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UTILIZATION OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES 12 FOR NAVAL TRAINING PROGRAMMES IN NIGERIA.
Purpose: This study examined the utilization of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for naval training programmes in Nigeria. The purposes of this research were to: ascertain ICT facilities available for naval training programmes in the four training schools, ascertain the naval instructors’ and trainees’ competences in the utilization of ICT for naval training programmes, identify problems associated with the utilization of ICTs in naval training programmes and proffer strategies for the utilization of ICT in naval training programmes in Nigeria.
Methodology: Six research questions guided the study. The descriptive survey research design was adopted for the study. The population of the study comprised 665 respondents consist of 599 trainees and 66 instructors. The instruments for data collection were the questionnaire of a fourpoint rating. On the spot method of data collection was adopted to administer the instruments. Tools used for data analyses of research questions were frequency, percentage, mean and standard deviation
Findings: The results revealed that the ICT facilities available are limited, for effective training in the six areas of specialisation for naval training programmes in Nigeria. Five major challenges associated with the utilisation of ICT for naval training were identified by respondents in the four training schools. These are the lack of fully equipped ICT centres and poor power supply among others. The instructors and trainees in the study area proffered six major strategies for effective utilization of ICT in naval training programmes in Nigeria. These are the provision of sufficient ICT facilities, adequate and effective internet service (broad bandwidth) with constant power supply among others.
Implications: Based on the findings, for the NN to be efficient and relevant in joint operations with other Navies of the world and also achieve operational efficiency locally at sea and ashore, the proffered six strategies should be implemented.
Originality/Value:This research has not been published in any journal before. Its originality lies in its ability to enable the NN fully embrace the utilisation of ICT for training to become relevant and effective in joint operations with other navies of the world.
Keywords: Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), Training, Naval Training, Utilisation of Information and Communication Technologies.