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Technology training critical to driving socio-economic development, says expert




Project Director, UNITeS Cisco Networking Academy, Mr. Moses Imayi, has urged governments at all levels to make technology education a key policy decision, as doing so has the capacity to spur tremendous growth in all spheres of our economy.
Speaking with The Guardian at the 2016 UNITeS Cisco Outstanding Performance Awards, Imayi said technology is the vehicle that drives socio-economic development, stressing that Nigeria must not be eccentric in this regard.
He therefore, urged the country to ensure that Information and Communications Technology (ICT), is adopted and made and integral part of our national life.
He said, “In today’s world, with the adoption of the ICT, we can take the country off its present state to where we desire to get. We can take our students to a point of global competitiveness since ICT is the way forward. The country at the moment is facing enormous challenges, but with proper integration of ICT into all our systems, it will make processes effective; governance at all level much more transparent and effective, as evident in the banking, aviation and some other sectors.
“So, all tiers of government should begin to see technology education and integration as a key policy issue, because technology is the backbone of any thriving economy. The difference between developed and developing countries depends largely on processes, usage and application of ICT in everyday living. And so, l urge our leaders to begin to enhance the capacity of our young ones as agents of change, through proper adoption of technology, so as to reduce unemployment among our young people.”
He noted that the Cisco networking programmes are designed to provide students and Nigerian educational institutions with the opportunity to be truly globally competitive in terms of enhancing their skills, enhancing their capacity and providing the needed capacity to Nigerian educational institutions to be truly global competitive.
The academy’s support centre contact for UNITeS Cisco Academy, Mr. Tony Olatayo, in his remarks said the academy has the mandate to spread the benefits of Cisco networking programmes in the West African sub-region. 
“One of the goals of Cisco worldwide, and for us here in Nigeria, in the academy support centre is to give opportunity to females in order to achieve their potentials.

We also discover that we have fewer women in technology. And one of the programmes we are organising is to encourage women to come up with innovative opportunities, things that can create interest in young girls to go for technology,” he added.

The Federal Science and Technical College (FSTC), Yaba, Lagos State won the “Cisco NetAcad 1000 Club,” with the highest number of graduates, and FSTC, Usi-Ekiti, won the 100 per cent student growth rate in the Cisco NetAcad award; while Nigerian Navy Secondary School, Navy School, Ojo won the third prize in the Cisco NetAcad 500 Club award category.

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