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Secondary institutions in Cross River take delivery of 360 computers




The Federal Government has donated 360 laptop computers to six girls colleges in Cross River State for distribution to students in JSS1 under the MDGs-assisted ICT initiative.

The permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Nicholas Damachi, while making the presentation in Calabar, emphasised the critical role of ICT in sustainable development.

“Government recognises the critical role of ICT, and has made it a priority,” he said.

He explained that President Goodluck Jonathan approved the implementation of the initiative for girls in JSS1 nationwide as a demonstration of his commitment toward attaining the National Vision and MDGs.

Mr Damachi said the programme also involves the training of teachers from the benefiting schools on the use of the technologies.

He added that the programme is funded through the MDGs Debt Relief Fund.

The permanent secretary said the ICT programme would fast track the achievement of the Universal Basic Education (UBE) and gender equality by attracting more girls to schools.

He said the objective of the programme is to see the entire education sector embracing the use of the new technologies in order to meet the human resources requirement of the nation.

“This will ensure attainment of sustainable socio-economic development, global competitiveness and the individual’s ability to survive in the contemporary environment,” he added.

Mr Damachi urged all stakeholders in the education sector to partner with government in the implementation of the ICT programme.

Benefiting schools

The six selected benefiting schools are: Federal Government Girls College, Calabar; Community Secondary School, Biasse and Government Girls Secondary School, Ogoja.

The others are: Girls Secondary School, Obudu; Girls Secondary School, Ugep and Biqua Girls Secondary School, Calabar.

In his response, the Principal of FGGC, Calabar, Ijeoma Essien, thanked the government for the gesture, and promised that the computers would be well utilised.

She said the school’s ICT laboratory is ill-equipped, which had made it difficult to expose the students to computer education.

“The donation is very timely, as computer facilities will now reach more students,” she added.

The commissioner for Education, Offiong Offiong, commended the federal government for the initiative.

He warned that the ministry would not tolerate any loss or misuse of the computers.

One of the students who benefited from the gesture, Iquonima Ibor, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that she was excited, saying the laptop would afford her the opportunity to learn computer at an early age.

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