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FG secures 20 hectres for ICT Varsity campus in Enugu—Minister

The Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu, has secured 20 hectares of land from the Enugu State Government for the Enugu Campus of the ICT University of Nigeria.

In a letter of request for additional plots of land personally handed over to the State Governor, Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwanyi by the minister during his courtesy visit, he reiterated government’s determination to upgrade the Enugu facility of the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI) to a campus of the ICT University of Nigeria and also requested governor’s approval for allocation of 20 hectares of land for the additional use by the university.

Business Hilights had reported recently that the Federal Executive Council (FEC), had approved the establishment of the new national university in all the six geo-political zones capitals.

In a statement issued by the Minister’s Special Assistant on Media, Victor Oluwadamilare, the Ministry said “arrangements are in top gear for the immediate take-off of the ICT University of Nigeria, the first of its kind in Africa”.

“The present campuses of the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI) in the six geopolitical zones of the country including the Enugu Campus, will be converted to the new ICT University of Nigeria campuses.

The statement noted further that “there is a need for more space for both the immediate and future use of additional construction of lecture halls, students’ hostels and staff quarters”.

The minister, who addressed members of the State Executive Council (EXCO) on the reform agenda of his ministry, also used the occasion to commend Governor Ugwanyi for his giant strides in the state.

In his response, elated Uguwanyi made it clear to the visiting minister that “We are in firm support and committed to the successful implementation of programmes and initiatives by your ministry and other agencies, designed to facilitate the attainment of our national targets and aspirations in the ICT sector”.

While promising that “Enugu State is strategically positioned to partner the Federal Government in ensuring success and sustainability of the ICT revolution in Nigeria,” Governor Ugwuanyi disclosed that South East will welcome the feat and assured all needed support for seamless takeoff of academic activities very soon.

The Minister in company of the Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Mr. Osita Okechukwu, later visited the University site located at the former Digital Bridge Institute (DBI) at Ibagwa Nike, Enugu East Local Government Area of the state, where they inspected facilities on ground.