Nigeria must begin to shift focus from its resource-based economy strategy of development to knowledge-based economy strategy if must compete favourably among equals.
This is according the Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund, Prof. Elias Bogoro.
The TETFund boss made the assertion while receiving experts from the International Computer Driving Licence in his office
The experts were in the country to plan collaborate with the higher education fund on training of academic and non-academic workers across public universities on the effectiveness of ICT in development
Prof. Bogoro acknowledged that the move is timely considering that development now runs on ICT across the globe
“In the 21st century when knowledge economy has taken over from resource-based economy, we cannot lose focus on the fact that there are some elements that drive the knowledge economy; ICT is actually the driver, we need to get that very well. That is the relevance of ICT and digitization.” he said.
He emphasised that Nigerian universities have a role to play in developing ICT especially as 94 per cent of Nigerian students still enrol in public universities, polytechnics, and colleges of education.
‘‘We emphasize on public tertiary institutions despite the fact that there are a number of private universities’’.
Meanwhile the General Manager in charge of ICDL Africa, Solange Umulisa, explained that the ICT company, will help empower tertiary institutions staff with relevant and up-to-date digital skills that will not only transform the academic community but also the nation’s economy.
According to the Strategic Advisor, ICDL Foundation, Mr. Etinick Mutinda, the initiative is also to provide computer digital skills certification for people in the academic and non-academic sectors of education.
“ICDL is an international certification for computer literacy that is adopted by many governments and organizations across the world, this training will be offered through public tertiary institutions. We are providing them with the curriculum and certification at the end of the training.”
As part of TETFunds intervention programme in ICT, the ICDL, TETFund partnership will provide a platform to train beneficiary staff of universities, while certificates will be issued to only successful persons at the end of the exercise.