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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Computerise Nigeria votes N400m for mega schools

Remmy Nweke

Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), the Computerize Nigeria Project (CPN), has concluded plans to invest over N400m in two Mega Computer Training schools in the first phase of the planned roll-out of mega computer schools across the country.

Chief Executive of CNP, Mrs Vivian Abii, informed that the investment was based on extensive research conducted by the organization.

“Our extensive research findings show that what is hampering our nation’s growth in the areas of Information and Communication is the lack of skills to put the ICT tools to proper use,” she said.

Stressing that in order to grow a knowledge economy, which is invariably the only option for Nigeria, the nation could take advantage of current globalisation trend, saying it has become crucial to invest in mega schools that are cost effective, and could mass-produce highly IT skilled Nigerians that could take on the digital challenges of the 21st century.

She further said that it is with this in mind, that prompted CNP to launch her first 1000 pc mega IT training school in Port Harcourt, Rivers State in the Niger-Delta region of the country.
Mrs Abii explained that CNP has listed the shortcomings of existing IT education in Nigeria which include inadequate foundation courses, and do not have enough computers to accommodate the number of students they train.

CPN, she noted that the strategy would afford one trainee per PC, even as CPN would be giving two to three sessions per day, Monday through Saturday.

“We intend to train at least 20,000 students in the first year of operation, irrespective of their employment status or the nature of their jobs. Our second mega training school shall be located in Abuja and shall take off before the end of the first quarter of next year. It shall also have the 1000 PC capacity, and it is expected to train Civil servants, teachers, lecturers and unemployed graduates,” Mrs Abii submitted.

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