Comptia, Babcock, Caleb Varsities Collaborate on IT Skills Development


Emma Okonji

The Senior Africa Executive, Comptia International, a global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) entrepreneurial skills to higher institutions and training institutions, Mr. Gareth Foulkes-Morris, will this week visit Babcock and Caleb Universities for collaboration on enhancing the technology skill-sets of undergraduates.

The visit is part of Comptia’s collaborative strategies to help Africa achieve parity with Western and Asian universities and consequently enable university graduates be in a position to surmount the pervasive unemployment syndrome as well as become successful technopreneurs in diverse technology-related fields.

Foulkes-Morris will use the occasion to hold executive sessions with the authorities of the universities. Also part of the benefits of the meeting will be a formal offer to license the institutions as Comptia academies with attendant free technical deliverables to the universities.

Likewise, the engagements with the students will serve to further expose huge technology potentials, which are yet untapped by Africa and more importantly Nigerian youths.

The visit will also prepare the students to develop skills that will make them highly sort after by employers.

In the same vein, the visit to Babcock University will help to extend the technology mentorship sensitisation programme to select secondary students from 40 secondary schools in the Lagos Zone.

The students will be modeled and motivated to begin to dream of a bright future as wealth creators through leveraging readily available 21st Century technologies and become world great technopreneurs like, Bill Gates of Microsoft; Micheal Dell of Dell Computers; Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook; Nigerian Phillip Emegwalli that developed the fastest computer, among others.

Comptia is the largest Information Technology certifier and the voice of the global information technology industry. As a non-profit trade association advancing global interests, Comptia focuses its programmes on four main areas, namely Education, Certification, Advocacy and Philanthropy.

Managing Director and CEO of New Horizons Nigeria, Mr. Tim Akano, affirmed that the visits by Comptia International would be facilitated by New Horizons Nigeria as part of its corporate social responsibility initiatives for empowerment of Nigerian youths and that the visits by top executives from world technologies, are scheduled in phases.