Sen Odey restates commitment to job creation through ICT

Senator Stephen Odey, representing Cross River North Senatorial, has pledged his commitment to job creation through Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to empower youths.

Odey made the pledge while responding to journalists, on Friday in Abuja, on the bill seeking to establish Institute of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Ogoja, which he sponsored and passed by the upper chamber on July 7, 2021.

He noted that there’s need to accelerate economic development through digitisation informed his sponsor of the bill, adding that the institution would also provide professional proficiency for Nigerian youths especially in Ogoja.

Odey who reiterated his determination to complement President Muhammadu Buhari’s giant strides in digital economy, said there was growing needs to tap into the advantages offered by ICT.

He emphasised the imperatives of driving a digital economy aimed at leaving no one behind in accordance with the demands of 21st century.

“We are taking the path of President Buhari who renamed the Ministry of Communication to Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy. The institution will provide faculties and encourage research in all area of focus to aid the development of Nigeria in the area of industry, commerce, technology and engineering.

“With renowned institutions and appropriate industries; as well as appropriate training and vocational dexterity for a selfreliant and focused Nigerian student, and also to provide industrial skills for those who want to be employers of labour or gainfully employed” he said.

The Senator however expressed optimism that the institution would provide appropriate training and vocational dexterity for a self reliant and focused Nigerian student.

Recalled that the sponsor of the bill, Senator Stephen Adi Odey presented the bill for consideration for the first time in the Senate Chamber on Thursday, 11 February 2021, and sponsored five (5) Bill, many motion within the space of about 5 months in the Red Chamber.


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