The Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, Dr. Isa Pantami, has called for the adoption of Blockchain Technology in tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
He says the technology can alleviate most of the challenges faced, as data integrity is 100% guaranteed.
Dr. Pantami stated this Abuja during the signing of an MoU with TETFund on Emerging Information Technology (IT) and Digital Inclusion,
He said the documents were important and strategic.
“Although most tertiary institutions are already using ICT in their activities, there is a need to upgrade to include emerging technologies to be at part with the global trend.
“So many schools in Nigeria do not have old records of their activities and when past students misplace results or certificates, they only engage in swearing court affidavits. “
“However, with Blockchain technology, Artificial Intelligence and other forms of modern-day technology, schools can digitize their activities which will save cost, time and improve efficiency.”
“Our universities are becoming highly populated, but with IT, we can make easier the learning process which will de-congest the classrooms,” he added.
Pantami said that if the two institutions remained committed to the provisions of the MoU, the intervention would go a long way to ensure the consolidation of IT in tertiary schools.
He appealed to TETFund to pay more attention to information technology in their intervention across institutions will improve the quality of education given to Nigerian students.
On his part, the Executive Secretary TETFund, Suleiman Bohoro, noted that provision of emerging technologies was one the most important activities of digital inclusion which will enhance learning and encourage innovation in tertiary intuitions.
“Without the role of IT, there will not be knowledge of the economy,” he said. “This project will go a long way in checking plagiarism in various institutions.”
He added that the MoU would be valuable to both students and lecturers because ICT was required for every process of learning. He also applauded NITDA for providing ICT Intervention projects in many tertiary schools across the country .
The MOU is made up eight (8) areas of cooperation which hope to also address various challenges facing Nigeria towards effective ICT adoption.
They are: Infrastructure; human capacity development; development of emerging technologies and digitalisation of services in tertiary institutions.
Others are: Project management; IT academy deployment; ICT policy development; emerging technologies and deepening of research in tertiary institutions.