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Go beyond PC assembling plants, Imoukhuede urges local investors



The Senior Special Adviser (SSA) to the Vice President on Job Creation and Employment, Mr. Afolabi Imoukhuede, has called on the increasing number of locally Personal Computer (PC) assembling plants to go fully into manufacturing, reports ITRealms.

Imoukhuede made this call while addressing participants at the PC Adoption initiative put together by Intel and partners, namely Dell, Microsoft, RLG, Lenovo, Zinox, Airtel, Asus and Diamond Bank among others.

According to him, going into full manufacturing by the existing assembling plants would definitely create more jobs for Nigerians, especially the youths.

He also said, those who are out of jobs are not out of jobs because there is no job, but the employable skills is lacking and it’s key.

As a country, he said, if Nigerians must be globally competitive they must be globally competent to balance the equation of employability.

Technology, he said, plays that enabling role in this scheme, stressing that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is seen as a sector but not that it will create all the jobs that Nigeria needs, but facilitates the job creation.

"We must deepen and increase our internet penetration. You cannot have internet revolution without deepening the internet access," he said.

Imoukhuede further said that Nigerians need to get computers very affordable, therefore, a commodity.

It is not all about growing the profit of the market but partners he said must go beyond that, promising that the Federal Government intends to strengthen the policies to encourage local investor.

He asserted that as a country, Nigeria must go beyond assembling to manufacturing and extending the reach of ICT to other sectors of the economy like agriculture and construction.
 
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