“FUO is on the Information Communication Technology highway to promote digital literacy within and outside the institution”.
These were the words of the Head, Entrepreneurial and Skills Development Unit, (ESDU) Dr Sam Ebie when his unit commenced a “5-Day Train The Trainer Exercise” at the University to equip participants in the area of Digital Literacy Competence under IC3.
Dr Ebie said the idea behind the training is to close the gap that staff and students have in the area of Information Communication Technology and Computer Applications.
He noted that this is the first skills Acquisition Exercise for staff with the hope that participants mostly Unit Heads train other members of their team.
The Unit Head also disclosed that the University intends to invite other instructors and resource persons to build a trainers team for the Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Center, Otuoke (SAECO) this is to enable FUO conduct digital literacy training for institutions, organizations, or individuals thereby generating revenue while tackling the challenges of computer illiteracy within Bayelsa State and the Niger Delta Region.
Dr Ebie while expressing satisfaction with the efforts made said it will put FUO in a vantage position in the virtual world, enabling a globally accepted digital literacy competent community.
Responding to questions from FUO media, the Chief Executive Officer of Commit Technology and Consult Nigeria, Dr. Niran Oyekale said the ongoing training of FUO Staff by his firm is certified by The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) the National Universities Commission (NUC), Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) and other ICT related stakeholders.
Dr Oyekale reiterated that the future trainers will be certified internationally and saddled with the task to help close the gap between computer illiteracy and global standards in digital literacy in FUO. He said the IC3 training will cover other areas like IC-Health, Adobe, Auto Desk, Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE), Quick books etc.
He commended the University for embarking on the journey to create a digital literacy compliant community, describing it as a pace setter among other institutions.
Dr Oyekale urged management not to relent in maximizing opportunities afforded by the exercise and forge on to create a center in FUO where IC3 examination will be conducted and candidates awarded certificates.
The training will run for 45 hours within a 5-day period to end with a 3-hour competence Assessment of participants.
It is expected that staff and students of FUO will be beneficiaries of subsequent IC3 training with an advantage of becoming Globally Certified in digital literacy.