The Director General, Teachers Continuous Training Institute (TCTI) in Cross River, Prof Taoheed Adedoja on Monday, said the institution had been approved as a Certiport Authorised Testing Centre (CATC) for skills validation.
Adedoja said at the presentation of the Certiport digital literacy Testing Centre certifications to Gov Ben Ayade on Monday in Calabar.
According to him, the feat makes TCTI to become the first public institution in Nigeria to attain the feat.
He said that with this development , the TCTI established in 2019 in Biase Local Government Area of Cross River, had taken the lead in digital literacy hub in Nigeria.
Adedoja said :”This feat will enable the Institute to compare with any 21st Century Smart Institute globally.”
Gov. Ayade promised to give the needed support needed to TCTI to enable it effectively actualise its global expectations, through the provision of the needed digital literacy skill acquisition for teachers and other workforce in Nigeria.
Dr Niran Oyekale, Nigeria’s representative of Certiport and a leading Consultant on Digital Literacy and Emerging Skills Development, further clarified the importance of the Institute.
Oyekale noted that the TCTI and by extention, the entire people of Cross River and beyond, would be the ultimate benefiaries of the Certiport’s global platform for skills validation.
“With certification now proof of skills attainment and completion of trainings leveraging ICT, Cross River is set to take the lead in solving global problems of skills shortages.
“It will come handy for the current and potential workforce of the state and other states of Nigeria to be adequately empowered with skills for relevance in global digital economy,” he said.
Adedoja disclosed that the institute would from next week, begin phase two of the conduct of baseline assessment to establish proficiency of the people in Cross River in digital literacy.
He noted that 2,500 workforce comprising primary, secondary, technical and vocational teachers, youths, women, civil servants, and the private sector, would be trained under this phase.
He said after the exercise, selected participants would undergo intensive 10 days training at the institute for global certifications in specific skill area for employability.
Adedoja also said that TCTI was fully positioned to offer its services in any part of Nigeria to interested organisations, public and private institutions in emerging digital skills and teacher retraining.