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

Sacramento, CA, USA and Ibadan, Nigeria - The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the world's premier Linux certification organization, 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.

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.

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