The United States Government Exchange Alumni Association (USGEAA), Rivers state chapter, in partnership with Rivers ICT Department, has empowered 21 girls with digital skills in Port-Harcourt.
The digital skills training project was funded by the US Mission in Nigeria and implemented by the state chapter of USGEAA.
The recipients of the empowerment went through a six-week training to acquire various digital skills, including front-end web development, digital marketing, digital lifestyle, graphic design, and more.
Speaking at the occasion, the President of the Association, Prof. Edward Ezedike, expressed gratitude to the U.S. Mission and appealed to the state government to support the project in the future.
Prof Ezedike advised the beneficiaries to maximise the opportunity given to them by ensuring that it translated into financial uplift for them and their loved ones.
Also, the General Secretary of the association, Dr Kingdom Nwanyanwu, advised the beneficiaries to leverage the project to change the narrative in the Niger-Delta.
Dr Nwanyanwu encouraged them to develop themselves so as to have a competitive advantage in the face of numerous, yet highly competitive, international opportunities.
On her part, the association’s Vice-President, Prof. Ijeoma Vincent-Akpu, called on the girls to remain focused, distinguish themselves, and always strive for excellence, as they had so much to offer.
The Head of Technical and Operations, ICT Department in Rivers state, Mr Austin Dimkpa, congratulated the girls and their families, even as he expressed satisfaction with their conduct and commitment throughout the duration of the training.
Mr Dimkpa further thanked USGEAA in the state and called for future collaborative engagements for the benefit of the youth.
USGEAA is an umbrella body of all Nigerian recipients of the United States Government-sponsored exchange programmes.
The body serves as a rallying point for accomplished academics and technocrats and also provides a viable platform for harnessing their resourcefulness for a more virile society in partnership with the United States Embassy and the Consulate in Nigeria.