By Angela Nkwocha
The Digital Bridge Institute, DBI, an institution of higher learning which deals with professional courses and programmes in telecommunications policies, regulation, and national innovative diploma programmes in ICT related areas has affirmed that over 60,000 Nigerian administrators, students, academics and teachers have been sponsored and trained in various Digital ICT-related programmes by the institute since its inception in 2004.
This was made known by the President/CEO of the DBI, Prof. Mohammed Ajiya during an interactive session with journalists in his head office in Abuja.
Ajiya said the training was made possible as DBI in partnership with Microsoft, Huawei Technology and Global System of Mobile phones Association (GSMA) had the certification of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the accreditation of NBTE to run courses and programmes on digital and ICT-related fields to up scale the skills of Nigerians.
He said leveraging on e-governance platforms will help to meet up with the challenges of unemployment adding that the federal government is investing heavily on broadband expansion and provision of telecommunications infrastructures for the transformation of the nation’s economy.
He further revealed that the DBI operations are to be entrenched in the six geo-political zones of the country to enable the institute carry out its mandate of bridging digital and information technology gaps in the country and drive the digital economic agenda of the present administration stressing that more of its campuses are set to resume operations in Yola, Enugu and Asaba to complement the ones in Abuja, Lagos and Kano.
While calling on the media for effective reportage of positive deployment of ICT tools for national development he stressed on the need for states and local government areas to key fully into the digital transformation agenda of the present administration.