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Nigeria NITDA Scholarship to Train 78 Graduates in Information Technology Annually

The National Information Technology Development Agency ( NITDA) Scholarship Scheme is currently under way with about 759 Nigerian graduates currently competing for the IT scholarship. This number of applicants comprises 165 postgraduate and 594 graduate applicants from the 36 states and FCT.

Through this scholarship scheme and IT training programme by the Agency, NITDA aims to use this avenue to grow the human capital and the Nigeria economy, and beef up revenue generation base needed to take the country into the League of Nations.

National Information Technology Development Agency ( NITDA) Successful beneficiaries can study for their doctorate and masters’ degree programmes in any university in any part of the world.

Selection Process

Applicants are expected to take a test, after which they face a panel of experts who will screen them and ensure that they are qualified to earn the agency’s funding as well as being good ambassadors of the country. The exercise will take place on April 12, 2012 in Abuja.

Of the 759 applicants competing for the IT scholarship, only six (6) will be selected in this year’s round of screening for the doctorate scholarship, one each from the nation’s six geo-political zones, and 12 from each zone as well for the master’s scholarship, making up to Seventy-two (72) masters.

The NITDA graduate scholarship scheme began last year when six candidates were chosen for the doctorate degree programme and 72 for the masters programme.

Qualified candidates are free to choose any university of their choice in any part of the world to pursue their programme. An equal number of applicants will also be selected next year 2013 to benefit from the scheme, which is now an annual programme.

Apart from the scholarships, NITDA has begun plans to train about 750 lecturers in core IT curriculum in tertiary institutions. The agency had in the past trained about 6,100 unemployed graduates on IT essentials, as well as 600 graduates on IT skill acquisition. More than 15,000 people have also been trained on basic computer appreciation skills using the Mobile Internet Units in the various states and local government areas and schools in the country.

The objective, according to a NITDA vision statement signed by the Director-General of the agency, Professor Cleopas Angaye is to create and alternative source of revenue other than oil for the beneficiaries and the government.

“Our goal is to create a critical of IT knowledgeable workforce who are able to play at the highest levels in the global knowledge economy competitive arena”, Professor Angaye said.

The scholarship scheme is part of the Nigerian National e-Human Capital Development Strategy being pursued by the agency.