By Juliet Umeh
New Horizons Computer Learning Centres has charged students of Caleb University, Imota in Ikorodu, Lagos State to embrace Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and e-business skills for a secured future.General Manager, Education Business, New Horizons, Bolaji Olaoye, speaking at the New Horizons Infotainment Fiesta organized at Caleb University to introduce Huawei ICT Academy from Huawei Technologies Limited, which is reputed to be a leading OEM in telecoms networking globally, encouraged the students to acquire Huawei skills and certification so as to position themselves as tomorrow’s indispensable professionals in the ICT industry, both locally and internationally.
Olaoye said, “We are here to add highly-sought extra value to Caleb University students. Caleb University happens to be one of our partner universities and the whole idea is that we are enhancing the quality of our existing technology offers to them with more robust, hot and latest technologies.We decided to further sensitize the students on the necessity to always validate their skill set with External International certification (EIC).
We place emphasis on skills so that when the students acquire the skills which we impart to them through our partners, they now validate it with External VUE/Prometric International Certification Examinations so that any one of them that travels abroad will not go and be doing menial jobs, but will be able to compete with their counterparts”.
He particularly emphasized skills acquisition saying that the prevailing socio-economic challenges confronting graduates in the country is becoming extremely serious as reliable report from Nigeria Bureau of Statistics reveals that about 70% of Nigerian graduates are unemployed or under-employed. He said these are the potential captains of industry and they can only be captains of industry if they acquire top of the range competitive skills.
Vice Chancellor, Caleb University, Prof. Ayandiji Aina appreciated New Horizons for its initiative and called on other universities in the country to equip their students with internationally-rated ICT skills as a matter of top priority.
“New Horizons brought the idea of bringing other partners like Huawei Technologies and they are setting up Huawei Academy here. That means they want to have a platform to interact with the students to update their skills in ICT,” he said.In his complimentary presentation titled ICT: A Sure Panacea to Graduate Unemployment & Career Success in the 21st Century, New Horizons Assistant General Manager, Educational Services, Mr. Ferdinand Ezeala said while other sectors are shrinking, opportunities are multiplying in ICT/e business sector as he itemized the global jobs and career opportunities that Nigerian graduates can explore in ICT.