By Stellamaris Ashinze
KAS Prints on Monday called on youths across the country to apply for the KP2 programme so as to be digital prints entrepreneurs.
Mr Ademola Kasumu, Chief Executive Officer, KAS Prints made the call in an interview in with the news Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
Kasumu said that KP2 was a sophisticated programme that would alleviate the problem of joblessness in Nigeria and it is going to help contribute to the development of our youths.
According to him, KAS Prints was creating the KP2 programme to encourage youths with the capability and no financial strength to purchase the equipment.
He said that KAS Prints would design a hub for the youths and create avenue for free computers to use and be able to do their job 24 hours seven days.
The CEO said that as a member of KP2 programme, it would provide the opportunity of quality printing of international standards.
“We all know that digital printing is the future of the industry and I think we better start working into the future now.
“Youths in Nigeria, apply for the KP2 programme, we are not charging you a dime, it is for free.
“I can assure you of the take off of the KP2, we have instant employment of 1,000 youths
“Those to be selected would be brushed up and once fully integrated into the KP2 programme would become their own bosses,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has commended KAS Prints for creating jobs for 1,000 unemployed youths spread across the six geopolitical zones of the country.
The Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, SAN, said that the job creation by KAS Print was in line with the Federal government vision of job creation, especially in technology.
He said that it was an opportunity for youths also to acquire digital technology skills which was the trend and the future of the economy.
“Let me say how excited I am about this event, we view this event as an avenue for which many of our teeming youths can acquire digital technology, digital printing and become self-employed.
“The Federal Government is positive that the only way we can address the problem of unemployment is to make our youths acquire skills.
“The skills by which they can build and feed their homes, establish macro small enterprise, employ more youths and as a result of that create jobs and reduce the unemployment.
“This project is important to us because the youths who will acquire the skills will be empowered and contribute to the economy.
“I understand that this wonderful technology was launched since 2015, somewhere in the world and it took four years to get to Nigeria,’’ the minister said.
He, however, urged Canon to always consider launching its products in Nigeria first as the marker was available.
He added that those who acquired skills on digital printing were acquiring their pension.
Mr Yuichi Ishizuka, President Canon Europe, Middle East and Africa, said that the digital printing was one of the biggest businesses in the county
He said it was also a privilege to make a big contribution to the growth of the country through the employment of 1,000 youths.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that KP2 partnership programme is a programme put together by KAS Prints in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment.
KAS in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment has unveiled the Revolutionary Canon 1000vp Digital Prints Equipment and KP2 Partnership programme for printers, Graphic Artists, Print Entrepreneurs among others.