As part of its top strategic agenda in promoting skills, the National Board for Technical Education has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Commit Technology and Consult Ltd for the development and benchmarking of Information Technology (IT) skills of staff and students of TVET Institutions across the country. According to the Executive Secretary, Prof. Idris M. Bugaje, development of digital literacy competency will empower TVET personnel and students to acquire emerging skills for fulfilling careers and employability in the modern economy. Prof. Bugaje who said this during the Signing of the MoU between the Board and Commit Technology and Consult Ltd. further said that one of his strategies in actualizing this, is to decentralize training to the Zonal Offices. Hence, the Board has selected 7 locations to serve as training centres for train-the-trainers workshop as well as venue for benchmarking test. The venues are the NBTE Centre of Excellence in Kaduna and one Institution in each of the six geopolitical zones. They are: North-West – Hassan Usman Katsina Polytechnic, Katsina State; North-East – Federal Polytechnic Bauchi, Bauchi State; North-Central – Federal Polytechnic, Nasarawa, Nasarawa State; South-South – Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi, Edo State; South-East – Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), Enugu, Enugu State; and South-West – Yaba College of Technology, Yaba, Lagos.


The Chief Executive of Commit Technology and Consult Ltd, Dr. Niran Oyekale, said digital literacy which is a global priority and criterion for employment in over 100 countries, is a prerequisite for creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship, without which citizens may neither be able to participate fully in the society nor acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to cope with life advancement and meet with 21st century national and international workplace needs. He described the collaboration with NBTE as apt, especially having an Executive Secretary whose goal was to ensure that Skills Development takes the forefront in Nigeria’s quest for industrialization.