FG Establishes Virtual Academies, Enrolls 33,000 Nigerians


FG establishes virtual academies, enrolls 33,000 Nigerians

The Federal Government says it has established two virtual Information Technology academies since March when schools were closed to curb COVID-19 spread.

It also stated that 33,000 Nigerians had enrolled into the two academies, learning various IT skills ranging from artificial intelligence, 5G technology, among others.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, disclosed this at the virtual inauguration of six Information and Communications Technology projects located in four states.

The projects, which were inaugurated virtually included two IT hubs each at the University of Lagos and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and an ICT Community Centre, Daura, Katsina State.

Others were the NiGCOMSAT North-West regional office, Kaduna; Emergency Communications Centre, Kaduna; and an ICT centre at Enugu State Polytechnic, Iwolo.

Pantami described the IT hubs in Lagos and Zaria as world-class centres that would promote digital skills, contribute to solid digital infrastructure, digital services, digital society and emerging technologies as well as promote digital content.

These hubs, according to the minister, serves as IT centres of excellence where young innovators can be discovered, mentored, provided with funding and linked with relevant institutions.

At the event, the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, said the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), would execute all the infrastructural projects he promised Nigerians before the end of his tenure.

Fashola said the Federal Government was incorporating broadband fibre infrastructure into the 560km Kano-Maiduguri highway presently under construction.

According to him, when the project is completed, all the towns and cities along the road would have access to fast Internet.

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, who was a guest at the event, noted that the adoption of digital tools had helped people to cope during the coronavirus pandemic.

According to her, the projects will help the youths to expand their intellectual capacity, aid learning and enhance the delivery of healthcare and other services to the people.

Source: The PUNCH