By Sunday Ani
Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Anambra State, for the fourth consecutive time, has clinched the 2022 Cisco Networking Academy award.
It was in recognition of the institution’s outstanding performance in curricular excellence and academy growth.
The Rector, Francisca Nwafulugo, also emerged the 2022 Cisco Rector of the Year for her passion and commitment to digital skills and entrepreneurship development.
The award attracted for the institution CCNA equipment, which comprised two Cisco routers and switches valued at N3.5 million.
Speaking at the presentation of the award to the rector in her office, General Manager of the company in charge of Nigeria and South Africa, Imoh Akpan, commended the dedication and passion of the institution’s management team and instructors to the success of the programme
In 2016, the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) established Cisco Networking Academy programme at Federal Polytechnic, Oko, with the sole aim of providing high quality ICT training, industry certification and entrepreneurship development.
The polytechnic has continued to excel in digital skills training, thereby achieving TETFUND’s goal of setting up the academy in providing human capacity building and entrepreneurship development.
Fielding questions from newsmen after the presentation, Akpan further explained the networking academy is a career building programme for learning institutions and individuals worldwide. He added that the academy has changed the lives of 15.1 million students in 180 countries in 24 years, by providing education, technical training, and career mentorship.
“Many graduates have achieved successful ICT careers in a variety of industries, while others have harnessed the entrepreneurial spirit and knowledge they acquired in networking academy to start their own businesses and create new jobs.