The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) at the weekend received the report of a panel of seven experts on research blueprint set up in order to enhance Nigeria’s participation in the ongoing global digital revolution.
The NCC had created the experts panel chaired by a former Executive Vice Chairman of the commission, Ernest Ndukwe, to create an appropriate blueprint to serve as guiding principles for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) research programmes in the country.
NCC Board Chairman, Olabiyi Durojaiye, who received the report in the presence of Umar Garba Danbatta, executive vice chairman of NCC, Sunday Dare, executive commissioner (stakeholder management), and other members of the executive management, said the initiative was to invite eminent Nigerians with “deep
knowledge, expertise and experience in ICT to serve on the panel of experts and in their capacity to advise the NCC on ICT discovery, innovations, technology through the instrumentality of re-search and capacity building.”
The setting up of the panel, the NCC said was premised on its commitment to the establishment of ICT learning and education in Nigeria.
Durojaiye said: “The Board deeply considered setting up a merit-based process for objective selection of young Nigerians resident in the country and in diaspora for special training and capacity building to enhance Nigeria’s participation in the ongoing global digital revolution.”
Members of the panel also included Titi Omo-Ettu, chairman, Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), Mohammed Ajiya, Abdullahi Maikano, Ike Adinde (administrator DBI), Johnson Asinugo, and Shehu Olaniya.
Continuing, Durojaiye said: “It is pertinent to note that, the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), an innovation of the Commission already has ample basic facilities to house ICT research centres in Lagos and Abuja to start with. The commission is desirous of refocusing the DBI to actualise its mandate in accordance with the ideals of its
“This includes the need to identify the numerous “Bill Gates” and “Mark Zukerberg” of Nigeria who are currently roaming the streets of Lagos, Kano, Enugu, Port-Harcourt and indeed across every other city and states in Nigeria in search of salaried Jobs.
“The challenge is for our youths to be major actors in the World Fourth Industrial Revolution by discovery,
innovating and inventing solutions that will address current and future needs of mankind. Nigeria will thereby earn more foreign exchange and respect in the comity of nations.”
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