‘Nigeria’s ICT Market Offers Five Billion Opportunities’

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New Horizon, one of the nation’s fastest growing Information and Communication Technology (ICT) companies, has said that Nigeria has been estimated to offer business and educational opportunities worth over five billion annually to its citizenry.

The Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, New Horison, Mr. Tim Akano, gave the indication last Thursday, during an International Certification Programme at Babcock University, Ogun State.

Delivering his speech, Akano stated that the inception of ICT in the country has offered various opportunities and global intellectual awareness to the people with the challenge to unravel the hidden treasons in the sector for more knowledge not only for the development of the nation but to march the global ICT expectations.

Akano noted that only about 35 per cent of the nation’s populace have the awareness of ICT adding that the percentage was not commensurate with the global demands and stressed the need for all Nigerians to take advantage of the opportunity for their individual and collective growth and development.

He said ,“the inception and awareness of ICT in this country has since offered so many opportunities for us but  unfortunately, a good number of Nigerians are not aware of this. It is needful that Nigerians, both youths and adults take advantage of these opportunities and become educated even in international ICT courses to enable them exploit the advantages that Nigeria’s estimated annual five (5) billion worth ICT market opportunities has to offer”.

Akano also revealed that the New Horizon through its International Certification Programme has graduated 253 undergraduates at the Babcock and Covenant universities respectively.

He stated that 150 students of Covenant university have passed and become Internationally Certified in CNA, CCNP, Adobe, Dreamweaver and Project management while 103 students of Babcock university bagged international certifications in Comptia A+, Oracle SQL, OCA, Vista and Server all at a sitting.

While commending the efforts of the students in the programme, Akano said the impressive outcomes in the Universities were consolidation of the great feats achieved by the two institutions in the recent past under the International Certification programme.

“It requires a dynamic minded university management to fake the kind of bold initiatives adopted by Covenant and Babcock universities and this is a challenged to other universities to follow suit and produce international ICT knowledge students”, Akano said.

One of the awardees and Rivers State student of Babcock University, Miss Onyinyechi Chimezie, who spoke to The Tide said the knowledge she acquired through the programme would place her with her contemporaries in the developed world.

Onyinyechi, who is also a final year student of Nursing commended the New Horizon for its efforts and prayed it to continue for the over-all ICT knowledge by Nigerian students.

It would be noted that the New Horizon had been in collaboration with Babcock and Covenant universities in helping both institutions in integrating International Certification-based information technology and e-business training into their academic curriculum.