The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) plans to establish a data bank and provide free internet services to the Technical University, Ibadan before the end of the year.
The commission’s Executive Commissioner (Stakeholders Management), Mr. Sunday Dare, disclosed this on Tuesday, when he and other NCC officials paid a courtesy visit to the Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi.
Dare said the NCC would support the state government in information technology needed to drive education and economic development in the state.
He said the courtesy visit “was to acquaint the government of Oyo State about the fact that NCC is willing to support the administration in the area of education and economy”
He added: “It is important to visit the State as the administration has set up pillars for a sustainable benefits acruable from ICT. One is the Technical University which is unique in nature and other steps at building an industrialized economy for the state.
“Fibre optic lines will be laid to connect the institution with other universities and polytechnics in order to acquire synergy in academic and social aspects.”
In his remarks, Governor Ajimobi appreciated the NCC for recognizing the technology dependent efforts of his administration and urged it expedite action on the promise.
“Your visit is timely, particularly at this period in our strive to reposition the state”, he said. “We are ensuring that our reposition is patterned towards making the state a hub of technology.
“The main thrust and springboard of this vision has been put in the establishment of Tech-U, Ibadan and with this we can say we are emulating those countries that are at the forefront of global development.
“We call on NCC to expedite action on facilitating the support so that our aspirations towards growing an economy anchored upon technology would be achievable in good time”.