Oyo State Government Partners Google To Train 30,000 Students On ICT.

The 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.


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Kaduna partners Vodacom in use of ICT for health, education.

The Kaduna State Government and telecoms giant, Vodacom, on Monday announced an ICT for development initiative.

The goal of this partnership is to support mass service delivery in healthcare, education and agriculture through the deployment of tailored ICT solutions to promote greater efficiency in each sector.

The new partnership was unveiled in Kaduna on Monday at a joint press briefing by Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, and Vuyani Jarana, chairman of Vodacom Business Nigeria.

Already, the first programme under the ICT for development initiative is being implemented in the public health system of Kaduna State.

Known as, ‘SMS for Life 2.0’, it is a mobile technology-based healthcare program in Kaduna State which aims to improve the delivery of healthcare for citizens who access public health services as well as increase the availability of chronic or essential medication by monitoring drug stock levels.

Vodacom is the technology partner for the initiative, which is a public-private partnership with Novartis and the Kaduna State Ministry of Health. Over 250 public health facilities are now using the platform.

Mr. El-Rufai welcomed the progressive evolution of the partnership with Vodacom.

“The Kaduna State Government is delighted to apply technology to advance governance and the delivery of public services. Working with Vodacom, we seek to further enhance service delivery, improve data collection and strengthen accountability,” he said.

The partnership will also deploy Vodacom technology for mobile school management in Kaduna State, with facilities for real-time visibility of all management activities at schools.

A school feeding programme module allows the state to monitor feeding programmes in schools to ensure that pupils on the programmes receive quality meals. The district office has access to real time reports on teacher and learner data through the application. The solution, which uses mobile phone and tablet technology, will be implemented in 4000 schools across the state.

Mr. Jarana praised the efforts of the El-Rufai government in Kaduna.

“I have just finished a very transformational session with the governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai. We discussed how we can work with the Kaduna State to transform healthcare delivery, education management and agriculture using technology.

“We have already deployed healthcare solutions in 255 primary healthcare facilities, we will be implementing school management solution in 4000 schools in Kaduna.

“The leadership of the Kaduna state has clear objectives for the agriculture sector and understands the exponential effect of deploying ICT alongside other initiatives. Soon the rest of Africa will come to Kaduna to learn how a great vision is translated into reality, how strategy is turned into action to deliver mass social progress. We will walk side by side with the leadership of Kaduna.”

Expert urges FG to pay more attention to ICT in 2017 Budget.

Mr Femi Efunsanya, Chief Executive Officer, MDOT Solution on Friday urged the Federal Government to give more priority to Information Communication Technology (ICT) sector in 2017 budget.

Efunsanya made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

He also called for the formulation of good policy that would create an enabling environment for ICT entrepreneurs and attract foreign investors in the country.

“Nigeria is currently planning to diversify from oil to another sector.

“I think the ICT sector is capable of improving the economy if government can make it viable for investment.

“As Nigeria is facing recession, ICT can bring different kinds of innovation that can be useful to reviving the economy,” Efunsanya said.

According to him, a country like India has also experienced the same economic hardship and it made their ICT sector viable through policies that would encourage their start-ups to be more innovative.

Efunsanya said that a lot of e-commerce had been established and. most of them were yielding positive results in terms of efficiency.

“E-commerce has become a patronised system of acquiring goods in the country now and it has generated a lot of jobs.

“Government needs to give more priority to that sector because Nigeria has brilliant people who can be innovative.

“If the ICT is given the necessary attention, it is capable of generating internal revenue like oil for the country,” he said

Efunsanya said that the challenge faced by start-up and Small and Medium enterprises (SME’s) were numerous, both internally and externally such as infrastructures, power, and lack of finance, among others.

He appealed to the government to create more technology hub for start-ups for technologists to bring more innovations just like the advanced countries.

Nigeria In Relation With Chinese Firm To Train 2,000 Young Nigerians On ICT

The federal government on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with leading Chinese technology firm, Huawei, to train 2000 young Nigerians on Information and Communication Technology, ICT.

The MOU provides 2,000 Information and Communication Technology, ICT trainee jobs to young Nigerians next year under the “Huawei’s Seeds for the Future programme.”

“ICT is one of the quickest ways people can get decent jobs, so we think this is absolutely important.

“In the change agenda, how to grow the economy is important, and we want to create ICT hubs and support existing ones. We thank Huawei for this initiative of advancing technology in Nigeria, apart from the job creation itself,” said Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Observing the current poor rating of Nigeria in the global rankings of business environments, the Mr. Osinbajo said that the president had already given the task of addressing the challenges of doing business in the country to the minister of Trade, Industry & Investment Minister.

The Vice President said the relationship between Nigeria and China was a strategic one, urging Chinese investors and business leaders to consider Nigeria for manufacturing plants.

He said the Chinese investors “should encourage not just the selling, but also the manufacturing of products in Nigeria.”

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FG, Lagos Trains 1000 Unemployed Youths On ICT

The Federal Ministry of Communication Technology, in collaboration with the Lagos State Ministry of Science and Technology, and the Rockefeller Foundation has trained about 1000 unemployed youths in Lagos State on IT Digital Entrepreneurship Skills.

A statement signed by Mr. Olufemi Odubiyi, Lagos State Commissioner for Science and Technology, in Lagos on Tuesday urged the youths to utilise the privilege to become self-employed by improving their skills and become fully committed to micro-working.

According to the statement, the workshop should not be seen as mere propaganda, but a commitment from government to curb unemployment, urging the participants to get the best out of the workshop, by joining in the new phase of work and moving online.

It noted that the commissioner appealed to the participants, who were drawn from all over the state, to ensure that they internalized the new opportunity offered them to become employers of labour.

“The training session which was held in five batches of 200 participants each, was meant for Ordinary National Diploma (OND) graduates with basic computer knowledge on how to expand their knowledge about online work, which will serve as a source of income for the job seekers,’’ it said.

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