We’ll bridge gap between industries, academy – TETFund

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By Ogaga Ariemu

The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) has reiterated its determination to bridge the digital skills gap between industries and the academy.

Sonny Echono, the Executive Secretary of TETFund, disclosed this in Abuja on Monday, 2023, at the Train the Trainer ICT Capacity Workshop for Beneficiary Institutions in the North Central Zone.

Echono said that bridging the digital skills gap would help produce globally competitive graduates.

According to him, the need for capacity building, internet access availability, electronic journals, database subscriptions, and many others has been identified in our various institutions.

He emphasised the importance of digital technology to advance the research of the beneficiary institutions and the nation at large.

Echono hinted that the Federal Government had drafted a policy as a minimum academic standard requiring graduates to possess ICT knowledge before graduation.

He said that digital literacy was necessary as the country was not producing enough skilled manpower to serve its 220 million people.

He also said that there was a mismatch between employers and the skills produced by graduates, hence the need to close the gap.

”In today’s world, there is a template on which one can operate. Even our teaching staff, non-teaching staff, and management staff, including most of the workforce, do not possess these digital skills.

”We are in TETFund to do our best to bridge that gap, and if we succeed in ensuring our students are digitally literate, it will make them marketable and create enhanced avenues for research,” he said.

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