Funds ‘must better lives’

GOVERNMENT

|
Image: NCC’s Dave Imoko, Hon Oyetunde Ojo and a contractor renovating the DBI. By Kokumo Goodie
NCC’s Dave Imoko, Hon Oyetunde Ojo and a contractor renovating the DBI

By Kokumo Goodie, Lagos, Nigeria

Nigeria’s House of Representatives Communications Committee says funds allocated in the Appropriation Act must be spent well to better the life of the citizens.

The Committee therefore seeks for judicious use of budgetary allocations to government agencies, ministries and departments (MDAs) in the country, arguing that it could help address issues like frightening unemployment rate in the country.

Honourable Oyetunde Ojo, chairman of the committee who led other members to the Lagos Campus of Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), Oshodi, said during an inspection of ongoing projects of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), that as representatives of the people, elected by the people, it is just appropriate that members see what the funds appropriated in the budget are used for.

The property housing the Lagos DBI campus used to be owned by former state-run but now moribund Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL) but had over the years been neglected before the NCC acquired the property from the government and paid for it.

“The National Assembly appropriates the funds. We must see what the appropriated funds have been used for because at the end of the day, Nigerians will hold us accountable. Apart from being a knowledge-based institution, it is also going to take care of job creation. You can imagine how many people will be employed when it is completed. That is always our agitation with the House (with the executive over budget implementation),” the chairman said.

According to him, though the project started before the passage of 2012 appropriation bill, a total sum of N51 billion was approved for the NCC in year 2012 budget.

“This project started before the 2012 budget. N51 billion was appropriated in the 2012 budget, but not for this job alone. The NCC has other things like the payment of salaries and (execution) of other projects like the emergency communication centres that they are doing across the country which will have fire service equipment and ambulances,” he said, adding that the world is in the information technology age and Nigeria cannot sit back.

On his impression about the level of work done in the institute, he said the committee members are completely satisfied with what they saw on ground. “We are satisfied with what I have seen. I used to know this place before now because my constituency is not far from this area. This is a good transformation. May be it was because we have to push them to do this, but being here and seeing what is on ground, it is highly commendable,” Honourable Ojo said.

He said the committee had also realised that the direction the world was moving now is the digital direction, adding that ICT training was also very important. “If you go to the US, once you have a SIM (subscriber identity module) card, you automatically have broadband facility which means you have internet facility. That is the level we are going and that is why we said they should train their staff to meet up with the digital age,” he said.

Tony Ojobo, director, Public Affairs at the NCC, said the project would be completed on schedule and assured that fresh students would be admitted into the school by the next academic session. Ojobo added that the institute had, since inception, served as the training hub for top civil servants in the federal ministries, adding that state governments have also tapped into the knowledge pool of the institute.



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

Search News

comments powered by Disqus

MORE GOVERNMENT NEWS

Water utilities to introduce USSD service

Botswana’s Water Utilities Corporation (WUC) will soon officially launch a service using Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD), for its customers throughout the country.  Read More

Scatec Solar secures 100 MW Solar Project in Nigeria

Scatec Solar has signed an agreement with CDIL, a Canadian renewable energy development company focused on Africa, and BPS, a Nigerian strategic consulting firm, securing the 100 MW (DC) Nova Scotia Power plant located in Jigawa State, Nigeria.  Read More

Tackling cybercrime requires new skills, says minister

Nigeria's ComTech Minister, Adebayo Shittu, says new skills are needed to address the global threat of cybercrime. Read More

Unsolicited SMS: We’ve given subscribers choice, says NCC

Nigeria’s telecoms sector regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says it has given subscribers the power to choose between receiving unsolicited messages or not through the enforcement of the DND code on the telcos. Read More

NITDA seeks NCC collaboration for 50% GDP growth

The acting Director-General of Nigeria’s NITDA is seeking the collaboration of the NCC to develop the country’s ICT industry to enable it to contribute about 50 per cent to the nation’s GDP. Read More

Amosun, Danbatta settle disputes over 47 BTS shut in Ogun

The outstanding issues which have kept 47 base transmission stations (BTS) under lock and key in Ogun State have been successfully resolved by the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof Umar Garba Danbatta. Read More

ComTech Minister: NITDA recruitment fraudulent

Nigeria’s Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu, has described the last recruitment exercise at the Nigeria Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) fraudulent as it did not follow due process. Read More

Buhari advised on national addressing system

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has been advised to establish a national addressing system in the country to check the crime rate in the country. Read More

Science & Tech Minister: We’ll deepen R&D

The Minister of Science and Technology has identified poor funding and ineffective coordination as reasons Nigeria’s technological development has remained stunted.   Read More

NCA cushions consumers from future interconnection hikes

The Ghana National Communication Authority (NCA) has revealed that in order to safeguard consumers from interconnection price hikes, it has enforced that operators maintain their current rates from now until January 2018 in spite of operations of the Interconnect Clearing House (ICH) in Ghana. Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage EnterpriseSAP AfricaTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoiceMicrosoft 4AfrikaNetworks UnlimitedArbor NetworksEricssonTigo Ghana

FEATURED STORY

Financial services sees AI as both opportunity and threatFinancial services sees AI as both opportunity and threat

Banking is already a key area where technology is having an impact throughout Africa, and a new survey assesses the impact artificial intelligence will have on this sector.

Advertisement

IN DEPTH

Access and Use of ICT stats releasedAccess and Use of ICT stats released

Statistics Botswana has released the first results of the 2014 Information and Communication Technology Household Survey.