FG and Halogen will train 40,000 young people in cybersecurity
Meanwhile, Halogen Group, one of Nigeria’s security risk companies, has announced partnerships with the Federal Ministry of Youth Development and Sports and the Nigerian Army (NA).
The partnership with the ministry aims to train at least 40,000 young people in the country in cybersecurity and further encourage youth participation in solving the myriad of cybersecurity challenges in Nigeria.
Halogen Academy’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), Dr Wale Adeagbomade, revealed this to The Daily Trust on Tuesday.
Adeagbo signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on behalf of his company, while Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare, who was represented by Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Ismaila Abubakar, signed on behalf of the ministry.
Dare, when signing the agreement, said the training program was very important and timely, especially as Nigeria now had a growing population of young people ready to offer a wide range of talent in technology. information and communication (ICT) who could be trained to use, develop and pilot technological advances for the good of the country.
He added that the program comes at a time in “our national life when the government must provide the impetus to empower young Nigerians to be self-reliant.”
According to him, “cybersecurity, with artificial intelligence (AI) and data analysis, now offers great career opportunities for professionals. Stricter regulations will lead to increased demand for cybersecurity professionals in Nigeria.
Adeagbo noted that the free training was the first phase of the partnership.
He added that “Halogen is once again thrilled to be at the forefront of a project that will change stories of youth development into remarkable storytelling. After training, 25% of participants will complete certification programs which will also be co-sponsored by the ministry and Halogen. Internship opportunities will be offered to young people who participate in the certification program.
Likewise, he said that Halogen has also signed another MoU with the Nigerian Army Resource Center on capacity building of private security professionals in the country.
He said, “This agreement is a huge achievement for us as it is the first time the center will form a partnership with a private security organization on capacity development.”
Adeagbo said the partnership will help boost the capacity development of private and public sector security professionals in the country.