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Digital Bridge Institute Seeks Huge Investments In ICT Skills

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The administrator of Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), Dr. Ike Adinde, has called for significant investment in skills of the workforce to make them key drivers of the economy.

Adinde made the suggestion recently in Abuja at the inauguration of DBI Telecommunication Network Equipment Laboratory. He said that the laboratory, worth $1million, was donated by Huawei Technologies Nigeria Limited.

According to him, investing in skills of the workforce of a nation is crucial, especially in an increasingly globalised world. “There is, therefore, the urgent need for us to train and make available to the industry highly skilled human resources to serve as key drivers of the economy.

“It is in response to these challenges that the DBI has built this ultra-modern Lab to train and equip Nigerians with relevant ICT skills for the 21st century to tackle challenges presented by the 4th industrial revolution which requires tailor-made solutions that keep pace with the ever-evolving telecom industry,’’he said.

Adinde said that the lab project was started in July 2018 with the donation of a complement of modern telecom equipment by Huawei Technologies to DBI. He said that the lab was equipped with transmission equipment and ultra-modern next-Generation Core Network Switching Centre that gives a complete end-to-end telecoms scenario.

“One major benefit of the equipment is that it uses real-world industrial quality components to help students become better prepared for what they will encounter on the job. The lab is equally effective for technicians, engineers, field workers and anyone needing further understanding and skills in wireless telecommunications.

He thanked the DBI’s parent institution – the Nigerian Communications Commission(NCC) – and its Executive Vice Chairman, Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, whose “leadership role has enabled the institute to forge critical strategic collaborations such as that of the Huawei Technologies that has crystallised to this achievement.’’

Mr Titi Omo-Ettu, chairman, Governing Board of DBI, said that the inauguration of the laboratory represented a leap in the efforts of the institute to provide qualitative hands on practical telecommunications and ICT training.


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