Nigeria: HIIT Gets CPN's Accreditation As Training Centre

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One of the frontline Information Technology (IT) Training and education Institute, HIIT institute last week got the nod from the country's computer registration council, CPN, to operate legally as study and training centre offering IT courses.

HIIT, was among the seven pioneer study/training centres the council accredited last week in Abuja as it celebrated the annual Information Technology professionals assembly/Annual General Meeting at the Nicon Luxury Hotels Abuja.

The event which assembled major stakeholders in IT industry in Nigeria was an opportunity for the council's president, Professor Adenike Osofisan, to express disappointment that IT training in Nigeria, particularly in the non-formal sub-sector, was becoming an all-comer's affair, devoid of coherent framework regarding the scope, content and quality.

Osofisan said that consequent upon the proliferation of computer training outfits in every nook and cranny of the country, all sorts of certificates and programmes based on undefined philosophies, objectives and content curricula for relevant skill acquisition, were just being issued and bandied about.

That unfortunate development she noted was a need to certify all IT practitioners in Nigeria, in order to design a specific framework for the restructuring and regulation of the formal and non-formal institutions of Information Technology in Nigeria, to ensure global standards.

Osofisan's concerns touched the Minister of Education, Dr. Igwe Aja-Nwachukwu, who lauded the role of CPN in setting standards for IT practitioners in Nigeria and assured that the Federal Government was committed towards providing enabling environment and infrastructure needed for effective IT education at all levels.

He also announced that Federal Government has incorporated computer education into the school curricular and made computer education compulsory in all schools. After the accreditation, Chief Executive Officer of HIIT, Mr. Kayode Shobajo, described the licensing of his institute as a stamp of approval on a brand that is rendering world class, affordable IT training in Nigeria.

According to him "the issuance of the license to HiiT attests to our capability, information technology know-how to provide excellent IT training in a conducive atmosphere for the empowerment of our students"

Shobajo said that HiiT was poised by the singular repose of confidence of the regulatory authority to deliver on its corporate mission to eradicate IT illiteracy in Nigeria.

HIIT is a wholly Nigerian brand. It began operation in 1996 with a mission to eradicate IT illiteracy by offering world class and affordable IT Training/Education in a customer centric manner to Nigerians.

Vanguard Lagos