The IHS Towers Nigeria Ltd has donated an Information Communication Technology Centre (ICT) to 6 Division Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, Rivers state capital.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony, the Director Sales, Mr. Akeem Adesina who represented the Chief Commercial Officer of the company, Mr. Olufemi Arosanyin, said the initiative was one of the programmes by the company aimed at empowering servicemen with digital tools required for military technological advancement.
Arosanyin said the use of ICT in the military helps to save millions of lives by strengthening national security, enabling the easy identification of potential threats, provision of accurate data and development of swift response mechanisms in times of crises.
“The centre will provide requisite training needed in this digital age to further improve the efficiency, operational activities and administration in the military. He expressed his believe that the beneficiaries will gain digital literacy skills that will boost their self-confidence and expose them to the vast opportunities for self-learning, advancement and digital development that technology offers,” he said.
He said the centre, which was powered by solar energy, would serve as a model, adding that IHS would also guarantee internet access to the centre for a period of one year.
The General Officer Commanding 6 Division, Maj. Gen. Jamil Sarham, said that information and communication technology environment globally has changed the dynamics of fighting war, and military all over the world hang their survival on communication due to its importance in enhancing operations.
Sarham said that government alone cannot fund all the requirements needed by the Nigerian Army due to the paucity of fund.
He called on individuals and corporate organisations to support the military for its smooth conduct of operations for the betterment of the citizenry.