The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has disclosed that it has sponsored the training of over 2000 Nigerians for both masters and PhD IT post-graduate programmes across the world. Mallam Kashifu Inuwa, the Director-General, NITDA made the disclosure in a statement in Abuja, saying that the post-graduate scholarship was in efforts to meet up with global digital advancements through capacity building.
"So far, we have trained over 2,000 Nigerians for both masters and PhD programmes across the world; majority of them study in UK. NITDA being the IT regulatory agency, there is need for us to build capacity because we live in a global and competitive world.
The Director of Infrastructure Solutions, Dr. Gambo who spoke on behalf of the D.G said the training was deemed necessary following a review of trends in the country that required IT skills.
"We cannot afford as Nigerians to be left behind. For us to drive the digital economy, we need people with requisite capacity. And it is in realisation of this that the scholarship was initiated by NITDA," Inuwa said.
NITDA, which has since 2010 been sponsoring Nigerians on post-graduate studies has this time partnered with FIRAT University, Turkey for additional value in IT skills.
The head of the Agency said, "We looked round the world and identify the area of interest and forged partnership with Turkey. This time around, we have to sign MoU with FIRAT University.
FIRAT University is a globally recognised institution in Elazig, Turkey for its IT and engineering.
"We have those that have gone and come back to work with government and private sector as well as those who established their entrepreneurial businesses and today are employers of labour in the country. The impact is huge.
One of the beneficiaries, Aliyu Aliyu described the process as merit based and open.He appreciated NITDA and federal government promising that they will do their best and be responsible ambassadors in their studies in faraway Turkey.”