Certain Nigerian Universities revived the sum of 100 million naira from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to carry out research in telecommunications and Information Communication Technology (ICT).
The Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, who spoke at the endowment of professional chairs for some universities, said that the funds will help in enhancing research that will, in turn boost the economy and create employment.
The two universities that received the endowment funds for ICT-focused and telecoms-related research are Bayero University Kano (BUK) and the Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO). The value of each endowment for the 2019-2020 academic session is 20 million naira.
Danbatta said the endowment was borne out of the need to provide academic support for ICT-focused research and other emerging telecom industry issues that may confront the nation. He said it resonates with the NCC’s vision of leveraging the opportunity of ICT to address societal and developmental challenges through cutting edge research.
According to the Executive Vice Chairman, “this regulatory intervention is novel in telecommunication services regulation in Africa. We believe that it will open up a vista of growth opportunities in the ICT sector in Nigeria. For the academia, it would enhance the quality of research on that sector as well as the quality of academic and professionals in the beneficiary universities”.
Reacting to this development, the Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Abubakar Adamu Rasheed, commended the NCC’s efforts at research and development which are the key objectives of the initiative.
Prof. Yahuza Bello, Vice-Chancellor, Bayero University, Kano, also expressed his gratitude while stating that the grant would be used to enhance research and development in the area of communication technology.
Prof. Eze Francis, Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, also thanked NCC. He assured the commission that the institution would do its best in encouraging the NCC so as to extend such collaboration and partnership to other universities and institutions in the future.