TETFund commits N100bn to ICT in higher institutions in 2 years

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Bogoro-2Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, the Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), said on Wednesday that the agency spent N100 billion on Information Communication Technology (ICT). in higher institutions in the last two years. Bogoro made the disclosure in Abuja while receiving the CISCO Strategic Partnership Award, which was conferred on TETFund. According to him, the development of ICT is very important to enable Nigeria to catch up with the rest of the technology-driven world. “I can say that in the last two years, the least we have spent on ICT in tertiary institutions is over N100 billion. “This award is symbolic; it means a lot to us as an intervention agency; CISCO is an international brand in ICT because of its capacity. “The award shows that what we are doing in the education sector is being recognised outside the shores of the country. “We are partnering with our regulatory agencies — National Universities Commission(NUC), National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) and National Commission for Colleges of Education, in deploying ICT to teaching and learning,’’ he said. Earlier, Mr Alfie Hamid, CISCO’s Regional Corporate Affairs Manager for Africa, said that Nigeria must catch up with the movement of the `smart world’. According to Hamid, Nigeria’s education must keep pace with technology. He said that CISCO was partnering African governments to see how they could bridge the technology gap which was widening. “We have been around since 2008 but for the very first time in the history of Nigeria, we have a partner in TETFund and in one year we have been able to take CISCO programme to 11 institutions. “It is ground breaking not only for Nigeria, but for the whole of Africa. “It is an amazing achievement and the partnership will impact on 5,000 students each year. “It will help to take Nigeria to a stage where it will be able to compete in the international arena,’’ he said. He listed the benefitting institutions as University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Delta State University, Anambra State University, Federal Polytechnic, Nekede and College of Education, Warri. Others are Kebbi State University of Science and Technology, Bauchi State University, Sokoto State Polytechnic, Federal Polytechnic,Yola and Esa-Oke Polytechnic, Osun State. Hamid said that with current happenings in crude oil market, there was a need for diversification of the economy by investing in skills. He said that the award was in recognition of TETFund’s strategic partnership and contribution to ICT growth in higher institutions. Cisco is an American ICT firm that manufactures, sells and designs networking equipment. It offers ICT certification, training, and testing programmes to ICT professionals, partners, employees, and students. (NAN)