Regulator NATCOM and University of Sierra Leone Partner to Promote ICT
Sierra Leone's telecoms regulator, the National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM), and the University of Sierra Leone (USL) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, committing the two institutions to work together for the advancement of computer literacy and information and communication technology (ICT).
The two parties agreed to undertake specific activities that will enhance "the competencies of students, graduates and staff in the use of ICT...."The document commits the partners to promoting the national ICT policy through national consultative meetings with relevant institutions.
Speaking at the short signing ceremony held at NATCOM's Hill Station headquarters on Thursday 2 September 2010, Chairman Siray Alpha Timbo described the signing as "a significant step in national development with NATCOM and USL taking the lead in contributing to education and development in ICT", adding, "this does not imply that we are oblivious of the other tertiary institutions."
Timbo elaborated further that the objectives of the memorandum are ingrained in global telecommunications aspirations. "This epoch-making meeting is in line with the World Summit on Information Society held in Tunisia (WSIS); the World Telecoms Development Conference (WTDC); and our very own broadband initiative for schools and colleges under the umbrella of universal development access programme".
The Vice Chancellor and Principal of the University, Associate Professor Dr Jonas AS Redwood-Sawyer, said the imitative could not be timelier in "forging the role of ICT in the education sector".
Top officials of the two institutions attended the signing ceremony. Dr Redwood-Sawyer signed on behalf of USL, while Mr. Siray A Timbo signed on behalf of NATCOM.