The Zaufanjimba Foundation (ZF), a non-governmental organisation (NGO) based in Borno state has today graduated 89 youths who were trained on various computer-related skills.
The graduated 89 youth are part of the over 1,200 youths that were so far trained by the ZF.
The founder of the foundation, who is also the state’s commissioner for finance, Adamu Lawan, said the graduation was “the second in the series of the Foundations effort towards breaking the barriers of ICT opportunities for youths.”
Mr Lawan said his foundation’s “choice of investing in ICT skill development of the teeming unemployed and unskilled youth population in our state is hinged on the fact that youth constitute 17% of the world population and 40% of the world’s unemployed.”
He said his foundation considers the “creation of youth economic opportunities like the one we have been doing as key pull factors for youth migration, drug addiction and recruitment into all sort of social vices and terrorism.”
The CEO of ZF foundation said the new set of graduands consist 89 Diploma certificate holders out of the 157 that secured the admission.
“Twenty-seven (27) of the graduands are trained in Diploma in computer appreciation, while 45 of them trained in web design and development.
“In total, since the beginning of the Diploma computer training program last year, we have trained about 1489 graduands and we are still counting.
Four of the students who came out as best graduating trainees got cash rewards of N50,000 each, and an offer to pay their tuitions for the remaining years of their undergraduate program.
Various speakers at the event, including the Borno state Commissioner for Higher Education, urged the graduands to make good use of their newly acquired skills, as computer rules the world.
The best students are Bukar Mustafa; Hafsa Muhammed Maulud; and Aisha Gunda.
One of the graduands, Fatima Ismail, excited the crowd when she presented a poem, titled The Price of Humanity in honour of the founder ZF.