The Executive Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, and the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, have supported efforts to boost skills in the country by obtaining 12,000 copies of the recently published book, ‘Skills Rather than Just Degrees’ by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), who is also a Professor of Cybersecurity at the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State, for distribution.
In a bid to boost skill acquisition in Nigeria, Professor Babagana Zulum obtained 10,000 copies of the book for distribution in schools and other institutions in Borno State. Senator Hadi Sirika also obtained 2,000 copies for distribution in institutions across the country.
Both high profile personalities were motivated to do this after reading the book and acknowledging the high quality of the content and its capacity to inspire Nigerians to embrace skills as a catalyst for national transformation.
They also encouraged well-meaning Nigerians and institutions for follow their example. It is hoped that other stakeholders will try and circulate the book in their communities.
It should be recalled that the book was unveiled November 24, 2022 in Abuja.
The President of Microsoft Corporation, Mr. Brad Smith wrote the Foreword to the book. Skills Rather than Just Degrees focused on the importance of skills and its potential impact in addressing the problems of unemployability, unemployment and underemployment.
The book is a research and productive work implementing the paradigm shift advocated by Professor Pantami and is in alignment with the approach being adopted in leading educational and technological countries like the United States of America, Finland and India, amongst other countries.
The book was endorsed and unveiled by the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Abubakar Adamu Rasheed. Professor Idris Muhammad Bugaje, Executive Secretary of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) was one of the personalities that endorsed the book.
A number of Vice Chancellors also endorsed and reviewed the book, including Vice Chancellor of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Professor M.A. Abdulazeez; Vice Chancellor of the University of Port-Harcourt, Professor Owunari Abraham Georgewill, and the Vice Chancellor of Bayero University Kano, Prof. Sagir Adamu Abbas.
The Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, under Professor Pantami’s leadership, has remained committed to implementing the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) in order to ensure that Nigeria’s digital economy remains a leading light and support the country to become the talent capital of the continent and also the world.
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