BUHARI TO ESTABLISH ICT UNIVERSITY, RRAD WHY

The Federal Govern­ment is to establish a university that will en­tirely focus on academic pro­grammes in Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Minister of Commu­nication, Barr. Adebayo Shit­tu, has said.
The minister, who stated this recently while declaring open a three-day ICT camp training for teenagers in Abu­ja, said the nation’s informa­tion technology sector holds massive prospects for young Nigerians.
His words, “ICT employs much more people than any other profession and can nev­er be saturated…, We have to leverage on ICT to increase the country’s Gross Domes­tic Product,” adding that the planned university would provide opportunity for teen­agers to fully take part in the ICT revolution.
Represented by Director of ICT in the Communications’ ministry, Mrs Moni Udoh, the minister harped on the need for Nigerians to take advan­tage of the various innova­tions hubs recently established by the Federal Government across the six geo-political zones to harness the various skills in the country.
While commending the or­ganiser of the camp for pro­moting ICT knowledge among teenage girls, the minister said moves are already underway to make ICT related subjects compulsory at all levels of ed­ucation in the country.
Speaking on behalf of No­ble-teen magazine, organiser of the camp, the coordinator, Princess Ifi said the camp was put together to coincide with the Day of the African Child as parts of activities to mark this year’s girls in ICT celebration.
According to her, the girls in ICT day was initiated by the International Telecommunica­tion Union (ITU) to promote girls career in ICT.
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