According to the federal government of Nigeria, the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI) which is under the supervision of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) will be turned into the proposed ICT University.
Nigeria’s communications minister, Adebayo Shittu made this known. He made the announcement at the inauguration of a committee of 25 members who were saddled with the responsibility of implementing the proposed ICT University.
It is however very good and encouraging that the country has now decided to take wraps when it comes to taking technology seriously. I do believe that they have finally agreed that our future as a country, and continent lies in technology.
According to the minister, the DBI has enormous potentials and benefits to the country. He added that the institution has campuses in each of the country’s six geo-political zones. He also said that the ICT sector is the fastest growing industry in Nigeria’s economy – growing at a rate of 24.42%.
To help sustain this growth, he said the country needed to incorporate deliberate policy strategies both within nationally and globally defined agenda for sustainable ICT development. The creation of an ICT university, is according to him, one of the ways to move to the next phase of the nation’s ICT growth.
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The inaugurated committee has up till next month to submit its report while the university is expected to commence academic activities at the commencement of the next session. On a side note, would you be interested to attend Nigeria’s first ICT university?