Nigeria to spur Oracle's African drive

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Nigeria to spur Oracle's African drive

By Kokumo Goodie, Lagos, Nigeria

Oracle Corporation has assured that Nigeria will be the centerpiece of its developmental drive in Africa.

Speaking on the sidelines of an event organised by The Economist in Lagos, its Sales Consulting Senior Director, Europe Middle East and Africa, Presales Centre, Martin Peck, said the firm is committed to using technology to develop the requisite manpower skill that will help move the economy to the next level through its internship programme.

He said: “We are determined to partner with the relevant organisations, government agencies to help develop the human capacity requirements. Now we are focusing so much on Africa and Nigeria will become a hub for all the activities that we are doing. We are going to do more on our internship programme through which we try to bring graduates on board, take them through some technical training and make them ready for jobs. So this is a very good opportunity for us to hire young people but of course in some cases, they complete the training and get fixed up in other companies. We are doing this not just for us an organisation but to also give back to society.”

According to the firm, more businesses and governments today see information technology (IT) as a key component of growth, stressing that IT skills development is vital if they are to take advantage of the new IT new trends such as big data, cloud computing, mobile and social media. Organisations that can do that successfully will be more competitive and more productive, it added.

Oracle works closely with established educational institutions in countries around the world to help young people develop the vital skills needed in their local marketplace and provide them with a competitive edge through the Oracle Academy, which supports 268,000 students in 1,800 education institutions across Africa. The software, curriculum and other resources provided about two years ago to education institutions in Africa were valued at $557million.

“We are partnering with some universities through the Oracle Academy programme. We work together with the universities and schools, provide them with the tools and provide the software. We also provide the infrastructure,” Peck said.



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