The Nigerian Communications Commission has donated ICT equipment to the Nigerian Army Institute of Technology and Environmental studies Makurdi, Benue State, North Central Nigeria.
While presenting the items, in Abuja, Nigeria, the Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, Professor Umar Danbatta who was represented by the Head of ICT, NCC Engineer Abraham Oshadami said that the gesture was in response to request for ICT intervention materials by institute.
In October 2018, Army institute requested for sponsorship and intervention of the Commission to provide ICT facilities for the institute.
Professor Danbatta said the equipment would assist the army in carrying out their duty effectively.
“The Commission no doubt expects that this gesture will go a long way to complement the efforts of the Nigerian Army towards achieving its mandate and to further enhance the security of the country,” he explained.
He noted that the equipment would also improve the ICT skill of both staff and students of the school.
“It is our hope that, this donation will make a difference on the staff and students of your institute not only by improving their access to information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools but to enhance their skills in computing, as well as understanding and developing appreciation of ICT for improved efficiency in teaching and learning in various subjects,” Danbatta said.
Adding: “To whom much is given, much will be expected, therefore, we expect that these ICT tools will be properly allocated, managed, protected and maintained for the benefit of staff and students.
Responding, the Rector of the institute, Brig. Gen. Aminu Abdul, who was represented by the Director of IT at the institute, Ms Chidinma Nwafor, appreciated NCC for the cooperation and promised that the equipment would be put into good use.
“The items presented today will actually go a long way in research and development because we have students who are studying computer engineering and Environmental studies,” she said.
She added: “Right now we do not have some of these items presented to us in our labs and class rooms. With this donation, we are confident that our students would be encouraged more in research and development,” Ms Nwafor explained.