NCC inaugurates committee on blueprint for ICT research

Group photograph
Group photograph

THE Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has set up a committee to review the report on appropriate curriculum/blueprint for Information and Communications Technology, ICT.

The committee will advise the commission on how best to implement the report in order to deepen research programmes in Nigeria.

Speaking during the inauguration of the nine-member committee, on Tuesday, September 3, Prof. Umar Danbatta, executive vice chairman, NCC, said the inauguration of the committee was sequel to the resolutions by the Board of the Commission at its meeting on Thursday, June 13, 2019, directing the NCC management to constitute the committee.

Danbatta read out a 10-point terms of reference to serve as a compass for the committee, which include; reviewing the report of the expert groups on the development of appropriate blueprint/curriculum for ICT innovation research programme in Nigeria; developing guidelines for the establishment of sustainable funding mechanism for ICT hubs and ICT innovation centres; and creating guidelines for the development of standard competency-based curriculum and practical laboratory that will facilitate hands-on learning.

Others include proposing modalities for leveraging on the DBI and universities as innovation hubs and centres; developing Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that can be leveraged for results management; developing criteria for selection of universities as ICT hubs/Innovation centres, among others.

He urged the committee to ensure good spread across the six geo-political zones of the country and comply with the federal character principle in the implementation of the project. He also charged them to ensure equity and equality in the utilisation of the resources earmarked by the board of the NCC to implement this project targeted at the Nigerian youths with a view to producing the country’s own Mark ‘Zuckerberg.

The committee chaired by Haru Alhassan, director, new media and information security, NCC also has the following as members: Abraham Oshadami, head, information technology, NCC; Freda Murray-Bruce, assistant director, research and development, NCC; Afure Iloka, special adviser, legal to EVC; Viola Usoro, acting administrator, Digital Bridge Institute, DBI; Allwell Ogunedo, head, finance, DBI; Ngozi Nwoche, head, research, DBI; Tonia Ansa-Otudor, secretary, DBI and Nafisa Idris, deputy manager, commission’s secretariat.

– Sept. 4, 2019 @ 14:15 GMT |

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