By Okoro Chinedu:
Lagos — ETISALAT, the mobile network operator, restated its commitment to the development of education after the first set of intakes to the Masters programme concluded a four-week internship with the company's technical team.
The initiative is part of its commitment to the development of education in Nigeria, through its Telecommunications Engineering Program (ETEP) at the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria.
Speaking on the internship, Director of Brands and Communication at Etisalat Nigeria, Enitan Denloye noted that Etisalat hosted a four week internship period as part of the compulsory course requirement for the Masters programme.
The first set of intakes recently concluded this internship with our highly trained technical team in Abuja.
"In addition, Etisalat has provided access to e-resources for the programme to students and lecturers alike. Apart from the internship, we are also sponsoring lecturers of ABU to undertake doctorate degrees in Telecommunication Engineering at the University of Plymouth in the United Kingdom.
"The first two lecturers are in the first year of the programme, while plans are in place for another set of lecturers to proceed by the end of this year," Denloye said.
Beneficiaries hailed the programme.
"ETEP is an excellent programme which would equip engineering graduates with the capacity and expertise in optimally staffing the telecommunications sector; and graduates from this program would also serve as manpower to effectively steer the telecommunication industry which has been tagged as the backbone of the new economy," said Bello Habeeb.
Chuks Nzefili, also a participant commended Etisalat for the initiative and thanked them for the opportunity.
"The ETEP internship has helped bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge in the classroom and practical experience on the field, thus deepening the knowledge acquisition process.
"Etisalat Nigeria is building capacity and enabling the creation of resource persons in Telecoms Engineering. That is the best that can be done for a nation," he said.
Meanwhile, an all-expense paid trip to the Etisalat Academy, in the United Arab Emirates is underway for the three best graduating students of the postgraduate programme, to broaden their learning experience and gain certification in this field.