Written by Godfrey AKON

FG confident of ICT breakthrough in colleges

The Federal Government is seizing every available opportunity in Information, Communication Technology, ICT, to produce a new crop of college students who will proffer solutions to the nation’s peculiar needs.

Permanent Secretary, Federal ministry of Education, Arc. Sonny Echono, said in a statement by the Director of Press, Mrs Priscila Ihouma, that the government was targeting CISCO programmes in the colleges to realise the noble objective.

The statement said Echono spoke at a Workshop organized by the Department of ICT, Federal Ministry of Education in Abuja to create awareness for Principals and Heads of ICT Department of the Federal Unity Colleges where Cisco Networking Academy Programmes are to be established.

The perm sec further stated that the programme was put in place by the Ministry to create career opportunities and entrepreneurial skills for students, and targeting the teeming unemployed youths and skills gap syndromes in the country.

Represented by Mr. Ifegwu Oji, Director ICT, the Permanent Secretary recognized education as the bedrock of any developed nation which requires the inclusion of ICT in its educational system, emphasizing that the Ministry will leverage modern technologies to optimize teaching, learning and administration.

Earlier, the Manager of Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR, Mr. Imoh Akpan in his presentation identified the education sector as a key area his company can use to make immense impact in the country and solicited collaboration and team work from the government.

He said that the need to impart entrepreneurial skills and create a world of opportunities required for students after the school leaving year, gave rise to the establishment of Cisco Networking Academy Programme within all the Federal Unity Colleges in the country.

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