IF the proposed plan by the Federal Government to revive the ailing Nigerian Postal Service is anything to go by, then Nigerians should expect a holistic turn-around in the system when the new ICT Master plan is finally implemented.
The Minister of Communication, Mr. Adebayo Shittu, who gave this cheering insight at a function in Abuja recently, said that NIPOST would cease to be a conservative agency as it is presently and become a service oriented conglomerate, capable of competing with its peers across the globe.
“We have new initiatives we are bringing on board, so NIPOST will leave this conservative postal service outlook to become a very big conglomerate in service delivery. We will deploy services not only in the urban areas but also in villages,” the minister assured.
He further reiterated the determination of the present administration to establish the first ICT University in sub Saharan Africa. The idea, he said, was driven by the desire to groom a new breed of manpower for Nigeria in view of the exponential growth being recorded in the sector.
Shittu, who was on a facility tour at the galaxy Backbone, spoke passionately about the university, saying that the issue of establishing the institution was so dear to his heart and promised that government would do everything possible to ensure its establishment, as the first of its kind in Africa that would serve as breeding ground for high level research and training of ICT professionals across.
“The issue that is very dear to my heart is the establishment of an ICT university, which will be the first of its kind in Africa. ICT is beyond class room teaching of computers today.
“The aim of this university is to establish an institution dedicated to the training of high level experience man power for the industry, in view of the exponential growth of ICT in Nigeria.
“With the six campuses of Digital Bridge Institute currently being hosted by the NCC, we hope that we will take ICT training and research to very high level.
“We know that in very many advanced countries, there are dedicated universities for the training of man power on ICT. We want to replicate this in Nigeria. Once we get the nod of the FEC, we would commence the establishment of an implementation committee to guide the process of transforming DBI into Nigeria or West Africa ICT University,” he explained.
Earlier in his address, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Galaxy Backbone, Mallam Yusuf Kazaure, told the minister that the agency is currently working hard to ensure the national data centre is adequately protected. In doing that, he said that the agency is providing a pervasive infrastructure that would accommodate all government institutions and agencies.
In a related development, Shittu again restated the need for the establishment of an ICT University in Nigeria, while receiving the members of the Editorial Board of Kakaaki Magazine who presented him with the Democracy Man of the Year 2016 recently.