Nigeria commissions 11 new ICT centres
Nigeria Ministry of Communications has commissioned 11 new information and communications technology (ICT) centres aimed at improving the country’s digital economy as well as to curb corruption.
Some of the projects which were commissioned virtually across the country by the Communications minister Isa Ali Pantami include the Emergency Communication Centres in Ilorin, Kwara State and Calabar, Cross River.
Other projects commissioned include the e-Health and Data Sharing Centre, Medical College, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi; and Virtual Examination Centre, University of Maiduguri, Borno State, all implemented by the National Communications Commission.
Speaking during the virtual launch in Abuja on Tuesday, Pantami said the projects were in line with the present administration’s agenda which include security, economic diversification and fighting corruption.
“The ICT incubation centres that are being constructed all over the country and being championed by the National Information Technology Development Agency, will go a long way in promoting and supporting our economy, particularly its diversification,” said Pantami.
“Some of the projects related to e-Governance will go a long way in fighting corruption because the more our activities are being digitised the fewer people interact physically, and as long as you reduce interaction physically, definitely, that will reduce corruption significantly.”
Speaking at the same virtual event, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, an executive governor of Gombe State said ICTs are critical to human existence in this modern era. Over 500 ICT projects have been executed by agencies under the ministry in the west African nation in the past five years, according to the Communications Ministry.