Lagos- Nigeria outlined plans to increase the adoption of the internet and communications technology in the education sector with the launch of the Fibre-optic Research and Education Network, an initiative that will interconnect 27 universities to the internet.
Minister of Communication Technology, Omobola Johnson, said the programme, which is scheduled for next month, would make internet access at tertiary institutions a priority in the development of the country's Information Communication Technology (ICT) sector.
The project is in collaboration with Ministry of Education, National Universities Commission, Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) and World Bank.
The multi-sectoral project is expected to connect 12 medical colleges, 28 off-campus sites and nine federal universities by September.
Johnson said more state universities, polytechnics and colleges of education were expected to be connected to the network by 2014 and 2015.
Next month's project will be the latest in a series of projects to enhance internet acess and adoption of technology in the education sector.
Among these are the Tertiary Institutions Access Project (TIAP) under which desktop computers, printers, and wireless network facilities, among others, would be provided to tertiary institutions.
Another programme, School Access Project (SAP), provides computers, e-learning content and accessories, solar power solutions, high speed internet connectivity and wireless network deployment to government schools In addition, all federal and state universities have signed up for the Student Computer Ownership Scheme that allows students to purchase laptops using low interest facilities with monthly repayment plans.
- CAJ News