NITDA Establishes ICT Hubs in Nigerian Universities across Geopolitical Zones
TECH DIGEST – The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has facilitated creations of information and Communication Technology (Hubs) in selected universities across geopolitical zones in Nigeria.
The Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu A. Inuwa disclosed this at the National Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (NCAIR) Office, in Wuye, Abuja where he hosted Vice Chancellor of Federal University of Technology, Minna (FUTMinna), Prof. Abdullahi Bala.
According to him, the creation of an ICT hub in selected universities across the geo-political zones, which included FUTMinna, was in line with the NCAIR’s mandate of collaborating with tertiary institutions in empowering students with modern technology skills.
Kashifu said that economic diversification is not basically just to alleviate poverty, but also to create prosperity by designing a high-value market chain for our local production.
He explained that technological ecosystem comprises of the Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SME’s) which grow lineally, and the Innovative Driven Enterprises (IDE’s) which grow exponentially and have a broader market.
He said: “Innovation is the best mechanism in creating prosperity as we can see that most of the developed and wealthy nations do not depend on their natural resources but on creative innovations.”
Kashifu expressed his delight at the University’s intention in seeking more collaboration and strategic synergy in sustaining a digital economy that would prepare students for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and boost Industrialization moving the country forward.
Earlier in his speech, Prof. Bala, said that the purpose of the visit was to thank the Agency for its intervention of IT Hub to the university, and also to leverage on the cordial relationship between the Agency and the University in exploring more collaborative opportunities for productive interactions in Research, Innovation and Development in Emerging technologies.
He assured the DG that the University has scaled its capacity to further collaborate and complement the efforts of NITDA by creating an International Centre for Emerging Technology, an initiative which he believes, in collaboration with the NCAIR, will focus on areas of Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Capacity Building, Research and Development.