IT INCUBATION COMMITTEE FAULTS VARSITY CURRICULUM
By Emeka Aginam
The IT Business Incubation Development Centre committee earlier set up the Ministry of Communication Technology has said that most of the ICT departments in Nigerian universities were not updated regularly, resulting in a generally low quality of knowledge among ICT graduates who are potential entrepreneurs.
To improve the quality of the talent pool of potential entrepreneurs the incubators will draw from, the Committee stressed that government needs to align the curricula of ICT programmes in tertiary institutions in the country to world class modern day standards.
Part of the mandate earlier given to the committee was the development of a sustainable framework for a domestic IT Business Incubation framework that will not only discover, nurture and unleash local talent to drive the growth of the ICT industry; but will facilitate the commercialization of research results as well as the acquisition and use of state-of the-art technologies that will promote domestic resource exploitation and improve the international competitiveness of the Nigerian ICT industry.
The Committee report also recommended a nationwide scope of operations hinged on an initial set of about 6 incubation centers nationwide, to avail deserving aspiring ICT entrepreneurs access to the incubator without having to relocate their places of abode.
Quality businesses entrepreneurs
Suleiman also disclosed that the report recommends that detailed and rigorous 18-24 month incubation process which will culminate in the development of high quality businesses entrepreneurs who will be invaluable to existing medium to large businesses in the Nigerian ICT industry.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Communication Technology. Mrs. Omobola Johnson while commenting on the issue of ICT curriculum in schools advocated by the Committee noted that her ministry was working with the Ministry of Education to ensure that ICT is embedded in the curriculum of schools in the federation.
The committee was set up the CT Ministry to deliver a sustainable framework to guide the setting up of incubation centers and the provision of an enabling environment that fosters ICT innovation from incubation to commercial success in the country has submitted its report to the Ministry of Communication Technology.
Report to drive growth of the ICT industry.
At the presentation of the report in Abuja last week, the Johnson with excitement commended the committee for the submission of the report, stressing that the report would be effectively implemented to drive the growth of the ICT industry.
According to her, the seed capital is critical to implementation and expressed happiness that an agency under the Ministry's purview, NITDA, is supporting the initiative by providing the seed capital required. Johnson said that the Ministry was looking at ways of having at least 50% value added local content in ICT.