By Olayinka Latona
A DIRECTOR at Aptech Computer Education, Lekki, Lagos, Mr. Joseph Ebinum has urged the Federal Government to refocus its attention on Information and Communications Technology, ICT for speedy economic growth.
Ebinum made the call at a programme tagged ‘Aptech Career Quest’ which is in partnership with Middlesex University in Lekki.
He lamented that Nigeria is being left behind by other countries of the world, including African countries who have adopted favourable policies to ensure a good environment for business growth.
According to him, national development without ICT, which is the future of education, is a joke, arguing that as a nation, we have a long way to go.
In his words: “In spite of our wealth, we are way behind in all indices of development, in the whole world and it is so because we pay lip service to education, we don’t think about ICT.
“Small countries like Kenya, Uganda, Botswana, even Ghana are thinking futuristically. I wept recently when I heard that Google had opened a centre in Ghana, because the Ghanaian government knows the value and made the environment easy for them to come in,” he maintained.
On the Aptech Career Quest programme, Ebinum said Aptech believes in imparting world-class education to students with the latest technologies, adding that Career Quest is a great platform to encourage students to pursue a career in Information Technology.
Also speaking on the Career Quest scholarship scheme, the Regional Manager-Africa, Middlesex University, Graeme Tong explained that is designed to encourage students who enrolled for the Advanced Diploma in Software Engineering (ADSE) programme at the Middlesex University got 50% scholarship.
One of the students, Lisa Ulu was granted 50 per cent scholarship to study in Mauritius.
She said the opportunity, was a dream come true, as it would assist her to fulfil her dream of becoming a technology guru in her field as a .Net Programmer.