By Johnpaul Anih, 5 – 1 – 2021
The Digital Bridge Institute, Enugu, completed many years ago has been abandoned and at the mercy of bush fire.
The Institute, a branch of National Communications Commission, NCC, which was attracted by the Former Chairman Senate Committee on Information, Dist. Sen. Ayogu Eze, was built to offer Information and Communication Technologies, ICT trainings and in the process bridge the knowledge-gap in the ever-changing world of digital technologies for the South-east states and Nigerians at large.
However, since completion, no serious effort has been made by the Federal Government to put the facility into use.
At Ibagwa-Nike in Enugu East Local Government Area of Enugu State where the Institute is lying fallow, there is palpable fear that it would be consumed by bush fire as the facility and its surroundings have been taking by grasses and reptiles.
Concerned residents who expressed dissatisfaction with the state of the Institute also confirmed to Daily Star that hoodlums have vandalized the transformer installed in it.
Currently, Ndi Enugu are raising the alarm on the need to clear the Institute of bushes to avoid further fire inferno.
Recall that in June 2017, the federal government approved the Digital Bridge Institute Enugu as one of the campuses of the proposed ICT Universities in Nigeria.
According to the government, the ICT University of Nigeria would now use the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI) built by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) in Enugu, Abuja, Lagos, Kano, Asaba and Yola as campuses.
President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government had mandated the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, to set up a University of ICT in recognition of the continuous frenetic growth pace of Information Communications Technology (ICT) and the huge impact on the economy, which the country can harvest the technical talents and specialists it will engender.
The institute, if harnessed, would create millions of jobs through skilled ICT workforce.