….approves ICT Projects For Eruwa, Saki, Ipapo, Otu secondary schools.
KAYODE AKINADE Ibadan.
The Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Adeolu Akande on Tuesday disclosed that the commission will soon commence the construction of a N1Billion Digital Park in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.
Akande also revealed that the Commission has approved other ICT projects for schools in Saki, Ipapo, Eruwa and Otu communities, all in Oyo State.
Speaking at a meeting with youth leaders from across the state at an end-of-the year session in Ibadan, Adeolu,a Professor said contract for the physical structure of the digital park has been awarded and the budget of N500Million for the equipment has been approved for in the 2022 Budget.
The digital park is one of the four approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) as part of efforts to facilitate a digital economy in the country.
The other three digital parks are located in Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Katsina, Gombe, reflecting a national distribution across four geopolitical zones of the country.
The physical work of the projects, scheduled for completion in 2022, is projected at N500million each, while the equipment for each is also projected to cost another N500million each.
The digital park when completed, the NCC boss disclosed would boost digital skills acquisition among youths, promote innovations, provide jobs for the teaming Nigerian youth and ultimately support the overall digital transformation agenda of the President Muhamadu Buhari government.
The Park is to deliver the following benefits: a commercial hub for ICT that will promote entrepreneurial activities in ICT and facilitate smart city deployment across the Digital Industrial Complex;
Provide Innovation Labs and Digital Fabrication Laboratories (Fablabs) for use by ICT innovators and entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into products and prototypes, Provide a safe space for incubation of innovative applications and promotion of startups for youths with innovative skills who are already occupied in the developments of various applications; Facilitate the availability and accessibility of ICT services and promote their usage across the country;
Also it will build capacity for youths in the area of digital skill acquisition and innovation by complementing existing initiatives geared towards accelerating socio-economic transformation of Nigeria in line with the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy;
Leveraging on broadband network being deployed by NCC across the country for the Development of Innovative Technologies in software development, incubation, and hardware development through the ICT in order to socially and economically transform communities and societies and; Increased digital access for fast-tracking digital innovation across Nigeria 8. Serves as an institutional mechanism to address the needs of technology-intensive,
He said the facilities in the digital park would include, but are not limited to 100-seater capacity hall, server control room, workspace, print room, store, offices, waiting/reception, and stair hall/waiting area.
Others, he said, include food court, conveniences fine number ICT hubs halls of various capacities, 24-seater capacity lounge with eight double computer work stands, conveniences, hallway and sair hall/way.
Akande also disclosed that four secondary schools in Oyo State have been enrolled on the Digital Awareness Programme (DAP) of the Commission.
They are Government College, Ibadan; Obaseku High School, Eruwa; Community High School, Ayekale, Saki and Ipapo Community Grammar School, Ipapo.
He said Baptist Primary School, Otu is also benefitting from the new Social Intervention Programme of the Federal Government.
The programme is a new one to introduce pupils in public primary schools to the use of computer at the early stage as part of grooming a vast population for Nigeria’s prospective digital economy.
He said the DAP is a special intervention programme to address the digital information knowledge gap in the country, especially among the teeming youthful population.
As at the last count, the DAP project supports 229 Secondary Schools around the six (6) geopolitical zones, including the FCT.
The aim of the programme, Akande said, is to expose schools and colleges to ICT, raise awareness, usage and application by the provision of 21 desktop computers, Local Area Networks (LAN), printers, scanners, VSAT dish and one-year bandwidth subscription for internet access.
He said the NCC had earlier provided or improved the Campus Wide Internet Cloud facility at The Polytechnic, Ibadan and the Ladoke Akintola University and an Internet/ICT facility at the Emmanuel Alayande College of Education in Oyo Town.
The Oke Ogun Polythecnic is also scheduled to benefit from the ADAPTI programme of the DBI, to train 110 lecturers of the institution on digital education.