Jos- The Plateau Government on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a university in Louisiana, U.S., on Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
Speaking at the occasion, the Plateau Commissioner for Science and Technology, Prof. Comfort Piwuna, explained that the MoU covered e-learning, e-conferencing and a laptop ownership scheme.
Piwuna explained that based on the agreement, the university would provide affordable online ICT courses.
She said that the courses would include certificates, bachelor's degree, master's programmes and Ph D.
Piwuna said that the university would also facilitate lecturers and students exchange programme and granting of visas for students who gained oversea scholarship among others.
According to her, the Plateau government will on its part provide the needed structures and resources as counterpart fund.
The commissioner said that the MoU if implemented would make Plateau a digital state.
Signing the agreement on behalf of the state, the Secretary to the Government, Prof. Shedrack Best, thanked the university's team for its partnership.
"I want to assure you that our governor is very keen to give ICT a primacy of place, not only in governance but also as an instrument for the transformation of the Plateau society.
"This is because we see ICT as the needed agent of revolution that will change the landscape of the state and keep us ahead of others in information technology."
Earlier, Prof. Victor Mbarika, the President of the university and the leader of the team expressed delight in the partnership.
He said, the university is eager to get things rolling. We are looking forward to making plateau a reference point in ICT development in the country.