In line with the University’s policy of giving back to the society, the Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Prof. Abdullahi Bala, fsssn, has declared a free 5-day ICT training open for 100 selected participants from the Bida Emirate Council of Niger State.

The opening ceremony of the training with the theme: Computer Fundamentals and the Internet of Things Overview took place at the Department of Office Technology and Management Computer Lab, Federal Polytechnic Bida on Tuesday, February 25, 2020.

Speaking at the event, Prof. Bala said the training was in line with the University’s mandates of teaching, research and community service, adding that the training was the fourth in the series initiated by his administration on assumption of office in 2017.

The Vice-Chancellor who was represented at the event by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Yahaya Ahmed Iyaka, urged participants to take full advantage of the University’s gesture to learn innovative skills in Information and Communication Technology as well as computer usage while noting that the world is ICT driven and that only those with computer knowledge can break even.

Prof. Bala advised all the Local Government Chairmen in the Emirate Council to establish ICT training hubs in their respective areas for the training of youth on contemporary issues in ICT and for the sustainability of the programme, saying that ICT has the potential of providing employment opportunities for the teeming youth in the Emirate Council.

He tasked participants to be disciplined and serious with the training in order to earn the institution’s certificate that will be given to successful participants at the end of the training while noting that the usefulness of the certificate cannot be overemphasized.

In his address, the Etsu Nupe, HRH. Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, CFR, applauded the Federal University of Technology, Minna for organizing the training for youth in the Emirate Council and called on other corporate organisations within the Emirate to emulate FUT, Minna by giving back to their immediate communities.

“We are indeed very grateful to FUT, Minna for this gesture. I have been in Bida for a very long time and corporate social responsibility is not common here. I hope that others will come to our aid by committing part of their resources to the development of their immediate community,” the Royal Father disclosed.

The Etsu Nupe who was represented at the event by Pharmacist Yahaya Aliyu Maiyaki (Mai-Yaki Nupe-Dodondawa) expressed optimism that the ICT training would provide means of livelihood for the participants and urged them to pay rapt attention and respect the instructors so that they can learn a lot at the end of the training.

Speaking earlier, the Rector, Federal Polytechnic Bida, Dr. Abubakar Dzukogi, represented by the Deputy Rector (Administration), Engr. Dr. Sani Man Yahaya commended FUT, Minna for coming to train youth in the Emirate Council, while expressing the readiness of the Federal Polytechnic, Bida to partner with FUT, Minna in the areas of training and retraining of its ICT staff, research collaboration and other programmes that would be of utmost benefit to members of the Emirate Council.

In his welcome address, the Acting Director, Information Technology Services of the University, Dr. Mohammed Adamu said the training was in line with the University’s vision, mission and corporate social responsibility of touching the lives of its host communities through life changing programmes.

It will be recalled that the maiden edition of the ICT training took place in Minna in 2018 for 400 selected secondary schools students across Minna metropolis. It was followed by the Suleja Emirate Council in 2018 and Borgu Emirate Council in 2019.

All the participants were given course manual, writing materials as well as lunch throughout the training courtesy of the Federal University of Technology, Minna. The week-long training held from Monday, 24th to Friday 28th, February, 2020.

After five days of intensive training, the exercise finally came to an end today with the presentation of certificates to all the participants by some of the dignitaries present at the closing ceremony.

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