ICT University to take off in September- Adebayo Shittu
The ICT varsities will take off next September, the Minister of Communication, Barrister Adebayo Shittu has said.
Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu made the disclosure in Lagos shortly after
declaring open the 2017 edition of West Africa’s yearly technology conference and exhibition, otherwise known as TechPlus.
Shittu explained that the universities, which are six, will start operations in September and focus on adding value to the current level and pace of economic development in Nigeria, diversifying the economy and positioning the country as the leading ICT light in Africa.
He said that the the Government had already reached out to the National Universities Commission (NUC) to secure approval for the university.
He stressed that the era of a class of students seeking for a white collar jobs is over ,stating that the ICT graduates would avail themselves to secure employment for themselves and be employers of Labours.
His statement reads :
“The ICT university will be the first of its kind in Africa. It will compete with similar institutions in India and South Korea. It will be the first of its kind in public-private sector partnership and private bodies, institutions and organizations would be invited to adopt and take ownership of various departments and campuses and bring in all that is needed to create the desired ICT revolution in the country,” he stated.
Speaking on TechPlus, Shittu commended the organizers for holding the event consistently for three years.TechPlus is a gathering of everything technology, providing a robust tripartite tech experience through its conferences, exhibitions and gaming structures whilst serving as a platform for knowledge sharing and networking for the consumers and businesses.
The minister also lauded the efforts of TechPlus in providing a robust platform that allows companies, individuals and businesses in the tech space to bring together customers, clients, and stakeholders to showcase their products and services.
He said that funding for the university project was captured in the 2017 budget and commended the Federal Government for its commitment to the take off of the institution.
The Minister expressed confidence that when fully operational, the unprecedented university would be a reference point for other universities in Africa.
He noted that the institution would create employment and add to the revenue base of the country .