The federal government of Nigeria has approved the Cisco Networking Academy Programme to be run across the Unity Schools in addition to the establishment of six Internet of Things (IoT) innovation centers across the Federal Unity Colleges in the six geo-political zones of the country.
The project is a part of Cisco's strategic partnership with the Federal Ministry of Education to enhance access to quality ICT learning in primary, secondary and tertiary education in the country.
Mallam Adamu Adamu, current Minister of Education of Nigeria told, "government has discovered that qualitative education in the modern world is intrinsically tied to the development and deployment of ICT in education, this initiative by Cisco is highly commendable as it will train our students to become global problem solvers and to become competitive on a global level. It is my earnest desire that this center will produce great minds that will make a difference Nigeria."
The projects is driven by UNITeS, one of Cisco's Networking Academy Support Centres designed to provide a platform for research and development that will provide solutions to social challenges and developmental problems, and transform Federal Unity Colleges into smart schools for teaching and learning. Two IoT Innovation Centres have already been established at the Federal Science and Technical College, Yaba and at FGC, Bwari, Abuja.
"The establishment of these centers is one of the ways Cisco encourages the adoption and the application of technology. Our aim is to boost the education sector, ensuring more students are exposed to skills for the digital economy, in the current 4th Industrial Revolution. This will enhance Nigeria's global competitiveness, boost socio-economic development and promote the employability of Nigerian youths," told Imoh Akpan, CSR Programme Manager, Cisco Nigeria.