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Debbie, ICITP Partner On Paradigm Shift in IT Skills Development

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Debbie Mishael Consulting in partnership with ICITP, South Africa is creating a paradigm shift with regards to industry technology skill and knowledge requirement with the introduction its unique technology skills empowerment and work opportunities programme.

Ifeanyi Ogochukwu, an ICT expert and the chief technology strategist, Debbie Mishael Consulting, is drawing from his wealth of experience having managed mission safety critical ICT environments and also administered, managed and mentored over 1500 interns from Universities and Polytechnics in Nigeria and abroad to now create this critical skill technology empowerment programme.

Registration is currently ongoing with available spaces rapidly being taken up. As a precursor to the take off the programme free Critical Skills Information Sessions will hold in Abuja on September 9 and Lagos September 16 at the Gantt Place and Light House Hub respectively.

Commenting on the programme meant for IT professional, graduate or non IT graduate desiring to work abroad and others who desire an International cross border professional certification with global recognition that comes with immense benefits of special skills, Engr. Ogochukwu said, “In today’s technological world we live in, do business and have pleasure, the critical requirement for being ahead of the curve and being globally competitive is having the necessary discriminating competencies- skills, knowledge and experience. This is lacking to a large extent in today’s Nigeria particularly amongst the mass of youths who are in the job market. Nigeria’s struggle to create jobs is getting worse”.

Also, new data published by Nigeria’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) indicates the unemployment rate at 14.2% in the last quarter of 2016, up from 13.9% in the preceding quarter.

“It’s the ninth consecutive quarter that the unemployment rate in Nigeria has increased. It is the highest jobless rate since 2009 as the number of unemployed went up by 3.5 million to 11.549 million while employment rose at a slower 680.8 thousand to 69.6 million. The labour force increased by 4.194 million to 81.151 million and those detached from it declined by 625.7 thousand to 27.439 million. The unemployment rate was higher for persons between 15-24 years old (25.2 percent), women (16.3 percent) and in rural areas (25.8 percent).

“The essence of this very disruptive technology human capital development programme is to empower the teeming mass of serious minded unemployed youths within our capacity to have the essential discriminating competencies that will make global marketable and competitive with the opportunity to work abroad”, he said in an interview with Nigeria CommunicationsWeek.

The programme, he added, will cover business, entrepreneurial and technology skills, hands-on within the ‘Work Integrated Learning Framework’ and globally recognised certifications such ‘IT Passport Examination certification’ which has three categories and IT Certified Professional certification. Appropriate examinations will be conducted via Pearson Vue global testing platform.

“Get ready for global certification; work ready status and critical skills work permit”, he said promising potential attendees to the precursor events.

 

 

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Apple Begin Sale of MekaMons Built by Adekunle, Nigerian Engineer

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Apple stores in the US and UK have begun the sale of MekaMons, a gaming robot built by Silas Adekunle, a Nigerian-Briton.

 

Adekunle, an engineer, graduated with first class honours from the University of the West of England in Bristol, with a bachelor of science in robotics technology.

 

He was born in Nigeria but moved to the UK when he was 11 years old.

 

His company, Reach Robotics, an augmented reality gaming company which creates robots for both fun and STEM education, struck the deal with Apple recently.

 

MekaMons has been on sale since November 16 for $299.95.

 

The four-legged robots can be controlled via an iPhone and other smartphone using a companion app for augmented reality gameplay.

 

“We’ve created an entirely new video gaming platform,” Adekunle said in a statement by Black Enterprise.

 

The 4-legged MekaMon robot

 

“MekaMon straddles both the real and virtual worlds while taking the gaming experience beyond a player’s screen and turning their sitting room into a limitless robotic battle zone.

 

“MekaMon represents a quantum leap forward in the leveraging of augmented reality. Players can whip out their iPhone to battle their multi-functional, connected battlebots in the physical and virtual worlds at the same time.

 

“When I was a student at UWE Bristol I spent some time going into schools to help inspire young people and it struck me that there was a huge untapped market for a consumer robot with a difference.

 

“We used to go in and explain simple robotics to try to inspire the young roboticists and engineers of the future and this experience set me off thinking about designing gaming robots.

 

“This is an exciting time for our company as now after years of development work we are finally able to bring Mekamon to customers across the UK and US and with plans to go global.

 

“UWE Bristol has given us an amazing start and we are so grateful for their support.”

 

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iSON Group Sparkles at 2017 SERAS Awards

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L-r) iSON BPO Team - Adebayo Bakare DGM – HR , Sujeet Matwankar – Head- Human Resource

iSON Group has bagged two awards at the 2017 Sustainability, Enterprise and Responsibility Awards (SERAs) for Best Company in Poverty Eradication and Best New Entrant in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The award ceremony was held at the Shell Hall, Onikan, Lagos.

These awards were presented to iSON Group in recognition of its robust CSR philosophy, and its progress in eradicating poverty in Africa as it drives sustainable development across the communities beyond the bands of its operation.

The SERAS–CSR Awards is an annual event to celebrate organisations investing resources in the improvement of lives of stakeholders and through their social performance and investment programmes contributing to the development of Africa. This is the first edition to recognise individuals and organisations outside Nigeria.

Accepting the awards on behalf of Mr. Ramesh Awtaney, the Founder and Chairman, iSON Group, were Sujeet Matwankar Head of Human Resources, iSON BPO and Bakare Adebayo, Deputy General Manager – HR, iSON BPO and Ms. Olapeju Allison, Manager –HR, iSON Technologies and Mr. Henry Erigha Deputy Sales Director, iSON Technologies.  They expressed satisfaction for being part of a system that addresses the very essence of human existence. Sujeet Matwankar said, ‘’These recognitions on Responsibility awarded to iSON Group demonstrates the progress made by the organization in leading Africa’s IT and ITeS industry towards sustainable investments in human capital development whilst driving communities to achieve the global sustainable development goals’’.

As part of its CSR initiatives iSON is on a mission to build capacities focused on specialized training in IT-enabled services for the youth. Its “Welfare through Empowerment” program, in partnership with the local business communities, enables growth in IT and ITeS for the African youth. Its corporate social responsibility initiatives are directed at empowering the underprivileged and the youth.

According to media officer of The SERAS, Mr. Michael Ogunbanwo, “We are indeed delighted at the quality of participation thus far. Noteworthy for us is the fact that we have so many first time entrants for The SERAS this year. For us, this clearly is an indicator of the wide acceptability of the worksTruContact CSR Nigeria- initiators of the awards, in promoting and standardizing corporate social responsibility and sustainability in Nigeria and Africa’’.

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FG Inaugurates ICT Centres in Katsina State

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Federal Ministry of Communication established three Information and Communication Technology Centres (ICTC) in Daura, Katsina State, to promote the quest for improved information and technological education, Mr Adebayo Shittu, the Minister of Communication, said.

The minister made this known yesterday during a visit to the Emir of Daura, Alhaji Umar Farouk.

Shittu said the three centres were located at the state’s College of Legal Studies, Government Junior Secondary School Daura and Federal Government College Daura.

He added that the centres were to assist in promoting ICT education among students in the area, as well as ensure wider coverage for the nation.

The minister called on the people to make optimal good use of the centres.

He said he was in Katsina for a stakeholders meeting on how to enhance information and communication technology for national development.

He noted that “the centres are equipped with ICT gadgets like computers, internet services and other accessories.

“The world has witnessed a paradigm shift from analogue status to digital one, hence the need for us to embrace the trend.’’

The minister reiterated Federal Government’s determination to change the nation from analogue to digital ways of doing things.

Shittu commended the emir “for the sustained contributions on nation building, especially on peace and regular prayers for the wellbeing of the nation.’’

Responding, the emir commended the minister for establishing the centres in his domain.

He called on the ministry to consider the possibility of expanding the scope of the centres by establishing same in other areas like Zango, Maiadua, Baure and Sandamu.

He assured the minister of the emirate’s support to mobilise students to begin to use the centres for ICT programmes.

The minister was in company of the 36 commissioners for information and other heads of federal parastatals, agencies and commissions.

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