Digital Economy: Ogun Govt, International Partners To Engage 100,000 SMSEs, Youths

Poised to upscale businesses for development and prosperity, Ogun State Government, through GetFundedAfrica Technologies (GFAT), in partnership with Microsoft, Google and Meta, is set to train 100,000 Small Medium Scale Enterprises (SMSEs), especially youths on emerging technologies, towards attaining the peak in digital economy.

Delivering a keynote address virtually, during the official launch of the training at OgunTechHub, Abeokuta, tagged, “Gateway Skills Programme”, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Cyber Security, Senator Shuaib Salisu, said the empowerment would be an opportunity for SMSEs and youths who want to be self-reliant, get equipped with relevant technology skills enabling them upgrade to digital marketing.

Senator Salisu, who expressed optimism that the programme would revive the economic situation in Nigeria, said the state has the potentials to drive the programme in achieving desired goal.

Also speaking, Special Adviser on ICT, Mr. Dayo Abiodun, said the partnership with Microsoft, Google and others was a deliberate attempt by the state government to expose small business owners, as well as young graduates to hidden benefits of digital economy, calling on beneficiaries to register through ,get trained, certified and start working immediately, among other opportunities.

On his part, the Co-Founder, GFAT, Mr. Adebowale Omololu, explained that the programme was designed for SMSEs and young graduates in Ogun, to be the first beneficiaries before other states, giving them necessary support to develop carriers in ICT, access finance and mentorship to grow their businesses, noting that digital economy is a pathway for thriving entrepreneurship.

According to him, ‘’We chose Ogun State first among others because of the business-friendly atmosphere created by Prince Dapo Abiodun. So, a portal will be opened for interested SMSEs to register; we will take them through different training sessions, upscale their products and services to a tech community and help them to access grants from *international* and local partners. Also, job seekers will have direct or indirect opportunities, thereby promoting digital marketing that will in the long run, boost revenue and position Ogun State on high pedestal”.

– Olayinka Ezema, Press Officer, BIT

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