Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has called on Nigerian universities to embrace information and communications technology, ICT in their quest to contribute meaningfully to the development of the nation.
Speaking at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, RSUST, Port Harcourt yesterday during the 30th Annual Conference of the Association of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities, Governor Wike stated that any institution that failed to embrace ICT would stagnate and be left behind in the development process.
The governor said: “Of course, times have changed and ICT is the only way to reach the sky in the modern world. So, it is either we embrace the ICT revolutionary change, or remain moribund in the 21st century. That is why I consider the theme of your conference: ‘The role of Information and Communication Technology in University administration and curriculum delivery’ as apt.
“I also consider your choice of the Rivers State University of Science and Technology as your host a step in the right direction. The need for ICT in university administration cannot be over-emphasized. Globally, universities have deployed ICT to effectively streamline administrative processes, improve records and data management as well as enhanced internal revenue generation. With ICT, all the statistics, facts and figures required to make good decision are now available in real-time.”
He commended RSUST for its effective use of ICT in enhancing its academic programmes, saying that that had improved the school’s rating globally.
In his keynote address, Chairman of the Association, Prof Joseph Ajienka called on different tiers of government to support the Vice Chancellors to effectively develop their respective universities.

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