Wednesday, October 15, 2008

New Horizons to host IT job fair-08

A new wave of expo is underway in the Information Technology (IT) sub-sector as industry institute, New Horizons, announced its readiness to host the second edition of job fair cum IT seminar at various locations nationwide.

Managing Director and chief executive officer of New Horizons Nigeria, Mr. Tim Akano, while disclosing this in a press statement made available to ITRealms Online, said that it promises to be the biggest of its kind on the continent.

“This is the first time in Africa where all the global IT giants like Microsoft, Oracle, Cisco, Sun Microsystems, EC-Council and New Horizons will be coming together under one roof to discuss the latest trends in IT and how it affects Nigerians as a whole, but more importantly, how individuals can benefit optimally from the numerous IT opportunities,” he said.

The event, he also said, would take place at three locations across the country, namely at the indoor sports hall of the national stadium, Surulere; the cultural centre, Kuto Abeokuta and the CBN centre, Computer Science department, University of Ibadan.

Akano said, the event has been scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 18, 2008, underlining the fact that participants would learn about actionable steps to take towards improving their professional skills thereby making it easier for the unemployed to get jobs of their dreams.

Other invited guests, he said, would include top recruitment companies: People Prime, IRIS Consulting, Michael Stevens, and Clement Ashley Consulting.

The co-founder of EC-Council, creators of programmes such as Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Certified Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI), Master of Security Science (MSS), and MBA E-Business, Mr. Bavisi, would be in attendance to discuss the importance of e-business to national growth and career development.

Equally, he said that at the fair, participants would have the opportunity to meet with the recruitment firms to discuss their career aspirations, the needed steps to take to achieve their goals and job opportunities in the Nigerian employment market.

“They will also get to know the top paying companies in the country, good universities they can attend on a reasonable budget abroad for their postgraduate programmes as well as available scholarships they can tap into to sponsor their schooling,” he said.

He drew attention to the deplorable situation of unemployment in the country and the need to address the situation with pragmatic and long lasting solution.

He said the former minister for education Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili and the present CBN Governor Prof. Chukwuma Soludo said that more than 70 per cent of Nigerian youths are unemployed, unemployable or underemployed and if the situation is not reversed Nigeria will soon become a nation of criminals.

He explained that ICT is the area in which skills are needed in the world today and those who strive to acquire these skills will be better for it.

He recalled that New Horizons had previously organized a job fair at the national stadium in Lagos, where thousands of people gathered to witness the event - an infotainment night; the first of its kind in Nigeria involving 9ICE and Dan Forste.

“They have also put together a mobile scholarship initiative in a bid to emancipate the youths from the shackles of unemployment,” he said.

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