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Don stresses need for improvement in ICT

Monday, 30 January 2017


From Arinze Gideon

The Chief Executive officer, Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta has stressed the need to harness the potentials of ICT in tertiary institutions in order to overcome the lingering problems of learning and  facilitate socio-economic development.

He made this known while delivering the 46th convocation lecture of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

The Prof who spoke on the topic' The role of ICT infrastructure in Tertiary education in Nigeria: NCC interventions' also said that the various educational institutions must drive the ICT in close collaboration with the private and public sector in order to meet up with other countries.

According to him, the advent and spread of ICT has led to the creation of information societies.

'The development has made it possible for institutions to break the barrier of distance and knowledge gap by accessing information and content delivery from the comfort zones of their offices and homes' he stated.

He also noted that ICT has become pervasive in all spheres of life in America and Europe as they now operate e-medicine, e- commerce and e- banking.

'Universities all over the world deploy ICTs in the day to day running of their affairs as well as improve and maintain its efficacy as an enabler of virtually all undertakings' he said.

Speaking on efforts made by the NCC, Prof  Dambatta said that the commission has intensified efforts to provide access programme, connectivity programmes and ICT platforms as well as capacity development.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof.Benjamin Ozumba,  said that convocation lectures are perceived as standard platforms for confronting issues however pleasant or unpleasant and dissecting them with intellectual aplomb and honesty of purpose.

According to him the topic could not have come at a better time than now giving the prevailing global challenges in today's information management and technology.

'Information management has remained on the front burner of all nations, organizations and every human endeavour' he stated.

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