July 19, 2024

Dr Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia

In a bold move aimed at addressing the pressing issue of youth unemployment, Vice President and New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has unveiled plans to train over one million Ghanaian youths in Information Technology (IT) and software development.

The announcement came during Dr. Bawumia’s keynote address on February 7, 2024, titled “Ghana’s Next Chapter: Selfless Leadership and Bold Solutions for the Future,” held at the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA).

Expressing his vision for Ghana’s digital transformation, Dr. Bawumia emphasized the importance of nurturing digital talent to meet the demands of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. He highlighted the need to equip Ghanaian youths with essential digital and software skills to thrive in the rapidly evolving global economy.

“We must build the digital talent required for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This entails providing digital and software skills to hundreds of thousands of youths across the country,” stated Dr. Bawumia during his address.

Central to the initiative is a collaboration between the government and the private sector to train a minimum of one million youths in IT skills, including software development. This ambitious endeavor aims to create job opportunities both locally and on the international stage.

Dr. Bawumia underscored the significance of empowering the youth, including school dropouts, through targeted skill development programs. By equipping them with valuable IT skills, the initiative seeks to unlock their potential and provide pathways to meaningful employment opportunities.

The Vice President’s announcement has generated widespread anticipation and optimism among stakeholders, with many praising the initiative’s potential to address the pressing issue of youth unemployment. The collaborative approach between the government and the private sector has been hailed as a strategic step towards harnessing Ghana’s digital potential and driving economic growth.

As the nation looks towards the future, Dr. Bawumia’s commitment to empowering Ghanaian youth through IT training represents a significant stride towards building a skilled workforce capable of driving innovation and prosperity in the digital age.

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