Over fifty youths of Akwa Ibom State trained by the state government on software development and visual design have been offered automatic employment in private companies in the state to reduce the rate of unemployment.
The state commissioner for science and technology, Prof. Nse Essien announced the absorption of 50 best trainees in Uyo on Monday during the graduation ceremony of the first batch of interns on software developers and visual designers training held at the ministry conference room.
According to the commissioner, “various private companies such as, vision development Romania, VConnect, Riiby, Mas.ng, Tanjalo life bank, jobberman and fibre have already given employment letters to the fifty best graduates, while a team of 5 other trainees have started their own company, it is our hope that many other software engineers will emerged from the next batch of the training coming up soon”.
He disclosed that out of 100 participants who made it to the last stage of the training, 50 excelled in their various training, hence their automatic employment by the private company.
He lauded governor Udom Emmanuel for the generous support toward the success of the training, and the team from Startup Hup Incubation for living up to expectation of the terms of agreement entered with the state government on the training.
The Chief Executive Officer, (CEO) of Hotel Booking limited, Mr Mark Essien, who partnered with the state government to organize the training said during the training, participants were able to work on real world projects, designed a new and innovative concept known as “The Human ATM”.
He explained that the Human ATM is a software tool that allows people to become mobile ATM, adding that with such software, people in the remote locations can send money to others electronically.
He announced that apart from 50 trainees engaged by software companies, the hotel booking has also employed twelve of the trainees to work on its android application and the new project called “Hotel.africa”.
The manager of Sub Sahara Africa at Google, Mr Aniedi Udobong, who was also the programme manager during the training, observed that with such training, youths in Akwa Ibom State and Nigeria at large will not fold arms and wait for limited white-collar jobs again