Deputy Speaker, Lasun Empowers 150 Youths In ICT Training

Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honorable Yusuf Sulaimon Lasun,

The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honorable Yusuf Sulaimon Lasun, has distributed about 150 laptops and printers to people of his constituency in Osogbo. 

The items are for those who graduated from the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) training programme, to help enhance their skills in ICT.

He affirmed that without productive engagement of about 45million Nigerians, the country’s economy will remain stagnant .

The programme tagged: “ICT Training Programme on Desktop Publishing, National Information Technology and Development Agency”, was held for youths of Olorunda, Osogbo and Orolu Federal Constituency.

Hon. Yusuf presenting certificate to one of the ICT graduating student.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to the lawmaker, “Development of any nation largely predicates on the level of growth in its ICT.

“With nature of composition of the Nigerian nation-state, which is heterogeneous in content, more Nigerians need to acquire more skills and be productively engaged.

“Development encompasses growth in ICT, we need a knowledge based society to make our economy strong and viably sustainable.

“An individual who is educated with skills has the hope of a better future, and at the long run contributes immensely to the economy.

“I put up the programme to make every participant create an independent national economy, not in theory but in practical.

“By the scientific education acquired through the training, they would be able to contribute successfully to the construction of an independent national economy by the shortest possible route.

“With acquisition of this knowledge, I believe this has opened the way for the development of our national economy and set as the central task, the preparation of material and technical conditions to equip all sectors of the people’s economy with modern techniques.

“Knowledge is what is lacking in Nigeria, that makes life so difficult for many Nigerians, and you know, acquisition of knowledge is not limited to the four walls of classroom, you learn squarely”, Hon. Yusuf said.

The lawmaker who described ICT knowledge in any given society as inevitable, argued that any society that lacks it would be in perpetual retrogression in terms of self-reliance.

The Deputy Speaker, however, charged all and sundry not to regard learning of computer as something mysterious but master it to transform their immediate environments.

He stated that everyone must be brought up to be computer literate so they could become wizards and grow into invincible revolutionaries to overcome every difficulty and break through every bottleneck, fearing nothing technologically.

The lawmaker, therefore, charged youths in the country to be dynamic and computer literate, to be able to fit in to the current technological world of rapid development.

Google, Oyo Govt. To Train 30,000 Students On ICT

Google, Oyo Govt. To Train 30,000 Students On ICTThe Oyo State Government, has collaborated with Google to train 30,000 secondary school students on digital media across the 33 Local Government Areas and the 35 Local Development Council Areas (LCDAs) of the state.

The Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Toye Arulogun, said on Wednesday, that the initiative was in line with the OYSG Digital Advocacy Drive.

Consequently, he reiterated the vision of Governor Abiola Ajimobi to make Information and Communication Technology (ICT) the bedrock of learning.

He stated that the pilot sessions of the programme commenced on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at St. Patrick Grammar School, Basorun, Immanuel College, UI and Loyola College, Ibadan.

He also added that another round of sessions would hold on Thursday March 2, 2017 at Ibadan Grammar School, Molete, Ibadan, Oba Abass Alesiloye Secondary School, Eleyele and Lagelu Grammar School, Agugu, Ibadan.

Arulogun further stated that subsequent training of secondary school students will continue across eight zones of the state which include: Ibadan City, Oyo, Ogbomoso, Irepo, Saki, Kajola and Ibarapa after assessment and evaluation of the pilot sessions.

Meanwhile, the Special Adviser to Governor Ajimobi on ICT, Mr Niyi Ajao, in his remarks at the pilot session explained that the governor considered ICT as a prerequisite skill for students in an increasingly competitive digital economy.

He also noted that the office of the Special Adviser (ICT) and the Ministry of Education have identified centers for the training of the 30,000 secondary school students.

In a related development, Mr Arulogun said that digital technology has a lot of potentials and that the future of the country is bright with the increasing trend of internet connectivity.

The commissioner, while speaking at the launch of a free wireless service by Flobyt Nigeria in Lagos recently, had urged the founders of the initiative not to relent in their efforts to democratise internet usage in the country.

Solving Africa’s Challenges With Technology Tops Talks At Digital Summit

Experts in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Africa are in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, for the Innovation Africa Digital Summit, which opened on Tuesday, with talks centred on the transformation of the continent with digital technology.

The experts at the Summit gathered to fashion out ways of exploiting the numerous and untapped opportunities in the technology sector in the continent to ensure transformation, development and growth.

At the Summit, the experts expressed optimism that Africa’s underdevelopment and the numerous challenges such as insecurity, poverty and unemployment could be eliminated through digital technology.

They stressed that increased efforts must be made by governments and the private sector to develop the sector, as ICT innovations had become the major determinants of how citizens live and work as well as grow economically.

It is the 14th edition of the Innovation Africa Digital Summit and it is holding in Nigeria for the first time, with one major focus – how to induce organic growth in Africa by finding effective ways to harness the continent’s digital growth potentials.

Key players in the ICT sector from over 30 countries on the African continent are attending the summit and they are convinced that the dwindling oil prices should not affect Africa especially with the many opportunities that digital transformation presents.

The Managing Director of Galaxy Backbone, Yusuf Kazaure, was one of those that gave a speech at the Summit tagged the ‘Live Changing and Development Foundation for Africa’.

An integrated technology expert and the Managing Director of EMC, Nicholas Travers, told the Summit that the present innovations in the communication technology sector could set unprecedented paces in the continent.

But, according to the Chief Executive Officer of the Extensia, Tariq Malik, for Africa to take full advantage of the available opportunities, government and indeed the private sector must commit appropriate investment in the digital and communication sector.

More than oil and gas or any other sector, the Information and Communication Technology sector, when appropriately channelled and nurtured, could employ millions of Africans, at least 40 million in Nigeria, according to key players.

The experts on digital technology said it was high time Africa took charge of its technological advancement and channel it to the development of the continent and a better life for its people.