March 21, 2023

Zulum And Sirika Boost Skills With 12,000 Copies Of Prof Pantami’s Books

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The 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 a recent book on Skills Rather than Just Degrees by the Honourable 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.

According to a press release on Monday, January 2023 signed by the Senior Technical Assistant (R&«D) to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Femi Adeluyi, said that the book was unveiled on Thursday, 24th of November 2022 at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja. Mr. Brad Smith, the President of Microsoft Corporation, wrote the Foreword to the book. Skills Rather than Just Degrees focused on the importance of skills and their potential impact in addressing the problems of unemployability, unemployment, and underemployment.

The book is a research and production work implementing the paradigm shift advocated by Professor P’antami and is in alignment with the approach being adopted in leading educational and technological countries like the United States of America, Finland, and India, among 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.

Several Vice Chancellors also endorsed and reviewed the book, including Professor M.A. Abdulazeez, Vice Chancellor of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Professor Owunari Abraham Georgewill, Vice Chancellor of the University of Port-Harcourt, and Prof. Sagir Adamu Abbas, Vice Chancellor of Bayero
University Kano.

In a bid to boost skilling 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 to follow their example. It is hoped that other stakeholders will try and circulate the book in their communities.

The Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, under Professor Pantami’s leadership, remains committed to implementing the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) 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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