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AS part of efforts to deepen the relevance of technology applications in Nigeria's tertiary institutions, HiiT Plc, a foremost IT Training/Education brand in collaboration with National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), has trained 110 lecturers in five universities across the country under NITDA Train-the-Trainer Scheme.

This laudable scheme that would go round other national universities, started in five universities including, Ebonyi State University, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Kogi State University, Federal University of Technology, Akure and Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho.

The lecturers were taken through three different courses namely: Java, MySql and IT Essentials I & II. The Train-the-Trainer programme, according to HiiT, was to introduce the lecturers to Sun's Java Technology and programming techniques, Networking fundamentals cum multiuser/multitasking network operating systems, and also relational database fundamentals and Sql programming skills.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Computer Society has awarded HiiT, the Best IT training company of the year at the National Information Technology Merit Award 2010.

HiiT came top, defeating about five other IT training Institute in the award category after an e-voting process by practitioners in the ICT industry.

On the training, according to NITDA, the gesture was to make Nigeria an IT capable country in Africa and also remain a key player in Information Society, using IT as the engine for sustainable development and global competitiveness in education, creation of wealth and poverty eradication.

Commenting on the training, CEO, HiiT Plc, Kayode Shobajo said for HiiT to have been charged with this responsibility, it shows that NITDA identifies the brand as a leading IT Training /Education company delivering result-oriented, high quality, cost effective and comprehensive IT Training/Education programme to government, corporate and individuals.

Commending HiiT Team, a lecturer at Federal University if Technology, AkureĀ  (FUTA), Kayode Olufemi Johnson said the programme was a very good one and suggest that NITDA should spread the campaign to other parts of the country, in order to consolidate the acquired skills.

'A very veritable missing link between the industry and academics was provided, it is very valuable indeed,' says Akinwunmi Akintoba, another lecturer.

Computer programming lecturer, Ojo Joseph explained that the programme has added value to his programming knowledge, most especially on Java.

HiiT since inception has firmly established itself as one of the major player in the IT market especially in IT training and other related skills. As a matter of fact, it has graduated over 30,000 students in various IT courses in over 15 years of its existence. The brand is a recipient of many awards, which include Best Indigenous brand of the decade award by African Information Society in 2009 and recently Best IT training company of the Year by Nigeria Computer Society (NCS).

Commenting on the award, Chief Operating Officer, HiiT Plc, Mr. Augustus Irabor, thanked NITMA team and NCS for the good job and also for recognising HiiT's contribution to the development of ICT. 'While we are happy, it means more work for us, so as not to lose this prominent status,' he stated.

In his own remarks, Chief Executive Officer, HiiT Plc, Mr. Kayode Shobajo said it shows the level at which the brand is contributing to the training section of the IT industry and also the good value that the brand is adding to IT practitioners.