The Federal Government has approved the sum of N3.569 billion for the provision of Information and Communication Technology (ICT)-enabled facilities for 209 secondary schools across the country.
The federal government after its federal executive council meeting, Wednesday, said eight schools from each state of the federation and four from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) would benefit from the internet facility as would be provided by Federal Ministry of Information.
President of the federation, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan noted that Information and communication Technology had remained the pivot of every system in the world, adding that Nigeria would leave no stone unturned in bracing up with the rest of the world in the ICT sector.
He averred that inculcating the knowledge into the young brains would not only present Nigeria as a leading country in ICT but leave a lasting, ever-growing, ever-yearning ICT compliance among its young citizenry.
“Information and Communication Technology is what is keeping system and institution going. By allowing our children to grow with this knowledge means that the nation is striving towards meeting up with that current ICT trends and challenges as in the developed countries. We will therefore catch them young by providing the facilities for them at schools to allow them grow with the knowledge and live with it”.
While noting that the youths are the future of the nation President Jonathan stated that the government was poised to make available every skills for the growth and development of the young ones and the nation at large.
The president therefore called on the Information Minister, Prof. Dora Akunyili to rise up to action and make the facilities available in the nation’s secondary schools within the shortest possible period.