By Emeka chiaghanam
In line with its goal of capacity building for fresh graduates in Nigeria, the famous indigenous software company, Sidmach Technologies Nigeria Limited, graduated the first set of graduate interns under its Sidmach AppFactory, which runs like a software academy.
The initiative aims to improve software development through an internship program meant to take talented and passionate young people and give them the chance to harness and develop excellent software development skills.
An offshoot of Microsoft App Factory initiative, the project had 12 fresh university graduates who participated in the six months programmes.
Speaking at the ceremony held at its head office in Lagos, the Managing Director of Sidmach, Mr. Peter Arogundade, said they embraced the Microsoft initiative as part of a measure to assist young graduates to become better equipped to face the world of entrepreneurship.
Mr. Arogundade described App Factory as a wonderful platform to learn, unlearn and relearn; garner knowledge, skills and become competitive.
Expatiating on Sidmach’s interest in the App Factory programme, the Co-founder and Chairman, Sidmach Technologies Nigeria Limited, Mr. Chijioke Eke, regretted that most universities (in Nigeria) are still trapped in the old theories and practical apparatuses thereby denying the students adequate knowledge for 21stCentury application development.
“Sidmach ventured into this internship that is practical oriented to assist the fresh graduates to overcome some constraints”, he said.
Ade Ajayi, Director Marketing and Operations, Microsoft Nigeria, Commenting about the Academy, said that Microsoft existed because it believes in the relevance of developers to impact the world economy. “We believe developers can change the world with the keyboard and their ten fingers.
“Microsoft recently acquired GitHub which is in the developer platform. “The point is that developers will continue to change the world. So, every intern who passes through the App Factory internship programme should take it very serious,” he said.