On Friday 20th April, 2018 CITAD paid a courtesy visit to the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) Northwest Zonal office, In Kano. CITAD team which included staff and Journalists was led by the Executive Director, Mal. Y Z Yau and were received by the staff of the commission led by the Zonal Controller Alh. Adamu Amshi
In his welcome remarks the NNC Zonal Controller stated that the commission was aware of the digital gap in Nigeria in general and Kano in particular and this prompted the commission to be working tirelessly towards bridging the digital divide. In this effort, the commission has carried out several interventions across the nation through the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF), focused on realizing outcomes, benefits and achievements related to the key objectives of providing universal access to underserved and unserved groups and communities across the country.
According to him it was in this effect that the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Commission, Prof Umar Garba Danbatta deemed it necessary and very expedient to support such initiatives as supportive efforts to develop ICT in the country and especially in Kano state. For this reason, therefore, the Commission approved the request by CITAD for the Commission to support its 17th Annual ICT Quiz by providing the prizes of the 1st winner and a runner up. The approved prizes were:
- First winner prize HP Elite Pro Laptop and Epson Projector
- Second Winner prize All in one HP Pavilion Desktop
He also extend the commission’s congratulation to CITAD on its effort to stimulate the development of ICT in Nigeria.
In his address the Executive Director, Centre for information Technology and Development (CITAD) Mal. Y Z Yau thanked the commission for its long time partnership with CITAD in developing ICT in the country. On CITAD activities in that relation, he started that CITAD has been conducting Annual ICT Quiz for Secondary School Students in country and this year’s quiz is the seventeenth uninterrupted quiz to be conducted by CITAD, and for many years NCC have been supporting CITAD in doing that. He raised concern on the digital divide in the country especially here in Kano. He cited the example of a snapshot research, conducted by CITAD as a result of the mass failure of Kano state students in JAMB Examination, which the result of the research showed that many of the students failed not because they did not know answers to the questions asked but because they were only sitting before the computer for the first time in their life therefore lacked the skill to operate the computers. CITAD also conducted a broader research which focused on the level of ICT penetration and facilities in public girls’ secondary schools in Kano State. The result also showed that out of the 211 girls’ secondary schools in the state less than 5% have ICT facilities and access to internet. Further finding of the research also was that there was fear of the internet due to some cultural and religious concerns that people do not want their daughters and wives to be on the internet for fear of illicit content and this made it difficult for the girls to be on the internet
He further asserted that we are now in the fourth generation of right era in which the intent must be considered as a right shince it is the tool to access all the earlier generations of right.
For the benefit of the present generation which ICT is necessary to them, CITAD felt that it was also necessary to address the issues of Awareness, availability, accessibility and affordability that framed how people get to use ICTs. He said the idea to promote the use of TV Whitespace spectrum was part of CITAD’s effort to making internet more affordable to the people.
Mal. YZ Ya’u also cited other examples of the CITAD invention in the area such as the Digital Livelihood programme for women, in which CITAD was currently training 80 women in the areas of ICT Entrepreneurship.
The Executive Director ended his speech by assuring the Commission of CITAD’s commitment to continue with its works and intervention in the area.
At the end of the visit the items donated by NCC to CITAD for its ICT quiz were presented to the CITAD Executive Director by the NCC Zonal Controller Alhaji Adamu Amshi.