Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice-Chairman and CEO of NCC

ICT Parks designed to enhance digital skills, build capacity for Nigerian youths: Danbatta

*Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Nigerian Communications Commission says the ICT Park project was conceived and designed to support the Federal Government’s ICT-related policies and programmes to facilitate the availability, accessibility of ICT services across the country

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said the agency’s ICT Parks, which are being built across the six geo-political zones of Nigeria, involve the construction and equipping of fully-functional Tier-4 Digital Industrial Complex (DIC) in each of the six geo-political zones of the country.

The telecoms regulatory agency stated that the Tier-4 Digital Industrial Complex (DIC) will provide a Commercial Hub for ICT capacity building and digital skills, create employment opportunities and entrepreneurial activities, and facilitate smart city deployment across the Digital Industrial Complex.

ConsumerConnect gathered Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice-Chairman (EVC) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NCC, who recently spoke on the ICT Parks project at the ICT Park, in Kano, said that the project was conceived and designed to support the Federal Government’s ICT-related policies and programmes by facilitating the availability and accessibility of ICT services across the country.

The EVC noted this effort is aimed at promoting usage of ICT services across all sectors, and ultimately, address youth unemployment in the country.

Designed to propel socio-economic transformation in the country, Prof. Danbatta said the ICT Parks will help build capacity for the teeming population of Nigerian youths in the area of skill acquisition and innovation by complementing existing initiatives geared towards accelerating socio-economic transformation of Nigeria.

He stated: “The whole idea of putting these two things (i.e. skill acquisition and innovation) at the forefront of this very important initiative is to produce youths that can be self-reliant, generate employment for themselves and for other Nigerians.”

According to him, based on its national structural spread, no part of the country will be left out as beneficiaries of the initiative.

Danbatta further said: “The NCC ICT Parks Ppoject is another move by the current leadership of the Commission to boost youth digital skills acquisition, promote innovations, provide jobs for the teeming Nigerian youth and ultimately support the overall digital economy agenda of the Federal Government.”

The parks will support software development, incubation and hardware development, stated he.

The NCC Chief added: “We also hope to see innovative technologies that will leverage the broadband network, which the Commission is deepening in order to socially and economically transform our communities and societies.”

He, therefore, urged the potential and would-be beneficiaries of the project, especially the Nigerian youths, to be ready to leverage the initiative as it promises to empower them socially and economically.

In his message to those who are currently occupied with various innovative applications, and those who have acquired the skills but are looking for where to put the skills fruitful engagements, Danbatta advised “incubating them, commercialising them, or giving publicity to these excellent initiatives, to be ready to leverage the facilities.”

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