OrderPaperToday – The Senate has approved the establishment of an Institute of Information and Communication Technology in Iwo, Osun State.
The approval, which came on Wednesday, followed the presentation and consideration of the report on a bill to establish the Institute by the Committee on ICT and Cyber Security.
Chairman of the Committee, Senator Yakubu Oseni (APC Kogi Central), in his presentation after laying the report, said the bill which consists of 25 Clauses and 1 Schedule.
He explained that the bill seeks to establish the Institute to provide full-time and part-time courses of instruction and training in Information and Communication Technology and other related fields of study, and to make provisions for the general administration of the Institute.
The lawmaker also disclosed that out of all submissions received from stakeholders on the bill, only two were opposed to the bill.
According to Senator Oseni, both the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy and the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) vehemently opposed the bill. While the Ministry opposed it on one hand, it conceded that should the bill be passed, assented to and the institute domiciled under its supervisory authority.
“However, all other stakeholders who supported the bill, opined that the Institute’s establishment would not only be of immense economic advantage to Nigeria, but also alleviate the challenge of inadequate manpower in the ICT sector and thereby make room for improved job opportunities and employment generation,” he added.
The bill was thereafter passed after consideration by the Committee of the Whole.