By Emma Elebeke
The National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA says it has spend approximately N900 million in capacity building and training of young IT professionals on postgraduate scholarship scheme.
The Acting Director General of the agency, Dr. Ashiru Daura disclosed this in an interview with newsmen.
Meanwhile, it was a dream come through last week for 80 graduates, when Dr. Ashiru Daura presented 80 students with N4 million cheque each for post graduate studies abroad.
Presenting the cheques in Abuja, Dr. Ashiru Daura said that the gesture was in line with the implementation of NITDA’s strategic IT programme, which is an integral part of the transformation agenda of the President.
He said that one of the most important components of any transformation is to train people, so that the society can use them as agents of transformation, saying that the training would aid NITDA to groom young and talented IT professionals that can compliment the transformation agenda of the President.
To achieve this, he said that NITDA decided to introduce the scholarship scheme to avail them the opportunity to explore their potentials, who will become leaders of tomorrow.
‘‘We are sponsoring the youth as part of our strategy to build local capacity for the country. One of the most important components of any transformation is to train people so that you can use them as agents of transformation and we believe that the transformation agenda of the President can only succeed when the youths are empowered with IT, which has become a driving force in the global economy. You were selected out of 4,000 applicants that did aptitude test. For the past three years, we have been doing the same thing without being selective,’’ he said.
According to him, about 250 students have so far benefited from the scheme, in the three years of its existence.
He urged the beneficiaries to be good ambassadors of Nigeria in their various institutions of learning. He also charged them to use their research works to find solutions to Nigerian problems.
‘‘I urge you to be fair and selfless in your studies. As you leave this country, be conscious of Nigeria’s image, think of solutions and remember our problems. Focus on what you left behind and use your researches to find solutions to our problems and also think of various agenda of the country. Focus your research towards achieving the transformation agenda of the President. I seize this opportunity to commend the staff and management of NITDA for upholding the culture of transparency and accountability and promise you that NITDA will always be there for you and will monitor your performance,’’ he added.
Responding, one of the students, Vincent Arum thanked NITDA for giving them the opportunity and promised to do the country proud in their various countries of study.