Kano State Government says it will establish Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Centres in the 44 Local Government Areas of the state.
Mr Sanusi Kiru, the state’s Commissioner for Education, made the disclosure in a statement issued by Aliyu Yusuf, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the ministry.
Kiru stated this when members of the All Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS), Karaye Zone, paid him a courtesy visit on Tuesday in Kano.
Kiru said the state government would provide additional furniture, facilities and execute infrastructure development projects in primary and secondary schools in the state.
He added that the ministry in collaboration with the Ministry of Health would train 200 Principals on COVID-19 protocols to stem further spread of the pandemic.
“The Executive Secretary, Kano State Senior Secondary Schools Management Board (KSSSSMB), has been directed to select 200 principals for the commencement of the training exercise.
“Zonal Directors and Principals should also give preference to volunteer teachers when an opportunity is granted for the replacement of dead or retired teachers,” Kiru said was quoted as saying in the statement.
The Commissioner reiterated government commitment to reinvigorate the education sector for sustainable development in the sector.
In a remark, the ANCOPSS Chairman, Danladi Garba, said the visit was to commend and expressed support for government’s policies on education.
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Mr Tunji Ajuloopin, lawmaker representing Ekiti/Isin/Irepodun/Oke-Ero Federal Constituency, has distributed laptops and Ipads to 200 participants of his digital training programme in Omu-Aran, Kwara.
Presenting the gadgets and certificates to the participants on Sunday, Ajuloopin said the beneficiaries were chosen from the four local councils in the federal constituency.
The lawmaker said that the aim of the programme was to check the high rate of unemployment in the country.
According to him, in this age of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), we recognise the role of digital knowledge as a major driver of our economy and very critical to our future as a nation.
“Sequel to this, we see the need to leverage on digital knowledge to curb the recurring menace of unemployment in our state, especially our constituency.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has unraveled the importance of digital processes and the need for the youth to embrace such skill.
“To ensure that our youth are fully equipped and prepared for the new normal, we facilitated the digital empowerment programme to help our youths cushion the effect of unemployment,” he said.
Ajuloopin listed other projects and initiatives he had executed to include the distribution of free UTME forms to 500 constituents, donation of N10.5 million to 1,050 widows, construction of a block of classroom at Isapa as well as construction of five modernised farm houses across the constituency.
He said others were the erection of solar-powered street lamps in strategic locations, provision of free eye glasses to some constituents.
Others were public enlightenment on COVID-19 with donation of face masks and hand sanitizers across the wards in the constituency.
Speaking during the ceremony, Gov Abdulrahman Abdulrazak of Kwara said the empowerment programme was in line with the state government’s policy of engaging the youth to be self-reliant.
Abdulrazak, who was represented by Dr Raji Rasaq, the state Commissioner for Health, commended Ajuloopin for towing the same path of the state government.
“We believe that state government cannot shoulder this enormous responsibility alone and with such collective stakeholders’ support we can achieve our targets, aims and objectives.
“I want to appeal to the beneficiaries to remain focus and resolute in their efforts to be self-productive through this programme,” the governor said.
Bashir Bolarinwa, the state Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), lauded the lawmaker for being a good ambassador of the party through his programmes and policies.
“We are very proud of this gesture and other people-oriented programmes aimed at bringing succour to the people of the constituency, especially the youth populace.
“This is no doubt a good replica of our party’s manifestoe, principles and ideals,” Bolarinwa said.
The Olomu of Omu-Aran, Oba Abdulraheem Adeoti, urged the beneficiaries not to use the gadgets for negative tendencies.
“Many youths of today use this type of gadgets to perpetrate negativity. I’m appealing to you to ensure positive and judicious use of this gesture,” Adeoti said.
Mr Awolola Oluwafemi, a beneficiary, said the training had helped in reducing unnecessary digital expenses.
“I spent a lot during my last birthday celebration on digital photography and video production but with the knowledge garnered so far I am good to go.
“My plan is to expand my digital knowledge beyond this scope so that I can be self-productive and generate some income to cater for myself and my family,” he said.
Miss Opeyemi Raji, another beneficiary, described the initiative as an eye-opener toward exploring the benefits available in the digital space.
“I have gained a lot since commencement of this training, even simple logging-in into my social media accounts are at times problematic.
“But with the training, I can now explore the remotest part of online space, most especially the digital marketing aspect to engage in buying and selling,” she said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the two-week programme tagged: “Ajuloopin Digital Empowerment Programme (ADEP 2020)”, commenced its online segment and physical training of the beneficiaries on Aug. 10.
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Mr Anthony Ogunleye, Chief Press Secretary to the minister, in a statement on Sunday, said, Bello made the pledge when he received a delegation from the National Information Technology Development Agency, (NITDA).
The delegation was led by the Director-General of NITDA, Kashifu Abdullahi, Ogunleye said in the statement.
According to Bello, he foresees a future where Abuja will be fully run as an ICT compliant city.
He therefore, assured that the administration would support NITDA in its quest to achieve this dream for the nation’s capital.
“Being in Abuja, I can assure you that we will always be available to partner with your organisation to deploy whatever you need to deploy.
“Whether it is solutions to schools that are e-based, or solution to security matters or traffic management or the health system, in all these areas, we have some form of IT deployment already.
“So, it is just a matter of streamlining and upgrading, and you can use Abuja as one giant platform where you can showcase what is possible when people come in here.
“You will always show them what you are doing because all the institutions that you will require to do all the deployments that you need, are available within the FCT Administration,” the statement quoted the minister as saying.
Bello stressed that Nigeria could achieve a lot by leveraging on the ICT platform, adding the youth population was already fully ready for it.
“For many young Nigerians e-banking is the only form of banking that they know.
“It is very obvious also, if there is any positive side to COVID-19, is the fact that it has brought to the fore, the need for technology and e-governance.”
Earlier, Abdullahi had solicited the support of the FCT Administration towards the establishment of an Information Technology Hub in the territory, akin to the popular Silicon Valley in California.
“NITDA is one of the drivers of that initiative that has identified five key stakeholders – universities as the producer of the human capital, government as the enabler, because its role in business is to provide the enabling environment.
“Then corporate organisations as the market, because when you graduate from school, for most of the people, our mindset now is to look for a white collar job.
“Then we have the innovators and the entrepreneurs, which can be students or graduates, then venture capitals who can invest.”
Present at the meeting were the Chief of Staff to the FCT Minister, Malam Bashir Mai-Bornu, the Director of Abuja Geographic Information System (AGIS), Dr Isa Jalo, and other senior members of staff of the FCTA.
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The Kogi Government has commended the Federal Government through the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy for establishing an Information Technology Innovation Centre at Kogi State University (KSU).
Speaking to newsmen in Lokoja on Tuesday ahead of the virtual inauguration of the project by the minister, Dr Isah Pantami, the Kogi Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr Kingsley Fanwo, said the state had a robust plan for the development of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
Fanwo said that Kogi Government was determined to deploy ICT in addressing developmental gaps.
“What the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy has done is in line with our policy to radically provoke ICT revolution with a view to building a generation of young people who are ready to take the ICT world by storm.
“There is a resolution by the State Executive Council that our Printing Press should become a new platform to serve our purpose of digital economic drive and innovations.
“The establishment of the information technology innovation centre at the Kogi State University will therefore help our untiring drive at ensuring that we develop an incubation centre for hatching some of the best ICT eggs in the nearest future,” Fanwo said.
He further disclosed that the Emergency Communications Centre established by the Federal Ministry of Communications was also ready for inauguration.
According to Fanwo, the centre will be inaugurated in the next few weeks by both the minister of communications and digital economy and the state governor.
He said that the administration of Gov. Bello would continue to commit adequate resources and attention to the development of ICT.
”My ministry is working hard to ensure we key into the administration’s ICT dreams and projections. We have projects that are ongoing which will shock the world when completed.
“The Kogi Open Governance and Accountability System is a platform made possible by the governor through ICT to ensure citizens’ participation in governance.
”It will soon be completed and launched by the governor and we shall be inviting the minister to witness what Kogi is doing with ICT,” the commissioner said.
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Prof. Kate Omenugha, Anambra Commissioner for Basic Education, on Friday said the government was worried by the poor Information and Communication Technology (ICT) compliance level of teachers in the state.
Omenugha said this while addressing the media on the E-Conference on Education being organised to prepare stakeholders for the emerging challenges in post-COVID-19 education.
She said about 4,000 participants were expected at the conference with the theme: ”Facing the New Normal: Post-COVID-19 Education in Anambra state.”
Omenugha regretted that most teachers in Anambra did not have internet enabled gadgets like computer, tablet or Android phones needed for ICT.
According to her, the state is working hard to upgrade Information and Communication Technology knowledge of teachers to position them for post-COVID-19 teaching and learning era.
”The online meeting is the first in the series of activities geared towards preparing education stakeholders for the emerging challenges in post COVID-19 education.
”I understand that majority of the teachers in the state do not have android phone and lack ICT knowledge, I wonder how they can effectively cope in the present education delivery.
“They do not have the android phone not because they don’t have the money to buy but because they do not see it as a priority.
“The conference would be used to create the consciousness and understanding among teachers as well as make them to appreciate the importance of android phone and ICT knowledge.
“Any teacher who is not ICT compliant today will not be able to fit into the present education,” she said.
Omenugha said the conference was designed to equip students and teachers ahead of the schools resumption.
She said that it was also designed to stimulate innovative skills among teachers and boost the education sector.
Mrs Chinwe Nweke, Managing Director, Integral Development Konsult (IDK), an ICT company and partner to Anambra government, said the conference would be streamed live on social media, Facebook, Twitter, Zoom and YouTube among others.
Nweke urged teachers, parents and students to hook-up to the conference.
She said it was time for teachers to start thinking globally and acting locally, adding that government was being proactive by coming up with innovations to upgrade education system to ICT based.
Mrs Sally Mbanefo, Commissioner for Tertiary Education and Science Education, was also present at the event.
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Ekiti State Government on Saturday announced introduction of new education policy that will accommodate teaching of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT), from primary school level.
The new development was made known in a statement in Ado Ekiti by the Commissioner for Information, Chief Muyiwa Olumilua.
He said that the policy was part of decisions taken late Friday at a virtual meeting of the State Executive Council, presided over by Gov. Kayode Fayemi.
According to him, the Executive Council approved the development of an Information and Communication Technology (ICT), policy in education for both primary and secondary schools in Ekiti State.
“This is in furtherance of one of the major pillars of the Fayemi-led administration, which is the Knowledge Economy
“The Policy was approved to fulfill the quest to commence ICT education right from our basic schools in Ekiti and to embrace a structured approach in building a robust, scalable and sustainable ICT culture.
“The need to ensure that global practices are put in place so that teaching/leaning will deliver and produce world class products cannot be overemphasised,” he said.
Olumilua further explained that the step would boost ICT know-how among the citizens and expand the scope of knowledge for more opportunities in the global community.
The Commissioner said the proposed policy would also cover six thematic areas which include: human capital development, infrastructure, awareness and communication, governance, financing, as well as monitoring and evaluation.
He said council also approved the memorandum on the Establishment of Ekiti State Institute of Local Government Studies Bill, 2020.
The bill is to make a Law to provide for the establishment of the Institute of Local Government Studies, in Ilawe-Ekiti, headquarters of Ekiti South West LGA.
He said that establishment of the institute was for students and civil servants to obtain training in Local Government Studies, Vocational Studies, Community Development and Social Work, ICT, and other relevant courses.
Besides, he said, council approved a memorandum on the review of Laws of Ekiti State, 2012 (Vol. 3&4), saying the review of the Laws was an ongoing process aimed at bringing the five volumes of the first edition of the Laws of Ekiti State up to date.
“The provisions of the five volumes of the Laws of Ekiti State were last reviewed in 2009, and some of the laws have become obsolete or repealed,” he said.
According to Olumilua, the laws passed by the Ekiti State House of Assembly since 2009 to date are not included in the five volumes.
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The Nasarawa State Government has restated its commitment in training civil servants in the state on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for effective service delivery.
Mr Shehu Ibrahim, the Director-General, state Bureau for Information and Communication Technology (ICT), made this known while speaking with newsmen in Lafia on Thursday.
Ibrahim said that the importance of ICT to societal development could not be over-emphasised, hence the need for the state government’s commitment in that direction.
The director-general also advised civil servants and other Nigerians to protect themselves against internet fraud which was common nowadays.
According to him, ICT is one of the economic development pillars to gain national competitive advantage.
He noted that ICT could improve the quality of human life because it could be used as a learning and education media.
“I want to commend his Excellency, Gov. Abdullahi Sule for giving attention to the training and retraining of civil servants for effective service delivery.
“The importance of ICT to societal development could not be overemphasised, that is why the state government is committed to the training of civil servants on ICT.
“It is in view of this that I want to advise civil servants to embrace ICT knowledge considering its importance to societal development,” he said.
Ibrahim restated the commitment of the bureau to continue to initiate good policies and programmes that would have direct bearing on the lives of the civil servants.
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The Kaduna State Government has reiterated its commitment to improve Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure in its tertiary institutions to boost education.
The Commissioner of Education, Dr Shehu Makarfi, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna on Wednesday.
Makarfi explained that the ICT upgrade will be met through the development and deployment of Enhanced State Education Management Information System (eSEMIS).
He said that the move was to leverage on ICT, to improve the education delivery system, with a view to provide quality education in line with global best practices.
He said that the eSEMIS, comprised of e-learning system, Student Information System (SIS), Human Resources Management System (HRMS), Digital Archival System (DAS), Integrated Library Management System (ILMS) and a Clinic Management System (CMS).
He added that the eSEMIS and the ICT upgrade, which were being developed in partnership with Staunton and Lycett Nigeria Ltd. were at various completion stage in all the state-owned tertiary institutions.
He identified the institution as Kaduna State University, Kaduna State College of Nursing and Midwifery, Kaduna State College of Education, Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic, and Shehu Idris College of Health Sciences and Technology.
The commissioner said that the project would leverage on online platforms to ensure that students were provided with qualitative education in the state-owned tertiary institutions.
“It will also provide a mechanism for end-to-end running of all educational activities within the tertiary institutions.
“It also aims to assist education managers and administrators both at the institutions and ministries, departments and agencies, to work optimally with a clear view of the institution operations within their domain,” he said.
According to the Commissioner, the e-learning system had been fully developed in all the tertiary institutions, adding that most of the lecture notes have been converted into e-courseware format.
“Several digital contents have been included in the new courseware, including multimedia content and so far, the development of SIS, HRMS, ILMS, CMS and DAS in all the institutions have been completed.
“The development of the e-learning systems in all the tertiary institutions are at the completion stage, while internet service in the institutions will be provided by Airtel Nigeria.
“All students have been registered on the e-learning platform and the institutions will soon join Kaduna State University in delivering quality e-learning,” he said.
Makarfi pointed out that when the eSEMIS was fully deployed, students would be able to log in to the system, read content, watch videos, complete short quizzes, and submit assignments.
He explained that the system was configured to automatically grade assignments, while plagiarism tools to ensure academic integrity would be installed in the coming weeks.
Mr Ola Ojajuni, Chief Executive Officer, Staunton, and Lycett Nigeria Ltd. told NAN that the project, which began in 2018, was designed to reposition the state’s tertiary institution to world class standard.
Ojajuni said that when completed, the project would not only change how students and lecturers interact, but also how education was being delivered.
According to him, all education institutions need critical infrastructure, both hardware and software to be able to develop its ICT to optimal level.
“Therefore, under the partnership, every building and department in the state’s tertiary institutions will be inter-connected by fibre, including a total WiFi coverage as backup.
“This will provide lecturers and students 24 hours access to fast internet connectivity at 155 megabyte per second, thereby, providing students time to research and study.
“Also, every document in all the institutions would be converted into an electronic format, while a data centre will be developed for every institution with each of them serving as a backup to another.”
He said that when all the ICT infrastructure were put in place, officials and relevant stakeholders would be able to access performance of each institution.
“The stakeholders will be able to do this using various visualisation tools from the comfort of their offices,” he added.
Ojajuni said that all the lecturers of the tertiary institutions were currently undergoing training on how to use the e-learning system.
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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has accused the Federal and State Governments of proliferation of universities in the country.
Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, the National President of ASUU, expressed their concern at a Town Hall Meeting on Saturday in Jos.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the town hall meeting was organised by the University of Jos chapter of the union.
According the president, the federal and state governments were establishing universities without adequately funding them, adding that some of the universities established were needless.
“Federal and State Governments are establishing universities without adequately funding them.
“For instance, why do we need a university of transportation, or that of Information and Communication Technology (ICT)?
“All these can be taken care of by the existing public universities.
“So, proliferation of university education will not help us; it is grossly affecting the quality of education in the country,” he said.
Ogunyemi further lamented that state governments have made the setting up of universities a constituency project, rather than centre of development.
He noted with deep concern that if care is not taken, university education in the country would go into comatose just like the current state of primary education system.
“What we see today is that state governments have turned the establishment of universities to constituency project; every governor wants to have a university in his constituency.
“This is really sad, and if we are not careful, university education will collapse like the public primary schools in the country.
“So, what ASUU is really fighting for is to stop the total collapse. Our demands are not selfishly motivated,” he said.
Ogunyemi advised federal government to fix public universities, saying that by so doing, such institutions can be spinners of revenue generation.
He urged government to implement the recommendation of the union based on the Needs Assessment Report of 2012 and other demands of the union.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the town hall meeting attracted students, parents, teachers, journalists, lawyers and religious leaders, among others, as participants.
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The Lagos Inland Revenue Service (LIRS) says it generated a whooping N25 billion through taxation in April when there was total lockdown.
Mr Rasheed Olu-Ajayi, Head, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) of LIRS disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria via an exclusive virtual conference on Zoom on Saturday.
Olu-Ajayi said the service was able to achieve the fit by leveraging on technology.
He said that though the revenue invoked was not good enough but it was better than starting from ground zero taking to cognisance the total lockdown.
According to him, business was very good due to automating processes.
“What we did was to have a business continuity plan by documenting product, events with which we continue to work.
“So, we invoked technology tools, with lots of our staff, working from home but chasing taxpayers.
“We were able to invoke a good amount of money, not a case of ground zero.
“Nobody envisages that there would be a time that the whole globe would be lockdown and people would not be able to do anything.
“We were able to collect N25 billion in April when there was total lockdown,’’ he said.
According to him, this is a good achievement.
Olu-Ajayi said LIRS, as an agency of Lagos State Government, has the responsibility of collecting taxes and in some cases, business development taxes.
He said that tax collection is primarily the agency assignment.
He said that without tax collection, the development projects in education, road and easing of traffic congestion among others being executed by the state government would not have been possible.
He said that was why the LIRS thought outside the box by exploring ICT to achieve the fit in revenue generation during the total lockdown.
Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)