By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream) and Senator representing Akwa Ibom North East Senatorial District, Senator Bassey Albert Akpan has challenged Nigerians to brace up and utilize the technological era, saying that technology has since overtaken the oil and gas industry in growth.
Senator Akpan, who is the Leader of the Akwa Ibom State Caucus in the National Assembly, Abuja, made the assertion at the Senator OBA Digital Technology Hub at Ifa Ikot Akpan, Etoi, Uyo Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State while addressing students of his Graduate Retraining Programme on Tuesday January 11, 2022.
According to Sen. Akpan who is an economist and financial expert, the digital and technological revolution in the world offers more prospects, opportunities and fortune.
The two-term Senator, who is also known as OBA, advised the graduates who are undergoing the training to use the knowledge they will garner to add value to themselves and society rather than wait for limited white collar jobs or jump into politics.
“This training can empower you for the rest of your life. I am very, very delighted today because one of the deficiencies we have is that every Tom, Dick and Harry wants to be a politician. This training will help correct such mindset,” he added.
Senator Akpan commended instructors at the centre for the assiduous training of participants and promised to continue utilizing their expertise in the running of the centre.
Manager of the hub, Elder Uduak Nse in his brief speech announced that the 30 trainees drawn from the three Senatorial Districts of Akwa Ibom State were picked from over 1000 applicants who wrote aptitude tests prior to being admitted for the training.
Elder Nse lauded Senator Akpan for insisting on transparency and merit in the selection of trainees for the Graduate scheme.
In his remarks, the IT Consultant/Lead Instructor, Mr Peter Francis Anokwu of Commit Technology & Consult Limited, said the free training initiative aimed at training several digital advocates and equipping them with world class Information and Communication Technology skills/certification would have cost each of them a minimum of N300,000 (three hundred thousand Naira).
Mr Anokwu commended Senator Akpan for floating the scheme and making it possible for the graduates to access the training free of charge.
The IT/Training Administrator of Senator OBA Digital Hub, Mr Itoro Okon, on his part, noted that the training will address digital inadequacies of the trainees and instill world class technological practice to enable them compete favourably at the global markets.