The Director-General, National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, Kashifu Abdullahi, has assured the management of Jigawa Institute of Information Technology, Kazaure of his readiness to revive the Institute.
The DG made this assurance Friday when he received the Rector of the Institute, Prof. Babawuro Usman, on a courtesy visit.
According to him, he sees the project as one of the epicentres of harnessing IT gurus in the country.
Mr Abdullahi said that under his watch, NITDA would do everything possible to ensure that the once renowned Information Technology Institute rise to compete with other international IT institutions.
He said, “the Institute has over the years graduated thousands of Nigerian youths who are presently offering technology services in various corporate entities and business organisations across the globe.
“We need to work together as a team to lay a foundation of nurturing our students and also teach courses about Emerging Technologies, Artificial Intelligence, AI, Cloud Computing and Robotics; this will actualise our dream of having Digital Nigeria in near future”.
While commending the rector for grooming students in ICT, The DG assured of his total commitment and readiness to revive the institution through capacity building.
He also assured that special courses would be introduced and necessary tools would be provided for those who excel in order to create potential employers, not employees of labour.
He also emphasised on the need for Information Technology institutions to brainstorm and come up with strategic frameworks that would set a pace for teaching Nigerians Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing and Robotics courses.
“If you look at how the world is moving now, you will find that technology companies employ larger workforce than manufacturing companies. This happened because of emerging technology.
“What a human being can spend long time to produce, a machine can produce it in higher quantity in a short period of time,” the DG added.
In his remark, the Rector said Informatics Kazaure has been offering other exceptional courses that give students opportunity to develop essential skills and knowledge, hence increasing their chances of success.