was an opportunity to drive the Google digital skills programme, noted that the training was one of the ways through which entrepreneurs could go global.

He, therefore, urged participants to take the training serious and to leverage on the opportunities to become entrepreneurs and business owners.

‘‘We are happy that the participants have been so inspired and have been connected to online portal, where they can continue to do the online training.’’

“This would also help to connect other global entrepreneurs to actually exchange resources and values and create jobs, as well as leverage on the wealth in the web.”

Participants included media practitioners, MSMEs, among others.

The trainees were assembled in batches for a four-day free digital skills, which kicked off on Thursday, at the AEA Entrepreneurial Complex, Jahi, Abuja.