To ensure Nigeria keep pace with the rapidly changing technological advancement in the global Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry, enhancement of the ICT learning environment, stimulation of critical thinking, propel innovation, bridge the digital divide, increase contribution to the GDP using ICT, the Ministry of Communications under its able Minister, Barrister Abdur- raheem Adebayo Shittu has inaugurated an implementation committee on the proposed ICT University for Nigeria.

Barrister Shittu in his inaugural address informed that ICT plays a critical role in the sustainable growth and development of any nation, citing the Nigerian example which he said stands “at the rate of 24.42% growth, the ICT sector is currently the fastest growing in the Nigerian economy” 

The Minister stated that the proposed Institution would offer a variety of programs aimed at providing professional knowledge and expertise required for a specialised career in the field of Telecommunications, Internet of things, Cyber Security, Robotics, Embedded Systems, Computer Forensics, Digital Media and Entertainment Technology.

He said: “The proposed Institution has been endorsed by the Nigerian government, global leaders in the ICT industry such as Cisco, Facebook, Huawei, D – links, Lenovo, Samsung, Apple, Siemens, Intel, Motorola, Ericsson, Dell, HP, IBM, MTN and the Globacom”. In his welcome address, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry, Arc Sunday Echono, revealed that the proposed higher institution would help to bridge the ICT skill gap been currently witness in the country and transform innovations into solutions.

The Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami (FBCS) while giving his goodwill message urged for a more deeper collaboration among stakeholders to translate the vision into reality. He applauded the ministry for the initiative which aims at fostering digital literacy and digital literacy falls under the Agency’s key focus of transforming Nigeria’s IT sector .

The committee which comprises of 19 members drawn from both the public and private sector.

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