The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said its regular donation of Information Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructures to universities and other tertiary institutions in the country is to ensure that Nigeria attains the lofty height of a digitised economy.
The Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the Commission, Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, stated this while delivering the 46th convocation lecture of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, (UNN).
He listed the universities that have benefited from the largesse to include UNN, University of Ibadan, Bayero University, Kano, University of Jos, Enugu State University of Science and Technology, University of Benin, among others.
The UNN 46th convocation lecturer, who spoke on the topic, “The role of ICT Infrastructure in Tertiary Education in Nigeria”, described the advantages as quantifiable as it enhances the retentive memory of the students, explanation of complex instructions and facilitating interaction and concentration.
The NCC boss further stressed that ICT infrastructures also go a long way in facilitating research and reducing gap in communication.
“The advent and spread of ICT in varying degrees have led to the creation of information societies, which are sometimes called knowledge societies. These societies play a momentous role in the development of knowledge economics,” he said.
While describing ICT as a phenomenon that has embraced every sector of the economy outside the education sector, Prof Dambatta said ICT knowledge and technicalities also play very significant roles in both the business and financial sectors.