Imoke To Provide IT Facilities In 250 Schools

Gov. Liyel Imoke

Gov. Liyel Imoke

Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River State has promised to provide the 250 secondary schools in the state with information technology facilities to equip the students with the prerequisite knowledge that would make them compliant to the evolving technological standards.

Gov. Liyel Imoke

The Special Adviser to the governor on Information and Communication Technology, Mr Odo Effiong stated that Senator Imoke has granted approval for the execution of the project across the state. He was briefing newsmen in Calabar as part of the ministry and agencies parley with the media on their activities during the year.

Effiong said 250 secondary schools across the state would be equipped with computers, internet facilities backed by steady power supply by solar power machines and batteries .

According to Effiong, this would ensure that students who pass out of schools in the state would be equipped with the prerequisite information technology skills comparable with their counterparts in other parts of the world.

He stated that Information and Communication Technology as a major driver of growth should be inculcated in the youths as a prime component of education.

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The Special Adviser said the state has a network infrastructure which links all the ministries and agencies in the state through internet connectivity, adding “through fibre back internet connectivity all the ministries and agencies of the state located in Calabar beginning from the Cross River University of Technology to the Ministry of Works are linked.”

He revealed that through the information technology network, most activities in the Accountant General’s Office is done through IT. He said over 1000 civil servants in the state are trained in information technology yearly and soon the training would be extended to the local governments where plans are afoot to set up resource centres.

He said a soft ware conference has been planned in conjunction with the Institute of Soft Ware Professionals of Nigeria to hold at the Tinapa Leisure and Business Resort in Calabar in the last weekend in August.

—Emma Una/ Calabar

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