Abuja – The Senate committee on ICT and Cybercrime and the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy , Dr Ali Isa Pantami disagreed over the proposed establishment of Institute of Information and Communication Technology in Iwo, Osun State.
The disagreement ensued between Senator Yakubu Oseni APC, Kogi Central led Senate Committee on ICT and Cybercrime and the Minister was during the public hearing on Thursday on a Bill titled: ” A bill for Act for Establishment of the Institute of Information and Communication Technology in Iwo , Osun State.
Vanguard reports that the Committee gave total support for the proposal led by Senator Adelere Oriolowo (APC Osun West), while the Minister kicked against the proposal because of what he described as waste of fund for its establishment and sustenability.
The Sponsor of the Bill Senator Oriolowo who noted that the Institute is a necessity in the digital world, said that the Institute when established, will carry out scientific and applied research in the area of modern information technology.
“Globally, applications of ICT are making dramatic changes in economic and social development.
“These changes does not generally mean an increase in the number of computers appearing in homes, work places and schools but a change in the foundations of economic growth and its relationship to human capital.
“The Institution is definitely going to play a key role in the training of journalists and media practitioners in the emerging global issues of climate change, natural disasters and insecurities/insurgencies around the world “.
Reacting, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Ali Pantami kicked against the bill, saying that the Institute being sought for was not needed at this time of economy downturn.
He was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Mr Bitrus Bako said, “As promising as the proposed institution may be, paucity of fund being faced by already existing institution, will also affect it if created.
“Another critical observation made by the Ministry in the bill seeking for the Institute is that the courses listed to to be run be it are already being run by some of the Polytechnics in the country.
“Rather than seeking for establishment of a different institute, concerted efforts should be made to make adequate financial provisions for the existing institution.
“The Ministry on account of these observations, submit that the bill should be stepped down.”
However, the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi pleaded with the Committee and the Minister to make establishment of the Institute see the light of the day.