Nigeria – ICT training centre opening late next year

In what is being seen as a move to boost overall telecom and IT services in the country by training locals in the industry, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has announced that the NGN 51 billion ICT training institute in Lagos will be operation sometime during the last quarter of 2013.

Nigeria's Communications Commission has confirmed that the ICT training centre in Lagos will be operational in late 2013. (Image: File)

The announcement comes as local IT analysts and the NCC have urged companies to deploy more local workforce in the upper echelons of their management.

The new facility will be under the supervision of the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), the NCC’s e-training branch.

NCC director for public affairs Tony Ojobo said the NCC’s “commitment to have the project completed” and added that “it would help the country to bridge the digital divide in the area of knowledge acquisition.”

He added that the NCC would “also have learning centers in all six geo-political zones in the country, to make it easier for people to have access to training without necessarily traveling to Lagos or Abuja.”

He said that having “the right capacity in terms of personnel with requisite knowledge is critical in today’s knowledge economy to support a nation’s competitiveness both locally and in the global economy driven by ICT.”

David Eto