ANAMBRA State Commissioner for Youth Empowerment and Creative Economy, Theresa Obiekezie has described smart jobs as a fast moving business trend for effective empowerment of teeming youths.
Adding that, global ICT business revolution must be explored for economic liberation of youths, especially those still wallowing in poverty, ignorance and android phones abuses.
The commissioner made the disclosure during a one-day Smart Jobs Enlightenment Campaign, organised by the ministry in conjunction with Anambra State Association of Town Unions (ASATU) Youth Wing.
She described the training programme held at Awka South Local Government Area Secretariat, Amawbia, as timely in the wake of joblessness and harsh economic realities.
Prof Obiekezie quickly added that the state government had initiated project smart jobs to lift over 5,000 youths out of poverty through the use of Android phones to transact businesses.
While reiterating government’s commitment to sustain various youth empowerment intervention programmes such as ” One Youth, One Skill “project, she encouraged the trainees to take the opportunity offered by the progammes, for self reliance.
Earlier, the Transition Committee Chairman, Awka South Local Government Area, Mr Leo Nwuba, said government introduced the programme to positively engage youths across the state.
He urged youths to desist from all forms of android phone abuses and key into the economic empowerment platform created to drive them into economic sustainability.
The Director, Project Smart Jobs, Mr Chidi Kanu, said the online based training was initiated in partnership with a firm, Consolidated Alliance, to enable youths to utilise ICT applications to earn a living.
He added that on successful completion of the programme, trainees would be empowered with customised websites in the areas of travel, hospitality and tourism to facilitate transactions in the comfort of their homes.
In an interview, Mr Emeka Okoyeozo, National Secretary of ASATU, Youth Wing, said the body was saddled with the responsibility of mobilising youths across the state for the programme.
He added that the grassroots-based body considered it proper to partner government to train and empower youths to fight unemployment and poverty.