The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of APTECH, Mr. Anil Plant, has called on all tiers of government to give scholarships to students to study Information Technology, just as he urged them to open more avenues for students in the field.
Plant made the call at the ninth edition of a programme tagged Career Quest organised by APTECH in collaboration with Middlesex University in Lagos on Wednesday.
The APTECH boss said there were many vacancies in the IT industry that Nigeria, as a country, had to fill in order to meet up with the demands in her various sectors.
According to Plant, IT has come a long way in developed climes and Nigeria, which is striving for greatness, should not be left out.
He argued that the only way to achieve greatness in IT in the nearest future was to get Nigerian students involved, adding that this could only be done by encouraging its study through scholarship awards to students who are interested in studying IT.
Paint said, “In terms of Information Technology, what you (the Nigerian government) need to do is to open more avenues for students. Information technology is not just about opening an office and setting up a computer. The world is moving. You will have IT in every space. You have IT in civil engineering, technology, automobiles, manufacturing and it is being used in every single office. If you don’t generate enough IT professionals, what happens to the IT needs of your country? Nigeria is a very large country. What happens to her IT needs?
“The government has enough money to give scholarship to children to pursue IT courses. And this it should do. In India, when we started about 30 years ago, there were hardly any engineering colleges. There were about 150 engineering colleges in the whole of India. Thirty years along the line you have about 3,500 engineering colleges in the country and a lot of vacancies still exist.”