“A clear path to changing the poor narrative of our economy in terms of job creation is the recognition of the importance of skills as a means of easing the unemployment situation in the country and creating a pool of entrepreneurs to drive growth in the new innovation economy.”
BY ENGR. TITI OMO-ETTU, CHAIRMAN, GOVERNING BOARD, DIGITAL BRIDGE INSTITUTE (DBI)
AT THE COMMISSIONING OF THE DBI TELECOMMUNICATIONS LABORATORY IN ABUJA ON FEBRUARY 6, 2019
Ladies and Gentlemen
I am indeed very delighted to be a part of today’s event which marks an important milestone in the annals of the Digital Bridge Institute. The commissioning of the telecommunications laboratory which was donated by Huawei Technologies Nigeria represents a leap in the efforts of the Institute to provide qualitative hands-on practical telecommunications and ICT training in line with its core mandate of building functional skills.
The development of skilled workforce across all sectors of the economy has become a national priority. We are keenly aware that there is a global shift from natural resources as a basis for national competitiveness to human resources underpinned by knowledge and innovation. Knowledge and innovation drive the new technological age of the 21st century and have enabled countries such as United States, Singapore, India, China among others to transform their economies and achieve rapid and sustained economic growth.
Interestingly, it is also increasingly evident that innovation is not about academic qualifications or certificates; the emphasis is on the skills and creative abilities of the individual. The vision of DBI is to be the center of excellence and the reference point for ICT capacity building not just by providing practical usable skills that address the needs of industry, but by creating a knowledge environment in which innovation and creativity thrive. Mindful of the future of the role of skills in the new digital economy, DBI has embarked on the development of National Occupational Standards under the auspices of the National Board for Technical Education.
We believe that a clear path to changing the poor narrative of our economy in terms of job creation is the recognition of the importance of skills as a means of easing the unemployment situation in the country and creating a pool of entrepreneurs to drive growth in the new innovation economy. The N-Power programme and other like schemes attest to this.
The new DBI Telecom laboratory which is being commissioned today has a full complement of GSM/UMTS equipment and will be fully deployed for the training and retraining of entry level and middle level engineers in the telecommunications industry. This effort is the first step in an ambitious plan by the Institute to develop functional laboratories and workshops in its campuses in Kano, Lagos, Enugu and Yola. These locations will serve as focal ICT training centers and will in time transform to Innovation Hubs.
At this juncture let me, on behalf of the Board of the Institute and that of the Nigerian Communications Commission extend my deepest gratitude to Huawei Technologies Nigeria for the magnanimity in extending this positive gesture to the DBI. It is our hope that the partnership which we established about three years ago will further blossom to increase value for our stakeholders, particularly the teeming population of young Nigerian graduates who desperately need skills to find their bearing in the industry.
Let me also express our appreciation to our invited guests, especially the telecom operators from the industry who found time to be here to witness this commissioning. DBI remains committed to supporting your workforce development to build the requisite skills and knowledge in pursuit of your corporate goals and objectives.
Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my pleasure and honour to invite you to the laboratory for the formal commissioning of the equipment.
Thank you and God bless.
Engr. Titi Omo-Ettu
Chairman, Governing Board, DBI
January 6, 2019