By Najem Francis, Sokoto
Sokoto state government is partnering with the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) to promote access and usage of ICT in schools across the state.
A statement by the Spokesman to the governor, Malam Imam Imam, said that the partnership was announced when Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal visited NITDA’s Director General, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami, in Abuja.
“ICT is an important component in school curriculum all over the world. So the state government is seeking for this collaboration with NITDA in order to expand the knowledge base of our students and improve on infrastructure, and at the same improving the standards of education in the state,” the statement quoted Governor Tambuwal as saying.
It said that as an agency established with the mandate to develop information and communication technology in the country, NITDA had a lot to offer.
“The agency has done exceptionally well in executing its mandate and we hope we can tap from their expertise to develop ICT infrastructure in Sokoto state,” the Governor added.
Responding, Pantami commended Tambuwal for the visit, saying NITDA was ready to partner with all interested groups and individuals to develop ICT in Nigeria.
He commended the Sokoto state government for laying emphasis on education, saying that it would go a long way in securing the future of its citizens.
According to him, NITDA has played important role in driving programmes and policies that support innovation in ICT development in Nigeria, and would continue to collaborate with the private sector, development partners and MDAs at both federal and state levels so as to deepen access to ICT in the country.