Following the World Bank’s report that Nigeria’s economy is bleak due to the nation’s inability to invest in human capital, the Administrator of the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), Ike Adinde, has stressed the need for the country to begin to develop skills that the modern economy needs. He argued that many young Nigerians are unemployed not because they don’t have the certificate, but because they lack the requisite digital and employable skills that the industry demands.
Speaking with journalists at a forum with Human Resource and IT Directors in Abuja, Adindu said DBI is taking initiative to drive the National Vocational Skills System, which will target vocational skills development in ICT. He added that Institute, in partnership with the National Board for Technical Education, hopes to train 10,000 persons per year under the programme.
He said: “Many young people do not have the requisite digital skills to play in the modern economy. We can distinguish between unemployment as a result of jobs not being available and unemployment as a result of not having the employable skills that the industry demands. The World Bank report is important to Nigeria as it indicates that we need to begin to develop skills that the modern economy needs.”
He explained that the Institute seeks to ensure that skills that are found in computer villages scattered across the country are enhanced, recognized and linked to job opportunities in the sector.
“Skills development is not about certificate, but about what one can do. We want to develop skills so that people can be self-reliant. We are hoping to train 10,000 persons per year. Working with the National Board for Technical Education to train the assessors and the internal quality verifiers and external quality verifiers, the DBI would award certificate that place the participants at a certain competency level,” he stated.