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Public relation body, Microsoft to train universities’ students

As part of measures to make high institutions’ students employable after schools,  the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) has disclosed that it would be partnering Microsoft for developing capacity of communication arts undergraduates in area of Information Communication Techno through various training from the international technology company.

It said that its partnership with the tech company was one of the body’s initiatives to expose university students to practical digital experience in partnership with the multinational organisation.

The Chairman, NIPR’s 2019 Annual General Meeting and Conference planning Committee, Franklyn Ginger-Eke, said that objective of the body for the training was to widen students’ knowledge base for global competitiveness, saying that the initiative was also part of strategies to encourage sound education in Nigeria and bring the nation’s undergraduates up to speed with their counterparts across the globe.

Speaking during a presentation on the conference constituted committee’s plans to the leadership of the NIPR, on Thursday in Abuja, Ginger-Eke explained that there was need for Nigeria to gear up efforts in area of human capacity building technology wise and also take such measure to students on campus.

According to him, the world is in digital era where education is changing way human live and study and Nigeria must make conscious effort towards empowering her youths with modern day skills and functional knowledge capable of putting them at par with their colleagues anywhere in the world.

“That is what we intend to achieve through this partnership with Microsoft,” he said.

To him, capacity building is a collective responsibility of all stakeholders stressing that the idea of leaving education for government alone cannot work.

Besides, he indicated that, on the institute’s forthcoming AGM and Conference,  the FCT Chapter of the NIPR was equally looking at the leadership question in Nigeria.

He revealed that the NIPR intends to utilise the conference as a platform to address the leadership challenge confronting the country.

For the Chapter Chairman, Dr Tayo Haastrup, the choice of this year’s theme “The Leadership Question: Search for 21st Century Leaders” was apt, noting that the FCT chapter under his watch had always set agenda for national discourse.

“I am confident that this year’s conference like previous ones will address the critical issue of leadership and awaken our consciousness on the need for us as a nation to begin to set plans to raise visionary leaders who will lead our country to prosperity,” he said.

Haastrup , emphasised that the Flagship Chapter’s conference has become a veritable platform for reputable Nigerians to proffer practical solutions to national issues.

He stated that credible personalities, who had honoured the Chapter’s invitation in the last three years as keynote speakers included: Amb. Maitama Sule (late), Bishop Hassan Kukah, Prof Pat Utomi, Mr Frank Nweke Jr., Femi Falana,SAN, Dr Walter Ofonagoro and Basorun Seinde Aregbofa, among others.

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