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NITDA awards postgraduate scholarships - set to establish IT Hubs


The National Information Technology Development Agency, (NITDA) has awarded scholarship to 80 Nigerian youths to undertake postgraduate studies in various fields of Information Technology and related disciplines, ITRealms authoritatively gathered.
This is coming as the agency has concluded plans to establish IT parks and innovation hubs in its bid to bring ICT to the doorsteps of Nigerians.

Director General of NITDA, Mr. Peter Jack who disclosed this at a ceremony to disburse the awards to the students recently in Abuja, urged the students to focus on technologies that could solve real life challenges in the country and to develop alliances that can be helpful to them in the development of their careers in the future.

Mr Jack further called on them to sharpen their entrepreneurial skills, stressing that the agency’s innovative hubs would help them fulfil their dreams if they decide to go into entrepreneurship on completion of their programmes.

“NITDA is already embarking on the creation of IT parks and innovation hubs. We intend to raise support centres. The intention is to bring Information and Communication Technology to the doorsteps of every Nigerian. We plan to create 600,000 IT entrepreneurs and 1.2 million jobs. We are working closely to synergise our resources with other agencies in the country. Substantial resources have been invested in the last few years to build capacity in the ICT sector. There is a need for us to play among the top players in the ICT sector by the year 2020. We enjoin you to do your best to make Nigeria proud. Innovation is the way forward to improve the quality of life in Nigeria,” he said.

The scholarship programme is based on merit and covers the six geo – political zones of the country.
ITrealms gathered that 74 of the graduates (two from each of the states and the Federal Capital Territory) will be pursuing master’s degree programmes while six of them selected from six geo-political zones of the country will be pursuing doctorate degrees in Information Technology and related fields.

Chukwudi Obi




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