FG Set to Build six ICT Universities Across the Country

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ABUJA: The Federal Government has announced
plans to establish at least one Information and
Communications Technology (ICT) university in
each of the six geo-political zones of the
country.
The minister of Communications Technology,
Barr. Adebayo Shittu, confirmed this while
delivering his keynote address on Friday, at a
one day ICT sensitization workshop for
secondary schools in the FCT, organised in
collaboration with Totalview Nigeria and the
National Information Technology Development
Agency, NITDA.
The Minister, who was represented by the
Director of ICT in the ministry, Mrs. Monila Udoh,
explained that the plan for the university was to
close the digital divide that exists in the country
at the moment.
According to him, the university, when
established, would focus on “training teachers
that will in turn go to other schools to train other
Nigerians.’’
‘‘With modern facilities, it would do Nigeria more
favour to convert such an institute to a focused
ICT university that will train teachers that will go
into our schools to train our young people, and
then over time graduate highly skilled
technocrats that can compete in the global
market and create jobs.’’
In his address, the Managing Director of Total
View, Mr. Charles Ozoemena, said that part of
the aim is not only to inspire the consciousness
of school children, on what they can use ICT to
achieve as future ICT experts but also
strengthen the awareness with a view to
catching them young to embrace ICT as part of
their growing up.

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