Nigeria to establish ICT university in 2017 – Minister

Adebayo Shittu, Minister of Communications
PHOTO: Techpoint
Adebayo Shittu, Minister of Communications PHOTO: Techpoint

The Federal Government says it will establish an Information Communication Technology, ICT, University in the first quarter of 2017.

The Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, disclosed this on Monday in Abuja when he featured at the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, Forum.

“By the grace of God, in the next three to six months, we should have established in Nigeria an ICT university which will be first of its kind in Africa.

“This is with the sole purpose of providing training environment and training facilities to make the industry have enough skilled manpower in various sub sectors of the ICT sector.

“I am happy to say that we already have what is called the Digital Bridge Institute which is for short term training programmes in six locations across the country and we hope to transform this institute into the ICT University of Nigeria.

“I am already talking to a lot of operators at the international level, Facebook, Motorola, Ericson, all of them. We are encouraging them to come and adopt the university campuses as their own.

“They can bring in money and bring in faculties and a lot of logistics to assist in training Nigerians and we can now export these trained skilled facilitators to African countries to work.’’

Mr. Shittu said that this would also give Nigeria a lot of foreign exchange, adding that the ministry was at the stage of discussing with the Ministry of Education and the National University Commission, NUC.

“And all of these have already given us support, so we think that within the first quarter of the year, the implementation committee will be set up with a view to putting things in proper place for the eventual take off,” he said.

The minister said that the ministry had also inaugurated the National Digital Literacy Council.

He said that the council would drive the process of encouraging Nigerians to love digitisation and to love ICT “which is one thing that will eventually become the soul of business in this country.”

“ICT is like electricity, you don’t see electricity but you feel it. Without electricity no other sector can survive.

“In the same vein, ICT is one enabler of every other facet of development at the national level, local level, even at the personal level. So, this digitisation is to ensure that
everybody keys to it.

“We are looking at a situation within one or two years, various files in offices will disappear and digitisation will take over instead of people piling up files, all that they have is their I-pad and computers.

“You as journalists, if you want to send news, you don’t have to write it in hard copy, you send it through digitisation and we hope that it will cut across all sectors of our economy,” he said.

(NAN)


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  • George

    Good. I want to take an online course and get the certificate right in my far away village. Introduce online courses for us.

  • A.Ahmad

    This is a welcome development

  • princegab

    Only you don’t let it be like electricity. ICT shouldn’t end up on generators please.

    • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

      lol…. You too much.

  • ICT university? This is laughable. Why not ICT departments or faculties in all existing universities with adequate grants? Why university of ICT?.

    • Prof. Tijani

      You really have to understand the context and the hope that the proposed ICT University will bring to development, and access to the increasing population. In fact, specialized universities are not only ideal, massification of tertiary universities is a welcome idea in Nigeria. Along with it, however, sustained quality assurance and funding should be encouraged. Funding should not be limited to government, the institution, like the proposed ICT University, should be above 60% self sufficient. My view…. Prof. Ibikunle Hakeem Tijani.

      • Larry

        Your line of reasoning is out of order.

      • Mayo

        This is not true. There is no need for an ICT university when you have computer science departments in many of our universities. ICT means information and communication technology which means its building blocks are from other places such as communications, electronics, electrical, computer science, mathematics, etc. We already have departments for those. What we the consumer know as ICT is then the application of these underlying technologies to solve our problems. Is this what we need a seperate university for?

    • Ade

      You have clearly expressed my thought, why ICT university? Can the minister justify and explain to us why the existing computer departments could not be funded, upgraded and ensure collaboration extensively between the existing institutions, the private and public sectors and other end users as this will go a long way in reducing the capital and recurrent cost associated with establishing any new IT university in Nigeria

    • Jon

      You expressed my thoughts too. What are all those Federal University of Technologies for?

  • UNAFFECTED

    Because that is what we really need right now? Go and update the various ICT departments in all federal universities first.

  • Fantastic

    These people don’t have idea of what to do to move this country forward. What of ICT department in all universities? The economy is going down and they are still making effort to increase the cost of governance. Do they have ICT university in USA? They are not bothered about Nigerians that are losing jobs on daily basis in Mtn.

  • akinwumi komolafe

    The greatest challenge in Nigeria that is stymieing its techno-industrial take off is gross inavailability of cheap energy.I think it would be much more sensible if university of alternative energy is established instead of ICT university.Our policy makers should learn not to put the cart before the horse.The constant and healthy functionality of ICT facilities basically depends on reliable energy sources.People should recall that what God first created on earth is light.

    • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

      A real Hmmm.

  • akinwumi komolafe

    The greatest challenge in Nigeria that is stymieing its techno-industrial take off is gross unavailability of cheap energy.I think it would be much more sensible if university of alternative energy is established instead of ICT university.Our policy makers should learn not to put the cart before the horse.The constant and healthy functionality of ICT facilities basically depends on reliable energy sources.People should recall that what God first created on earth was light.

    • niran ade

      Oh my! Well said but what do you expect from a minister whose email address contains a semi colon and can’t figure.

    • Epsilon_Delta

      …And fast, cheap internet too.

  • Fantastic

    I am opinion that the government should be thinking of how to establish industrial parks and make power plant available in each of them. As it is today we don’t have tyre, phone and car battery manufacturing plants in this country and we are consuming them more than their country of origin. The government should apply to these industries what Obasanjo did to cement industry. We don’t ICT university but industries to create jobs!

  • Pat

    What happen to open University established during Obasanjo administration? I think Open University would achieve its purpose better with ICT enhancement and more access to internet by potential students. ICT university without constant power and affordable internet by common man would be counter productive. Every University in this age need to be ICT compliance. What happen to the NITEL/Mtel that suppose to be the principal telecommunications company in Nigeria and and provide wired telecommunications in the country? We expected that company to succeed without constant electricity coupled with corruption which will be very difficult. How will ICT University of a thing be different?

    • Fada4Life

      Gbam, the problem here is every politician is looking for away of making money through contract, deal with power supply first because most Universities in Nigeria has a partial developed ICT center, all we need is finding these centers and not establishing of new one’s

    • Epsilon_Delta

      He thinks ICT is the latest buzzword that means large buildings filled with computers.

  • PolyGon2013

    Sai, Shiitu. But note that people will still use papers though, for certain things.

  • thusspokez

    The Federal Government says it will establish an Information Communication Technology, ICT, University in the first quarter of 2017.

    Stµpid idea! What is the point of opening yet another glorified secondary school or university — as they are known in Nigeria, instead of raising standards in existing ones.

    A university of ICT is nonsense. ICT, IT is multi-disciple subject as any IT graduate will tell you. System science, Engineering, Business studies, Psychology, Sociology, Mathematics, Logic, Law are some of the important knowledge areas that feed IT . So why not use the money to establish new (or upgrade existing) IT/Computer science departments in existing multi-discipline universities?

    • Epsilon_Delta

      Because the university will sound big and justify billions to be squandered by this man and his ministry. That’s why Africa will remain under developed forever!

      • thusspokez

        Motorola, Facebook, Ericsson , each all have universities or colleges — For example, Motorola University, Facebook University, etc., — to provide training tailored-made to meet specific needs of the respective companies. Further, these companies have different visions, markets, corporate strategies and cultures — some even conflicting with one another.

        Clearly, the reason the minister is inviting these companies to adopt and impose their joint and conflicting vision on his ICT university is because he has no vision and objective of his own for the university.

  • thusspokez

    “I am already talking to a lot of operators at the international level, Facebook, Motorola, Ericson, all of them. We are encouraging them to come and adopt the university campuses as their own.

    This man has no idea what he wants. Facebook, Motorola, Ericson are businesses, always changing the ways they are doing things. Academia is not suited to such pace; it would mean changing the syllabus almost very other year to catch up.

    Mumu ministers who surround themselves with mumu advisers, instead using well-qualified Nigerians — I am met many of the them around the world — who know these these things and could provide these mumu ministers excellent advice.

  • thusspokez

    To: Adebayo Shittu, Minister of Communications

    Dummy Guide To Problem Solving:

    1. Invite academia, professionals, writers in ICT and ICT users to help identify the ICT problems and needs that Nigeria faces now and next few decades.
    2. Prioritise agreed problem situations.
    3. Seek possible solutions from experts. Also learn what other countries did at similar state of ICT development as Nigeria is now.
    4. Set out vision and formulate a long tern ICT policy and problem solutions.

    It is only through proper problem analysis — done by true professionals — that you would know what the problems are. And it is only after clear descriptions and understanding of the problems that you would find the right problem solutions to match the identified problem situations. An ICT university, may or may not be one of the solutions.