Published On: Wed, May 22nd, 2019

NCC receives Kano Orthopaedic Hospital delegation

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…restates commitment to provide ICT facilities in tertiary institutions

By Etuka Sunday

The Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta,yesterday reiterated the commitment of the commission to provide Information Communication Technology (ICT) facilities to tertiary institutions across the country.
Danbatta made this commitment when a delegation from the National Orthopaedic Hospital Dala-Kano paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja.
He was represented by Mrs Abigail Sholanke, Director Projects, NCC.
He said that special intervention projects of the commission was an initiative to ensure that ICT facilities were provided in schools both secondary and tertiary institutions.
He said more emphasis are placed on higher institutions because the commission believed that ‘we are in a knowledge based economy and ICT space had to be created for people to operate.’
“We realize that most of these schools don’t have computers and internet facilities the commission decided to intervene in this area.
“We have being given a lot of schools interventions and your school is a part of the programme of the commission.
“On the issue of bandwidth, we are thinking of giving schools based on their needs.
“So if you have any project you think NCC can do on this ICT intervention you can write us we will look at it and if it is within part of our programme we will see how we can come in.
“So your school can benefit from it,” Danbatta said.
Danbatta said the commission was delighted by the delegation’s appreciation with the intervention already made with the National Orthopaedic Hospital Kano.
He said the NCC would be willing to do more depending on the needs of the hospital and resources availafble to the commission.
The EVC added that in the next five years the commission was looking at providing broadband access that would cover over 120 kilometres of fibre through the numerous infrascos licensed by the commission.
Earlier in his remark, Dr Abubakar Waziri, leader of the delegation and Head of Clinical Services of the hospital, commended the EVC on the interventions of NCC on schools.
He said the school was appreciative of the fact that the hospital was on the list of schools penciled for the ICT strategy of 2015 which was meant to provide accessible and affordable internet service to the schools.
“We have the wireless internet cloud which was installed in our school.
“However we have some challenges with logging processes and other low network issues immediately outside the school,” Waziri said.
According to him Dala is one of the leading hospitals in the country and leading provider of orthopedic and trauma care with patients from all over the country.
“It’s also a training ground for medical personnel therefore any intervention in the area of laptops and ICT intervention would be welcomed by the hospital,” Waziri said.

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