Senate Approves Institute of Information and Communication Technology For Osun

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The Senate has approved establishment of the Institute of Information and Communication Technology, Osun State.

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This followed the presentation and consideration of a report on a bill to establish the Institute by the Committee on ICT and Cyber Security.

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Senator Oseni Yakubu (Kogi Central), chairman of the Committee, laid the report after presentation.

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In his presentation, he said the bill which consists of 25 Clauses and 1 Schedule, 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.

He disclosed that out of all submissions received from stakeholders on the bill, only two were opposed to it.

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Yakubu said: “While the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) vehemently opposed the bill, the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy opposed it on one hand, but conceded that should the bill be passed and assented to, the institute should be domiciled under its supervisory authority.

“However, all other stakeholders supported the bill, opining that the establishment of the Institute 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.”

The bill was thereafter passed after consideration by the Committee of the Whole.

The bill for the establishment of the Institute of Information and Communication Technology, Osun State by Senator Adelere Oriolowo of Osun-west Senatorial District was passed for first reading on July 22, 2020 and second reading July 7, 2021 before a public hearing was held on December 16, 2021 as mandated by the Nigerian Senate to the Committee on ICT.

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