Emma Okonji

 


House of Representatives Committee on Communications has confirmed that the Lagos Campus project of the Digital Bridge Institute will be fully ready by next year, going by the current level of work on site.

Minister of Communications, Omobola Johnson

The committee, led by its chairman, Oyetunde Ojo, expressed satisfaction with the level of work carried out on site, and assured Nigerians of the benefits of the institute, when it becomes operational by next year.

The committee gave the assurance in Lagos Monday, when it visited the ongoing project, as part of its oversight functions.

According to Ojo, Federal Government had released the sum of N51 billion for the entire project and that the committee had to visit the site to ascertain the level of work, and to find out if the money appropriated was well utilised.

Pleased with the level of work that is near completion, the committee members said they were much satisfied with the quality of work, and with the quality of materials used for the project.

The Digital Bridge Institute (DBI) is a training institute that is open to the public for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) training, and it is managed by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

“As part of our oversight function to inspect government projects under our jurisdiction, we decided to visit the proposed Lagos Campus of the Digital Bridge Institute to ascertain the level of work done on site. Because we want to take them unawares, we gave them just four days notice, and what we saw showed that work has been ongoing and the money appropriated for the project is well spent,” Ojo said.

According to him, the institute would serve as a world-class training institute for human capacity development in the area of communications technology.

n“It will bring about the much needed transformation plan of the Federal Government and it will boost employment among Nigerians,” the Reps Committee Chairman on Communications said.

Welcoming the committee members, Director Public Affairs for NCC, Mr. Tony Ojobo said the commission established three Digital Bridge Institutes in Abuja, Lagos and Kano, with Abuja as its head quarters, and that the commission would establish more digital campuses in all six geopolitical areas of the country.

With the level of work carried out so far, Ojobo told the committee members that the project would be completed by next year, with plans to admit its first set of students next year.

Located in Oshodi area of Lagos, Ojobo said the site of the Lagos Campus of DBI was acquired from the Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL), and fully paid for it about four years ago, with the intention to set up DBI in Lagos.

 

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