Indications have emerged that the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) are making plans to transform the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI) to a full University.
This was revealed by Nigeria’s communications minister, Adebayo Shittu, during an announcement at the inauguration of a committee of 25 members saddled with the responsibility of implementing the proposed ICT University.
Shittu revealed that the DBI has enormous potentials and benefits to the country, adding that the ICT sector is the fastest growing industry in Nigeria’s economy – growing at a rate of 24.42%. To sustain the growth, he said the country needs to put in place deliberate policy strategies within nationally and globally defined agenda for sustainable ICT development. The establishment of an ICT university, he said, is one of the ways to move to the next phase of the nation’s ICT growth.
The inaugurated committee has till next month to submit its report while the university is expected to commence academic activities at the commencement of the next session.
DBI, with campuses in Lagos, Abuja, Kano and Enugu, has substantially improved the IT skills of many students, public civil servants and members of the private sector and has trained 6000 since its establishment.
Modeled after similar ICT Universities and institutions around the world, it was established in 2004, in the wake of the phenomenal worldwide growth of the Telecommunications (telecoms) and Information Communications Technology (ICT) sectors.
The institution was established after acknowledging the need to continue to foster the rapid development and growth of the Nigerian Telecommunication marketplace, as well as the potentially significant vulnerability as lack of human resources could pose in the ICT industry.
Today, DBI is seen as a world-class center of excellence in Telecommunication and Information Technology training and education.
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