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Major smartphone companies to set up plants in Nigeria, says Sylvia

The Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylvia, says some major International Smartphone industries have indicated interest to establish assembly plants in country, as part of an agreement reached to boost Local Content Development.

He made this disclosure during the graduation ceremony of 1000 young Nigerians trained in the area of GSM phone repairs, maintenance, software and hardware specialization.

Sylvia stated that the training of the Youth was carried out by his Ministry under a local content development scheme.

According to him, out of the 1000 Youths, 600 have fully graduated, the remaining 400 are expected to graduate before January 1st 2021.

He further disclosed that already 2800 Youths drawn from Yobe, Bauchi and Cross River States, have been trained as Smartphone repairs and technicians.

The Minister who spoke vie Zoom at the programme, added that Nigeria has the highest GSM market in the whole of African countries.

He noted that GSM is not luxury but essential commodities, therefore the training of the Youth was geared at boosting the nation economy and local content development.

Also, speaking at the occasion, Nasiru Ali Ahmad, a member of House Representatives from Nassarawa Federal constituency, Kano, who co-funded the training, explained that the training of the Youths was part of his zeal in ensuring that the redundant Youths are fully engaged economically.

Ahmad revealed that another set of 5000 Youths are to be trained in 2021, adding all those that have graduated are provided with Shops, Tools and other needed things to startup their Businesses.

In the same vein, Aminu Ado Bayero, emir of Kano, cautioned the trained Youths against using their acquired Skills in devious activities like Hacking and Yahoo Yahoo, saying doing so will turned their chance tragedy Comedy

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