[lpi-discuss] Re : [LPI-News] Linux Training provided to drive growth of Open Source professionals in Nigeria

jules houantonon juleshoueto at yahoo.fr
Wed Mar 31 12:14:56 EDT 2010


Congratulations! 

I am realy happy and proud to hear that. I am from Benin a small country just beside Nigeria and i am holding LPIC-2 certifcation. I hope that this type of program will arrive in my country one day. 
Because here, people did not know about LPI at all. Most of organization only recongnize Cisco Certification, Red Hat and Microsoft. And this make thing realy difficult while searching for Jobs in industries as mine for sample!

Anyway thanks to LPI and keep it up!

Regards

**********************************************************Jules HOUANTONONemail : juleshoueto at yahoo.fr ; juleshoueto at hotmail.comCel :+22997578914 


--- En date de : Mer 31.3.10, slamberton <slamberton at lpi.org> a écrit :

De: slamberton <slamberton at lpi.org>
Objet: [lpi-discuss] [LPI-News] Linux Training provided to drive growth of Open Source professionals in Nigeria
À: lpi-discuss at lpi.org
Cc: media at lpi.org
Date: Mercredi 31 mars 2010, 16h23

Linux Training provided to drive growth of Open Source professionals in
Nigeria

(Sacramento, CA, USA and Ibadan, Nigeria: March 31, 2010) The Linux
Professional Institute (LPI), the world's premier Linux certification
organization (http://www.lpi.org), announced that its affiliate
organization, LPI-Nigeria, has successfully completed a program of free
Linux training for youth in an effort to promote workplace development
of skilled Open Source professionals.  Lifeforte International High
School (Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria), the LPI-Nigeria affiliate, has
undertaken a two year program of training, Linux Professional Institute
Certification (LPIC) exam lab events, and other special initiatives with
the country's National Youth Service Corps and government agencies to
promote this goal.

"LPI-Nigeria is an excellent example of the successful methods of our
global affiliate program: identify organizations that understand the
local IT market, are connected to both private and public professional
training and workforce development programs, and are dedicated to the
promotion of Linux professionalism and the adoption of Open Source
software," said Jim Lacey, president and CEO of LPI.  Mr. Lacey noted
that LPI-Nigeria had achieved its goals with relatively modest resources
but had successfully leveraged existing community networks and a highly
motivated population eager to adopt Open Source technology.

Free Linux training programs were offered by Lifeforte International
High School (Ibadan, Oyo State) and one of the country's leading
technological institutes--Gateway Polytechnic (Saapade, Ogun State) and
included discounted LPIC paper-based exam labs hosted by LPI-Nigeria.

"IT professionals and students need to demonstrate their Linux and Open
Source skills in today's workplace.  The LPIC curriculum is ideal in
this regard as it is both distribution-neutral and an industry
standard," said Babatunde Salih Sadiku, Director of Special Studies,
Gateway Polytechnic (http://www.gaposa-ng.com/).  Mr. Sadiku, an LPI
alumni himself, also noted that Gateway Polytechnic is in discussions
with LPI-Nigeria on becoming an LPI Approved Academic Partner (LPI-AAP).

Olubi Johnson, Chairman of Lifeforte International Schools and
spokesperson for LPI-Nigeria noted the strong interest within the
general public, National Youth Corp members, and the academic community
for LPI's curriculum and certification: "In the upcoming year,
LPI-Nigeria will work towards introducing the LPI program into high
school and university curriculum in Nigeria.  We want to educate and
empower our younger generation in the use of Open Source Software and
accelerate the shift from compulsory, expensive, proprietary software to
giving our people the choice of which technology they want to use."  Mr.
Johnson also noted the increasing interest within the public sector on
the use of Open Software Solutions and cited the example of the
Atmospheric Research and Information Analyses Lab
(http://www.cerd.gov.ng/arial.html) of the Center for Research and
Energy Development (CERD) which adopted LPIC curriculum in training and
preparing its staff on the use of new climate modeling software.

The Linux Professional Institute is globally supported by the IT
industry, enterprise customers, community professionals, government
entities and the educational community. LPI's certification program is
supported by an affiliate network spanning five continents and is
distributed worldwide in multiple languages in more than 7,000 testing
locations. Since 1999, LPI has delivered over 230,000 exams and 75,000
LPIC certifications around the world.

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About the Linux Professional Institute:

The Linux Professional Institute promotes and certifies essential skills
on Linux and Open Source technologies through the global delivery of
comprehensive, top-quality, vendor-independent exams. Established as an
international non-profit organization in September 1999 by the Linux
community, the Linux Professional Institute continues to demonstrate
recognized global leadership in the certification of Linux
professionals. LPI advances the Linux and Open Source movement through
strategic partners, sponsorships, innovative programs and community
development activities. LPI's major financial sponsors are Platinum
Sponsors IBM, Linux Journal, Linux Magazine, Novell, SGI, and TurboLinux
as well as Gold Sponsors, HP and IDG.

Media Contacts:

Olubi Johnson
LPI-Nigeria
c/o Lifeforte International Schools
Ibadan, Nigeria
Email: operations at nigeria.lpi.org
Tel: +23427519918

Scott Lamberton
Director of Communications
Linux Professional Institute
http://www.lpi.org
slamberton at lpi.org
+1-905-269-0862






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