Nigeria’s five new technology projects to help transform country into a truly digital economy
Five Information Technology projects in Nigeria plus the Kaduna Emergency Communication Centre have been commissioned by the Nigerian communications Minister Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami.
The Minister commissioned the Tertiary Institution Knowledge Centre (TIKC) in Enugu State Polytechnic, Iwollo. Three other projects by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), IT Community Centre in Katsina and IT Hub each in Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria Main Campus, Kaduna and University of Lagos, were also commissioned.
Another project was the opening of the Nigeria Communication Satellite (NIGCOMSAT)’s Northwest Regional Office in Kaduna.
The NCC’s ECC project, which makes it possible for people of Kaduna and environs to dial 112 Emergency Number to get help during emergencies from appropriate emergency response agencies, was also commissioned and is aimed at supporting the Federal Government agenda of enhancing security of lives and property in the country. NCC had built ECC in each of the 36 states of the federation and the FCT. Nineteen of the ECC have been activated while efforts are ongoing to extend it to other states.
Speaking during the virtual commissioning of the projects on Thursday, July 23, 2020 and attended by all heads of agencies under the ministry, Pantami said the projects were all connected to the country’s digital economy drive, as contained in the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) unveiled by the President in November last year.
“These projects are connected to some of the pillars of the NDEPS, especially with respect to developmental regulation, digital literacy and skills, solid infrastructure, among others,” explained Pantami, urging Nigerians, who are the ultimate beneficiaries of the projects, to take advantage of the opportunities.
He added that he would continue to work with other ministries, departments and parastatals of government to ensure teething challenges facing ICT infrastructure deployment in the country are addressed.
According to the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, “the projects will help in leading the country into a truly-digital economy.” He restated the Commission’s commitment to ensure a robust broadband infrastructure in the country, to support government’s initiatives aimed at accelerating the implementation of National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy.