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RSG Begins Laptop Distribution In Schools

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The Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi-Ied administration has commenced distribution of free laptops in Secondary Schools across the State.

Represented by Commissioner for Education, Dame Alice Nemi, Governor Amaechi flagged-off the exercise and unveiled a “Swart Class” at the Ambassador Nne Kurubo Model Secondary School, Ebubu, Eleme on Monday, saying other Secondary Schools will benefit once the state completes the new schools and renovation of the old ones.

“The world has gone dynamic and so Rivers State should follow suit”, Amaechi remarked, noting that “if you are not ICT literate you will find it difficult to get admission in the new schools”.

Further underscoring why the State Government embarked on the project, the Rivers State Governor said it forms part of the vision of his administration to revolutionaries the state through ICT, maintaining that it will help raise the students to be completive among their peers across the world.

He, however, pointed out that students, parents and guardian have huge role to play in the state’s free education policy, “the State Government has done its bit by making everything free and ensure that education is free … So you have serious role to play to make sure you make us proud and take your studies serious”.

The Governor disclosed that by September about four of Model Secondary Schools will be unveiled, while about two will be opened in December, as he hinted that four of the schools will be managed by the Indian firm.

Amaechi also assured of government plans to rehabilitate old schools across the state in line with the vision of the administration, while commending Educomp for their hardwork and being able to sustain quality and standard in the running of the new schools.

Earlier on, Managing Director of Educomp, Mr. Shantany Prakash commended the vision of Governor Amaechi in driving the State through ICT.

Mr. Prakash said education stand to benefit from the vision enormously positing that, “it will put the students at international level to stand shoulder to shoulder with the best in the world”.

Already, he noted that the school has trained its teachers and students to be able to use the ICT facility, and stressed that the responsibility to utilise rests on them “to unlock the huge potentials in them”.

“This is the time of building those capabilities and things you want to see in the world”, Prakash further charged.

In her address, Director of Academics at the Ambassador Nne Kurubo Model Secondary School, Mrs Snapndaa Das expressed hope that the inaugurating of the Educomp Smart Class and distribution 0 the laptops will upgrade the school to a world class institution.

Mrs Das believed that technology will help students and teachers in learning and teaching in line with what is obtained in other parts of world today.

She commended the Rivers State Government for the project and for upgrading education facilities emphasizing that technology is ongoing process of development.

Later on, Paramount ruler of Ebubu Alesa, Eleme, Chief Emperor J.B. Mgbe said the gesture of the Rivers State governor has made him a great leader.

“Many Governor has come and gone some of them have vision but of this kind”, Chief Mgbe said and called on the students to utilize the laptops to better their future.

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FG Assures On High Digital Literacy Drive

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The Federal Government has affirmed that its plan to attain 95 per cent digital literacy by 2030 is  still on course.
Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashufu Abdullahi, gave the assurance during the graduation ceremony of 50 children, including 10 Almajiri children at the Engausa Global Tech Hub in Kano recently.
The  Tide’s source learnt that the Engausa Global Tech Hub is an incubation centre, currently working in collaboration with NITDA in Kano.
“These young children have been intensively trained at their early stage, using the Hausa Language in building their skills in digital technology, Computer Networking, Installation of CCTV cameras, Graphic Design, innovative creativity, among others,” he said.
Abdullahi also revealed that the centre in 2021, also trained over 700 young boys who were selected from various rural communities in the state.
“As a result of this intervention, in 2021, we have been able to expand the collaboration and we are going to do more this year to see how we can help the less privileged children to have access to technology.
“One of our mandates is to implement the policy under the National Digital Economy Policy for digital Nigeria to a logical conclusion in achieving the 95 per cent digital literacy by 2030”, he said.
He further noted that the  government cannot do it alone, hence the need to partner with centres like Engausa to achieve the aim.
“We are also looking at how we can assist the children who have participated in this programme to start their own businesses,” he added.
Earlier, the founder of the centre, Mustapha Ringim, confirmed that the centre was out to bridge the productivity gap in young people, especially those who cannot make it to formal schools.
“I realized that there are a lot of things that I can offer to the community concerning breaking some barriers and bridging some gaps which are limiting the productivity of our youth at the grassroots”, he said.
Ringim was of   the view that the Almajiri children and the school-drop outs who cannot continue their studies due to lack of proficiency in the English  Language, among other things was the main target of the centre.
“Language should not be a barrier to achieving one’s dream.There are a lot of developments in countries that are not using the English Language as a medium of learning skills, like European countries where English is not well-spoken, but technology, innovation and creativity are flourishing in the country”, he said.
According to him,   English Language should not be considered as  the only medium of learning skills or  the only medium of prosperity when it comes to knowledge.
English Language, he reasoned, should not deprive someone of practising his or her skills.

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IAUE To Invest In ICT Infrastructure

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The Acting Vice Chancellor of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Pro. Okechuku Onuchuku, has said that the institution will explore opportunities in the growing digital space by investing in Information Technology infrastructure.
This, he said, will reduce the digital divide between the university and the rest of the world.
Onuchukwu, who dropped the hint recently while addressing the school community in his New Year message in Port Harcourt, commended the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, for his immense investment in the education sector, especially in state-owned universities.
He said IAUE under his watch would forge mutually beneficial institutional linkage programmes with reputable universities and research institutions around the world to internationalise the academic content of the university.
One way to do this, he explained, is to come up with innovative research works that meets global standards and ensure that such works are made globally visible.
“Our academics will be motivated to turn out ground-breaking research works and innovations that would enhance our institutional visibility and social viability.
“To enhance our global visibility ranking and competiveness, it is profoundly important that we upload all our research outcomes on the Internet for our colleagues in other climes to access and cite our works, just as we do theirs in our works.
“In addition, we must upload all undergraduate, and Graduate Projects, Dissertations and Theses online.
“To do so, we must ensure proper supervision of students at all levels and insist that their references are in conformity with current biographical methodologies”, the Acting VC explained.
To enhance this, he urged lecturers who are not conversant with global referencing to promptly enroll on the Google Scholar and ResearchGate platforms in line with global best practice “in this age of knowledge globalisation”.
While commending the level of creativity, innovation, enthusiasm and sacrifices of staff and students since his assumption of office in November, Prof. Onuchuku said more needs to be done in 2022 as the institution seeks to aspire to rank among the best in the country.
“With your support, I am very determined to build a University that would benefit all stakeholders in our affairs. We made important progress last year through some of the milestone pronouncements and policy changes I initiated on assumption of office.
“I am glad to note that these policy changes are already yielding positive dividends to general applause.
“As we begin the New Year, I count on your continued support to enable us pull through the hurdles on our way in grand style. I invite you all to please come on board”, he urged.

By: King Onunwor

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NIPOST Partners Egyptian Firm On Logistics Digitalisation, Job Creation

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The Nigerian Postal Services (NIPOST) has signed a partnership with Egyptian firm, e-Gate Egypt, on digital transformation of logistics and last mile delivery chain services..
Postmaster-General (PMG) of NIPOST, Dr Ismail Adewusi revealed this in Abuja recently when the Chief Executive Officer of e-gate Egypt, Mr. Essam Alsaghir, visited NIPOST headquarters in Abuja to consummate the partnership.
Last mile delivery is  the movement of goods from the warehouse, shelf or transport hub to its final delivery destination or the customer’s door step professionally known as ‘the last mile’.
Adewusi, who said that the partnership would help in addressing infrastructure gaps in the Agency, added that it would also assist in job creation.
According to the PMG, “the digital transformation of the post implies that from end to end, the customer can track the movement of his mails and his parcels.
“I think it is one area that we’ve really lacked some form of competitive edge.
“The signing of this agreement will also assist us in contributing to the vision of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration of lifting 100 million people out of poverty over the next 10 years”, he explained.
The PMG noted that with the agreement, NIPOST could engage many youths, thereby increasing job opportunities in the country.
While explaining the significance of the agreement,  Alsaghir said digitally transforming NIPOST operations would fundamentally change the way postal services are delivered in Nigeria.
“When the agreement is implemented, the entire mail delivery system will be automated using driver mobile application. Customers can track the movement of their parcels through a mobile app.
“Our partnership with NIPOST will provide our customers with new technology and mobile app for a secure, easy and faster way to reach their clients not only for postal service but other transactions,” Alsaghir said.
He further said the partnership would help to generate money-making opportunities for many Nigerians, particularly young people.
me-generating opportunity, where citizens’ vehicles will be used. Now, every citizen with a vehicle will be a potential Courier Agent for the POS and private business,” he said.
The framework agreement is aimed at allowing Pan African Postal Union (PAPU) and stakeholders to explore and execute business opportunities for registered communication and digital postal services.

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