Following a demand by the Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Barr Onofiok Luke, the federal government has promised to partner the government of state in the building
Speaking on Thursday during a townhall meeting with the Acting President, Onofiok Luke, a renowned youth advocate, said we are now with a digital age that that since Akwa Ibom has keyed into full digitalization, there was need for the federal government to partner the state in developing human capacity in this area.
“We plead with the Federal Government to partner the state government in training our youths in digital technology to make them, among others, qualified with requisite skills for jobs in the International Oil Companies instead of importing foreigners with the skills,” Speaker Luke said.
Acknowledging the need for digital education as a form of empowerment among youths in the region, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo said only digital education and a stable investment environment could attract private investments.
“We must attract private investment through sustained stability and relevant education. The Honourable Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has alluded to this (education). He mentioned training and offering our young people the opportunity especially for digital training. I’m offering to partner with the state government to obtain a technology hub here in Akwa Ibom.
“Digital education and training is a crucial foundation for building the industrial and commercial base of Nigeria. It is important for us all and especially for our young people.”
He said one of the things the president asked of the cabinet last year was a programme to get young people in the country to be interested in technology.
“The future lies in technology and we must do something to encourage young people. India does not have a drop of oil but they are one of the emerging digital technology hub in the world.”
The acting president also agreed with the Speaker on the need to direct the Minister of finance to set up modalities for the release of state government funds expended on federal projects in the state.
Speaker Luke had earlier demanded the immediate release of funds owed the state by the federal government, funds which the state had expended on federal projects in the past and at present.