Global technology company, Cisco has established 200 Networking Academies in Nigeria, toward boosting digital skills.
General Manager, Cisco Nigeria and West African Countries, Olakunle Oloruntimehin made this known during the Network Academy (NetAcad) Demo and Roundtable Session on Saturday in Lagos.
Oloruntimehin said that the establishment of 200 Networking Academies made Nigeria the country with the highest number of Cisco Network Academies in Africa.
He said that the technology company was committed to strengthening digital skills in the country.
He said that NetAcad provided an ever-expanding community of students, employers, educators’, NGOs and employees with the requisite technical and entrepreneurial skills required to transform the world for the better.
”In partnership with a number of educators and instructors at 200 academies in Nigeria, we are constantly working to deliver the best curricula to help train these students,” the General Manager said.
Oloruntimehin said that NetAcad continued to shape communities and economies around the globe, creating a pipeline of technical talents, who were ready to innovate and shape the future.
It also announced its new, three-year partnership with an international advocacy organisation, ‘Global Citizen’, to power the movement to end extreme poverty.
He said that the partnership involved the company’s commitment to funding and technology to help end poverty, playing a vital role in making progress towards the United Nations’ Global Goals for Sustainable Development and ending extreme poverty by 2030.
”Through this multi-year partnership with Global Citizen, Cisco will equip advocates and activists around the world with the 21st-century skills and tools they will need to make a meaningful difference in the lives of the world’s most marginalised people,” Oloruntimehin said.
Demos showcased NetAcad students include a smart IoT solutions – Fire Alarm system, by the students of Federal Science and Technical College (FSTC), Yaba and the assembling of a Computer by students of Nigerian Navy Secondary School, Ojo.
Other interesting demos included a robotics demo – Auto Farm Machine by students of Federal Government College, Odogbolu, as well as a demo from students of Queens College, Yaba, on Smart Bin.