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Blakskill App: A Bridge to Solve the Challenges Organisations Face in Sourcing Verified Talents across all Sectors of the Economy – Olugbenga Omojola, CEO



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Blakskill limited an indigenous talent organization has developed an app designed to give organisations global access to verified talents while also giving talents (job seekers) a platform to showcase their competencies.

The app is a robust platform designed to solve the challenges organisations face in talent sourcing as well as the ones faced by job seekers in showcasing themselves to prospective employers. Blakskill provides global access to verified talents!

Mr Olugbenga Omojola, a renowned Management Consultant and Chief Executive Officer of Blakskill Limited stated this while speaking with newsmen by the side-lines of the just concluded Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston, Texas , USA.

According to him, “Blakskill Limited is a robust technological platform that we invested in to solve the problem of talent sourcing for organisations across various sectors of the economy. Of course, this includes the Oil and Gas sector along with all other sectors of the economy. And how Blakskill works is this; not only does it solve the sourcing of verified talent for organisations, it also helps job seekers to showcase themselves.

“So, it’s like a bridge where job seekers can express themselves and where talent-employers can find them. An industry report indicates that Post-pandemic labor markets have demonstrated extraordinary resilience in many countries with low unemployment and growing talent shortages.

“Today, 77% of employers report difficultly in filling roles. However, Blakskill Limited provides the real-time data and insight that companies and people need to respond to today’s trends.

“So as workforce experts, we have created a platform that provides global access to verified talents. A platform where job seekers can be discovered by talent seekers who are looking to hire and retain the best talents”.

He further noted that as the global economy steadily recovers, employers are more optimistic and hiring demand remains strong.

On the importance of the app, Omojola expressed that the app provides employers with unlimited access to verified talents. ‘’By verified talents, I’m saying – for example, a Television station looking to hire an experienced reporter who has five years related experience and some other mandatory requirements can come on the platform and type ‘Television Reporter’ in the search window.

“The platform will streamline the search and bring out the profiles of professionals who fit that bill and that are already verified across various competencies; showing their proficiency levels across the required technical and behavioural competencies – and that’s just one of the functions of the app”.

Also, he noted that Blakskill could also conduct background checks on talents for recruiting organisations. ‘’You know, the app will be projecting talents that have been passed through certain checks which will include previous employer reference, social media footprints and even criminal records, depending on the type of access the platform user has subscribed to.

“The platform shortens the recruitment curve, saves organisations a lot of money and ultimately provides access to the right kind of talent. That’s for employers.

“Now, for the talents, Job seekers get the opportunity to showcase themselves and they are ranked across varied levels.

Also, they get an opportunity to access career coaching and counselling on Blakskill as well. So, not only is Blakskill designed to solve recruitment problems for organisations, it is also a platform that helps job seekers secure employments with prospective employers.

The CEO of Blakskill said that the Blakskill app is set to revolutionize the art of talent sourcing and it can be downloaded from the Playstore and Apple Store.

He also further affirmed that it is impossible to manipulate the Blakskill system as the team is made up of renowned and tested professionals who are well known both in the Private and Public sectors in Nigeria.

In his words, Omojola said, “We are people of integrity and we’ve been in business for over a decade. As a Director and CEO at Blakskill, I assure all our current and prospective subscribers that our team is made up of professionals with impeccable integrity and character.

“Blakskill is a credibile platform. We’ve been in the business of providing talent sourcing solutions to leading and growing organisations over the years and it has never happened that we would recommend a candidate that is unsuitable or that does not meet our clients specifications.

“In addition to talent sourcing, we have also been conducting background checks services before the app was created”.

Omojola is also, the founder of First Excelsia Professional Services, a Non-Executive Director at PremiumTrust Bank and the Coordinator of ‘Friends of Jesus’, a Non-Governmental Organisation.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants, the Institute of Strategic Management, Nigeria and some other prestigious professional associations.

He is an alumnus of London Graduate School and holds a first degree in Industrial and Labour Relations with professional and academic Master’s degrees in Business Administration and Organisational Behaviour respectively.

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NITDA, FCT-UBEB, Collaborate To Foster Digital Literacy In Schools



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In a significant development in Nigeria’s educational sector aimed at boosting digital literacy among school children, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), is set to collaborate with the Federal Capital Territory Universal Basic Educational Board (FCT-UBEB) towards revolutionising the way young Nigerians engage with technology and equipping them with necessary skills to thrive in an increasingly digital world.


The forgoing information is contained in a press statement e-signed by the Head of Corporate Affairs and External Relations at NITDA, Hajia Hadiza Umar.

As per the statement, the Director-General of NITDA, Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi , made this known when he hosted a delegation from the Head-to-Head Debate Committee of FCT UBEB led by its Ag. Executive Chairman, Dr Alhassan Sule, at the Agency’s corporate headquarters in Abuja to discuss possible areas of collaboration.

Mallam Abdullahi , who was represented by the agency’s Director of the Information Technology Infrastructure Solutions (ITIS) department, Oladejo Olawumi, stated that the collaboration aligned with a pillar of NITDA’s Strategic Roadmap and Action Plan (SRAP 2.0) 2024-2027 which was to Foster Digital Literacy and Cultivate Talents.

While stating that the pillar was key to the proposed educational board’s debate competition, the NITDA DG emphasised the importance of integrating technology into education to capture the interest and potential of young people.

“Children today, often referred to as digital natives, intuitively use technology and unlike us, who are digital migrants, these children seamlessly adapt to new gadgets and platforms. Therefore, it is essential to embed digital knowledge in their learning environment,” he noted.

Abdullahi disclosed that the agency had been providing infrastructure and resources to facilitate educational transformation as well as digital learning centres across all states of the country.

He added that the Digital Literacy for All programme was a national initiative of the agency which was designed to extend digital education resources to all corners of the country and urged the visitors to key into the programme while he asserted that it would be instrumental in enhancing digital literacy skills among students and out-of-school children alike.

Highlighting the agency’s focus on emerging technologies, Abdullahi stated that extensive research and development were being conducted in areas of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics which were pivotal for future skill sets.

While referring to a recent collaboration between the agency and the Abuja Enterprise Agency on a Robotics competition organised for secondary schools in Abuja to spur interest in Robotics and technology among students, he said “I think we can work together in this area and make sure that Robotics interest is geared up among the youth.”

Elaborating on the Agency’s ongoing initiatives toward achieving 70 per cent digital literacy in the country by 2027, he further disclosed that the agency was working to integrate digital literacy into the national educational curriculum and providing hands-on experience with technologies like AI and Robotics.

While stressing the importance of addressing the needs of out-of-school children, he mentioned “We are developing programmes in partnership with various stakeholders to attract these children through incentives like school feeding, coupled with digital literacy and other educational training.”

Abdullahi noted that the multifaceted approach would ensure that children were not only fed but also equipped with essential digital skills that would pave the way for a more inclusive and technologically proficient future.

In his earlier remark, Dr Sule commended the agency for their various strategic initiatives to ensure a sustainable digitally transformed economy in the country.

While stating that the head-to-head committee was saddled with the responsibility of conducting the FCT Basic Schools debate competition, he noted that 900 students in the FCT would contest in a debate.

Sule said that finalists from the competition would be moved to a reality house which will be aired live on different media platforms where they would be trained on AI and Robotics.

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Group Seeks Restructuring of N15Bn USPF



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Association of Telecommunications, Information Technology, Cable Satellite Network Operators and Allied Services Employers of Nigeria (ATICEN) has again called on Dr. Bosun Tijani, minister of Communications, Information and Digital Economy,  and Aminu Maida, executive vicecChairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), to make the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) work for the purpose it was created and be more accountable about the rural telephony projects.

Dr. Bosun Tijani, minister of Communications, Information and Digital Economy

According to the Association, the Fund should be restructured or scrapped if it continues to fail to achieve the purpose for which it was created. It noted that despite the Fund, the digital gap was still wider in the rural areas.

In December last year, the USPF committee led by the Minister unveiled a project on rural telephony powered by solar – one of the many initiatives that USPF aimed at expanding the communication network to rural areas across the country.

It would be recalled that stakeholders in the telecoms industry had called for the investigation of the Fund allegedly misappropriated. The USPF was established in 2003 with an initial N15 billion to promote the widespread availability and usage of network and application services throughout Nigeria.

The NCC charges telecom operators 2.5 per cent of their turn-over as licensing fees, of which 40 per cent of the licensing fees is transferred to the designated fund called USPF.

However, despite the Fund, a wider digital divide still exists in the rural areas as many rural communities in the country are yet to be adequately connected to the country’s telecommunication system.

This lapse has been attributed to the misappropriation of funds partly budgeted for that project by some officials who held sway in the sector in the recent past. Sensing the mismanagement of the fund, some players in the sector called on the Presidency and the National Assembly to investigate the utilisation of the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) earmarked to bridge the infrastructure gap in the rural area.

They made the call following the non-impact of the Fund established by the Federal Government to facilitate the achievement of national policy goals for universal access and universal service to information and communication technologies (ICTs) in rural, unserved, and underserved areas in Nigeria.

The Fund is being managed to facilitate the widest possible access to affordable telecommunications services for greater social equity and inclusion for the people of Nigeria.

It would be recalled that a sum of N15.174 billion was recommended for approval as the Universal Service Provision Fund’s 2019 budget. Since it was established, the industry players said it had never had any impact on the telecoms industry, claiming that the fund had not been used for the purpose it was established.

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MTN Rallies MSMEs on Social Media Challenge to Promote creativity and innovation



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As the 2024 World MSME Day approaches, leading ICT company, MTN Nigeria has announced a social media challenge for MSMEs.


This challenge aims to encourage creativity and innovation in the way these businesses operate.

World MSME Day is an annual event that recognizes the vital contributions of the Micro, Small, and Medium enterprises (MSMEs) to the achievement of the nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

According to a report by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), MSMEs significantly contribute to Nigeria’s SDGs accounting for about 43% of the country’s GDP and 84% of employment.

To commemorate the World MSME Day celebration, MTN Nigeria has tasked MSME entrepreneurs who are active on social media to participate in a challenge.

The challenge requires business owners to upload a video showcasing their creative use of any one of the MTN’s business solution tools with the hashtag #MTNMSMEChallenge.

The winning business will be rewarded with free radio publicity, while four other business owners will receive exciting prizes. The challenge will run till June 27, 2024, on all social media platforms.

This initiative reflects MTN Nigeria’s ongoing commitment to supporting small and medium businesses in Nigeria. The company provides these enterprises with the right tools to perform competitively in the market and enhance the quality of their services.

Some of the business tools available for the MSMEs to utilise in the challenge include:

  • Meetings+: Powered by Zoom, is a video conferencing platform that integrates video, voice, and chat features and offers daily, monthly and yearly subscription plans – with current discounts of up to 55%
  • EyeSyte – A Wi-Fi/4G enabled smart device designed to provide real-time, 24/7 security for businesses, environments, assets, and homes. The devices will be discounted at 5% during the World MSME week
  • ESET from MTN:  A high-quality cybersecurity solution that protects valuable data and devices from cyber threats without slowing down work.

By encouraging the creative use of these tools, the company aims to empower MSMEs to thrive in the Nigerian market, ultimately contributing to the nation’s economic development.

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