Lagos | Nigeria: In continuation of its commitment to empowering the youth in Nigeria, MTN Foundation recently concluded Phase 2 of its ICT and business skills training in Kano, having successfully trained 500 young people in Ibadan in Phase 1. The training is an initiative of MTN Foundation and executed in collaboration with its ecosystem partners – KPMG, Oracle, DBI (Digital Bridge Institute), IBM, and the Nigerian Ministry of Communication. Experts from these ecosystem partners trained 500 students over the course of two days, exposing them to various digital tools that can be maximised for personal growth and business development.

The free training is wholly in line with the objectives of the Foundation, and its goal to improve individual and communal lives through social investment projects that nurture people’s inherent abilities, and equip them for the future.

Present at the opening event include representative of the Governor of Kano State, Mr. Bashir Mustapha Barwa; SSA to the Governor of Kano State on Student Affairs, Mr. Ado Garba Tati and representative of the Emir of Kano Alhaji Mijtaba Abu Abba. They were all unanimous in their commendation for MTN Foundation and its ecosystem partners for empowering and equipping Kano youth to navigate an ever-changing world.

Commenting on the training, Executive Secretary of the MTN Foundation, Nonny Ugboma stated, “We are excited about the myriads of possibilities that this training avail the recipients. Technology is the future and we will continue to search for more creative and ingenious ways to improve the skills of our youth to properly prepare them for this future.”

Highlighting the benefits of the training, the participants praised MTN Foundation for exposing them to latest innovations in the digital space and empowering them to become successful entrepreneurs in their various fields of endeavour.

Since inception, MTN Foundation, which is the social investment vehicle of MTN Nigeria, has impacted millions of lives through various initiatives across the country such as What Can We Do Together campaign; scholarships to students in science & technology related courses and the visually impaired; as well as promotion of numerous arts and culture.

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