The Director General of the Voice of Nigeria, Osita Okechukwu, has praised Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State for his “bipartisan approach to governance,” noting that it has brought immense development to the state and given everyone a sense of belonging.
Mr. Okechukwu stated this during a courtesy visit to the Government House, Enugu, by members of the Implementation Committee for the Proposed ICT University led by its chairman, Henry Nkemadu.
The director general said the idea of the university was driven by President Muhammadu Buhari’s vision to use ICT as an employment-creating tool, adding that it would further boost the state’s economy and provide job opportunities for youths in the state and beyond.
“We’re also happy because whatever comes to Enugu State you always show your support and have demonstrated a bipartisan approach to governance. That shows that you take everyone in Enugu as yours and do not discriminate,” he said.
On his part, the leader of the delegation, Dr. Nkemadu, said they were in Enugu at the behest of the president to carry out an on-the-spot assessment of the facilities at the Digital Bridge Institute, Enugu, which he said would be converted to a campus of the ICT University of Nigeria being established by the federal government.
He noted further that it was the intention of the federal government to convert the other five campuses of the Digital Bridge Institutes into ICT University. “We are impressed with what we saw on ground. It’s an indication that the ICT University is ready to take off in Enugu,” he said, pointing out that companies such as Dangote and Microsoft had indicated interest in the project.
In his remark, Governor Ugwuanyi pledged the support and cooperation of the state government and commended the federal government for its choice of Enugu as one of the six campuses of the university, explaining that it would both complement his administration’s ICT policy and make Enugu the hub of ICT studies and application in the South-East region.
“There is no gainsaying the fact that ICT has become an indispensable and the most effective platform for rapid sustainable development in the 21st Century. This will certainly add to the rising profile of Enugu State as the academic, aviation and business hub of the region.
“We therefore commend the federal government for the wisdom and vision to establish a university that would build capacity and provide the intellectual foundation required to harness the rich potentials in this important area of endeavour,” he said.
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