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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

By Sept 2017, Nigeria will have an ICT Varsity.

A specialised University solely for Information and Communications Technology related courses will take off in Abuja in September 2017. The minister of communications Adebayo Shittu, who disclosed this when the 31-member committee on the proposed ICT university submitted its report in Abuja, also said the university would further boost ICT development in Nigeria. 

Though the Federal Executive Council would still need to deliberate on the report, he said he was confidence it would be adopted by FEC. According to the minister, FEC would likely come up with a memorandum on the proposed school after their deliberation in the 2 weeks.

He said the specialised ICT tertiary school, which would be the first of its kind in Africa, is expected to create thousands of jobs across Nigeria. The ministry, he said, was already sourcing for the Vice-Chancellor for the school while the lecturers would be sourced mostly from India, Malaysia, United Kingdom, United States, Canada, South Korea and other countries. 
Honourable Minister of Communications

He said the University would have it curriculum structured in such way that every student who pass through the school would not only come out of it grounded in his/her course, but would also automatically be a potential jobs creator. He said the school would be jointly funded by the Government and the private sector, with assistance from some foreign-based IT companies.

The minister said quite a number of private companies had already signified their willingness to be part of the school and this makes the September take off date very feasible. Earlier in his speech before the submission of the report, the chairman of the committee, former executive secretary of the National University Commission (NUC), Professor Julius Okojie said the specialised ICT university would give the country an edge over other countries competing in Africa.

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