By Kate Ebere with Agency Reports
“No fewer than 500 students in Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State are to be trained on computer appreciation by members of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, reports News Agency of Nigeria reports.”
According to the report, “the training is to effectively prepare the students for the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, Computer Based Tests (CBT) currently deployed for Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations, UTME.”
“The NYSC State Coordinator, Mr. Stephen Dewan disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN in Enugu after a meeting with a member of the House of Representatives, Chief Toby Okechukwu.” says the report.
The report explains that “Okechukwu represents Aninri/Awgu/Oji River Federal Constituency in the National Assembly. Dewan said that the move was in line with the Community Development Service (CDS) of the scheme aimed at addressing the felt needs of host communities.”
“The NYSC had discovered that there were no computer training centres in the area, a situation he said would affect the performance of students participating in such examinations.
The state coordinator said that it had become necessary to make intervention considering recent innovations introduced by the regulators of such examinations.” It added.
“In the course of the CDS of the corps members, they are expected to contribute to the felt needs of their host communities. We discovered there are no computer training centres in the local government area.
“As a deliberate policy to address this need, we are arranging corps members to train prospective SSCE and UTME candidates,” he said.
“He said that no fewer than 500 prospective candidates are targeted for a pilot
Dewan appealed to the people of the area, particularly the prospective phase of the training which would also offer them opportunities to learn other computer-based activities.” NAN also reports.
The News medium says “they had extracted the commitment of the lawmaker to provide the logistics for the training including computer sets. tertiary institutions applicants to take advantage of the intervention to improve their knowledge on computer.”
According to the report, “Okechukwu said he would fully support the mentorship training for the benefit of his constituents. The lawmaker also said he had earlier donated some computer sets to various primary and secondary schools in the constituency. He said the partnership with the NYSC would increase the scope of such deliverables to ensure a smooth takeoff of the training.”
in the report, he equally explained that “the training would be carried out in clusters, adding that one of centres would be cited at the newly constructed Awgu Civic Center, one of his constituency projects.”
“Our expectation is that the corps members will continue to do well in our communities and to have relaxed moments,” Okechukwu maintained.