The Year 2013 has been filled with many projects and programs geared towards ensuring that the citizens of Amuwo Odofin continue to experience an outstanding impact of governance. At the beginning of my term in office, I pledge that my administration will ensure that the education of our youth remain an integral part of the LG’s agenda, to God be the glory that has not changed. We have not rescinded in participating in programs that involves the realization of our goals and visions that will impact on the lives of young people in our thriving community.

In 2013, one of our key goals was to ensure that the empowerment of our youths through concise programs that will stimulate their keen interest is achieved. In the light of this and after much research and deliberation, information technological education became the highlight of our goal. 

Looking at the continuous growth experienced in global technology and the wide spread of Internet users, it is paramount that the Nigerian youths are not left behind. 

Currently, Nigeria leads Africa in terms of the total numbers of Internet users. 

However, as we all know, the growth of information technology does not necessarily translate to acquired knowledge. According to World Economic Forum (WEF) report, African countries ranks among the worst performing in the world with regard to the ‘Networked Readiness Index’. The Networked Readiness Index, calculated by the WEF and global business school INSEAD, ranks 144 economies based on their “capacity to exploit the opportunities offered by the digital age.”

More so, it is vital that the Nigerian youth is continuously sensitized that the Internet is a powerful tool capable of changing their lives forever. 

Recently, Nick D’Aloisio, 17, developed the app, called Summly, while revising for his mock GCSEs in 2011. He sold this application to Yahoo Inc for $30 million.  

The world also has the likes of Mark Zuckerburg of Facebook, Jack Dorsey of Twitter, and Kevin Systrom of Instagram to mention a few. 

Nick’s story is one of the many success stories featured around the world about young tech giants. More so, using the ICT and the Internet as the right tool is what we must teach our young minds for strategic impact.

We as individuals and young people will do a great level of disservice to our country, Nigeria and the global village if we continue to use the Internet to perpetrate heinous cyber crime that destroy the image of Nigeria our country. 

The great, Nelson Mandela of blessed memory, said, and I quote; Education is the “most powerful tool, which you can use to change the world.”


As part of this administration’s commitment to advanced education, it entered into partnership and signed a memorandum of understanding with a world leading information technological giant, NIIT( Global Talent Development Corporation) to train and certify 200 of our teeming youths on four approved ICT Empowerment courses of choice. These courses include 

  • Management Information System (MIS)
  • Microsoft Office 2010 (Office Productivity)
  • Network A+(Hardware and Networking)
  • Multi Media (Graphic Design)

We however want to state that to qualify for this laudable programme; an individual will have to qualify and pass a standardized aptitude test.
The steps include:

STEP A- TO QUALIFY FOR THE APTITUDE TEST

1. Evidence of payment of applicable rates
2. Evidence of receipt from approved banks
3. Go to www.amuwo-odofin.gov.ng and click on the NIIT/AOLG Icon to login for registration. 
4. Fill the registration form with course of interest and submit
5. A confirmation email will be sent immediately to the supplied email address, which will include Test Date, Time, Designated Venue and Test Code.

STEP B- REQUIREMENT FOR ADMITTANCE INTO THE APTITUDE TEST

1. Original copy of your paid rate receipt
2. A printout of the confirmation email
3. National ID card, or valid identification

At the end of this program, we will have achieved our goal in positioning 200 young minds for a noteworthy future. We would have improved 200 lives, empowered 200 pacesetters and invested in 200 Amuwo Odofin youths for a greater Nigeria.

I look forward to this prestigious embankment. I wish you all the best as you prepare to qualify for this opportunity in a lifetime.

COMRADE AYODELE ADEWALE
EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN, AMUWO ODOFIN LOCAL GOVERNMENT