Minister of Communications, Omobola Johnson
The Lagos Campus project of the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI) will be fully ready by next year; this was disclosed during the House of Representatives Committee on Communications’ visit to the site going by the current level of work.
The committee reassured this on Monday on the ongoing project, as part of its oversight functions
The committee, who was led by its chairman, Oyetunde Ojo, articulated satisfaction with the level of work carried so far on the project while assured Nigerians, the benefits of the institute, when it becomes operational by next year.
Ojo revealed that Federal Government had spent N51 billion for the entire project adding that the committee had to visit the site to see the level of work, and to find out if the money appropriated was well used on the said the project.
We are pleased with the level of work that is near completion, the committee members said, “they were much satisfied with the quality of work, and with the quality of materials used for the project”.
DBI is a training institute that is open to the public for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) training, and it is managed by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
“As part of our oversight function to inspect government projects under our jurisdiction, we decided to visit the proposed Lagos Campus of the Digital Bridge Institute to see the level of work done on site. Because we want to take them unawares, we gave them just four days notice, and what we saw showed that work has been ongoing and the money appropriated for the project is well spent,” Ojo said.
According to him, the institute would serve as a world-class training institute for human capacity development in the area of communications technology.
“It will bring about the much needed transformation plan of the Federal Government and it will boost employment among Nigerians,” the Reps Committee Chairman on Communications said.
The Director, Public Affairs of NCC, Mr. Tony Ojobo during his welcoming address told the committee members that the commission established three Digital Bridge Institutes in the country locates in Lagos, Kano, with Abuja as its head quarters, also said that the commission would establish more digital campuses in all six geopolitical areas of the country.
Due to the level of work carried out so far, Ojobo reassured the committee members that the project would be completed by next year, with plans to admit its first set of students next year.
Ojobo said the location of the Lagos Campus of DBI in Oshodi area was as s result land acquired from the Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL), for it about four years ago, for this purposes.