THE North-East Development Commission (NEDC) has established three new Information and Communication Technology ( ICT) centres in the region, Mr Mohammed Alkali, its Managing Director, has said.
Alkali, who spoke on Monday shortly after inspecting the ICT centre at the Federal College of Education, Yola, said that the centres were located in Gombe, Bauchi and Taraba states.
He said that the establishment of the additional centres by the commission was in line with the National Agenda for Information and Communication Technology Development in the country.
Alkali said the core objectives of the centres were to fast track development and resuscitate the economy of the region, destroyed by the insurgency.
“The commission initially embarked on the resuscitation of ICT entrepreneurship centres at FCE, Yola, Waka, Biu and Gashua in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states respectively.
“The three new centres are in Gombe, Bauchi and Taraba states with the overall objective of improving access to information technology.
“The development is a deliberate strategy to bring the zone to the forefront of knowledge-driven regions in the country
‘’This is through empowering its populace with necessary vocational education, skills and tools that can make them self – reliant,’’ he said.
According to Alkali, 61,026 applicants applied for the commission’s ICT training programmes but due to the capacity of the six centres, only 1,200 could be admitted in the first batch.
He said that of the figure, 140 were from Adamawa, adding that the second batch had been invited for the training.
On agricultural development, Alkali said that the commission was set to engage a number of farmers in the zone in a comprehensive intervention programme to add to the agro-allied value chain.
He said in recognition of the agricultural economy and potential in the zone, the commission would provide inputs for farmers including improved rice seeds, fertilizer, herbicides and fungicides. (NAN)
– Mar. 8, 2021 @ 15:05 GMT |