The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has commended the KIEK foundation for empowering rural teenagers in the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) noting that the training will help them become self-reliant while helping them to contribute positively to the growth and development of the nation’s economy.
The NCC made this statement through a representative of the Director, Public Affairs of the Commission, Mrs. Osinachi Buchi-Chukwu at the grand finale of the second edition of the KIEK foundation’s Rural Area Children and Teenagers in Information and Communication Technology (RACT-in-ICT) programme which held in Abuja on Saturday, 21st August 2021.
Mrs. Buchi-Chukwu who noted that the skills that has been acquired by the trainees will undoubtedly blossom into something that will be economically viable to them expressed her optimism that they would not roam the streets looking for jobs as the skills that has been acquired will help them become self-reliant.
“The KIEK foundation should be commended for catching them young. As you very well know, we now live in an age where so many things in our society depend solely on the internet. People sit in the comfort of their houses and get things done at their offices and other places that they so desire with a click or a tap on their devices,” she said.
It will be recalled that the NCC supported the KIEK foundation with branded t-shirts for the teenagers a couple of weeks ago at a presentation which took place at the cooperate headquarters of the commission.
With the theme, ‘Bridging the Gap through Sustainable ICT Skills’, the programme had in attendance some of its sponsors, notable among them being the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Access Bank, the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Jamestina BOC Foundation, Zealwisetrend, Hon Mrs Itoro, the CEO Kings & Queens Food Palace, Mrs Joy Ekpe, Mrs Kodi Irebo, the CEO Omni healthy delight, Mrs Adama Ocheni, the CEO Shagalis smoked chicken & Zobo, Mr Nnaemeka Dureke, the CEO Dureke Energy, among others.
The second in its series, the RACT-in-ICT programme was designed by the foundation in 2018 with the aim of empowering rural and disadvantaged teenagers with relevant ICT skills needed not only to excel in a competitive world, but also to help them to nurture an entrepreneurial mindset at an early age.