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Thursday 1 June 2023

Expert seeks Inclusion of Digital Skills in School Curriculum


By Nurat Uthman

An Information Communication Technology expert, Dayo Akindolani, Thursday called on the Federal Government to urgently revamp the education sector.

Akindolani in a statement made available to our correspondent in Abuja also called for the inclusion of digital skills into the national curriculum. The expert also noted that digital skills, among other potentials in the information technology landscape, were minimally harvested by the previous governments.

These, he noted were “limiting a huge potential for competitive advantage in becoming a digital talent hub compared to developed countries.”

“A strong emphasis on education and training is crucial for building a talent hub. The government needs to significantly invest in revamping curricula, integrating digital literacy and coding skills into school programs, and supporting universities in developing relevant courses. Collaboration with private sector organizations and international partners can provide scholarships, grants, and mentorship programs to nurture talent from an early stage,” the statement read.

He further noted that the new dispensation has an unprecedented opportunity to transform the country into a digital talent hub “By learning from past initiatives, benchmarking against successful global examples, and leveraging Nigeria’s population and diversity, the government can prioritize key areas to build a robust digital ecosystem.”

These steps by the government, he revealed “will not only attract international attention but also stimulate economic growth, create job opportunities, and position Nigeria as a leading player in the global digital economy.

“The government should prioritize expanding internet connectivity, particularly in rural areas, by investing in broadband infrastructure and exploring innovative solutions such as satellite internet. Developing data centers, technology parks, and innovation hubs across the country will create a conducive environment for startups and talent development,” he added.

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