Investment in ICT Education Will save Nigeria Huge Foreign Exchange

The need for government in both the Federal and state level to strengthen investment in ICT education to stem the loss of foreign exchange has again being reiterated.
Olufemi Odubiyi, Lagos State Commissioner of Science and Technology made this known in Lagos at the official opening of Digital Bananas Limited, the parent Body of Career Insight.
Odubiyi said that more investment we have in ICT education especially in training talents to handle software development, the less the country will spend her foreign exchange to buy those soft wares that can be developed locally.
According to him, “We need to start looking inwards and the first step towards that is supporting investors or entrepreneurs like Digital Bananas to invest in internal capacity development in the State.
To him, “Our youths are full of talents. They are very creative and innovative. Being creative, innovative and thinking outside the box without having the right skill set that can help them actualise their innovative tendency can sometimes be a waste”.
He said the State government is ready to partner with organisations like this to actually promote youth entrepreneurship.
Keji Giwa, CEO, Digital Bananas Technologies said Career Insights have moved from a training company to activate a platform that is allowing Nigerian youths to collaborate learn, develop themselves, get practical work experience; build amazing opportunities in relation to business and to also change their careers as well.
Giwa said within the next three years, the company hopes to deepen it operation to provide practical work experience for people interested in becoming digital project managers and giving experience within the digital space, it equally provide digital solutions to companies that need digital solutions.
According to him, “In the next three years, we want to put ourselves in a position where we can account for at least close to 2 to 3 percent of the digital space market and Nigeria young population to build their digital skills and add value to the Nigeria economy”,
This he said would strengthen the production of work ready talents for not only local companies but talents that can compete globally. Businessday.

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