How I got 5 Jobs In One Year- NITDA Boss

How I got 5 Jobs In One Year-  NITDA Boss

Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, Mr Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, disclosed in Abuja that he got five different jobs due to his Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert, CCIE certification.

The Nitda boss informed his audience majorly students that academic qualification was not enough anymore while describing the adoption of digital technological skills as a veritable platform  and that Nigerian educational system could leverage on it and become a key player in the digital economy. 

He explained how he got the job offers at the ongoing EdTech Summit and Awards organised by the Federal Ministry of Education in collaboration with AFRITEX to bring critical stakeholders together in order to share and harmonise ideas towards developing a National Educational Technology Plan for the country. 


 “Immediately I got my CCIE certification, I got  five different job offers which I could not think of getting with my academic qualification and in less than a year,  got a job, recouped my investment on the certification.
“I will urge our students to embrace digital technology and acquire digital skills because it is the future of work. For most of you, your work does not exist now. They are future work which would be driven by digital skills. We have a millennial population which our investors need to leverage on and invest in digital technology. This is a competitive advantage if we want to make a country a force to reckon with in digital technology and skills”.       

 The NITDA boss analysed that  digital technology is changing the landscape and the many ways things are done, sayong, “Disruptive tendencies of digital technology is not only affecting the way we live but also the way we learn or acquired education.There are applications that close the gap between what is learnt and what ought to be learnt. Digital technology is changing the way we learn. The pillars of educational sector which are content, delivery and teaching have now been disrupted.“It is time for you to reap from the potentials and benefits of digital technology by acquiring digital skills which are more rewardable than the educational certificates”.

Abdullahi stated that Nitda has undertaken interventions projects especially in support of growth of the nation’s educational sector and donated e-learning facilities to many tertiary institutions in the country. “We, like you all in the education sector, believe that education is one of the most powerful instruments for reducing poverty, exclusion and lays a foundation for sustainable development with the help of ICT.    

“Capacity building and digital inclusion are very important focus areas for us at NITDA. We have increased IT access at different communities through the provision of our digital Centres and e-learning facilities, IT Community Centres and provided computing facilities for teachers in the country. These facilities can be used to apply the new ways of teaching and learning as EdTech becomes more popular”, he stated.