If you are interested in learning how to develop software, you may be in luck, as the government has remembered you. 

The government says it is planning to engage 7,000 youths from across the country in software development programmes. 

Mr Afolabi Imoukhuede is the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Job Creation and Youth Empowerment, and he announced the plan which is part of the government's N-Power programme on Tuesday. 

At a Forum of the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja, Mr Imoukhuede said the programme would be introduced as part of the mandate of the scheme to economically empower the youth.

However, he did not give a date for the commencement of the programme. 

On other things that the government had done to empower the youth, he noted that no fewer than 50,000 Nigerian youth were already engaged in skills acquisition programmes in different parts of the country with additional 500,000 graduates engaged as volunteers in N-Agro, N-Teach and N-Health since 2016.

According to Imoukhuede, there is need for the country to begin to use technology or new thinking to solve some perennial challenges confronting the country.

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“We are to stimulate a lot in young people for them to begin to think out of the box or even imagine a no box at all and really bring up ideas,’’ he said.

Imoukhuede emphasised the need for the country to strengthen efforts toward unlocking the potential in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) through technological innovations.

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