The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has urged educational institutions to properly deploy Information Communications Technology (ICT) facilities donated by the commission for optimal benefit of students and staff.
Prof. Umar Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman of the commission, gave this advice when the Provost, Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology, Jos, and her team visited him on Tuesday in Abuja.
Danbatta was represented by Mrs Abigail Sholanke, Director Projects, NCC.
He called on the institution to ensure that all the ICT facilities given to them were effectively deployed for the benefit of their students and lecturers.
Commenting on the Advanced Digital Awareness Programme for Tertiary Institutions (ADAPTI), intervention programme of the commission, he said the programme was to assist students to be employable.
He explained that the organisation observed that most students don’t have ICT skills.
According to him, ICT facilities were donated by the NCC as an intervention to train lectures so that they can train the students.
“Apart from the ADAPTI intervention we also give computers and we hope that these computers would be effectively deployed for the benefit of the students.
“We hope that they are not locked in rooms but are optimally deployed, we find that most of the schools lack these facilities,” he said.
“We, in the communication industry find out that if people don’t have these ICT skills, there is going to be a problem, when they don’t even have computers.
“That is why we decided to come in and equip tertiary institutions and some teaching hospitals,” he said.
Danbatta assured the school that the commission would look into its needs and where to assist it better.
Earlier, Dr Christine Utoh-Ojemudia, the Provost of the Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology, Jos, commended the commission on its intervention to the school.
She said the college had felt the impact of the commission through its training programme, ADAPTI, and the Digital Bridge Institute.
She said the school saw the NCC as key to the college achieving its mandate, which was the training of middle level manpower.
According to her, this will enable students with skills to be self- sufficient in entrepreneurial and be dignified employers of other youths and work force thus solving the problem of unemployment in the country.
“As human resource trainers, we need facilities for practical demonstrations for teaching and sustainable research in line with the accreditation policies of our regulatory bodies.
“We cannot effectively function or add value to the life of the communities, our students and serve the government effectively without collaboration with NCC.
“So, we need your intervention, particularly now that our population has increased tremendously, so that our students can maximise their learning while meeting up with the accreditation requirements,” Utoh-Ojemudia said.
According to her, the support of NCC will enable the college to effectively impact on both staff and students.
Edited by Felix Ajide