Minister of Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu
The Minister of Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu, has said the Federal Government has concluded plans to establish an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) university.
The proposed ICT School, he said, is informed by the low-ranking of Nigeria in terms of development when compared to other African countries’ growths. At the yearly lecture of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering held at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), the minister urged the academy to partner with the ministry to set up the ICT school, which, he assured, would be “run as a public-private partnership”.
Shittu said since ICT had become an enabler of growth in modern time, it was time Nigeria filled the gap in the ICT industry by equipping its youths with requisite knowledge. He said: “I want to invite your academy to partner with the Ministry of Communications in setting up of the ICT University. If your academy is favourably disposed towards that, we are prepared to cede one of the six campuses to you, so we can jointly run it to ensure that our youths get the best ICT training.”
He said he would play an intermediary role between the academy and the Federal Government for whatever contact the academy might need to make the partnership successful.