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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Computerise Nigeria launches project 60-20

A Non-governmental organisation (NGO), the Computerise Nigeria Project (CNP) has launched a new programme to boost penetration of Personal Computer (PC) ownership in the country.

The programme known as Project 60-20, according to the chief executive of CNP, Mrs. Vivian Abii, is to ensure that by 2020, approximated 60 per cent of the nation’s 140 million population should have ownership of PCs, as well as become computer literate.

“By 2020, 60 per cent of Nigerians should be Information Technology (IT) driven,” she said.

This, she said, is viable if those in the public and private sectors of the economy are actively involved.

She also said that Computerise Nigeria Project, has advanced plans to open six major resource centres in the six-geo political zones of the country.

These centres, she explained, would be used to train Nigerians on IT at a cost very much less when compared to the actual cost.

Mrs Abii pointed out that if an IT training costs about N20,000, the centre are expected to take about N5,000 from participants in recognition of their certificates.

Top on the agenda, at the centres, she said, would be a focus on the Niger Delta, adding that in the past a lot have been said, but with the new administration in the country, it is time for action.

ICT sector, she noted, is where to focus attention at this time of the nation’s development.

“There is no other better sector,” she declared, and called for a change of mindset by Nigerians.

She maintained that project 60-20 would help immensely in boosting the nation’s IT penetration, especially if it is subsidised by the government for the citizens.

She invited corporate organisations to tap into this project so as to be part of this history.


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