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Nigeria needs to have the first ICT University in Africa – Shittu

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Adebayo Shittu, Minister of Communication has confirmed the need for the establishment of an ICT University in Nigeria, the first of its kind in Africa.

 The minister said that the university would be a pool that will provide manpower for and train human capital development for a fledging ICT industry in Nigeria.

He said this while receiving the members of the editorial board of Kakaaki Magazine that was in his office to present him an award as the Democracy Man of the Year 2016.

 “We are working on an ICT University which will be the first in Africa. It will train high calibre personnel that will service the ICT industry”, said the Minister who disclosed that the recently compiled ICT Roadmap 2016 would soon become operational.

According to him, this plan is part of the implementation of the ICT roadmap and some activities, seminars and sensitisation programs will be rolled out in the next few weeks.

 He said,” by the time the roadmap must have been in operation before the end of next month, most of what we are doing here will be known to Nigerians. Every Nigerian is affected by what the telecoms industry is doing.”

The Minister, who acknowledged the fact that the ICT industry is a new terrain for him, said he was able to achieve certain feat since assumption of office because of the clement working relationship he has with the Sonny Echono, permanent secretary, the directors and other management team in the ministry.

JUMOKE AKIYODE