Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has donated about 80 ICT engineering books to Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike.
This is as the institution has called on NCC to build an engineering library for the university.
Deputy Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Dominic Okpara, who represented the vice- chancellor, Prof. Hilary Edeoga, while receiving the books said that providing an engineering library for the school like NCC did for University of Lagos would contribute to a better academic performance among its students while making them more competitive.
He thanked the NCC for the donation and called on other institutions to tow the line of NCC to provide current books for students in Nigerian schools.
Dr. Mike Onyia, the South East representative in NCC Board, in his remarks said that the book donation initiative was one of the programmes of NCC targeted at capacity building in the sector.
“One of our core mandates is to build capacity in the sector and we do this through a lot of ways among which is this book presentation initiative specifically meant for Nigerian Universities.
“And this initiative is spread across the different geo-political zones in Nigeria. Most of the universities have in the different zones benefitted at one time or the other. We also have the Advanced Digital Appreciation for Tertiary Institutions,” he said.
Onyia said that the MOUAU’s request was okay, adding that the request was in line with the effort NCC was making to ensure students were given books to improve their knowledge base.
He noted that if people could not access relevant information, it was impossible for them to become aware of important aspects of their situation, analyse it and act to improve their lives.
He said that Abia was yet to access the books donation initiative until now because the commission lacked the funds to donate all the books at once, hence the donation to beneficiaries in phases.

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