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Cisco Networking Academy to open centre at Sokoto varsity

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By Umar Audu – The management of the Sokoto State University has disclosed that plans are underway for the establishment of the Cisco Networking Academy in the institution.

A statement by the public relations officer of the university, Zayyanu Shehu, said the Director, Entrepreneurship Development Centre of the University, Dr. Aliyah Adamu-Ahmed, made this known on Monday at a 1-day interactive session between the Centre and Cisco Partnership Programme.

Mrs Adamu said the centre is fully committed to equipping the students of the University with all the required skills to become employers of labour through its series of skills acquisition programmes.

According to her, the Cisco Networking Academy, which is a global information technology and cybersecurity education centre, is designed specifically to partner with institutions around the world to empower all kinds of people with career opportunities and skills needed for them to sail smoothly in the 21st century.

In his address, the Northwest Manager for the Academy, Olarinde Onaolapo, said the Academy is the Cisco’s largest and longest-running Corporate Social Responsibility education programme aimed at powering an inclusive future for students and teachers around the globe.

He added that the Academy also transformed the lives of several learners, educators, and communities through the power of technology, education, and career opportunities.

The Manager, therefore, called for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, between the two organizations, which according to him, would bring so many benefits to the two parties involved.

Mr Olarinde pointed out that the Cisco certification has global recognition due to its sustainability, accessibility, and affordability. He further stated that they did not put barriers to other professionals intending to join the profession.

Speaking earlier, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Bashir Garba, MFR, said they would carefully study the Memorandum of Understanding and come up with other areas that the University needs partnership with the Cisco Company.

Mr Garba, who was represented by the University Librarian, Dr. Ibrahim Muhammad Maidamma Furfuri, expressed the Institution’s readiness to provide all the required ICT facilities and support for the establishment of the Academy.

He further maintained that the University would continue to remain a hub of entrepreneurship development providing transferable skills to its students for them to be self-reliant and useful to society.

The Vice-Chancellor expressed the University’s appreciation to the Regional Manager of the Academy for finding his institution eligible for the collaboration.

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