The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Pantami and his counterpart in the Ministry of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, will commission a Digital Nigeria Centre (DNC) project in Osun State on January 14, 2022.
Also expected at the event as a special guest of honour is the state governor, Adegboyega Oyetola.
A statement by the director of public affairs at the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, said the project commissioning is aimed at giving concrete expression to the emerging digital culture in Nigeria, particularly ‘Item No. 2’ of the eight pillars of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) 2020-2030.
The statement said the DNC, hitherto known as the ‘School Knowledge Centre (SNC)’, targets students and youths for skills acquisition to increase Information and Communication Technology (ICT) literacy among school teachers and students, provide a platform for accessing online educational resources, equip students with ICT skills, facilitate ICT adoption in teaching and learning and increase ‘pass’ rate in mathematics, the English Language and other science subjects.
“This project, the first to be commissioned in Osun State since the modification of the project as DNC, is located at the Ijesa Muslim Grammar School, Ilesa.
“The four components of the DNC include ICT Tool component (made up of 40 desktop computers with embedded operating systems, server, printer, remote-controlled projector, high-resolution scanner and e-learning software). Another component is the power structure, consisting of an inverter that comes with its charger, solar panels, batteries and automatic change-over.
“Also, there is the connectivity component, made up of routers, switches, firewall for network protection, modem, fibre/microwave radio or VSAT and bandwidth for internet connectivity. Finally, there is a non-ICT component constitutive of the furniture, cabinet, cooling systems and allied appliances.
“The DNC is a project of the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF), an arm of the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), established under the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA) 2003, with the overarching objective to carry out the commission’s statutory mandate of expanding the frontiers of universal access and universal service by ensuring service provision to unserved and under-served areas of the Nigerian economy,” it added.
It further said in the light of its mandate by the NCA 2003, the USPF promotes the widespread availability and usage of network and application services throughout Nigeria by encouraging the installation of network facilities and the provision of network services and applications services to institutions, particularly in unserved and underserved areas and for underserved groups within the community. “Since inception in 2006, the USPF under NCC supervision and directive of the honourable minister, has implemented a series of programmes and projects that promote ICT inclusion and adoption to mainstream accessibility to communication services for citizens and position Nigeria for global competitiveness in the emergent digital culture,” it added.