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FG upgrades DBI to ICT University, begins admissions soon—Minister

Plans to start first ever Information and Communication Technology (ICT) University in Nigeria within the next three months are nearing maturity if the procurements of the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu are anything to go by.

The Minister who was a Guest of the month, at the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Ibadan Zonal Office, spoke on “Harnessing the Potentials in the Communications Sector for Sustainable Development.’’

He hinted that the university would be an off-shoot of an existing ICT-based institute, The Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), currently in operation in six centres across the country.

He said “It is time to leverage on the bountiful opportunities in the Communications sector to generate additional revenue for government.

“We all know that ICT is now redefining how we live, how we deliver businesses and services in terms of government to government as well as between government and citizens,” he said. He said that the university would be the first of its kind on the continent of Africa.

“We currently have what we call Digital Bridge Institute. It has six campuses- one in Lagos, Abuja, Kano, Owerri, Yola and in Benue state.

Shittu said that the present standard of education in the universities do not meet the needs of industry operators.

According to him, the idea led to the planned upgrading of the Digital Bridge Institute. The minister said the institute would become the ICT University in partnership with all the leading institutions in ICT throughout the world.