Story: Rahamatu-Lahi Zakaria || Sanatu Zambang
Northern Innovation Lab (NIL) is set to host a digital job fair in Walewale in the North East Region on the 7th of September, 2021 at the Walewale Conference Hall on the theme ‘’ ’Building Resilient Creative for the job market’’.
The event which is in partnership with Ghana tech Lab is meant to connect the region’s potential employees and young talents.
For the past two years since its inception, NIL has train the youth in the region on digital technology and how they can use technology to solve community problems while also creating jobs for themselves and others in their localities.
Other partners include the MasterCard Foundation, Young Africa Works, World Bank and the Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation Ghana.
On Thursday, December 3, the Northern Innovation Lab held their first-ever Job Fair in Walewale in the Northeast region. The Job Fair brought together stakeholders in different sectors of the economy.
It consisted of both employers and job seekers in the public and private sectors. This platform gives job seekers the opportunity to learn how to position themselves for the job market, by interacting directly with employers.
It also provided space for companies and other institutions to interact and discuss at length, ways by which the private and public sector businesses can work in synergy towards the overall development of the country.
“Metrics of exhibitors and interactive sessions signaled that the event went well”Samuel Bako Prince Jnr, Co – Founder and CEO of Northern Innovation Lab
A participant, Patience said coming to the event was a big deal. She was hopeful to at least get a job opportunity. She thanked the organizers for putting up such an event and for her to meet people from different spheres of life.
Speaking to Sanatu Zambang’s Abdul Raafi, an intern with the Northern Innovation Lab shared her experience being with the organization and how it has been a learning space for her.
She highlighted how the fast growth of digital technology is affecting every aspect of the economy. This, she cited the health sector as an example and how digital technology will help her as a health worker.
As the testimonies keep pouring, Mutawakil, a young student who passed through one of the Digital Skills training of the Northern Innovation Lab said how he had to fight to pursue the course.
He shared how he turned down two respective admissions from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He said his parents have always wanted him to pursue his education, but he was not sure about the path to take.
Mutawakil has finally realized his life’s purpose embedded in Digital Technology and he hopes to reap the very benefit from it.
The atmosphere at the Job Fair was exciting and participants felt the impact. The organizers were equally very happy about the turnout.
Northern Innovation Lab is a registered business and technology consultancy hub located in the newly created North-East Region of Ghana, with its primary base of operations in West Mamprusi Municipal Assembly-Walewale.