Wednesday, 14 October, 2020
Session #1: COVID Millionaires: Loot of COVID-19 Management Funds by Corrupt Officials (South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana)
The influx of grants for Africa in the advent of the pandemic opened the door of funds for the government to offset the crisis. From foreign aid to private donations, the findings of how much was received as donations angered many who had suspected there was fraud and corruption in how the government handled the allocation of relief funds, particularly the millions of dollars which were supposed to be for the procurement of protective materials for schools and hospitals. The call for accountability and transparency seems too weak thus almost giving legitimacy to the already corrupt officials to perpetrate their menace. For how long will Africa continue to watch scarce resources mismanaged by frivolous governments?
4:15PM WAT; 5:15PM CAT, 6:15PM EAT
Session #2: Why aren’t young people getting jobs? University Certificates vs Technical Skills
We are gradually moving to the era where the entire aspect of human life is almost digitally-enabled and we will soon live in an environment that cannot be detached from digitization in all forms.
No doubt, this will affect every individual and organization. Digital innovation has the capacity to transform practices, raise performance and increase growth across all industry sectors and the first and largest beneficiaries are those who find their feet in the technical department.
This is a sharp contrast with those who prioritize certification over qualification. The 21st Century is faced with new jobs that require new skills. The acquisition of university education or formal education is not to relegate the non formal education to the background neither is it to make it a less important or inferior form of learning. Infact, the impact of technical skills in everyday life is ubiquitous from simply the comfort in smart home to self-adaptive marketing, business intelligence in economic based activities on data analytics, clustering or prediction tools, but becomes crucial to the spread of liberty across all areas of life.