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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Cisco to invest $10m on Africa

Cisco Systems is to invest $10 million for development of its networking potentials on the continent.

Just as five countries on the continent have been listed as first batch of beneficiaries on the project, namely Nigeria, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Kenya.

Cisco, a global leader in networking known to have transformed how people connect, communicate and collaborate through pioneering of the Internet Protocol (IP)-based technologies evolution.

Disclosing this, the Area Academy Manager for West and Central Africa at Cisco Networking Academy, Mr. Julius Ayuk Tabe, would afford the organisation to expand its zeal in empowering Africans and especially the youth through the use deployment of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for development via the networking academies.

He also said that the academies current with presence in 168 countries globally, while Nigeria has 65 scattered in various locations nationwide, even as Cisco plans to engaged over 50 Unity Schools in the country with this initiative.

According to him, the academies focus on Information Technology (IT) essentials and wireless network, including relevant certification for both teachers and students so as to prepare them for the future.

Two core system academies in the country are resident at the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) Abuja and University of Jos (UNIJOS) in Plateau State.

He explained that Cisco Networking Academy is an innovative global education initiative that delivers ICT skills to help meet this growing demand while improving career and educational opportunities for students around the world.

Cisco Systems founded in 1984 had in April 2006 officially opened its Nigerian office, thus bringing its avalanche of services and opportunities closer to the populace.

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