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Obasanjo: Nigeria Preparing Future For Boko Haram

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Obasanjo: Nigeria Preparing Future For Boko Haram

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has stated that urgent steps need to be taken to tackle Nigeria’s rising rate of out-of-school children.

Obasanjo said this in his remarks at the national summit on tertiary education reform, organised by the house of representatives, and held in Abuja.

According to him, addressing tertiary education reform begins with the foundation of childhood education and ensuring access to quality learning opportunities for all children.

He said Nigeria needs to urgently address the problem of out-of-school of school children to avoid breeding future insurgents.

“Where did we miss the road? We missed the road when the whole world was talking of popular education — education for all — and we did not follow that. It was a bad miss. We even had target date globally,” he said.

We, today, out of 244 million children out of school, we have 20 million — almost 10 percent. We missed, we continue to miss, and we are missing. That is a very bad one.

“Can we do anything about it? I believe we can. Those 20 million children that are out of school, we can get them back to school. If we don’t get them back to school, we are preparing for Boko Haram of tomorrow. And nobody needs to tell you anything about that. It will happen as sure as daylight.

“And what can we do? Where are these 20 million children located? Can we have schools in the morning and schools in the afternoon to get them in at least for six years?

“In the period of six years when this is happening, we will prepare for the transition from primary school to secondary school. And if we are able to do that, we have started the process of dealing with education as an instrument of nation-building.”

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NITDA Commences Application For Digital Economy Employability Program

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NITDA Commences Application For Digital Economy Employability Program

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has announced its ongoing application for Digital Economy Employability Program.

The public service institution disclosed this in an official statement released on its social media, with the theme of the program tagged “Driving inclusive digital adoption, optimization and connecting participants to deeper opportunities in the digital economy.”

How to apply?

To apply for the Digital Economy Employability Program, qualified candidates is expected to visit https://deep.nitda.gov.ng/. You are to proceed by clicking of the ‘eligibility and registration’ button.

A form is provided, and you are to fill in the necessary details and submit the application.

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Know the Eligibility Criteria:

Below is a listed eligibility criterion for the NITDA employability program.

  • Beginner in the Digital Economy with NO prior IT skills
  • Have an interest in IT skill development
  • Available for training in your State of Residence.
  • Ready to dedicate 2 hours daily for self-paced certification.

Application closing date:

The Application is ongoing, which kicked off on Thursday, the 24th of November 2022, and it is expected to close on Wednesday, the 30th of November, 2022.

Training date for the program?

Training begins on 5th December 2022.

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EFCC Partners NDA To Fight Cyber Threat

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EFCC Partners NDA To Fight Cyber Threat

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has announced a partnership with Nigerian Defence Academy to fight national cyber threats.

Abdulrasheed Bawa, Executive Chairman of the law enforcement agency reiterated the collaboration when he was visited by the academy Commandant, Major Gen. I.M Yusufat in Abuja.

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“The Executive Chairman of the EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, on Wednesday, 23 November 2022 restated the desire of the Commission to intensify its training collaboration with the Nigerian Defence Academy, NDA, especially in the area of cybersecurity to tackle emerging threats.

“He (Abdulrasheed Bawa) stated this when he received Major Gen. I.M Yusuf, Commandant NDA at the Commission`s headquarters, Abuja.

“While expressing gratitude to the NDA for coming to the aid of the Commission in 2016 and 2017 in training the highest number of cadets ever assembled for a course in the EFCC, Bawa commended NDA’s interest in Cybersecurity,” the commission wrote.

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How FG Can Tackle Revenue Funding For Universities -Fashola

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How FG Can Tackle Revenue Funding For Universities -Fashola

Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Works and Housing, has stated that alternative funding would be very helpful in the Federal Government’s (FG) pursuit to tackle the revenue challenges for universities.

In a statement signed by the Ministry’s Director of Press, Blessing Adams-Lere, Fashola noted that a printing press, consultancy services, and poll results are credible funding proposals for tertiary institutions.

According to the minister, collective funding of education is needed by various levels of government and is not exclusive to the federal government as commonly insinuated.

University consultancy services, data provision, poll results, value data and printing press are value proposals of alternative for tertiary Institutions.

“Tertiary education is on the concurrent list, meaning that states and federal governments can fund education in the country,” the statement quoted Fashola as saying.

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