Army gets ICT centre from telecoms infrastructure firm

Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt

 MOBILE telephone infrastructure provider, IHS Towers Nigeria Limited, has donated an Information Communications Technology centre to the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army in Port Harcourt.

Handing over the centre located at 6 Division Training School complex, Port Harcourt Barracks, Rivers State, the Director Sales, Mr. Akeem Adesina, disclosed that the initiative was aimed at empowering servicemen with digital tools required for military technological advancement.

Adesina described the role of ICT in the military as very important as it would help to save millions of lives by strengthening national security and enabling the easy identification of potential threats.

Represented by the Chief Commercial Officer of the company, Mr. Olufemi Arosanyin, he added that ICT in the military would provide accurate data and the development of swift response mechanisms in times of crises.

Adesina said, “The centre will provide requisite training needed in this digital age to further improve the efficiency, operational activities and administration in the military.

“It is our belief 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.”

The centre which is powered by solar energy, according to Adesina, will serve as a model and has been made conducive for learning.

A statement issued in Port Harcourt on Saturday by the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Col Aminu Iliyasu, indicated that IHS would also guarantee Internet access to the centre for a period of one year.

Opening the centre officially, the General Officer Commanding 6 Division, and Land Component Commander, JTF Operation Delta Safe, Maj. Gen. Jamil Sarham, expressed his appreciation to the company on behalf of the Division and the Chief of Army Staff.

Sarham stated that the military all over the world depended on communication, which he added, helped in enhancing operations.

He noted that information and communication technology environment had changed globally, recalling that military operations were difficult due to poor means of communication in the past.

He pointed out that the situation necessitated the Nigerian Army to keep searching for how to improve its communication system, promising to make good use of the facilities.

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