Ted Odogwu, Kano
State Oil Minister Timipre Sylva said on Monday that major international smartphone companies have concluded plans to set up an assembly plant in the country, as part of an agreement reached to boost local content development.
The minister said this in Cannes during the graduation ceremony of 1,000 young people trained in repair, maintenance, software and hardware equipment for GSM phones.
According to him, 1,000 young people have already graduated, while the remaining 400 are expected to graduate before January 1, 2021.
He also revealed that 2,800 young people, drawn from the states of Yobe, Bauchi and Cross River, have already been trained in smartphone and technology repairs.
The minister, who spoke through the Zoom conference, added that Nigeria had the highest GSM market in Africa.
In his remark, a member of the House of Representatives representing Nassarawa’s federal constituency, Kano, said training 1,000 youths on GSM phone repairs and software maintenance is part of his empowerment program.
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