By Angeleen Nkwocha
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has reiterated its unalloyed support and commitment to deploy Information Communication Technology (ICT) facilities to tertiary institutions across the country in line with its statutory mandate.
This was made known in Abuja when a delegation from the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Dala-Kano, and the Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology Vom, Plateau state, paid separate visits to the commission on Tuesday.
While receiving the delegation from the National Orthopaedic Hospital Dala-Kano, on behalf of the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, the Director projects, Mrs Abigail Sholanke, said that special intervention projects of the commission was an initiative to ensure that ICT facilities were provided in schools both secondary and tertiary institutions.
“We are in a knowledge based economy and ICT space had to be created for people to operate.
We realize that most of these schools don’t have computers and internet facilities the commission decided to intervene in this area.
We have been given a lot of schools’ interventions and your school is a part of the programme of the commission.
“On the issue of bandwidth, we are thinking of giving schools based on their needs. So if you have any project you think NCC can do on this ICT intervention you can write to us, we will look at it and if it is within part of our programme we will see how we can come in, so your school can benefit from it,” she said.
Speaking earlier, Dr Abubakar Waziri, leader of the delegation and Head of Clinical Services of the hospital, commended the EVC on the interventions of NCC on schools stressing that its school was penciled for the ICT strategy of 2015 which was meant to provide accessible and affordable internet service to the schools.
“We have the wireless internet cloud which was installed in our school.
“However we have some challenges with logging processes and other low network issues immediately outside the school.” Waziri said.
Similarly, the Provost of the Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology, Vom, Plateau State, Dr. Christine Utoh-Ojemudia appreciated NCC’s intervention programme ADAPTI through its Digital Bridge institute, to its institution thus acknowledging its statutory world class services.
She said its institution’s mandate is centred on the training of middle level man power whom they graduate with skills and the mindset to become sufficient and dignified employers of other youths to aid solve the problem of unemployment in the country.
She explained that the institution needs a lot of facilities as it runs a diploma programme on animal health production and currently runs eight programmes thus an expansion on the needs of the college. According to her the college needs a lot of resources and facilities as human development trainers for sustainable research.
She sought NCC’s intervention to enable students maximize their learning to meet up accreditation needs.
Mrs Sholanke said the Commission is happy it benefited from its ADAPTI programme, as this will help students to be employable. She said the Commission will look into their needs and see how it can be of help. Stressing that the NCC is commited in deploying ICT facilities to schools, as ICT has become paramount in today’s digital world.