The newly approved Information and Communications Technology (ICT) University of Nigeria by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) will have campuses in all the six geo-political zones to drive digital literacy, the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo has confirmed.
Explaining more during his presentation at the two-day summit on Smart Cities in Nigeria in Abuja, he said “The implementation committee of the proposed university submitted its report to the Minister of Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu, about three weeks ago”.
According to him, “The Federal Executive Council has just given approval for the establishment of the ICT University of Nigeria across the geo-political zones in the country. Our expectation is that, given its mandate, the university will bridge the knowledge and skill-set gap towards our march to a knowledge-based economy in Nigeria”.
“The Federal Government has big plans for the Nigerian ICT ecosystem. There is unrealised ability in other assets the nation possesses besides oil, which are capable of growth and development that can generate surplus, one of such is the ICT.
“The Federal Government plans to establish innovation hubs across the country. In partnership with several major technology companies, the technology hubs will be fully resourced with infrastructure and capacity building tools. Each hub will be designed to produce relevant innovative technology solutions to a wide range of business, commercial and government problems.”
While noting that the targets of the quick approval include creating a reservoir of human capacity in technology that could be exported internationally, Osinbajo called on parents to encourage their children to get enrolled whenever academic activities will begin.