By Martin Nwoko

It has been revealed that about 500 youths in Imo State are currently undergoing a three (3) months internship on Information Communications Technology (ICT) and software developing courses, courtesy of the state government led by Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha in partnership with a technology group, “Tech Startup Hotels Nigeria (HNG).

The participants who were drawn through a transparent and online registration process would be issued an International recognized certificate and various prizes at the end of the programme.

Speaking to Newsmen on the programme, the state Commissioner for Technology Development, Nze Meekam Mgbenwelu, said, it is part of the state government’s effort to boost the development of Information Technology Eco-system in the state.

According to him, efforts are also in place to digitalize the state and to provide at least 10,000 employment opportunities, for the teeming youths in the area of ICT.

He said, “the Imo State government under the leadership of His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, is poised to boost the development of a Technology Eco-system in the state with free computer coding in partnership with the Tech Startup Hotels Nigeria (HNG).

The Governor is also committed to creating a world class digital economy for Imo State and Software Developers have a crucial role to play. Our target is to provide 10, 000 jobs for Imolites, through the platform”.

Mgbenwelu continued, “the internship which is one of the biggest suppliers of Tech talent, provides sons and daughters of Imo State, an opportunity to gain skills for the 21st century workforce”.

“The internship is brought to Imolites with support from the Imo State government, through the Ministries of Technology Development and Youth and Social Development. Over 500 Imolites are currently on the programme”.