The Edo State Skills Development Agency (EdoJobs) has graduated another batch of 50 youths drawn from the three senatorial districts of the state on data science and artificial intelligence in furtherance of the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration’s technology innovation drive.
Managing Director, EdoJobs, Mrs. Ukinebo Dare, who disclosed this in a chat with journalists in Benin City, said the training programmes are targeted at equipping youths with the right skillset to build careers in Nigeria’s burgeoning technology scene.
According to her, the training created opportunities for more young people to gain sellable skills that would make them stand out as entrepreneurs or employable youths.
She said EdoJobs has continued to lead extensive skills development programmes across the state, which contributes significantly to the over 156,000 jobs created by the Obaseki-led government, adding that Edo State has leveraged on human capacity building in creating the skilled manpower required to drive its industrialisation plans.
She noted, “We are confident that these trainings will equip our youths with skills and expertise to pursue careers in science and technology while providing them with the needed insight to thrive in the ICT-dominated digital world.”
Some beneficiaries, who spoke to journalists, commended the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration for the initiative that has continued to touch lives, create jobs and improve the standard of living of the people.
According to Osara Oseremen Sandra, “This kind of practical training on data science and artificial intelligence is quite expensive to enroll but here today I am a graduate at no cost. I thank the governor and his team for their efforts at improving the lives of Edo youths through skills development and job creation.
“As a graduate of petroleum engineering, I can now conveniently gather and analyse data gotten from the petroleum industry, either the production, reservoir, or well data to bring up artificial intelligence for use in the oil and gas industry. We were taught how to apply data science to different fields; analyse and visualize data for easy interpretation, as well as solve problems using data science. I am so proud to be a part of this”
Aguele Victory osadebamen, from Esan South East Local Government Area, said the training has further exposed her to increasing business efficiency using data.
She however, commended the governor for his people-oriented policies, noting that knowledge in ICT was necessary for every youth to remain relevant in the labour market.
Source: Edo State Government