The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation, Mrs Monilola Udoh has said that Nigeria is ready to partner with Switzerland in digital education through Science, Technology, and Innovation. (STI)
Mrs Udoh said this when a delegation from the Swiss Embassy led by the Director, Foreign Affairs of Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) Mr Kuttel Olivier paid a courtesy visit to her office on Friday, in Abuja.
The Permanent Secretary stated that Nigeria has a long history of developing digitalized education, noting that with careful collaboration with other countries, the nation can achieve its desired goal.
She reiterated that digital education would ensure skills acquisition, wealth creation, and job opportunities for our teeming youths.
She pointed out that enhanced access to education by Nigerians is necessary for the socio-economic development of the nation.
To this end, she assured the delegation of the Ministry’s commitment to collaborate with Nigerians and Switzerland in digital education as it will help people to access networks and the internet.
According to her, “we know that EPFL is a non-profitable institution that is why we are ready to collaborate on that basis as it will help us identify with such universities that have talents in our country.”
She expressed satisfaction with the proposal due to its importance in research findings and methodologies.
Earlier, the leader of the delegation Mr Kuttel Olivier said that the purpose of their visit was to collaborate with the ministry in the area of digital education by fishing out young talented African Students in various universities to train and equip them through digital education so that they will become entrepreneurs to train and retrain others in the country.