Wednesday, May 21, 2008

NCC lifts four institutions with books

Apex telecom regulator in the country, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has donated a total of 385 more books on Engineering as well as information and communication technology (ICT) to four institutions in different parts of the country in support of capacity building in telecommunications and ICT in Nigeria.

Head, Public Affairs at NCC, Mr. Dave Imoko, said the benefiting institutions in this phase of the NCC book donation project were University of Calabar, Calabar, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, and Federal Polytechnic, Offa.

Each of the three universities, he said, received 100 books while the polytechnic got 85 books, all of which were the latest editions.

According to him, delegations of the NCC comprising Commissioners and management staff were at the four institutions between April 6 and May 16, 2008 to present the books to the heads of the institutions.

He also said that the donation is NCC role in keeping to its socially responsible corporate citizenship stand and in response to the dearth of up-to-date books in most tertiary educational institutions and public libraries in the country, the NCC took the initiative to procure the books for them.

The benefiting institutions in the first phase of the NCC book donation project in 2007 were Institute of Management and Technology, Enugu, Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Kaduna Polytechnic, Kaduna, and Gombe State Library, Gombe, each of which received 100 books.

The project, Imoko further said was designed to provide current, high quality Engineering and ICT books to tertiary educational institutions and public libraries in the six geo-political zones of the country.

While the objective of the project, he explained is to give future professionals in the ICT industry the opportunity to acquire quality education as well as to promote the reading culture among the youth.

In this phase of the project which took place at the University of Calabar a Commissioner of NCC, Chief Patrick Kentebe, presented the books to the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic, Professor Friday Mbon, and at Nnamdi Azikiwe University the Vice Chancellor, Professor Ilochi Okafor, received the books from a Commissioner of the NCC, Dr. Michael Onyia.

Also in this phase, the Vice Chancellor of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Professor Babatunde Adeleke, received the books from the Executive Commissioner, Licensing and Consumer Affairs, Engr. Steve Bello, while a Commissioner, Mr. Bayo Atoyebi, presented the books to the Librarian at Federal Polytechnic, Offa.

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