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Nigeria’s Federal Government Equips 474 Schools With ICTs Facilities

About 474 schools, spread across the six geopolitical zones of the country have so far benefitted from complete set of Internet tools and other communications facilities provided by the Universal Service Provision Fund, USPF, the Nigerian Communications Commission has said.

The Minister of State for Information and Communications, Alhaji Aliyu Ikra Bilbis, who commissioned some of the projects in the North Western States of Kaduna and Katsina at the weekend, said Federal Government is committed to providing information communication technology facilities through the installation of network services in all the nooks and crannies of Nigeria.

A statement from the NCC said the facilities commissioned by the Minister in Kaduna and Katsina States include CCC site at No. 9 Queen Elizabeth Road, Zaria, Gov. Commercial College, Sabongari, Government Junior Secondary School, Katsina, CCC Site at Sarki Muktar Road (opposite State Library) Katsina, and Government Girls Senior College (WTC).

Alhaji Bilbis, who was joined at the commissioning events by the Senate Committee chairman on Communications, Senator Sylvester Anyanwu, spoke at the Government Commercial College, Sabongari, Zaria in Kaduna State where he said the Federal Government has approved the establishment of Community Communications Centers, CCC, School Access Programme, and subsidized Base Station Transceivers, as part of the efforts to achieve national and grassroots connectivity.

Senator, Sylvester Anyanwu while addressing participants at the event said that the 21st century belongs to technology and that any country which fails to invest in technology education is heading for doom. "The 21st Century is technology driven and any student whether in nursery secondary or tertiary institution without access to computers and Internet, or do not have the skills to use these facilities would consider him or herself illiterate in the next five years", he said.

He told the students that time is fast coming when all these exams including WAEC, NECO, JAMB will all be conducted online and that they need to master all these technologies to pass these exams", he said.

Earlier in his remark, Secretary of USPF, Mr. Funsho Fayomi, said the Fund has has ten of such facilities for schools in each of the states of the federation comprising of one beneficiary school in each of the senatorial zones and one from the State capital.

Daily Trust

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