By Emeka Aginam
Even asÂ unemployment remains a challenge in theÂ country and the rest of the world,Â Business SolutionÂ Development Manager of Systems Applications and ProductsÂ (SAP Jaco Van ZylÂ Â hasÂ disclosed that about 30,000 SAP consultants are currently needed globally in the job market to fill theÂ gap.
Speaking to IT journalists recently in Lagos during partnership arrangement between SAP, the third world largest software company andÂ New Horizons Systems Solutions Limited,Â he said that the software giant has over 82, 000 customers and more than 12 million software users worldwide, adding that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is herÂ largest customer in the country.
â€œNew Horizons was selected among others to champion its SAP e-Academy and IT certification courses in Nigeria.
â€œ SAP had already commenced training and would be riding on New Horizons as a partner.Â The partnership is such that SAP will provide its certification courses using IT experts and facilities from New Horizons.
â€œThe mutual agreement will ensure that interested Nigerians and other neighboring countries are certified to be able to implement SAP applications across its array of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Supply Chain Management, Procurement, Human Resources, Financials and Business Intelligence and othersâ€ he said.
While assuring thatÂ the Nigerians stand a chance of running this certification programme at an affordable cost, he said,Â â€œIt is a global certification: whether somebody gets certified in Lagos, Abuja, Johannesburg, Frankfurt or elsewhere. It isÂ is exactly the same exam, same qualityâ€
Speaking on the agreement, Managing Director/CEO New Horizons, Mr. Tim Akano said: â€œ New Horizons from now on becomes an SAP consultant in Nigeria and the relationship is based on mutual benefits; that SAP have some expectations from us and as long as we continue to meet these expectations, we are in a kind of marriage for life.
â€œ For us, bringing SAP into our product portfolio only makes is to be more robust and offers our clients and customers a one-stop centre as far as IT education is concerned in Nigeria.
â€œThe marriage between SAP and New HolizonsÂ would afford a lot of people the opportunity of saving cost, if they were to travel outside the country for the same quality of training and certification that would be offered at their door steps.
â€œ SAP consultants are well paid worldwide and I want Nigerians to get the training and make good money within and outside the countryâ€ he added.
AkanoÂ enjoined Nigerian Youths to take advantage of the opportunity to get SAP certification, which would help them get the juicier jobs and better remuneration beyond the shores of the country.