The Digital Katsina State Project (DigiKat), says it is targeting to educate, empower, upskill and make about four million individuals and groups digitally compliant by 2027.
Dr Muttaqa Rabe, President of DigiKat Advisory Board, said this during the flag-off of digital skills training for 15,000 in the state on Sunday in Katsina.
According to him, the training is open to any indigene of the state, including students and civil servants interested in acquiring digital skills.
Rabe said that teachers would be involved to ensure that they impart the digital skills to their students.
“It is one of the major ways that the target of digitising the state can be achieved and become sustainable,” he said.
Malam Muhammad Abbas-Usman, the DigiKat Monitoring and Evaluation Unit Lead, said the project was a transformative initiative aimed at digitising the state.
He said the ultimate goal was to educate, empower, upskill and make individuals and groups digitally compliant.
“It was also designed to empower people of the state with essential digital skills and create a conducive environment for technological innovation and entrepreneurship.
“The aim is also to make the state digitally compliant and improve the ease of doing business, create job opportunities for youths, and narrow the digital divide.
“The project will also help the state to become one of the largest digital consumer base in the country, and provide opportunities for local-level businesses to become global”, he said.
Abbas-Usman added that the project would enhance efficiency in the public services by making public servants computer literate.
The project lead also said it would develop efficient trade mechanisms, and encourage technology and digital transformation of individuals and groups.
“The major goals of the DogiKat is to make the state digital and thus improve the ease of doing businesses, help Katsina state youth to acquire relevant digital skills.
“Help the youth transit their skills into gainful employment, increase their income earning potential and assist a portion of the unemployed youths in the state”, he said.
Abbas-Usman said the project would provide the youths with computer literacy through online courses, library and digitisation training, online clinic and market, innovation lab and DigiKat pay. (NAN)
Nigerian Students Are Facing Excruciating Hardship-Enyinstede
Nigerian Association Of Science Students, Comrade Henry Enyinstede has cried out over the economic crisis in Nigeria, which is affecting the Nigerian students.
Enyinstede, who stated this in a press statement yesterday, said students are also struggling to go for lectures because of the high cost of transport.
He lamented that this can possibly lead to their poor academic performance.
According to him, despite the oil earnings, the Nigerian economy finds it difficult to experience an improved life style rather the economy get tough every seconds of the day and this has placed a terrible scar on the Nigerian Students.
“The High cost of tuition fees across varsities and other tertiary institutions has rendered the Nigerian Students helpless and hopeless because the Students union are bought over like hot pot of porridge by school Management and are dancing to their tones instead of seeking for justice.
“Tuitions are increased annually in some tertiary Institutions and the increment is horrific. Even the price of Joint Matriculation Board (JAMB) and Institutions Post JAMB forms has been increased and this price increment of registration form has and it’s dashing the of hope of Aspiring Nigerian Students.
“The Nigerian Students are enormously hit by the current economic crisis as 90 percent of Students rely solely on parents and family members for source of livelihood and as a result proper spending plan must be adopted and as at that they still find it difficult to feed at least once a day because of the outrageous price of foodstuffs and goods which the sellers blamed on the removal of oil subside.
“Students struggles to go for lectures because of the high cost of transport and this can possibly lead to their poor academic performance,” he said.
He further said Nigeria is one of the World’s resource rich economies but continue to be ravaged by poverty.
UNIZIK, Group Partner on use of Mother Tongue to Promote Science Curriculum
The Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK) and an Igbo sociocultural organisation, the Odinala Cultural Heritage Foundation (OCHIE Igbo), have partnered on the use of mother tongue to promote science curriculum in the region.
Mr Caleb Onwe, the National Publicity Secretary of OCHIE Igbo, made this known in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.
Onwe said UNIZIK, through its Vice Chancellor, Prof.Charles Esimone, had approved March 15 for the unveiling of the OCHIE-Igbo STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Project Committees in partnership with the university.
He said the proposed OCHIE Igbo STEM School (Igbo Silicone Valley) would be sited in UNIZIK and would take off on a virtual note targeting to enroll Igbo children from all parts of the world.
“Over the years, educationists, researchers and curriculum development experts have argued that children perform better when taught in their mother tongue.
“The efficacy of the above claim lies with the inroads and quantum of converts which the missionaries made in Igboland on their arrival.
“Therefore, the target of the OCHIE Igbo STEM Project is to raise a generation of Igbo children that can innovate, conceive, invent and interpret phenomena in Igbo language.
“This way, the educational barriers and challenges associated with the learning sciences in our primary and secondary schools would be a thing of the past,” Onwe said
He said three committees would be inaugurated on March 15 at the university.
“The Coordination Committee is led by Prof. Joseph Ikechebelu, Deputy Vice Chancellor in Charge of Administration, with Okoro Chinedum Benedict as the committee’s Co Chairman.
“The Curriculum Development Committee is led by Prof. Lilian Akudolu of the Faculty of Education.
“Igbo Translation Committee is led by Prof. Thecla Udemmadu of the Department of Igbo,”” he concluded.(NAN)
Osun Govt. to Recruit 5,000 Teachers
The Osun government has approved the recruitment of 5,000 teachers and 250 education officers to fill the existing vacancies in the teaching service in the state.
This is contained in a statement signed by Olawale Rasheed, Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Ademola Adeleke on Wednesday in Osogbo.
He said that the approval for the recruitment of teachers was sequel to the conclusion of the need assessment conducted by the government in 2023.
He said the council directed the Ministry of Education to fast track the process of recruiting qualified and competent hands to enhance teaching and learning.
According to him, the council has also approved the release of N1.3 billion for the immediate rehabilitation of Ora Igbomina water works in Ifedayo Local Government area. (NAN)
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