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Monday, May 16, 2011

Covenant University certifies 283 on IT, honours Akano

A total of 283 students of Covenant University have been certified on Information Technology (ICT), even as the institute honoured the managing director of New Horizons, Mr. Tim Akano.

The public relations executive of New Horizons, Mr. Akinyemi Sokoya, who made these disclosures at the weekend, said that the journey of IT training partnership between New Horizons and Covenant University, began four years ago and has paid off afterwards.

He explained that this was consequent upon the completion of certificate presentation ceremony organized last week by the school.

Sokoya said that the university which became certified in CISCO certified Network Associate, CCNA; CISCO Certified Network Professional (CCNP); Project Management; EC-Council Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and Web Multimedia.

He noted that after the partnership was sealed in 2007 with the mandate to integrate all its students into the international certification based training, irrespective of their discipline to better equip them for the challenges ahead.

The Vice Chancellor, Covenant University, Prof. (Mrs) Aize Obayan said in her address to the occasion that the feat being celebrated and the subsequent presentation of the international certificates to the 283 students was an affirmation of the entrepreneurial drive of the university to refocus Nigeria education system.

She pointed out that as an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) driven institution, the university is on a revolution mission aimed at bringing the desired change and transformation of Nigeria education system to the bare. Stressing that a change could place the Nigerian university graduates shoulder above their peers at the global arena.

“With these certifications the graduands are now better equipped and prepared to move into the world and drive enterprises for themselves and their Alma Mata, especially now that they are going into the over saturated labour market,” she said, adding that in Covenant University, they are committed to raising the bar for a betterment and future of Nigerian education systems.

“The solution we seek for Nigerian education system is right here with us, and now we can see that the beautiful ones are here in ICT revolution, ready to give India and China a fight for their edge in ICT advancement” she said, maintaining that the feat attained by the students’ as the product of the vision of the school and the beginning of a silent revolution going on in Nigeria.

Commenting after his award by the institute, the chief executive officer, New Horizons Nigeria, Mr. Tim Akano said that the importance of ICT in the 21st century cannot be overemphasised and congratulated the students for their resilience and hard-work.

“ICT should be taken more seriously now than ever before, as it has proven to be the highest paying profession in the world,” he said.

Akano recalled that it took him 18 months to convince the management of the university on the importance of ICT to its students, but expressed satisfaction that once the partnership agreement was signed, the efforts did yield positive results with Covenant University attaining the best ICT university award for three years consecutively.

He urged the students to take ICT with seriously, particularly now that the rest of the century is going to be dominated by ICT.

Remmy Nweke
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