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Nigeria needs 70,000 IT workers – Cisco

Cisco’s General Manager, English West Africa, Dare

Cisco has said that Nigeria needs between 30,000 and
70,000 Information Technology workers to bridge the gap in
networking professionals.

The networking company, however, lamented that tertiary
institutions in the country were not producing enough
Information and Communications Technology graduates to
meet this demand.

It stated this after a meeting of Cisco Networking Academy
instructors at the University of Lagos.

The General Manager, Cisco, English – West Africa, Mr.
Dare Ogunlade, told our correspondent that governments
also urgently needed to deploy policy and training
programmes if the gap in networking professionals must be

He said that should governments fail to do this, “the global
shortage of skilled Internet providers (networking
professionals) would be at least 1.2 million people in 2015.”
The INSEAD Business School’s ‘Global Talent
Competitiveness Index 2014’, co-authored by Cisco,
supported the statistics.

According to the latest Cisco Visual Networking Index,
‘Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast: 2014-2019 forecast’,
mobile data traffic is expected to grow 11 folds over the
next five years in Nigeria, which is a compound annual
growth rate of 63 per cent – two times faster than the
expected fixed IP traffic growth.

This highlights that connectivity is accelerating at a fast
pace in the country, thus creating a growing need for skilled
ICT professionals.

Cisco said that the lack of young ICT professionals was not
limited to Nigeria. “Increased connectivity, the Internet of
Everything, rising digitisation of all business activities,
globalisation of trade and travel, and economic growth
globally has created the same problem in a number of
countries globally,” Ogunlade said.

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