Participants at the just concluded 2013 Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria, (CPN) Information Technology Assembly held in Abuja were worried saying that except IT for wealth is given priority attention, the fight against poverty and unemployment will remain unabated in the country.
Accordingly, the forum noted that unless Nigerian youths were empowered with IT skills and knowledge, they may be left out in the global job market.
458 IT Professionals inducted:
However, IT assembly which also witnessed the induction of 394 professionals, 33 associates memebers, 7 graduate members and 24 affiliate members, bringing the total to 458 IT Professionals explored the huge potentials in Information Technology in creating wealth and nurturing the spirit of entrepreneurship in our youths.
With creation of enabling environment in the country, the forum believe that brain drain among Nigerian graduates will be reduced.
Yusuf becomes new President:
Speaker after speaker at the annual general meeting meeting that elected Mrs. Sekinat Yusuf as the President/ Chairman of the council attracted captains of the industry strongly believe that one major way of solving the problem posed by terrorism is to embark on a serious empowerment programme that will encourage wealth creation and employment generation using IT.
IT education in schools:
The Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqayyatu Rufai while formally declaring the assembly open in Abuja during the IT Assembly noted that IT education in schools must be given priority attention so that graduates can be gainfully employed to face the knowledge society.
The Minister noted without mincing words that IT is the bailout option with respect to unemployment among youth.
According to her, the ministry will continue to invest in IT education which she said is the new engine of growth and development, adding that investing in IT, Nigeria can create wealth.
Similarly, the Minister of Communication Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson in her remarks said that with policies and structures put in place by the present administration, unemployment through the use of IT will be put to an end at least to the barest minimum.
By Emeka Aginam