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NCC to partner Nigerian universities

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has pledged to work closer with universities in the country in order to transform Nigeria into a knowledge-based economy.

Adeolu Akande

Adeolu Akande, chair of the NCC board, made the vow during a visit by the board to Sagir Abbas, vice chancellor of Bayero University (BUK) in Kano state.

Ikechukwu Adinde, the NCC’s director of public affairs, said: “The NCC superintends a sector that is knowledge-driven and, therefore, it can only achieve its mandate with enhanced collaboration with institutions such as BUK. In the absence of the citadels of learning, one could only imagine what would have become of the communications industry.

“So, if we come to Kano, we need to come to the prime centre of learning in Kano and other universities across the state.”

Abbas said that the BUK’s management had been happy to cancel all of its engagements to receive the board as it demonstrated the university’s high regard for the NCC.

“NCC’s executive vice-chairman, Umar Danbatta, has served the university diligently, as lecturer, head of department, dean and director, and he was also a former VC at Kano University of Science & Technology. But wherever he goes, you’ll find him relating to his base. We hold him in very high esteem and we are always happy to see him and his team discharging the national assignment he is entrusted with,” said Abbas.

He noted that the university had received donations of computers, iPads and other benefits such as professorial endowments from the NCC, which have had positive impacts on the university’s academic programmes.

Abbas also appealed for more digital assistance from the commission to support the university in its efforts to provide virtual learning during the pandemic.

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Bayero University gets broadcast licence

Nigeria’s National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has granted a direct satellite broadcast licence to Kano’s Bayero University, enabling it to set up a TV station and train students in broadcasting.

Mallam Is’haq Modibbo Kawu

The news was revealed by NBC director general Mallam Is’haq Modibbo Kawu when he met the management of the university in his office.

“The commission has a tremendous partnership with the university in the area of broadcast journalism,” Modibbo Kawu said.

Bayero University vice-chancellor Muhammad Bello expressed his gratitude to the management of NBC for the licence, adding: “The institution will use the licence properly in accordance with the rules of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code for the good and betterment of the broadcasting industry as well as the development of Nigeria.

“The university has a community radio station which is presently serving the institution and its environ and the TV licence could not have come at a better time, given the unbundling of mass communication in the institution. The licence will be used for the training of students in investigative journalism and broadcasting and it will also afford the students the opportunity to practice.”

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