Nigeria’s National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has entered into a partnership with Coursera, an online learning platform, to train 24,000 Nigerian youths on digital skills for a period of three years.
The Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, is spearheading this collaboration under the auspices of the NITDA in furtherance of its digital capacity-building initiative.
Nigeria’s Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Professor Isa Pantami, called on Coursera to expand its presence in Nigeria, especially in the area of academic where it already has an existing partnership with one of Nigeria’s top universities, Covenant University.
In his words, “we are championing a paradigm shift of prioritizing hard, soft and social skills over theory and this collaboration will go a long way in supporting this shift.
“Coursera is one of the world’s top online learning platforms hosting thousands of courses for some of the best universities and companies and has remained at the forefront of providing the global society with the education and resources it needs to build and maintain digital systems.
“Coursera is in partnership with Covenant University which is one of the best private universities in Nigeria based on their annual rankings and publications which I have keenly observed.
“I have no doubt that this partnership has had a huge impact on the institution’s excellent standing. I, therefore, request that Coursera engages more academic institutions, at least one, in each geo-political zone and bring their expertise to bear within the identified environments.”
As the world becomes increasingly dependent on digital technologies, the federal government of Nigeria in a bid to enhance digital transformation in the country has partnered with different firms/ agencies to foster the development of a sustainable digital economy, with its latest partnership with Coursera.
Before this recent partnership, the government had earlier this month signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with global tech giant, Microsoft Corporation, to train five million citizens on high-demand technological skills.
The World Bank reports that more than 50 percent of Nigeria’s population do not have digital skills, Investors King understands that with the recent partnerships by the federal government with firms to train the youths on digital skills, it will therefore bridge the gap in digital literacy in the country.
FG to Boost Internet Connection in OAU, Unilag, Unilorin, and 14 Other Institutions
The federal government has approved a sum of N400 million each to boost internet connection in Obafemi Awolowo University, University of Lagos, University of Ilorin, and 14 other institutions across the country.
The approval which was disclosed by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Pantami, is aimed to increase broadband penetration in Nigeria.
Investors King understands that this is in addition to the agreement which the ministry sighed with top tech company, Microsoft to train 5 million Nigerians on high-demand digital skills.
Speaking during the award of the contracts letters in Abuja, Pantami noted that Nigeria is on course to achieve 70 percent broadband penetration by 2025.
While highlighting the benefits of the broadband project to include improving the quality of education and overall growth of the beneficiary institutions, the minister stated that three higher institutions were selected from each geo-political zone of the country.
On the list of beneficiary institutions include Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife; University of Lagos and University of Ilorin, University of Nigeria, Nsukka; Federal University of Technology, Owerri; Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka; University of Calabar; University of Benin; and the University of Port Harcourt.
Others are Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; Bayero University, Kano; Umaru Musa Yar’Adua University, Katsina; Borno State University; Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi; Gombe State University; Federal University of Technology, Minna; University of Ilorin; University of Abuja; and College of Education (Special), Ibadan.
In the same development, Pantami added that 20 markets, 3 each from the six geo-political zones will also benefit from the broadband projects.
The markets include the famous computer village In Lagos, the highly patronised Wuse market in Abuja; Bodija Market in Ibadan, Kantin Kwari Market, Kano; Central Market, Lafia, Nasarawa State; Mandate Market, Ilorin; Jos Main Market, Plateau State; Jimeta Central Market, Yola; New Market, Gombe.
Others are Oja Oba, Akure, Ondo State; Kuto, Abeokuta, Ogun State; Ariaria International Market, Aba, Abia State; International Modern Market, Owerri, Imo State; Main Market, Onitsha, Anambra State; Watt Market, Calabar, Cross River; Oba Market, Benin, Edo State; and Swali Market, Yenegoa, Bayelsa State.
FG Hints at Alternative Funding For Tertiary Education to Address Academic Challenges
The Federal Government has mulled the need to explore alternative means of funding for tertiary education in Nigeria amid academic disruption caused by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Investors King reported that academic activities in public universities in Nigeria were disrupted for about eight months.
Speaking at a public event organised by the House of Representatives, the Minister for Works and Former Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola noted that alternative funding seems to be the only forward-looking way to fund tertiary education in Nigeria.
While acknowledging that tertiary education needs collective funding from all levels of government, he however highlights areas where the universities and polytechnics could generate funds to include printing press and consultancy services.
“University consultancy services, data provision, poll results, value data, and printing press are value proposals of alternatives for tertiary Institutions,” he said.
Fashola also disapproved of the autonomy sought by lecturers in tertiary education. He noted that it is a big issue that needs to be addressed going forward.
Also speaking at the event is the Director General of the budget office of the federation, Benjamin Akabueze.
Akabueze who aligned himself with the position of the minister noted that the current system of funding can not feed the tertiary education sector.
‘There has to be sustainable funding of tertiary education. We can’t continue with the current system because it is not working and not sustainable.” he stated.
Nonetheless, the event also witnessed opposing opinions, particularly from Professor Uduak Ekpo. A professor of education at the University of Calabar.
Ekpo disagrees with the earlier position established by both Fashola and Akabueze. He noted that if lecturers are saddled with the responsibility of funding, it will affect the quality of education and research.
He concluded that the funding might still not be successful noting that lectures are better off in the classrooms or labs.
On his part, the President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke bemoaned any idea to increase the fee paid by students in search of alternative funding. He noted that with the level of poverty and the state of the economy, many students will not be able to afford any increase.
Jamb UTME Result 2022: Use Registration Number to Check Jamb Result
The Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board, JAMB, has released the long-awaited 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) results.
Check 2022 Jamb UTME Result – The Jamb result checker should follow the step below before visiting the Jamb result portal to check Jamb result with their registration number.
The 2022 Jamb UTME result was announced by Dr. Fabian Benjamin, the director of protocols and public relations, JAMB in Abuja in August 2022.
To Check Jamb Result – UTME Mop-Up Examination
Jamb result checker should send RESULT to 55019. Please ensure to use the mobile number you registered so that you can receive your result. The Jamb result can only be sent to the registered phone number.
Also, candidates can check Jamb results directly from Jamb’s website www.jamb.gov.ng. However, Jamb result checker must first link their email address to their profile.
According to Benjamin, “To check the results of the 2022 UTME Mop-Up Examination conducted on Saturday, August 6, 2022, all a candidate needs to do is to simply send RESULT to 55019 using the same phone number that he/she had used for registration and the result would be returned as a text message.
“Candidates can also print their results from the Board’s website www.jamb.gov.ng after linking their email address to their profile.
Check Jamb Result With Registration Number
- Here is a step-by-step on how to check your Jamb Result with registration number
- Log on to Jamb portal at https://portal.jamb.gov.ng/
- Enter your registration number
- Go to “Result Notification” tab and click on Check My Result.
- Your result will immediately be displayed.
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