- Federal Government Plans a Massive Revolution For Ailing NIPOST
- Federal Government will establishment of an ICT university, which will be the first of its kind in Africa.
The Minister of Communication, Mr. Adebayo Shittu, has disclosed the master plan set up by the Federal Government of Nigeria to revolutionise the ailing Nigerian Postal Office, NIPOST.
Mr. Shittu, who gave this cheering insight at a function in Abuja recently, said that “if the proposed plan by the Federal Government to revive the ailing Nigerian Postal Service is anything to go by, then Nigerians should expect a holistic turn-around in the system when the new ICT Master plan is finally implemented.”
In his remarks on the service delivery at NIPOST, Shittu said:
“We have new initiatives we are bringing on board, so NIPOST will leave this conservative postal service outlook to become a very big conglomerate in service delivery. We will deploy services not only in the urban areas but also in villages.”
He also reiterated the determination of the present administration to establish the first Information and Communications Technology, ICT University in sub Saharan Africa – an idea which aim to groom a new breed of manpower for Nigeria in view of the exponential growth being recorded in the ICT sector.
Shittu expressed his passion and optimism that government would do everything possible to establish the university, as the first of its kind in Africa that would serve as breeding ground for high level research and training of ICT professionals across.
“The issue that is very dear to my heart is the establishment of an ICT university, which will be the first of its kind in Africa. ICT is beyond class room teaching of computers today,”
“The aim of this university is to establish an institution dedicated to the training of high level experience man power for the industry, in view of the exponential growth of ICT in Nigeria.”
Shittu also explained:
“With the six campuses of Digital Bridge Institute currently being hosted by the NCC, we hope that we will take ICT training and research to very high level.
“We know that in very many advanced countries, there are dedicated universities for the training of man power on ICT. We want to replicate this in Nigeria. Once we get the nod of the FEC, we would commence the establishment of an implementation committee to guide the process of transforming Digital Bridge Institute, DBI, into Nigeria or West Africa ICT University.”
The minister also said that the recently compiled ICT Roadmap 2016 will soon become operational. He added that as part of the implementation of the ICT Roadmap, some activities, seminars and sensitization programmes will be rolled out in the next few weeks.
“By the time the Roadmap must have been in operation before the end of next month, most of what we are doing here will be known to Nigerians. Every Nigerian is affected by what the telecoms industry is doing,” he said.