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The Nigerian Economic Summit, Nigeria 2017


Tuesday, October 10, 2019
2:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Discussion Session II

Workforce Development through Online Learning and Blended Learning Technologies

Thursday, October 12, 2019
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Plenary IV: Skills, Competencies & Capacity

Mapping Economic Opportunities and Industry Needs to Market Skills

So-Young Kang was part of the final closing plenary session alongside, Nigerian Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr. Okey Enelamah, CEO of Siemens Nigeria, Mrs. Onyeche Tifase, Chief Learning Officer General Electric, Roti Balogun, at the 23rd Nigerian Economic Summit 2017.

While government accords priority to creating employment opportunities, there is a dissonance between the different policies of government that may assist in making the job creation programmes more effective. Implementation of most interventions are woefully underfunded and not geared for scale. Nigeria also lacks an integrator to harmonize the various programmes, correct overlaps, align the activities of different MDAs and the private sector on skills development and employment creation.

Non-oil growth requires skills but Nigeria can combine her favorable demographics with a young workforce and cash-in to translate it into high dividends, through technology. The country should smartly capitalize on methods using online learning technologies most appropriate for Nigeria’s young population growing in the digital age.

This Session will focus on the linkages between economic opportunities, productivity, skills and competencies and the right policy pipelines that deliver them. It will also discuss global trends in online learning and blended-learning technologies for workforce development.

Dimensions to be discussed:

  1. Policy framework and linkages between economic opportunities, skills and competencies and the right education pipeline that delivers them across priority industries, subsectors and market value chains.

  2. Industry opportunities and specific market skills that will give Nigeria the talent competitiveness to fill national capacity deficits.

  3. Workforce development for current unemployed youth and retooling graduates and non-graduates to acquire skills for jobs through online new technologies.

Panelists: Roti Balogun (GE) So-Young (Gnowbe), Onyeche Tifase (Siemens), Okey Enelamah (Hon. Minister, Trade, Investment & Commerce, FGN)
Moderator: Tope Toogun (NESG, Cognity)


Earlier Event: October 7
Qudwa Global Teachers' Forum, UAE 2017
Later Event: December 13
7th International Skills Forum