Digita l Bridge Institute,
a brain child of Nigerian
Communications Commission,
NCC has matriculated 24
students into five specialized
Information Communication
Technology, ICT, filed as part of
its effort to promote the use of
ICT for national development.
Speaking yesterday at
the commissioning of the
National Innovation Diploma
programmes and the maiden
matriculation in Kano, the
Executive Vice Chairman of
the Nigerian Communications
Commission, NCC, Prof.
Umar Danbatta gave the
specialized areas to includes,
software engineering, computer
hardware engineering,
networking and security,
telecommunications and
multimedia technology and
multimedia technology as
the courses approved by the
National Board for Technical
Education NBTE , to run as an
Innovation Enterprise Institute
in the country.
Danbatta said the program
was deliberately designed
to offer a rich blend of the
theoretical knowledge and
practice skills as combines
classroom work with intensive
laboratory and workshop
modules which will prepare
and equip them for a direct
entry into related fields of any
University in the country.
According to him, “Nigeria
is in dire need of ICT skills to
solve the myriad of problems
facing her in agriculture, health,
education, security, power and
other sector. Adding that this
is the only way the country can
become a mainstream player in
the new digital age.”
The EVC said, “the
matriculation is in furtherance
of our mandate to equipped
Nigerians in different filed
of ICT, to which the Institute
was granted approval as an
innovative enterprise Institute
by the federal ministry of
education and the National
Board for Technical Education
in 2016 to award national and
innovation Diploma and these
are the first sets of students been
matriculated for the 2016\2017
academic calendar
“He urged the matriculating
students to embrace the
opportunity of obtaining
a certificate in National
Innovation Diploma program
seriously as they will be
equipped with the required
ICT knowledge and skills to
perform optimally with their
counterparts in other parts of
the world.
In remarks, His Royal
Highness , the Emir of Kano,
Mallam Muhammadu Sanusi
I has called for the need to
increase investment in ICT
infrastructure to promote
broadband penetration in the
rural areas of the country.
According to him, “there is
no point getting a Diploma in
ICT if the only place you can
operate is in the city center
we need to have more people
in the rural areas who can
provide ICT services to the rural
dwellers to achieve effective
results. He identified ICT as a
tool for national development
as such should be taken with
all seriousness to address
unemployment in Nigeria.
Also speaking, the Executive
Governor of Kano state, Dr.
Abdullahi U Ganduje pledged
to his government support
to provide scholarship to 100
youths in the state to bridge the
gap in ICT. Ganduje Said due
to the gender gap between the
male and female in the state,
his administration will offering
60 slot the girl child while the
remaining 40 goes to the male
as part of his efforts to promote
ICT in rural areas across the 44
local government of the state.
On his part, the Administrator
of the Institute, Dr. Ike Adinde
said matriculated students were
a combination of the Lagos and
Kano learning centers. Adinde
attributed the low enrolment
to the late approval of the
programme which he said came
after the closure the 2016 JAMB
registration exercise.

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