The Nigerian Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, says Nigeria is working hard in educating Nigerian students to be employers of labour rather than being job seekers after graduation.
The Minister stated this in Abuja at the MTN Foundation Scholarship Award and Alumni induction ceremony.
Dr. Pantami also said that the aim of the training is to produce graduates with digital skills that can employ labour rather than educate them to become job seekers.
“The aim of education today is not to produce job seekers and this is actually the aim of the honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy. The aim is not to produce graduates who seek jobs. The aim is to produce graduates who have entrepreneurial skills especially in the areas of ICT” upon graduation they are already employers of labour because they are already equipped with the prerequisite skills to compete with the peace.”
Represented by his Spokesperson, Mrs. Uwa Suleiman, the Minister applauded the MTN foundation for its contribution to Nigeria especially in the area of scholarships to the indigent and visually impaired.
“What MTN is doing is indeed laudable because they say little drops of water makes a mighty ocean efforts from stakeholders, private organisations and public institutions like this, add great value to the overall picture of digitalization in the Nigerian economy. These things can be done in two major ways; capacity building and developing indigenous content.”
According to Dr. Pantami, “the scholarship for indigent students, I am particularly pleased that there is a special scheme for science related courses for students who are studying in other disciplines of science. This gives impetus to the science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics Drive of the President Mohammadu Buhari’s led administration of it also adds value to local content development.
“MTN’s decision to give scholarships in science related disciplines is deliberate. It is not random and it is not a mistake. It is keyed into the developmental strategies of not just Nigeria but the world at large because the world is going to acknowledge everything is technology and science is the basis for technological development.”
He added that “I would like to give a personal advice drawn from my own humble experience, the key to success, besides having the right support system either financially spiritually or otherwise. The key to success is to do what you love.”
Earlier, the Senior Manager, Program Implementation, MTN, Mr. Abasi-Ekong Udobang, said: “This year, MTN Foundation would be awarding scholarship to a total of 165 students. This comprises 995 science and technology students and 110, as it was mentioned before, each scholarship worth N200, 000, which cover your tuition, books, allowance and stipend for Academic year. This scholarship would be renewed annually on the condition that you maintain your grades.”