West Africa’s ICT industry faces major threat unless This came out at a focused group discussion held by the Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (STEPRI) of Ghana last Wednesday as part of the LICOM project .
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This warning is coming on the heels of information according to published studies on institutional technology that less than 5% application of Information Communications Technology (ICT), is available in Nigerian institutions.
Dr Obaji gave this warning recently noted that that Universal Mandatory Information Technology Training, (UMITT) must be embraced by institutions of higher learning in Nigerian for the challenges ahead. She was optimistic that UMITT if well embraced by the Nigerian educational administrators and stakeholders will go a long way in preparing Nigerian youths for global competitiveness.
She expressed the belief that Nigerian students should be empowered with IT tools and knowledge noted that school curriculums need to be digitalized to enable the students to know the fundamentals. “Nigerian students should be able to sing the Nigerian National Anthem in a digital format. If you show a child the pictures of the past heroes in a short digital presentation every morning for instance, that child will grow with it” she said.
The university don who promoted the idea of one Laptop per child noted that the Nigerian youths and the children yet unborn will never forgive any administration that fails to create an enabling environment for IT education which has taken most countries of the world to the next level. In another development, the Ex-Minister of Education, Dr Chinwe Obaji from grass to grace has been appointed Distinguish Professor of International Education at the Voorhees College, United States of America beginning spring 2007 financial year.
The President of the College, Lee Monroe, in a letter dated 26th September, 2006 noted that with the assistance of Obaji who contributed immensely in the Nigerian education reform agenda, the College mission for the Center for Excellence in International Education will be realized.
To promote and support innovative international education initiatives with a view to internationalize the campus, to globalize research, teaching, and outreach programs, and to bridge disciplines through interdisciplinary/professional study and interactive learning initiatives with international institutions and organization, the President of the College said are the aims of the center.
The benefits of the appointment are numerous and will enable Dr Obaji who has been preaching capacity building in IT to network with the world bodies in organizing seminar, international symposium for the university and other universities around the world.
The job which is similar to her former ministerial job will now be transformed into a global scale. This is also a testimony by itself that the work she did at the ministry of education is receiving full attention at the global level.
The appointment of Dr Obaji who has been in the vanguard of revolutionizing Nigerian academic sector to international standard, will put her in good stead to perform optimally.
Author : Efem Nkanga
Date : 01/10/2007
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