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ICT critical to future development – PTDF boss

Executive Secretary of Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF), Dr. Oluwole Oluleye on Monday said Information Communication Technology holds the key to future development in the country.

Oluleye who spoke in Abuja when he received Kogi State Governor, Idris Wada to PTDF, said the fund has in last few years established several ICT centres in schools to push Nigerian youths in that direction.

According to him, “on ICT, we think this is very key and core to us because we think the new generations are mostly into IT. This is why we have gone to secondary schools, colleges of education, polytechnics and universities to set up ICT centres. We cannot accommodate everyone at once and that is why we have divided into phases.

“Are job at PTDF is mainly training and capacity building but at local and international levels. We also do a lot of skills acquisitions to train lower level citizens in under water and normal welding; and so your request of a skill acquisition centre is quiet vital being a mineral producing state.

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“In terms of education and training several Kogi indigenes have benefited from us, we have about 73 who have undergone masters’ degree programme both locally and internationally and we currently have 21 PhDs who have graduated and a few of them who are still on the programme”.

Speaking earlier, Wada commended the fund for intervening in several institutions in the state which has increased ICT awareness in the state and has provided facilities to train the state workforce on IT.