GOVERNMENT Barrister Abdul Raheem Adebayo Shittu about the ICT University of Nigeria

The Honourable Minister of Communications, Barr. Adebayo Shittu, inaugurates an Implementation committee to set up a frame work for the establishment of ICT University of Nigeria.

The Urgent need for an ICT University in Nigeria was necessitated by the fact that there is a large pool of unemployed Nigerian graduates in the country who do not possess the requisite skills to fill up the key vacancies in the Nigerian ICT industry, thereby leaving such jobs to expatriates.

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The Honourable Minister of Communications in his remark stated that “prior to the privatization of the defunct NITEL, it had invested heavily in assets and equipment for modern and up to date training. The Centres served as the continuous learning locations for staff, engineers and technicians to keep them abreast on all telecommunications development. Fortunately, the Centres were not sold off with the assets of NITEL after its privatization. They are now under the supervision of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), which converted them into the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), with Campuses in each of the six (6) geo-political zones to foster the development and growth of the Nigerian Telecommunications marketplace and to produce suitably qualified hands in telecoms engineering”

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He however went further to state that The potentials of the DBI are enormous and the benefits to the country unquantifiable. The Institute, when transformed into the ICT University, will provide fit-for-purpose curricular to cater for University graduates with specialization in various ICT fields and expertise. This will create employment opportunities for Nigerians both locally, within the West-African sub-region and even at the international level, aside from several opportunities that would be created for self-employment.”

After inaugurating the implementation committee, the Minister gave the committee 6weeks to give their report.

The event which took place on Thursday, 1st of June 2017 at the SGF conference room, Federal Secretariat complex, Shehu Shagari Way Abuja had high dignitaries and some top players in the ICT sector in attendance.

[Edited by Luqman Adekunle]

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