The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) have sihned a Memorandum of Understanding on means to deploy technologies and to ensure digital inclusion in tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
The process, which kicked-off about four years ago between the two institutions, covers areas such as information technology, infrastructure development, deployment of emerging technologies and digitisation of services in tertiary schools, human capital and project management.
Others include IT Academy Deployment, ICT Policy Development and Emerging Technologies, Deepening of Research and Development with ICT in tertiaty institutions.
Dr. Isa Pantami, Director-General of NITDA, while speaking at the signing event in Abuja, noted that the MoU is very strategic and important considering that no government institution can single-handedly deliver on its mandate.
He also observed that the MoU is about emerging technologies, which are things higher institutions in Nigeria require, saying that NITDA was established to implement the country’s IT policy, develop and regulate IT through standards, guidelines and frameworks.
“So many schools in Nigeria do not have old records of their activities and when past students misplace results or certificates, they only engage in swearing court affidavits,” the DG stated.
In his remarks, the Executive Secretary of TETFund, Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, noted that the MoU is very important adding that there is a proposal to integrate all former thesis and projects in about 220 tertiaty institutions in Nigeria in a server so that they could be harvested through subscription.