Anews reportby The World Poverty Clock as at June 2018 shows that Nigeria has extreme poor people in the world. India has a population seven times larger than Nigeria’s. The struggle to lift more citizens out of extreme poverty is an indictment on successive Nigerian governments which have mismanaged the country’s vast oil riches through incompetence and corruption. The 86.9 million Nigerians now living in extreme poverty represents nearly 50% of its estimated 180 million population.As Nigeria facesa major population boom—it will become the world’s third largest countryby 2050—aproblem that will likely worsen.
According to the National Bureau of Statistics, more than 200,000 alumnae graduate from Nigeria tertiary institutions yearly, but only very little number of them secure jobs after years of their graduation. The reason is because there are little facilities and ill-equipped lecturers/instructors who rendered poor services to the graduates when they were in their institutions. Every year, many graduates come out from the universities and colleges of education in Nigeria with little or nothing relating to good practical background and skills needed to make good impact in the society, neither are they able to defend the certificates which they are holding thereby adding to the unemployment level of the country each year. The relationship between unemployment due to poor educational quality, lack of skill acquisition and poverty in any economy is clearly seen as much persons especially youths-using Nigerian as a scenery would have little or no means of contributing to the Nations Gross Domestic Product.
This is a gap ACAMIT is set to bridge. She is an initiative that seeks to uphold the importance of acquiring skills more especially digital because of the fast digital advancement going on in the evolving job world, and as well providing Nigerian youths especially those in Universities and secondary school leavers with the necessary basic knowledge in digital skills needed to strive in an average work environment. This is in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal Four as she seeks to ensure access to equitable and quality digital education as well as to increase the number of young people and adults having relevant skills for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship. The goal also envisages the elimination of gender and income disparities in access to digital skill acquisition.
ACAMIT is bent on contributing her quota to the journey of Nigeria towards digital transformation which could be said to have started since 2000, with the liberalisation of the telecoms sector which ushered in the first Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM) operator and the award of the first Digital Mobile License (DML) in 2001. Prior to that, Nigeria had only 400,000 telephone lines, with a teledensity of 0.4 per cent, operated by Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL), a monopoly company owned by Nigerian government. These lines were mainly available in urban areas, with huge unmet demands across the country. But 17 years after, Nigeria now has over 162 million active lines which open plethora of opportunities to individuals, businesses and government through the use of mobile phones.
In spite of the numerous challenges in the country, Nigeria could be said to have recorded huge success toward digital transformation.
With these achievement in less than two decades, but the journey to digital transformation is perpetual, and cannot afford to slow down, especially with our ever-expanding population. ACAMIT is set to provide more innovative ways to educate, reorientate, and equip our young population at secondary schools and universities in various part of the country starting from Edo state on the importance of digital skills and the risks involved in not having any in these times.
With a team consisting of( Web developers, skilled programmers, a Hardware and software engineer, content writers, critical thinkers, project managers, digital marketing experts, digital designers, product designers, administrators, business strategist ) ACAMIT would be set to
- Carrying out various awareness campaigns as concerning the importance of digital skills in today’s economy and the future of work.
- Offering free trainings to youths on digital skills from her wealth of knowledge.
- Leverage on affiliations with Information and Technology(I.T) firms to provide selected(selection process would be based on their performance on word-problem quizzes) youths the opportunity to intern and be trained in practical learning environments, and as such gain more on the job experiences with digital skills.
- Offering free online tutorials and resources on diverse digital skills on her website and social media pages, ranging from Web design and development down to creative thinking as these are becoming basic needs in evolving organizations. Knowledge of these would spring forth more entrepreneurs as youths would be skilled to thinking through problems and providing quality solutions. This would mean a decline on Nigeria's unemployment and underemployment status, thus contributing to her growing economy positively.
- Establishing an Information and Technology(I.T) education center were students would be opportuned to have free access to computers and internet services so as to improve themselves more on digital skills, also mentorship will be carried out in this center for grooming youths in becoming experts..
Seeing that the importance of digital skills in today’s world and the future of work can’t be overemphasize, by 2020, with the merging of energies, ACAMIT hope to have reached out to over a 1000 youths in Nigeria who would have been schooled and can replicate much expertise in the digital community, thereby increasing the rate of employment by job creation and ability to secure jobs after graduating from higher institutions.