By Yusuf Abdullahi, Abuja.
The Executive Secretary TETFund, Prof Suleiman Elias Bogoro has received the International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) Best Project in Education Award on behalf of the Fund for its commitment to integrating ICT into the processes of its Beneficiary Institutions across the country to enhance the skills of academic and non-teaching staff.
The award was presented to the Fund at the annual meeting of the ICDL Africa held in Kigali, Rwanda, recently.
It would be recalled that the Fund under Prof. Bogoro had taken various measures, including partnering with ICT agencies to encourage the use and integration of ICT as a driving force in the knowledge-based economy of Nigeria.
The Executive Secretary said the move to engage ICDL on the training of staff in Nigerian tertiary institutions became necessary as the country needed to shift focus from resource-based economy to knowledge-based economy.
“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 this knowledge. In the era of knowledge economy, ICT is actually the driver. That is the relevance of ICT and digitalization,” he said.
Bogoro, who have always emphasized the need to improve on ICT in the tertiary education system of the country especially in the areas of research and development initiated the partnership with ICDL to fast track the education system and actualize the aims and objective of his administration.
To make the training of these personnel in the institutions easier and better, TETFund recently revealed that it was partnering with renowned ICT organization, International Computer Driving License (ICDL) on the training of academic and non-academic staff of public higher education institutions on ICT.
The Executive Secretary said the drive for improved public tertiary education system was borne out of his administration’s concern that majority of the Nigerian students were in the public tertiary institution.
“Majority of students in Nigerian colleges of education, polytechnics and universities are in public tertiary institution, it is 94 per cent. In terms of number, the public tertiary institutions have about equal number with the private but in terms of population you can imagine; it is 94 per cent for public.
“A number of private tertiary institutions are charging fees in dollars not in naira which is definitely much weaker. Therefore the Fund (intervention) should go to the public institutions,” Bogoro said.