PROF. BALA CALLS FOR MORE COLLABORATION WITH DBI

By ALIYU Ibrahim Jidda.
The Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Professor Abdullahi Bala, fsssn, has called for deeper collaborative relationship with the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), an international centre for Information and Communication Technology Studies, Abuja on further training of the University staff.
The Vice-Chancellor made this request on Friday July 16, 2021 during the presentation of certificates of participation to staff of the University who underwent an intensive training in Advanced Digital Appreciation Programme for Tertiary Institutions (ADAPTI) and Statistics Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) held at the Main Campus Gidan Kwano, Minna.
Prof. Bala who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Faruk Kuta said he is impressed with the commitment that DBI has put towards partnering with the University in terms of training and retraining of its staff, added that the University is determined to maintain the cordial relationship.
He said that the University is looking towards more collaboration that will engender the training of its staff in more sophisticated packages.
“Gone are the days when lecturers and researchers alike scout for statistical analysts from various locations for the analysis of their research works, that with such workshops, lecturers are now able to carryout analysis independently,” the Vice-Chancellor noted.
On his part the Director, Information Technology Services of the University, Prof. Adamu Mohammed, advised the trainees to put what they have learnt into constant practice as a way of sustaining the knowledge gained.
He thanked DBI for always considering the University among the institutions to be selected such trainings and called on the University Management to always as usual give consideration to future training request.
Earlier, the Coordinating Resource Person from the training institution Mr. Chukwuemeka Nzeih appreciated the Management of the University for the warm reception and adequate preparation when ever they come for staff training.
He added that last year, FUT, Minna was among the very few Universities nominated for the workshop, and this year too, the University was able to secure a place among the 41 universities selected.
He attributed all the feats achieved to the prominence the Management of the University had given to staff development.
It would be recalled that during the opening ceremony of the training on Monday, July 12, 2021, the Deputy Director ITS, Dr. Bala Salihu who stood in for the Vice-Chancellor, appreciated Mr. Nzeih for the training and advised the participants to put in their best, especially as the knowledge gained from it could be of relevance to both colleagues and family members.
A total of 103 members of staff of the University benefitted from the training this year, which is the 8th in the series of the Nigerian Communications Commission-sponsored university staff training program.
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