Nigeria’s Federal Government Shelves One Laptop Per Child Scheme


The Federal Government has cancelled the proposed "one laptop per child" scheme initiated by the last administration. The scheme was aimed at providing affordable laptop computers to school children to promote the development of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

Dr Aja Nwachukwu, the Education Minister, told newsmen in Abuja that the scheme was discovered to be a "white elephant" project. "We discovered that the scheme is a conduit pipe to siphon public funds," he said. Nwachukwu said the ministry was working on other options to promote the deployment of ICT at all levels of education.

"We are promoting the deployment of ICT based on a top-down approach for human capital and hardware development," he said. The minister said VSAT equipment had been installed in the 72 unity colleges, while laptop computers were supplied to zonal offices of the ministry.