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Computer Expert Decries High Digital Illiteracy Among Nigerian Youths

A computer expert and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Commit Technology and Consult Limited, Dr. Niran Oyekale has described digital illiteracy as a gap that needs to be covered.

Oyekale lamented that the assumption that the majority of Nigerians are digitally literate has led to people going out of their way to pick bits and pieces, which have created gaps in the ways computers are used.

Speaking at the convergence of Information, Computer and Technology (ICT) professionals at the 6th annual Information Technology Development Programme at the Bells University of Technology, Ota, Ogun state, added that, “Until an individual identifies the gap and work towards closing it that is when we can take the benefit that ICT has to offer.

Speaking at the two-day workshop tagged, “‘IT Diversity Perspectives For Global Impact”,  put together by the Ogun State chapter of the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) in partnership with Accenture Nigeria, he proffered that Nigeria and her teeming youthful population should latch on what technology can offer as the only way to bridge digital gaps.

According to him, “Until an individual identifies the gap and work towards closing it that is when we can take the benefit that ICT has to offer.

He disclosed that, “In the last three years, I put to test 75,000 young Nigerians across the country in various fields, only five people passed. Even the best and first class graduate in Computer science failed the basic computer competency test. This has affected the basic value chain”.

Oyekale stated further that there was a need for Nigeria to re-think education in the sense of overhauling the basic school curriculum, so that Nigeria can move forward.

He added, “Nigeria needs an intervention through the IC3 spark, which could also be a fire brigade approach to equip students from the fundamentals. How many teachers are computer compliant? It is a worrisome thing and if we don’t get it right now, it may be difficult to forge ahead”

Source – Daily Independent

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