Nigeria’s minister of communications, Mr Adebayo Shittu, on Thursday said that the plan to set up a University of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Nigeria was to equip Nigerians with the best skills.
The minister while speaking to journalists in Abuja said facilities at the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) would be used to attain this goal.
“Nigerians will, therefore, be equipped with the best skills to look for jobs all over the world.’’
“We are also engaging the private sector to collaborate with us in this venture; the Nigerian government is not going to spend huge amounts in running that place,” Shittu said.
He said the ministry will invite companies like Motorola, Facebook and all the big companies to come and adopt campuses; by so doing, they will bring their money, technology and skills.
According to him the resolution was made to stop the trend of Nigerians having to travel to India, Pakistan, Malaysia and Western Europe to acquire high level ICT training.
“If we have Korean telecoms companies coming to adopt one of our campuses, that will strengthen us instead of going to South Korea.
“We can have all the training and the number of people who will have the training locally will certainly be more than those who will have opportunities of going abroad to train.
“So, we feel that the ICT University is one of the big legacies that this government wants to give to Nigerians by adding value to computer science education,” the minister said.