The Minister of Communications, Mr Adebayo Shittu, has restated the need for the establishment of an ICT University in Nigeria, the first of its kind in Africa.
The ICT University according to Shittu, would provide manpower, and also train human capital development for a fledging ICT in Nigeria.
The minister said this while receiving members of the Editorial Board of Kakaaki Magazine, who were in his office to present him the Democracy Man of the Year 2016 award.
“We are working on an ICT University which will be the first in Africa. It will train high caliber personnel that will service the ICT industry,” the Minister said, just as he disclosed that the recently compiled ICT Road map 2016 would soon become operational.
Shittu stated that as part of the implementation of the ICT Road map, some activities, seminars and sensitisation programmes would be rolled out in the next few weeks.
”By the time the Road map 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,” rthe minister stated.
Presenting the award and magazine to the minister, the Group Chairman/ Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Chief Tai Olusoccer said the selection committee of the magazine found Mr Shittu worthy of this year’s award because of his unprecedented achievements in the sector within a short period of time despite being a non-ICT expert.
The Minister, who acknowledged the fact that the ICT industry is a new terrain for him, said he was able to achieve certain feat since assumption of office because of the clement working relationship with the Permanent Secretary, Mr Sonny Echono, the directors and other management team in the ministry.
Speaking on his working bond with the Permanent Secretary, he said,“I love my working relationship with the Permanent Secretary. We are two great minds that love challenges. In fact, it is a marriage made in heaven. And we both work harmoniously with the directors. I love working with each and everyone of them.”
Shittu expressed his appreciation to the Kakaaki team for finding him worthy for the honour as the Democracy Day Man of The Year 2016, while he urged the organisation to continue to partner with the ministry and its agencies. He added that his office is open to any constructive ideas. “We are receptive of ideas,” he added.