By: Ike Philip AbiagomAnioma youths will continue to applaud the member representing Delta North Senatorial District in the Senate Arm of the National Assembly and Chairman, Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs,Most Distinguished Senator Peter Nwaoboshi(SPON) for donating an Ultra-modern Information Technology center (ITC) called- “Obi Francis Nwaoboshi ICT Training Institute” at Isikisi Road,Isieke-Ibusa in Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State.The Ultra-modern Information Technology center(ITC) is named after his late father Obi Francis Nwaoboshi.
The Director, Chief Ambrose Elofu Dike who described Senator Peter Onyelukachukwu Nwaoboshi(SPON) as “a genuine partner in progress”, said the Centre was the first of its kind in the South-South part of Nigeria adding that it would impact the Ibusa community positively, especially in the areas of learning and research.
The centre parades, among other state-of-the-art facilities,two e-learning training halls equipped with over 100 computer sets and training facilities, exhibition and training halls,conference hall,server/online facilities,generator,borehole facility and water treatment plants,Wi-Fi facility and training programmes required to make learning and teaching easier for researchers.
The center is powered by solar energy and is expected to enhance the free learning capabilities of students and workers while facilitating their exposure to computer education and other technology as they connect with the rest of the world via the use of the Internet.He noted that the facility will not only bring additional knowledge to the students and teachers of the GSS in Ibusa, but also impact other neighboring towns.
Dike said, for students to survive and compete in this digital age, they must excel in science technology hence it’s inclusion in curriculum as compulsory, particularly, the Information Communication Technology (ICT).
“The program focuses on youths who do not have the financial capacity to acquire relevant ICT, entrepreneurial and life skills that can make them compete in the workplace”.
So for all the young people between the ages of 12 – 40 years that are not computer literate are expected to receive free training, the package is set out in broad terms before they begin the course – which lasts between eight to 12 weeks on average.
“The Obi Francis Nwaoboshi ICT Training Institute (OFN-ICT)serves as a knowledge hub where youths from the community can be empowered for the world of work. It also serves as a center for the advancement of work place preparedness for the program beneficiaries.
According to the Director of the Institute,the entire process from application through orientation, training,evaluation,examination and graduation is robust and structured free of charge as admission is ongoing now for second set training of students.
Dike charged interested students who are willing to upgrade and acquire free ITC training to avail themselves of the ample opportunity provided by the new free facility within their own domain by Most Distinguished Senator Peter Nwaoboshi(SPON).
“Technology is set to be the preferred way of learning in the future and it is estimated that 95% of the workforce in coming years will require ICT skills,” said Dike, Director, Obi Francis Nwaoboshi ICT Training Institute. He also recognised Senator Nwaoboshi’s effort to partner with the NCC’s commitment toward digitising Nigeria’s economy.