Bayero University, Kano has been selected as one of the beneficiary tertiary institutions across the country for the provision of broadband infrastructure that would guarantee unlimited and uninterrupted access to internet connectivity.
ALL IN ONE reports that the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, who spoke at the launching of the programme in Abuja on Thursday, said the project was in fulfilment of one of the pillars of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS 2020-2030) initiated by his ministry.
The Minister explained that the initiative was aimed at boosting the economic drive of the administration in various sectors.
According to him, the project would be implemented by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
The Minister also said the project was to accelerate broadband penetration in Nigeria and advance the course of digital economy projections for the nation.
Prof. Pantami noted that digital connectivity and expanding access to information played key roles towards boosting the economy.
Prof. Pantami reiterated that digital connectivity, access and skills were critical to human and economic development.
Presenting the letter of award to the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Sagir Adamu Abbas, the Communications Minister said, “We wish to inform you that Bayero University, Kano has been earmarked as one of the beneficiaries of the broadband infrastructure project.”
According to him, the project was under the Digital Literacy Skills in which the Federal Government intended to provide broadband infrastructure in selected tertiary and higher institutions of learning.
Consequently, he said, “Your support is required to enable its implementation.”
Under the first phase of the project, a total of 18 universities and other tertiary institutions spread among the six geo-political zones were selected to benefit,
including Bayero University, Kano; University Of Lagos; Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; College of Education (Special), Ibadan, and Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.
Others were the University of Nigeria, Nsukka; Federal University of Technology, Owerri, and Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.
The rest were University of Calabar, University of Benin, University of Port Harcourt, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua University, Katsina, Borno State University and ATBU, Bauchi.
Also to benefit are Gombe State University, Federal University of Technology, Minna, University of Ilorin and University of Abuja.
In a related development, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, announced the allocation of 100 brand new computers and their accessories to Bayero University, Kano as part of promised made during the Vice Chancellor’s request earlier in the year when he visited him in his office.
The Minister affirm that the provision of the facilities was part of the effort to support educational development.
He said the provision of the facilities was part of a deliberate policy aimed at digitizing the education sector, especially at tertiary level in line with the global best practices so as to ensure quality in teaching, research and learning.
It would be recalled that the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Sagir Adamu Abbas had paid a visit to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy a few months ago requesting the provision of broadband infrastructure and computers, which the Minister obliged.