Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike of Rivers State has called on Nigerian universities to embrace information and communications technology (ICT) in their quest to contribute meaningfully to the development of the nation.
Speaking in Port Harcourt yesterday during the 30th Annual Conference of the Asso- ciation of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities, Nyesom Wike stated that any institution that fails to embrace ICT will stagnate and be left behind in the development process.
Wike said: “Of course times have changed and ICT is the only way to reach the sky in the modern world. So, it is either we embrace the ICT revolutionary change or remain moribund in the 21st century. That is why I consider the theme of your conference: “the role of Information and Communication Technology in University administration and curriculum delivery” as apt.
“I also consider your choice of the Rivers State University of Science and Technology as your host a step in the right direction. The need for ICT in university administration cannot be over emphasised. Glob- ally, universities have deployed ICT to effectively streamline administrative processes, improve records and date management, as well as enhance internal revenue generation. With ICT all the statistics, facts and figures required to make good decision are now avail- able n real time.”.
The governor commended the Rivers State University of Science and Technology ( RSUST) for its effective use of ICT in enhancing its academic programmes, saying that this has improved the school’s rating globally.
He stated that the outcome of the conference will assist the universities to be ICT compliant.
“I wish to remind you that Nigerians are hoping that the benefits of this conference will result in making our universities to be fully ICT compliant in all its ramifications. With ICT our universities can be in a position to propel themselves on the journey towards the top 100 universities on the global scale”, he said.