The Nigerian Communications Commission has inaugurated the new governing board of Digital Bridge Institute (DBI) on in the last quarter of the year 2018. The Digital Bridge Institute (DBI) was established in May 2004, to bridge the digital divide gap in the country and its launching marks the wake of the phenomenal worldwide growth of the Telecommunications and Information Communications Technology (ICT), which was well noted in Nigeria led by the successful auction of Digital Mobile Licensing by Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
The Digital Bridge Institute has been training and empowering citizens in vocational and ICT skills. The NCC should be commended for continuing to provide the needed support to the institute over the years to ensure its sustainability, growth, and development.” Which was part of the keynote address by Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye on behalf of the Minister of Communications Technology in the person of Barrister Abdul-Raheem Adebayo Shittu.
He further stated that “ The appointment of the new Board members by the Nigerian Communications Commission complies with the provision of the memorandum and Articles of Association of the Institution which is the legal instrument establishing it.”
He added that “The members have been carefully selected reflecting their experience/ expertise in various fields ranging from the academia, private sector and the telecoms Industry and, I am confident that they will discharge their responsibilities creditably.”
The new Governing Board members are: –
1. Engr Titi Omo-Ettu (Chairman of the Board)
2. Dr. Bode Oke
3. Prof Mohammed Ajiya
4. Prof Sahalu Balarabe
5. Engr Hashim Bakori
6. Dr. Niran Oyekale
7. Rt Hon. Kelechi Nwagwu
8. Prof Oyelowo Oyewo
9. Mr. Ikenna Ikeme (MTN Representative)
10. Mr. Peter Olusoji Ogundele (Ericsson Representative)
Two ex-officio members of the board were also re-appointed:
– Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye Chairman, NCC
– Prof Umar G. Danbatta, EVC, and NCC
However, with the excellent influential work that women in Information technology are doing in Nigeria, none of this active and professional gender are added to the team. Anyway, this is not saying it is wrong to have a full team on the DBI board. The country needs a more gender-mixed group for diversification purpose. Personally, I believe a single woman in the team will be better.