The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has assured the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) of its 100% support and assistance in the development of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the institution.
Dr. Isa Pantami, Director General of NITDA gave the assurance yesterday when the Vice Chancellor of NOUN, Prof. Abdalla Adamu and his team visited the agency.
NITDA is an agency under the Federal Ministry of Communications charged with the responsibility to implement the Nigerian Information Technology Policy and coordinate general IT development, regulation in Nigeria.
Dr. Pantami said that NITDA under his watch would ensure NOUN becomes one of the universities in the country with a reputable ICT education base following recent transformation in the institution.
“I will give you 100 per cent support because you are ahead of many universities in Nigeria as far as emerging technologies is concerned. Only few universities come to us to talk of emerging technologies, which you are one of them, but many others dwell on manual and this is challenging; it is said that he who fears to change the status quo must find it difficult to progress.
“You can’t continue to do the same thing all the time and expect result; you must disrupt something to change the system, so, I commend NOUN because your exams are now online. This make it easy now for civil servants to enroll in your program,” Pantami stated.
The VC of NOUN had approached NITDA DG for a collaboration and assistance to make the institution a digital hub for learning and research.
According to Prof. Adamu, such innovation was to ensure that the university developed its computer infrastructure to be able to produce students with computer knowledge and cyber security.
“What we are seeking to do is to provide electronic facilitation for our students particularly artificial intelligence as well as short term programs like cloud computing, social networking, something that will take about three months for someone to do.
“This is a type of project that the World Bank loves, supports and funds,” Prof. Abdalla Adamu stated.