NCC Committed To Bridging Digital Gaps In Educational Institutions Across Nigeria- Danbatta
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By Rommy IMAH
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) said it has designed and implemented the Advanced Digital Awareness Program for Tertiary Institutions (ADAPTI) as a means of bridging the digital gaps that exist in the academia.
Speaking on Thursday in Lagos at the maiden edition of the African EduTech Conference, Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta disclosed that the project involves the provision of computers, other ICT equipment and necessary facilities to provide lecturers, staff and students with the requisite ICT skills essential for the 21st Century digital economy.
Represented by Ephraim Nwokonnaya, NCC Director, Research and Development, Prof. Danbatta said the NCC has always believed that access to the Internet, with sufficient bandwidth, is essential for the development of an information society, adding that for access to be meaningful, it must be affordable to lecturers and students if they are expected to acquire digital literacy and other skills necessary to make the best use of it.
The Commission he said, supplies computers and other ICT equipment, including scanners and printers to beneficiary institutions, which also comes with the provision of suites of e-learning applications for academics and students in tertiary institutions.
“Through this programme, the Commission is able to specifically provide the tools that will enable familiarity, skill development and confidence in the utilization of ICT in teaching, research and learning. Since its introduction in 2008, more than 300 institutions of higher learning have benefited from the programme,” Danbatta said.
He stated that the Commission has undertaken several intervention programmes to stimulate demand and accelerate the adoption and development of ICT tools in the country through the Wireless Cloud Project, which provides a platform for supporting campus-wide wireless access to Internet service for teaching, learning, research and development for use by faculty staff and students of the nation’s tertiary institutions.
“Under this project, the Commission provides beneficiary institutions with the necessary infrastructure, including telecom masts, antennas, networking facilities, computer equipment, including one year bandwidth supply and maintenance support. This project has benefited numerous tertiary institutions in the six geopolitical zones of the country.”
Prof. Danbatta disclosed that the Digital Awareness Programme (DAP) project was established as a special intervention programme aimed at addressing the digital information knowledge gap at the cradle, especially among the teeming youthful population.
According to him, “The DAP project since its inception, has supported over 230 Secondary Schools around the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria. The strategy of this programme is to expose our youths at the schools and colleges to Information & Communication Technology, raise awareness, usage and application by the provision of desktop computers, Local Area Networks (LAN), printers, scanners, VSAT dish and one-year bandwidth subscription for Internet access.”
African EduTech Conference 2019 was organized by the Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce in partnership with EduFirst.ng, a subsidiary of Skool Media, with support from Olashore International School., and had as its theme: “Education, Technology & Jobs: A Synergy That Works.”