By Ikenna Osuoha
Sen. Stephen Odey, representing Cross River North in the senate has restated his commitment to job creation through Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the senate had passed Sen. Odey’s sponsored bill seeking to establish Institute of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Ogoja.
Odey told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja that his bill on ICT was informed by the need to accelerate economic development through digitisation.
He reiterated his determination to complement President Muhammadu Buhari’s giant strides in digital economy, stressing that “there is growing needs to tap into the advantages offered by ICT.”
Odey emphasised the imperatives of driving a digital economy aimed at leaving no one behind in accordance with the demands of 21st century.
“We are taking the path of President Buhari who renamed the Ministry of Communication to Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy.
“The institution will provide faculties and encourage research in all area of focus to aid the development of Nigeria in the area of industry, commerce, technology and engineering,” he said.
The Senator, however, expressed optimism that the institution would provide appropriate training and vocational dexterity for self-reliant and focused Nigerian students.
According to him, the Ogoja Centre will also provide professional proficiency for the Nigerian youth.
The senator recalled that the senate had on July 7, passed a bill to establish the Institute of Information and Communication Technology, Ogoja, Cross River. (NAN)