The federal government, through the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, has commissioned 11 different Information and Communication Technology (ICT) projects across the country.
This is a second phase of the virtual commissioning of projects executed by National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) and the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) all under the supervision of the ministry.
Some of the virtually commissioned projects include Tertiary Institution Knowledge Centre (TIKC), Delta State University, Abraka; School Knowledge Centre (SKC), Government Day Secondary School, Hassan Central, Gombe State; and Health Data Sharing Centre, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi State.
Others are Virtual Examination Centre, University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID); Information Technology Innovation Park, Kogi State University, Ayingba; and Emergency Communications Centres (ECCs) at Ilorin and Calabar, Kwara and Cross Rivers states, respectively.
While conducting and commissioning the projects virtually, the minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), said the projects commissioned were related to the three agenda of the Federal Government of Nigeria.
He said: “If you look at the projects that are going to be commissioned, you will see that they are all related to the three agenda of the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“Number one is security; these emergency communication centres are part of the NCA 2003 Act, we have one in Kwara. The emergency communications centres are to support security institutions.
“The second agenda of President Buhari is economic development. If you look at the ICT incubation centres that are being constructed all over the country being championed by NITDA, you will see they will go along way in promoting and supporting our economy, particularly in economic diversification.
“Thirdly, some of the projects related to e-Governance will go a long way to help in fighting corruption because the more our activities are being digitalized the fewer people interact physically, and as long as you reduce interaction physically, definitely, that will reduce corruption significantly.
While speaking with journalists after the commissioning in Abuja, the Imo State, governor, Sen. Hope Uzodimma, said the state has been using the emergency communication centres to tackle crime.