ABUJA (Communications Ministry’ Report) The Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu has commended the Hewlett Packard (HP) Nigeria for being on the forefront among international organizations to take the initiative of collaborating with the Ministry of Communications in the establishment of ICT University of Nigeria (UICT), describing HP as ‘end to end’ organization and one of the Global leaders in ICT.
He stated this recently during a meeting between his Ministry and Hewlett Packard (HP) Nigeria who has come to seek for the areas they could collaborate with the ministry in the development of UICT.
Shittu challenged the HP Nigeria to prepare to adopt one of the campuses, focused on a specialized area and develop it to a Smart Campus for business interest, adding that his vision to open UICT was predicated upon his findings that most Nigerian ICT related graduates lacked skills and also with the availability of infrastructure at the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI) among others.
The Minister urged the HP to develop a business model, creating areas of entrepreneurship which would ensure that graduates of the ICT University become self-employed; advising them to send in their proposals for consideration and a possible signing of a MoU, soon.
Earlier, the MD, Hewlett Packard (HP) Nigeria Chukwuma Okpaka said their visit was to intimate the minister of their willingness to collaborate on ICT capacity development and rollout, with special interest in the proposed establishment of ICT University of Nigeria.
He also said that his organization was ready to venture into content and ICT infrastructure road-map development for the regional institutions coupled with smart-campus roadmap development, rollout, and support; with special discount to the ministry on purchases of Hewlett Packard Products and Services.
Asoluka Austin AD (Press)
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