As the educational systems continue to get affected by technology innovations, the Minister of Communications and Technology, Barrister Adebayo Shittu has reaffirmed commitment towards the establishment of ICT Universities in Nigeria, a project that is expected to affect teaching, learning and research

Speaking on “The Role of Academia Cannot be Ignored as we Move Ahead in ICT Development,” at the Indo-Africa Expo and Summit recently in Lagos, the Minister said recognizes research as a key component in stimulating sustainable ICT growth.

“In this direction, the Ministry is in pursuance of its mandate to leverage ICT and to promote local manpower of the ICT sector by establishing a proposed ICT University of Nigeria with specialized programs on ICT across the six geo-political zones in the country.”

Shittu said the Ministry has reached out to some ICT companies locally and internationally for the Private Public Partnership (PPP) management of the proposed ICT University, adding that many have shown enthusiasm towards investing in the project.

Further, he said a significant amount of research has proven the benefits of ICT assisted education as qualitative, hence the need to have the universities centered on core ICT courses spread across the six geo-political zones.

He said that the ICT sector has the potential to accelerate, enrich, and deepen skills, to motivate and engage students, to help relate school experience to work practices, create economic viability for tomorrow’s workers, as well as to strengthen teaching and to help schools change.

He added that in a rapidly changing world, primary education is essential for an individual to be able to access and apply information.

“Such ability must include ICTs in the global village. Unfortunately, Nigeria is still weak in ICT application and use, and there is a general agreement of a need for restructuring.

And those are some of the premises behind the initiative, and it is a highly welcome initiative by the government to establish an ICT university in the country.