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Programos takes SiDO to elderly, 200 youths

Programos Software Group has taken Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to the elderly in the country beginning with 50 of them resident in Somolu Local Government Area of Lagos State, through deployment of Software implementation, Development and Outsourcing (SiDO).

Disclosing this, the group chief executive officer, Programos Software Group, Mr. Emmanuel Amos said that apart from the 50 elderly to benefit from the pilot project would include about 200 youths also from Somolu LGA.

Mr. Amos said that the chairman of Somolu LGA, Hon. Gbolahan Bayo-Stowe, hosted the beneficiaries through the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative, Programos Foundation.

Also, he said that SiDO pilot would continue in public schools within the Onigbongbo Local Council Development Authority (LCDA) and Oshodi-Isolo Local Governemnt Area (LGA).

As said by him, this would soon be followed by movement of the project to Eastern, and Northern parts of the country before end of year.

He explained that Programos Foundation is a new Initiative aimed at empowering millions of African graduates from diverse disciplines in Industrial Software Development capabilities for the Business-Process-Outsourcing (BPO) industry.

Established in 2011, Amos said, Programos Foundation, is a not-for-profit and non-governmental organization that takes into consideration need to advocate for free and highly subsidized information-technology-enabled-services entrepreneurship education among growing unemployed graduates from the tertiary institutions.

“It is an advocate, educator, catalyst and facilitator, promoting the wise use of knowledge economy endowments for sustainable enterprise development, entrepreneurship development for our graduate and undergraduate youths and institutional effectiveness,” he said.

The foundation, he further said, intends collaboration with several partners both in and outside the shores of Nigeria.

Some of these, Amos said, include the United Nations (UN) entities like the UN Global Alliance for ICT Development, UN-GAID, and World Summit on Information Society (WISIS).

Additionally, he said, that the foundation would work with international organizations like the African Union (AU), national governments, non-governmental organizations, business, industry, the media and civil society groups not limited to Information Technology (Industry) Association of Nigeria (ITAN), Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), Computer Professional Registration Council (CPN), National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) to name a few.

Remmy Nweke
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