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Muslims should leverage digital skills for survival, say experts


Muslim students have been advised to utilise the benefits of digital knowledge to improve their survival and significance in society.

A Data Analyst and Technology Expert/Analytics Manager of PwC, Saheed Bashir, made this known while speaking at the first Virtual Capacity Building Course (CBC) organised by the Council of Higher Institutions (COHI) in Lagos.

The programme was well attended on social media by students from different tertiary institutions in Nigeria.


The technology expert harped on the importance of data and analytics, stating that: “We live in a data-driven society where big data is being generated by every digital process, systems, and sensors around us.

“Organisations and government agencies are adopting advanced data analytics strategies to derive real-time insights from these data. This enables better decision making in optimizing operations, preventing threats and fraud, and capitalising on new revenue sources.

“As Muslims, we should not just focus on survival but also on significance. In the world currently, Muslims have always been at a disadvantage.”


He urged tertiary institution students to key into the Massive Open Online Courses and also ensure they have not less than 10 skills.

Also speaking at the event, Senior Special Adviser to Lagos State Government on Science and Technology who doubles as Chairman of the occasion, Engr. Saheed Balogun urged the students to conjugate soft skills with their courses of study and make themselves relevant in the world.

The Coordinator, Abdulbasit Abdulsalam, said the theme of the event was chosen to prepare students ahead of the labour market and the largest data-driven society.


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