The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Prof, Isa Pantami, and the Minister of Interior Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola is set to commission a Digital Nigeria Centre Project (DNC) in Osun State on January 14th.
The Nigerian Communication Commission made the disclosure in a statement which was signed by the Director of Public Affairs, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde.According to the statement, the Governor of Osun state, His Excellency, Adegboyega Oyetola is also expected at the event as a special guest of honour.
The project which is first to be commissioned in Osun state since the modification of the project as Digital Nigeria Centre(DNC) is located at Ijesha Muslim Grammar School, Ilesha.
The statement points out that DNC is also known as School Knowledge Centre (SNC), and targets students and youths for skills acquisition in order to increase Information and Communication Technology (ICT) literacy among school teachers and students. “It provides 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, English language and other science subjects.”
“It will give concrete expression to the underlining principles and fundamental philosophy of the emergent digital culture in Nigeria, particularly Item No. 2 of the eight pillars of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) 2020-2030.” 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 changeover.
There is also a Connectivity component, made up of routers, switches, and 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 Nigerian 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.
Therefore, as mandated by 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