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ADB ADOPTS VERITAS AS CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE FOR COMPUTER CODING.

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The President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, has announced that the Bank has adopted the Veritas University of Nigeria as it's Centre of Excellence for Computer Coding for Employment in Nigeria. Dr Adesina made the declaration at the Veritas University in Bwari Abuja where he was the convocation lecturer at the 12th Convocation and Second Veritas University Digital Innovations Exhibition held at the University campus. According to NIGERIA'S former Minister of Agriculture, Nigeria must turn its huge youth demography into an asset and not a liability by ensuring that their energies are diverted to positive ventures. The Convocation Lecturer who was conferred with an honorary doctorate by the institution, also announced that Nigeria has been listed among 10 other African countries to benefit from the Bank's $20 billion Desert-to-Power initiative, which when completed will be the largest solar zone in the world. Other countries to benefit from the initiative are Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, The Gambia, Guinea, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Eritrea, and Senegal.

Dr Adesina who spoke on the theme “Africa, It’s Your Time” noted that "what Africa lacks is not money. What Africa lacks is lack of bankable ideas. Remember, money will always follow great ideas," he said. Addressing the graduates he said: "As you join the workforce, technology and Artificial Intelligence will play a big role in your lives and your enterprises. I expect to see many of you provide creative solutions to many of our challenges through analytics and data aggregation. There are huge opportunities in the smart and digital economies of the future.
"All this matters to me personally because I do not want to see the continued exodus of young people who risk their lives to dangerously cross land and sea to go to Europe at all cost. "The fastest way for Nigeria to dramatically expand the wealth of its economy, create jobs and provide decent work opportunity for its youth is to implement bold, effort-oriented, industrial manufacturing actions which would rapidly expand foreign exchange, earnings, boost income per capita and provide quality and well-paying jobs for millions of its young people. Nigeria, like other African countries, must create hope for the youths. If it is going to be Nigeria's time, it must first be Nigeria's youth’s time. If it is going to be Africa's time, it must first be Africa's youth’s time. Nigeria's youths and Africa's youths must be able to dream again".

He lamented that while Africa has the largest reserves of cobalt, lithium, diamonds, cocoa, nickel, copper, platinum and uranium in the world, boasts of 65 percent of the world’s arable land and the largest deposit of solar potential, it has not materialized into wealth for the continent, as these resources are exported rather than being refined and processed in the continent.

In his remarks, Vice Chancellor of the University, Rev. Fr. Prof. Hyacinth Ichoku, disclosed that the institution's undergraduate enrollment has increased from 1,200 in 2018 to over 6,000. According to the Vice Chancellor, the goal of the University was to make it one of the centers of excellence on ICT and Computer engineering, nothing that all measures have been out in place to achieve this. Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council of the University, Most Rev. Matthew Kukah, who is the Bishop of Sokoto Diocese urged the graduating students to be good ambassadors of the institution, even as he announced a donation of N3million to three students who demonstrated their ideas to the gathering.