About 200 Akwa Ibom people, who registered with AKEES for Information Technology skill acquisition, have been sponsored to an International ICT institute, APTECH for a short course programme on ICT, set to kick off soon.
In a seminar on Saturday May 14 at Ibom Hall in Uyo, hosted by the ICT institute, tagged APTECH CAREER QUEST, to introduce prospective students to APTECH, enlighten them on their educational programmes, benefits of acquiring World-Class schooling on ICT and the scholarship aide policies; the Akwa Ibom Enterprise and Employment Scheme, AKEES announced that all the seminar participants will automatically receive 100% scholarship to attend the APTECH short course.
Announcing this, the Coordinator of AKEES, Mr. Ufot Ebong praised the participants who turned up for the Seminar, even as he maintained that there are others who were informed of the event, but failed to attend it, thereby disqualifying them from another opportunity to get world class education for free.
“There are hundreds of thousands of people who were aware of this programme, but these are the ones who are serious. These people who came for this seminar have done very well. They could have been like others who prefer to hang around people’s homes looking for handouts”. He said.
APTECH, an ICT training institute that commenced operation 30 years ago in India, in affiliation with Middlesex University - with campuses in London, Uk; Malta, Dubai and Mauritius - award internationally recognized Certificates. According to Mr. Seetan, representative of APTECH international, students of APTECH enjoy the best of ICT education, comparable to what is obtained in any other ICT educational institute anywhere else in the world. It is expected, according to the resource persons, that APTECH trained professionals can work in any organisation’s IT department or even create a job to employ others.
Mr. Inibehe Otoho, Business head of APTECH Education, Uyo, announced that APTECH is offering a complete ICT career programme, to last for 2 years; and also a short course to last for 3 months. The complete programme would be for those interested in the APTECH Advanced diploma in Software Engineering (ADSE), and who may proceed, on graduation, to any of the campuses of Middlesex University for a one year programme that would earn them a BSc Degree; while the 3 month course would be for non-students, who would also be certified by APTECH.
Mr. Ebong, who also is the Senior Special Assistant to the Akwa Ibom State Governor on Technical Matters and Due Process, assured on the State Government’s determination to maintain transparency and due process in the execution of all AKEES programmes for the people of Akwa Ibom.
“The Governor of Akwa Ibom State is a man who came from the organized private sector. He is not a man who will approve something that will be politicized. He is not a politician in the routine sense of the word. I am also not interested in politicizing this programme. We will not be involved in something that would leave people deceived. There is a list of people who showed seriousness by registering and attending this seminar. They will also be the only ones to benefit from the scholarship”. He added.
At the end of the seminar, three APTECH students, who also were in attendance, won scholarships worth varying amounts. Akaninyene Enefiok won an APTECH scholarship worth N450,000; Jahswill Uche won a Middlesex London campus fee discount worth £6,000; and Uwem Uwem won a Middlesex University scholarship to either of the Malta, Dubai and Mauritius campus.
Meanwhile, Mr. Tony Onuk, the AKEES project manager announced that approximately 200 participants, who were not existing APTECH students, but are registered by AKEES, automatically qualified for the APTECH certifying short course sponsored by AKEES.