FG   LINKS ACADEMIA, ICT STAKEHOLDERS FOR INNOVATION

In  its quest to foster  rapid revolution, innovation, industrial  growth, and  sustainable  development in the Nigerian ICT sector, the  Federal Government  says  it  is facilitating greater linkages between the  Academia, stakeholders in the  ICT sector and the international telecommunication union (ITU) for cordial collaboration to attain the nation’s (ICT) set goals and objectives.Minister  of  communications, Dr. Adebayo Shittu, who was represented by Technical Assistant to the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Patricks Oghuma  disclosed this  while  addressing  participants at the  international conference  on Information Technology in Education and  Development  (ITED-2019) with the theme “Advancing the Capacities of Information Technology professionals for Rapid National Development”, held at Baze University, Abuja.

 

He said, “We  count  on the continued  engagements of the  private  sector  and  interest groups  of ICT professionals to support the economic policies of this administration. Our destiny with regards to national development are in our own hands as ICT professionals”.

 

Dr. Shittu maintains that the  Ministry of  Communications will ensure Nigeria  continues its  good  work  within the  ITU  and  also ensure  her interests in  relation  to the  national ICT  policy is protected and  enhanced   which explains why it has  identified the  need  to collaborate with academia in the area of research and national development.

 

He  charged  the  Academia  to undertake  focused  research, targeted at solving  specific  problems, leveraging  on its  huge students /talents capacity, adding  that they should  let the  outcome  of their   research findings are relevant  and  useful for the market and national development in the long run.

 

The Minister Regretted that  these days, universities  are being  evaluated based on the  number of  papers they write  and  publish  rather than on practical knowledge  and result oriented  techniques  that companies need.

 

He described the “mathematics-based science” as a mismatch, stating that the trend must be changed in tandem with the creative economic paradigm of the 21st century.

 

He  assures that his  Ministry would  not rest on its oars to rejuvenate  its  mandate by ensuring  ICT professionals are always consulted and engaged, as well as liaise with research think tanks, relevant scholarly communities for national development.

 

Highlighting  the  significance of the  conference, the  President, Academic  Information Technology Professionals (AITP), Prof. A.A Obiniyi said  the  aim  of  AITP is to enhance   quality education and  ensure  high  impact   research  in  computer science, information technology and  related disciplines, with interest in use  of  information technology to enhance national development

He  pointed  out  that the  time  has  come  for  Nigeria to  set  a  pace for the  establishment of professionalism in the IT, teaching and  related discipline  and  must  therefore brainstorm on how to put  Nigeria  on the  global map by looking into what we have to get what we need.

 

According to him, “we need to explore a new, innovative and emerging form of research emanating from our laboratories which can bring to bearing local contents”.

 

Pic showing: (6th)  Representative of Minister of Communications, Dr. Patricks Oghuma  (Technical Assistant to the Permanent Secretary), with participants at the  international conference  on Information Technology in Education and  Development  (ITED-2019) with the theme “Advancing the Capacities of Information Technology professionals for Rapid National Development”, held at Baze University, Abuja.

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