As part of efforts to make the members of staff digitally compliant, Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja, is collaborating with the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) to empower staff on Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
The week long capacity training which commenced on Monday would see 91 members of staff, including academic (36) and non-academic (55), gain knowledge on various aspects of ICT.
The Acting Rector of Kogi State Polytechnic, Dr Salisu Ogbo Usman who declared the training open at the institution’s CBT Centre on Monday 14th December, 2020, noted that a standard institution like Kogi State Polytechnic must be driven by ICT in all phases.
Dr Usman said that the school had upgraded her ICT consciousness by having a Directorate of Information Technology and Resource Centre which has recorded much success within the short time of existence.
He noted that the institution recently conducted a computer based test (CBT) which was largely supported by school personnel, reinstalled internet services on campus which hasn’t been the case since 2015, and that all general studies examinations would be computer-based.
“A tertiary institution is supposed to be driven by ICT in all standards and that is why we talk about e-payment, e-learning and e-security, amongst others.
“We are already fixing CCTV in all nooks and crannies of the institution. The idea is that, God helping us, we don’t pray for any bad thing to happen, but if anything negative happens, we know where to go for us to identify some issues,” he said.
On the issue of staff welfare, Dr Usman disclosed that payment of promotion arrears for staff would take effect from January 2021 if all arrangements worked as planned.
He added that the capacity building training on ICT for the academic and non-academic staff of the institution was also part of improving their welfare as it would make them to be relevant and digitally inclined to impact positively on the society.
Dr Usman commended the Director of Information Technology Resource Centre, Dr Ayodele Oluwakemi for her effort in ensuring that the training became a reality. He further charged the 91 participants to take advantage of the training and acquire the requisite digital knowledge.
“I want to also charge you the participants not to see this one week training as only about the certificate, it is about knowledge and capacity building,” he said.
The Director, ITRC said courses to be taken during the one week training includes Intermediate Module, ICT in Education, Digital Marketing, Preparation Output, Presentation Applications, amongst others.
The TETFUND team was led by Mr. Abraham Obatokun as the lead consultant, Mr. Oyeleye Olakunle as the training administrator, Mr. Anthony Olosami, Mr. Adeyanmi Oyenuga and Mr. Adeleye Adeoye as facilitators.
The opening ceremony was attended by the Deputy Rector, Dr. Lamidi Kehinde, the Acting Registrar, Mr Zubair Raji, the Acting Bursar, Mr. Adebola Osho, the Acting Librarian, Mrs Ozohu Audu and the Acting Director of Works, Engineer Sunday Adanu.