NCC sets up implementation Committee on ICT research

By Na'ankwat Dariem

The Committee members

The Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) has set up a committee for the implementation of the report of the panel of experts on the design of appropriate curriculum/blueprint for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) research programmes in Nigeria.

The nine-member committee, which was inaugurated in Abuja, Nigeria by the Executive Vice Chairman, NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta were drawn from the NCC and Digital Bridge Institute (DBI).

Professor Danbatta said the inauguration was sequel to resolutions by the Board of the Commission at its meeting on Thursday, June 13, 2019 directing the NCC management to constitute the committee.

The EVC 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.

Danbatta urged the committee “to ensure good spread across the six geo political zones of the country and comply with federal character principle in the implementation of the project.”

He also charged the committee to ensure equity and equality in the utilisation of the resources earmarked by the Board of NCC to implement “this project targeted at the Nigerian youths with a view to producing our own ‘Zuckerbergs’ in Nigeria.”

Emmanuel Ukoh