On the 1st of September, 2017, Mark Essien’s Hotels.ng and the Akwa Ibom State government through the Ministry of Science and Technology came together to give boost to tech eco-system in the State through a Master Class Internship Program for Developers.
On Tuesday, both collaborators gathered industry stakeholders and the media to give a midterm report of the programme which had 2,050 Akwa Ibom youths partake in a software development internship aimed at arming with the skills required to thrive as freelancers in the industry and to provide an opportunity for young people in the state to plug into global trends.
The Commissioner for Science and Technology, Dr Nse Essien in his remark on behalf of the government expressed happiness that the programme was going on as planned in quality and participation.
He said, “If you could recall, we started Web Development training for Akwa lbom Youth precisely on the 1st of September, 2017. We have gone half way by today 24th October, 2017. November 16, 2017 will mark the end of the training earmarked to last for three months. After one month and 24 days of intensive training, I am happy to inform you all that the training started with 2,050 trainees and as at today, 100 trainees are still in the programme while 1,950 have been dropped. By the programme design, the remaining trainees will continue until the end of the program.”
In his remarks, the Chief Executive Officer of Hotel Booking Limited, Mr. Mark Essien, thanked the state Governor and said the initiative by the State Government was apt.
He further charged the participants, saying “We have achieved the goals that we set out to achieve, what we set out to do in Akwa Ibom would not have been possible if we did not have the support of the state government. We started with over 2000 people and we are down with 100 people now. Our selection process was very fair and by merit. Of the 100 that have made it through, I can say are great software engineers. I can vouch for these ones with my name; that given the right job and right opportunity, can become the best in the country.”
The next general internship will be announced in December 2017.