The Federal Government through the Communications Commission of Nigeria (NCC) has launched the Nigeria Digital Center in Ilesa, Osun.
Professor Umar Danbatta, the vice-Chairman of the commission, announced the inauguration of the center on Friday.
Danbatta said the federal government’s desire to ensure that Nigerians take full advantage of the emerging digital culture makes it necessary to reform the constitution in both the telecommunications and digital sectors. NAN reported
He said the center, Ilesa Muslim Grammar School, has four main components; ICT, Power, Connectivity, and Appropriate Products.
He was represented at the meeting by Mrs. Abigael Solanke, Director of the projects department.
According to him, the ICT Tools package includes 40 desktop computers with the operating system, printer, projector (with remote), high-resolution scanner, and e-learning software.
He said the electrical components include an inverter that comes with a charger as well as solar panels, batteries, and an automatic switch.
Danbatta added that the integration component includes power devices, switches, power filters for network protection, modem, fiber/microwave radio or VSAT, and bandwidth for internet connection, while the non-ICT component does not include furniture, closet, cooling system, etc.
He said the commission wanted to ensure that communication technology products were working and utilized effectively.
“This Center here today is one of the projects implemented by the United States Service Fund (USPF).
“This is in line with the Digital Divine coalition and the provision of ICT and digital communications to underserved institutions and populations across the country,” he said.
In his remarks, the Minister of Home Affairs, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, said the center is a program to promote modern technology and youth education in and around Ilesa.
Aregbesola said the project also witnessed the commitment of the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to deploy modern technology to improve the lives and experiences of citizens.
He said the center would increase ICT education among teachers and students as well as provide access to online education.
“He also went on to give emphasis his role in the field of information and communication technology (ICT) to improve the lives of the community.
“Globally, ICT has shifted the way we live, work, interact and play,” he said.
Professor Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy said the Federal Government is focused on improving the digital economy across the country.
Pantami said the digital center is one of the programs that define the implementation of digital knowledge and skills.
He was represented at the meeting by the Chairman of the NCC, Prof. Adeolu Akande.
“Therefore, to grow economically and socially, the Nigerian government is committed to ensuring that digital technology works for Nigerians;
“Like literacy and numeracy skills, critical thinking and new thinking, problem-solving, collaborative ability, and social skills.
“I would like to express my gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari, to the people of Osun State for their generosity, and to the Federal Government’s commitment to implement its three-pronged economic plan, curb corruption and improve national security as a way to provide improved ICT systems in every nook and cranny of the citizens, ”said Pantami.
Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun, who was represented at the meeting by the state commissioner of science and technology, Mr. Olawale Babatunde, commended the federal government for the initiative.
SOURCE: NAN NEWS