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LEAD Resources to Collaborate with Ogun State Ministry of Youth and Sport for Sustainable Youth Development Initiatives

Patently, the Ministry of Youth and Sport has consistently devised means to develop the latent potential of the youths of Ogun state. Therefore, LEAD Resources has sought collaboration with the Government via the Ministry of Youth and Sport to serve as a model for building innovation and entrepreneurship capacity in Nigerian youths.

This cause is towards raising competent youths for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and active participation in the Digital Economy. LEAD Resources seeks to accomplish this by engaging the youths in pragmatic training programmes on the Digital Economy Competency Systems such as:

  1. General SDG Awareness
  2. Digital Economy Competencies
  3. Personal Talent Profiling and Management
  4. Solution Conference and Design Thinking
  5. Community Solution Clusters
  6. Start-Up and Scale-Up Academies

General SDG Awareness

This will be provided through a cascaded training process (including the training of trainers so as to ensure effective coverage and delivery) of the essential elements, philosophies and justification of the SDGs for the youths. It will create a compelling case for committed action towards achieving the Global Goals through the engagement of ideas, enterprises of AYEEN and stakeholders.

Digital Economy Competencies

This will complement the normal academic curriculum with the relevant digital competencies to thrive in this digital age. Youths will be groomed to maximize opportunities and create defined career paths in corporate work, entrepreneurship and academia. The top-up programme will update their awareness of the digital economy and foster an appreciation of the forces driving and shaping the global economy.

The course will develop entrepreneurs by equipping them with the tools, skills and techniques to operate the levers of the 4th Industrial Revolution. In turn, this will reinforce the relevance of convergence and disruptive technologies and highlight the limitless possibilities for widespread solution creation.

Also, it is intended that the youths will be able to recognize the paradigms and gaps of their current disciplines and maximize the opportunity to adapt insights for application in the digital economy.

Personal Talent Management

This will explore the personal skills, profile and brand management of youths in their sphere of influence. This will provide the opportunity for an objective and thorough assessment of each entrepreneur covering who they are, where they are, what they are capable of and what is required of them to be accurately positioned as competent players in the digital economy.

Solutions Conference and Design Thinking

The Solutions Conference seeks to prepare the participants for solutions generation in services, products and applications that meet the needs of the community. This engagement will involve sessions on emerging technologies and relevant skills that can facilitate the building of products that can scale to wider domains. The conference will also involve the process of design thinking, the process of idea validation and the creation of minimum viable products.

Community Solutions Clusters

This involves the formation of clusters of youths in various communities and sectors that will use the acquired competencies from the previous stages to create and maintain solutions that can address the needs of their market and stakeholders. It will produce an understanding of the value chain in the market and how digital technologies can be used to address the needs and the expectations of employees, customers and other stakeholders.

Start-Up and Scale-Up Academies

The Start-Up and Scale-Up Academies are targeted at the application of promising ideas from the previous stages. They teach practical involvement in the business life cycle, the process of determining and attaining the required financial resources for business growth and the necessary digital skills to attract, reach and retain the market as well as understanding the performance and potential of customers, products, markets and the organization.

On Thursday 30th January 2020, LEAD Resources held a meeting with the Hon. Commissioner for Youth and Sport, Dr. Kehinde Oluwadare at M.K.O. Abiola Stadium, Kuto. At the meeting, LEAD Resources delivered a presentation on how these initiatives can help the Ogun State Government build the capacity of youths for employability in the digital economy.

In attendance was The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sport, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Job Creation and Youth Empowerment as well as other directors of the Ministry. They were all impressed by the delivery and content of the presentation and expressed willingness to collaborate with LEAD Resources on these programmes.

At LEAD Resources, we believe the youths can be developed and mobilized for the overall acceleration of Nigeria. Via a structured process of providing relevant education and harnessing talent and energy, the Global Goals – living well, living happy and living large – can be the new normal for the Nigerian youth.

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LEAD Resources to Sign an MOU with Venture Garden Group

Venture Garden Group (VGG) is a leading provider of innovative, data-driven, end-to-end technology platforms created to solve real socio-economic challenges in impact sectors critical to sustainable economic development. LEAD Resources, which has a vision to be the indisputable knowledge leadership and real solutions provider out of Africa, sought to merge forces with VGG to birth more progress in the economy of Ogun state.

On the 25th of February, 2020, LEAD Resources held a meeting with the management of Venture Garden Group. In attendance were the Chief Solutions Architect of LEAD Resources, Mr. Kehinde Sogunle, the Managing Director and CEO of Highland Energy Solutions Services Limited, Dr. Sogunle, Associate Solutions Architect of LEAD Resources, Obot Essiet Jr., Associate Solutions Architect of LEAD Resources, Oyebola Simeon, CEO of kkkkk, Mr. Kingsley amongst other reputable fellows. The meeting took place at the Conference Room of Venture Gardens Group, Ikeja, Lagos.

During the meeting, the Deputy Chief Technology Officer of Venture Garden Group rendered a welcome address, briefly introducing the software company. He stated that they were in the business of converting “data to cash.” He expatiated on the services, products and achievements of the company, such as their EduTech platform, E-Health platform as well as their virtual internship programme for ICT enthusiasts wherein they are actively involved in grooming over 1200 interns.

The Chief Solutions Architect of LEAD Resources was given the floor and he discussed the various human capital development and social enterprise projects that LEAD Resources has engaged in and continues to engage in fiercely. He emphasized on how Venture Garden Group can be established and scale aggressively in Abeokuta via strategic collaboration with Ogun Tech Hub. Many opportunities were reeled out to promote the services and products of Venture Garden Group so as develop human capital on a wider scale as well as to make profit.

In conclusion, LEAD Resources, Ogun Tech Hub and Venture Gardens Group decided to collaborate, sign a Memorandum of Understanding and kick-start partnership for the greater good, human capital development.

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LEAD Resources, Ogun Tech Hub & Data Science Nigeria Collaborate to Build a Data Science/AI Community in Ogun State

Data Science Nigeria (DSN) is a non-profit with a vision to develop Nigeria’s AI ecosystem and position the country as a world-class AI skill, research and outsourcing destination with opportunity to access 2-3% share of the estimated global Artificial Intelligence GDP contribution of up to $15.7 trillion by 2030.

In January 2020, the Chief Solutions Architect of LEAD Resources, Mr. Kehinde Sogunle, held a meeting with the Management of DSN to establish a partnership agreement on the strategic implementation of 3 Data Science Nigeria initiatives in 2020 which are:

  1. TRAIN-THE-TEACHERS ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI) MASTERCLASS:

This is a one-day Masterclass on Artificial Intelligence and Python Programming for Basic 5 – 9 Computer Science teachers scheduled to hold on the 27th of February, 2020. There will be a giveaway of three hundred copies of the premiere Beginners’ Artificial Intelligence book for Nigerian Primary and Secondary Schools. This masterclass will be facilitated by tutors from Data Science Nigeria and LEAD Resources.

2. FREE PRE-UNIVERSITY/BEGINNERS’ 6-WEEK INTRODUCTION TO MACHINE LEARNING/PYTHON PROGRAMMING:

This is a free introductory class to Machine Learning & Python Programming for pre-university students or beginners scheduled to hold for four (4) hours every Wednesday between February 5th and March 11th, 2020 (for 6 consecutive weeks).

Access will be given to DSN’s AI Knowledge Box (a 4-terabyte hard drive containing 17,000+ Data Science videos, e-books and data sets). There will be a giveaway of the premiere Beginner’s Artificial Intelligence book for Nigerian Primary and Secondary Schools. This masterclass will be facilitated by tutors from Data Science Nigeria and LEAD Resources.

3. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI) INVASION:

The AI invasion is a 5-day introduction to two learning streams: Introduction to Python Programming and Introduction to Machine Learning. It will run concurrently across 50 cities in Nigeria. It is scheduled to hold between March 9th and April 10th, 2020. This invasion will be hosted by LEAD Resources and facilitated by DSN.

Aforementioned are some of the initiatives put in place to build a robust and impactful knowledge-driven ecosystem in the state. This collaboration seeks to birth the Data Science dream of raising one million AI talents in ten years.

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LEAD Resources Creates “Hamora,” Ogun State’s Premiere Online Socio-cultural Platform

LEAD Resources was awarded a contract to design and develop the premiere online, socio-cultural platform for Ogun state by the Digital Economy Advisory Group (DEAG). This platform would serve as the “Wikipedia for everything Ogun.”

Between October and December 2019, all hands were on deck as regards this project. All Associates of LEAD Resources actively contributed their quota to the development of this platform as coordinated by the Technology and Innovation team of LEAD Resources, Marcellus Nwankwo and Ayo Lala.

This platform was named, “Hamora.” This name is a derivative of the Yoruba word, “Amǫrawa,” meaning, “We know who we are.” This depicts that via this platform, the people of Ogun state can contribute and harness relevant information about their past in order to create a better future.

Hamora is a crowdsourcing platform which allows for the indigenes of the state to share their own content about history, artifacts, commerce, business, projects, festivals and related socio-cultural topics. This will enhance the participation of all classes of indigenes of Ogun state and ensure the promotion of the core values of Ogun state. Of course, other states may subscribe to this development too!

In a nutshell, the aim of Hamora platform is identifying, creating, managing, proposing and promoting a single and harmonized platform for exhibiting interphase between social and cultural activities that affect the daily lives of individuals in the state.

The objectives for developing the Hamora platform include:

  • Acquiring data on the history, heritage and other socio-cultural aspects of Ogun state from certified and trusted sources.
  • Identifying the fundamental, cultural practices and heritage of Ogun state so as to create an ecosystem to facilitate the growth of the people’s identity.
  • Aggregating, structuring and facilitating the growth of Ogun state’s heritage for effective value communication and exchange.
  • Harnessing previous, current and upcoming tools, techniques and technology for promoting social and cultural practices in the state.

The Hamora platform is ready and will be launched soon. Stay tuned!

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LEAD Resources Hosts Data Science and Machine Learning Course

LEAD Resources, Nigeria’s Strategic Human Capital Development Social Enterprise, partnered with Data Science Nigeria to empower the youths with hands-on skills to compete favourably in the global market.

Seeing as education is an indispensable tool in human capital development, one of the ways of truly empowering a people is by delivering relevant trainings to the youths per time.

Hence, LEAD Resources, in conjunction with Ogun Tech Hub and Data Science Nigeria, hosted a 6-week intensive Data Science course titled “Introduction to Python and Machine Learning” at Kobape, Ogun state.

At the beginning of the training, the Chief Solutions Architect of LEAD Resources, Mr. Kehinde Sogunle rendered a welcome address, admonishing all aspiring Data Scientists to maximize the opportunity given them to learn Data Science, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence.

He emphasized the relevance of these skills in the world today and the corresponding irrelevance of many organizations that have failed to acquire and engage such practical, digital knowledge.

During the course, the participants were introduced to “Kaggle,” the “Facebook for Data Scientists,” where they interacted with real industry data sets with the aim of acquiring ranked proficiency in optimizing data.

They were given access to a 4-terabyte knowledge box containing Data Science videos, e-books and data sets. Also, participants who performed excellently in optimizing real industry data sets were given the premiere Beginners’ Artificial Intelligence book in Africa.

In line with LEAD Resources’ value of learning, a host of her Solutions Architects took advantage of the training. For example, Lead Solutions Architect, Mr. Olusanya (Former Rector, Adegbenro ICT Polytechnic, Abeokuta) was in attendance.

LEAD Resources Partners with Data Science Nigeria
Associate Solutions Architects, LEAD Resources

Other Associate Solutions Architects such as Mr. Oyebola Simeon, Mr. Itua Emmanuel, Mr. Osadiaye Paul and Miss Ogundare Oluwabunmi also maximized the 6-week intensive course.

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LEAD Resources to Sign an MOU with Abeokuta Business School

Abeokuta Business School is the Business and Executive arm of Crescent University. On the other hand, Crescent University is the pioneer Islamic, co-educational tertiary institution in Nigeria.

Abeokuta Business School has a goal to develop entrepreneurs who implement (not just understand) practical knowledge of business education thereby filling the gap in Nigerian Business Education. It is located at Km 2, Kobape road, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta.

Seeing that LEAD Resources has a vision to be the indisputable knowledge, leadership and real solutions provider in Africa, LEAD Resources continually seeks to collaborate with institutions that are driven towards “knowledge revolution.”

Therefore, LEAD Resources is working to forge a synergy an sign an MOU with Abeokuta Business School to organize executive education workshops, seminars and capacity building interventions in the school.

Abeokuta Business School will have the responsibilities of oversight of the courses and provision of certificates for successful students. On the other hand, LEAD Resources will take on the responsibilities of development of course contents and designing of suitable capacity development methodology for the achievement of the objectives of the courses.

Abeokuta Business School
Business and Executive Courses

Thus far, LEAD Resources has proposed to run 13 executive courses. Eight of these courses are based on Digital Economy Competency while five are based on Government and Public Finance Management.

The proposed courses are as follows:

  1. Drivers of Digital Economy
  2. Digital Business
  3. Understanding Digital Transformation
  4. Digital Marketing
  5. Leading Digital Transformation
  6. Digital Strategy
  7. Data Science and AI
  8. Building Digital Social Business
  9. Leading Economic Development
  10. Leading Sub-National Government
  11. Managing Regulatory and Enforcement Agencies
  12. Mastering Public Finance Management
  13. Public Finance Management

The tentative fee per course is N150,000 while the duration of the training is 2 – 3 days. Meanwhile, a plan is underway to organize a Business Outlook Seminar for CEOs, HR Personnel, Public and Private Finance Management Experts in 2020. For enquiries or more information, contact us here.

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LEAD Resources Collaborates with FUTMinna to Create SMEsabi E-Learning Platform

SMEsabi is an e-learning platform which offers a variety of online courses that demystify the basic and intricate knowledge needs of an entrepreneur in an African economy. In other words, SMEsabi builds capacity in entrepreneurs to start or scale their businesses in the bespoke atmosphere of the Nigerian economy.

The courses are offered in multiple languages including Nigerian Pidgin English. Each course also has video content, written content, assessments and additional materials. This reaches to the various kinds of learners such as the layman, the elite, audio-visual learners, hands-on learners etc.

SMEsabi
SMEsabi Learning for All

SMEsabi courses and modules were developed through the combined effort of a team of professional business coaches and ICT consultants with GIZ SEDIN Support in collaboration with FUTMinna and of course, LEAD Resources.

The development of SMEsabi was coordinated by GOPA consultants as part of a contract to develop interactive training materials for MSMEs and start-ups on behalf of GIZ-SEDIN.

Some of the basic courses available on the platform are:

  • Business Model Canvas
  • Business Planning
  • Market and Marketing
  • Access to Finance
  • Record Keeping
  • Entrepreneurship Essentials

Typically, prior to taking a course, a short assessment is taken by a registered user to determine the level of practical understanding that he or she has about the the course in question. After the completion of the course, he or she will be directed to take a programme assessment.

Now, if you register for a course, take the programme assessment and score 65% and above, you will be issued a certificate of training by SMEsabi (in conjunction with all her partners). Alongside earning a certificate, you will gain practical knowledge for making profitable, entrepreneurship decisions.

Taking these courses is a step in the right direction as regards recalibrating the minds of the Nigerians to be creative and resourceful employers of labour as opposed to the mindset of being employees for life.

Dear Nigerian Entrepreneur, why not register for a course today? Come and sabi this SME matter!

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LEAD Resources Consults for CrownBirth Ltd.

In line with our Market Adoption and Sustainable Implementation of Technology Solutions (MASITS) initiative, LEAD Resources, together with YANI Solutions International, has become the Management Consultant for CrownBirth Ltd.

CrownBirth is one of the fastest growing EdTech companies in Nigeria strategically positioned to revolutionize the education system using technology. The company is owned by Ademola Adenubi, the Acting Director, Information and Communications Technology, Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, Ijebu Ode, Ogun state.

CrownBirth has developed two proprietary, scalable web portal technology solutions that have the potential to transform the entire management of higher education starting from Ogun state.

CrownBirth Solution: Tertiary Academic Management System (TAMS)

The first solution is called Tertiary Academic Management System (TAMS), a custom-developed and scalable Education Management Information System that models the generic information, requirements and processes of Nigerian tertiary education system.

Logo for Tertiary Academic Management System (TAMS), CrownBirth
Tertiary Academic Management System (TAMS)

TAMS digitizes virtually every aspect of the tertiary education administration system such as admissions, course registrations, payments, result processing to transcript.

The TAMS interface displays the profiles of users alongside the breakdown of their academic units thereby providing a platform for interaction alongside other core functionalities.

The core functionalities of TAMS include:

PAYMENTS – Integration with registered payment gateway to allow online payment of all fees through secured channel. The application:

  • Supports integration of separate payment gateway for different payment schedules.
  • Allows payment instalments (in percentages) for different payment schedules.
  • Checks students’ payment status and debt profile and implements penalty condition for late payments.
  • Generates payment receipts in pdf format with QR code to enhance security.
  • Provides statistics and analytics of payments across student levels & departments.

ADMISSIONS – Online processing of application form with integration of automatic O’Level verification system. The application:

  • Supports multiple online admissions and application batches to run concurrently.
  • Integrates automatic O’level result (WAEC, NECO & NABTEB) verification system using web crawler technology.
  • Provides online administrative platform to process admission status and activate printing of personalized admission letter and clearance forms.
  • Provides real-time admissions statistics and analytics of applicants across departments.

REGISTRATION –  Provides platform for course registration by students based on curriculum for each programme of study. The application:

  • Generates registration form for students with internal advice on course curriculum.
  • Provides internal check for allowable minimum and maximum registration units.
  • Generates exam pass for students and attendance sheet for lecturers based on course registration information.
  • Integrates staff adviser module to edit and approve course registration.
  • Allocates courses to lecturers which connects to student registration list and authorizes result upload.

RESULT PROCESSING – Internal processing of results based on sessional grading parameters to generate students’ transcripts. The application:

  • Allows lecturers to upload e-copy of results based on course allocation data.
  • Provides printable format of standardized scoresheet for file or archival copy.
  • Possesses an internal mechanism for result computation and considerations.
  • Publishes results in individual student profile.
  • Generates of ‘broad-sheet’, ‘summary-sheet’ and transcript of students’ academic records.

Since 2013, TAMS has been used by tertiary institutions in Ogun state such as:

  • Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun
  • Abraham Adesanya Polytechnic, Ijebu Igbo
  • DS Adegbenro Polytechnic, Itori
  • Tai Solarin College of Education, Omu

CrownBirth Solution: Primary and Secondary School Academic Management System (PSAMS)

The second solution is PSAMS EduPortal, an integrated Primary & Secondary School Academic Management System. This is the ultimate school enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for primary & secondary schools.

Basically, it is designed to take over basic school management processes such as admission, fee management, result management, human resource management, user management and timetable management.

Basic Features of Primary and Secondary School Academic Management System (PSAMS), CrownBirth

In order to improve accountability and efficiency, PSAMS engages all the major stakeholders of primary and secondary school education such as the principal, faculty, management, parents, government, administrative staff and students.

Seeing that LEAD Resources is now the official Management Consultant for CrownBirth Ltd., we have been equipped to give professional advice on all CrownBirth’s software product(s). To subscribe to either or both of these innovations, contact us we will guide you step-by-step.

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TARTI – Turning Academic Research to Innovation

Dear Nigerian Youth,

After project defense, what next? What happens to the project that you toiled day and night to write before earning your degree? What happens to the conclusion, recommendations and areas for further study?

If your answer is what I think, spot on! It is general knowledge that in most tertiary institutions in Nigeria, after project defense, all copies of project work are stacked and locked up in the departmental resource centre or school library. 15 years later, certain officials burn them for good in other to create space for new ones.

The aftermath of this course of action is more saddening that the action itself. Asides the fact that the student and lecturer went through undue stress, research which should have been adopted, funded and utilized for economic sustenance and national development is lost in the annals of history. In an age where information rules the world, a people that shun enlightenment will remain oppressed. Hence, the ripple effect of this course of action may be the bondage of an entire family, town, nation or continent. For how long, Nigerian Youth?

For this cause, LEAD Resources has initiated a project called TARTI – Turning Academic Research to Innovation. TARTI is an accelerator programme for young, talented graduates who desire to turn their academic research to start-ups. TARTI is designed to encourage innovation in the educational sector, increase the promotion of local content in Nigeria, reduce unemployment among Nigerian youths and lead to economic sustenance and national development.

The TARTI Process

The TARTI process involves the following steps:

  • Registration of talented graduates.
  • Evaluation of academic research or project.
  • Incubation of innovative projects and project owners.
  • Modeling and piloting of innovations in the marketplace.
  • Scaling of innovations for the economic sustenance and national development.

Benefits of TARTI

  • Mentorship.
  • Networking.
  • Business Enterprise Training (BET).
  • Funding support.
  • Access to market.

LEAD Resources champions this cause in conjunction with the owner of the project, tertiary institutions, professional bodies and angel investors. We believe that the answers to our indigenous problems are hidden in your project. If discovered, funded and scaled, your project can birth innovation, wealth creation and national development for our country. Why not join us to TARTI now?

You may send us an email at info@leadresources.com.ng or register for TARTI here. Your dreams could become a reality! Godspeed.

Best regards,

LEAD Resources.

P.S.

We hosted a solutions assembly on October 2nd 2020 on the way forward as regards TARTI. If you would like to know more about the plans to make your dreams a reality, read the communique of the solutions assembly here or watch the replay of the communique on YouTube. Enjoy!