Tokunbo Taiwo, the President of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) Lagos State chapter, has underscored the significance of creating a pool of talents to bridge the skills gap as a crucial strategy to mitigate the ‘Japa Syndrome’ or brain drain in Nigeria.
Speaking at the recently concluded 2023 Annual GRC Conference with the theme, “Enhancing Digital Trust Through IT GRC” on December 7 and 8, 2023, Taiwo emphasized the need to build a talent pipeline to address the existing skills gap, presenting it as a key measure to counter the prevalent ‘Japa’ syndrome.
He highlighted the substantial impact of the ‘Japa’ syndrome on the professional landscape, noting the mass departure of professionals, including ISACA members, from the country. In response, he outlined the proactive approach taken by the Lagos State chapter of ISACA to tackle the challenge, expressing their dedication to creating a continuous talent pipeline to narrow the skills gap.
Taiwo mentioned one of the initiatives, including the strategic collaboration with ISACA Global to provide free onboarding for student-members. He reported the successful addition of over 100 new student-members through this initiative and urged seasoned professionals to consider mentoring these emerging talents.
Additionally, Taiwo informed the audience about ISACA Lagos Chapter’s collaborative efforts with sister chapters in Abuja, Ibadan, and Port Harcourt, as well as engagements with other chapters across the African continent.
He encouraged everyone to anticipate positive outcomes from these collaborations. Moreover, Taiwo shared that ISACA Lagos Chapter was actively engaging with government officials at both state and federal levels to maximize benefits for its members and contribute to the realization of a nation that all citizens can be proud of.
The event, attended by top government officials, regulatory bodies, and accomplished professionals, took a moment to recognize and celebrate the outstanding contributions of individuals pivotal to the development of the ISACA body and certifications. Notable commendations were extended to individuals such as Mrs. Bolanle Lawal (CISA), Mr. Okechukwu Okeke (CISA, CRISC*), Mrs. Yetunde Olofinle (CISA, CRISC, CISM), Mr. Joseph Benedict (CISA, CRISC, CISM, CDPSE, CGEIT), and contributor Moyosore Odeniyi. Their exceptional performances in the 2023 ISACA exams were acknowledged and celebrated during the conference.