Minister for Information and Communications, Prof. Dora Akunyili has lauded the New Horizons, a leading company in the Information and Technology (IT) sector for its capacity building initiatives in the country in the area of Information and Communications Technology (ICT).
Akunyili gave the commendation Tuesday in Abuja during a courtesy call on her by three young ICT professionals produced by the New Horizons.
Akunyili noted that ICT has become part of every individual and societies in the contemporary times, adding that it is the desire of the nation to have even young professionals in the sector.
She stated that the New Horizons has impacted greatly in the country through its giant strides in capacity building at the primary, secondary and tertiary institutions across the country stressing that its recent turn out of three young ICT professionals was a landmark efforts towards the development of the ICT sector in the country.
The Information and Communication Minister who described the courtesy call as the best since her assumption of office maintained that the leadership of President Goodluck Jonathan would continue to promote and support the development of ICT and promised to collaborate well meaning organisations like the New Horizons to achieve the desired ICT height in the nation.
Earlier, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, New Horizons, Mr. Tim Akano who led the visit said the call was necessitated by the enthusiasm, zeal and courage of the three young children in ICT.
Presenting the young professionals as Miss Favour Nwaiwu of Royal Academy, Abuja, aged eight, Miss Seun Alade and Master Davidson Osameren both of Doregos Private Academy, Lagos aged 14 and 13 respectively, Akano said the young Nigerians were determined to be part of the people that will change the future of the nation positively through Information Technology.
Akano revealed that Favour Nwaiwu was the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional while Alade and Osameren were the Africa’s youngest security 5 professionals.
Akano noted that Malaysia, a third world country in the 1970’s embarked on massive human capital development, producing about 100,000 ICT professionals annually which he said had helped to transform the country into a developed nation within a short period.
He maintained that the New Horizons was inspired with such challenge and expressed hopes of realisation if given the environment and needed support.
According to him “ I plead for the support of the ministry to the company’s vision of producing 50,000 ‘Favours’ annually as done in Malaysia with a view to realising the Vision 20 : 2020″