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The World Bank assisted Africa Centre of Excellence on Technology Enhanced Learning (ACETEL) has embarked on a tour of facilities at the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and the National Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (NCAIR) all in Abuja with a focus on giving quality internship for its postgraduate students.

ACETEL, led by the Centre Director, Prof. Grace E. Jokthan, were received by the representative of the Director General (DG) of NITDA, Dr. Idris M. Yelwa and his management team.

In his welcome address the Director General NITDA traced a mutual working relationship with ACETEL and National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) spanning over three years even as he elaborated on the diverse benefits of this collaboration for both organisations.

‘‘One of the benefits of this partnership is the acceptance of internship placement for NOUN students in ACETEL programmes for a minimum period of one month and maximum of 3 months. He further said, the importance of students to have hands on skill can never be over emphasised, as NITDA is also a platform to encourage students in digital skills and not just academic certifications’’ he maintained.

While at the National Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (NCAIR), the ACETEL team was received and given a brief orientation about the Centre by its National Director, Engr. Yau Isah Garba.

Engr. Garba added “This branch of NITDA is a digital innovation and research centre focusing on the Artificial Intelligence and other emerging technologies, aimed at transforming the Nigeria digital economy through Innovation driven entrepreneurship, job creation and national development.

“We are always exited to have interns to learning these skills’’ Engr. Garba concluded.

In her response, Centre Director ACETEL Prof Grace expressed her profound gratitude to NITDA saying, the visit has not only showed NOUN the resources and Infrastructure available at the organisation, rather, it has exposed so many potentials embedded in the partnership.

According to Prof. Jokthan, ‘’The ACETEL programme is for post graduate students only, but currently we are placing only M.Sc. students in the internship cutting across Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security and Management Information System’’.

She added, the centre celebrates this maiden internship for post graduate students, as she informed NOUN News that international students are also participating in the internship programme at their country of residence and appropriate provisions have been made to oversee the activities of these students.

In the entourage of the ACETEL Centre Director Prof. Grace Jokthan was the Deputy Centre Director ACETEL,Dr. Vivian Nwaocha, Prof. Christine Ofulue, Dr. Adewale Adesina, Dr. Gregory O. Onwodi , Dr.Johnson Opateye, Dr. Juliana Ndunagu and the Admin Team leader, Chidibere Nwankwo