By Ikenna Nwokedi, PhD.

The Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) on Thursday, 17th February 2022 handed over the completed Information Communication and Technology (ICT) Centre to the University Management. Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka is one of the four geopolitical zones to benefit from the largesse of the NCC with other three centres as University of Port Harcourt (South South), Federal University of Technology Minna (North West) and another domiciled in the North East Zone.

The Ultramodern ICT Centre consists of 100 high calibre computer systems, a Server room, external Power Generating set and a solar system to further enhance and boost the power supply.

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Reacting to the development during the official hand over, UNIZIK Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Charles Esimone, FAS expressed his delight that UNIZIK is one of the institutions to have benefited from the largesse of the NCC. Prof. Esimone emphasized that the institution is not ignorant of the demands expected of it in terms of teaching and research. The scholar disclosed that the institution will explore the fluid partnership with NCC by effectively utilizing the ICT Centre which will aid digital processes such as Computer Based Test (CBT), Transcript, Hotel accommodation and other ICT based activities.

In his remarks, an official of the NCC, Engr. Kenneth Uzoekwe stated that the ICT Centre is a federal government intervention through the NCC as part of her mandate towards bridging digital divide, encourage ICT development and breed ICT tech hubs. Uzoekwe posited that the ICT Centre will enhance Research and Development, he stated that the system in place at the ICT Square is a high end system which has the capacity to take high tech software like Engineering design, science and programming, he emphasized that the system can be upgraded even as the Centre has a Central Processing Unit and a server to further boost its capabilities.

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Present during the hand over were Director of Works Services, Engr. Sam Onwuemena; Director MICTU (Software), Engr. Dr. Azubuike Aniedo; Deputy Director of Physical Planning, Architect Osita Paul Okafor; Chief Safety Officer, Chief Ken Chukwurah; Head, Information and Public Relations, Mrs Chika Eneh and the University Orator, Prof. Chike Okoye.

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