EBONYI STATE GOVERNMENT PARTNERS FUNAI ON ICT
The Ebonyi State Government is to partner the Federal University Ndufu Alike Ikwo (FUNAI), Ebonyi State, on the area of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). The Governor of the State, Chief Engr. David Nweze Umahi stated this while addressing top officials of the University at the Vice Chancellor’s Conference Room on Monday 31st October, 2016.
Represented by the Special Adviser on ICT, Hon Prince Ajah Nwabueze, the Ebonyi helmsman noted that ICT was critical for innovation, and research and development, adding that FUNAI was strategic for such collaboration going by the quality of brains and researchers the institution parades and the visionary leadership of the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba.
Hon Nwabueze averred that Ebonyi State is fast becoming a digital city which explains the idea of building media centres and the use of close circuit cameras for security surveillance in other to protect lives and property.
He explained that the use of ICT has been of huge benefits to the state by way of tracing, tracking and tackling the ghost workers’ syndrome through the integrated payroll system of the entire public service workers in the state.
In his remarks at the event, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba who was represented by his deputy, Professor Sunday Elom said the University is open to strategic collaboration and partnership with government agencies, the organized private sector and good-spirited individuals on key areas that would benefit the State in particular and the nation in general.
The Vice Chancellor further assured the Ebonyi state government of the University’s keenness to the collaboration, tasking them to expedite action to bring up a formal proposal in that regard, adding that it would be a continuation of the solid relationship the University already has with its host state.
Speaking on the envisaged partnership, the University Director of ICT Services, Dr. Emmanuel Nweze lauded the initiative, noting that such collaboration was apt as its positive effect would benefit both the University and the state.
Engr. Friday Nkwo expressed his appreciation to the State government for the partnership, describing it as a right step in the right direction, adding that the University through the ICT department was already in touch with many Secondary Schools within the Ikwo environs to train their teachers on the use of ICT.