MANY schools and communities where the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, through its Universal Service Provision Fund has set up facility centers and school knowledge centers have not put them to good adequate use and this is affecting internet insight in rural areas.
Professor Umar Danbatta, Chief Executive Officer of the NCC who stated this on Thursday in Calabar at the close of a two-day stakeholders workshop on Information and Communications Technology Utilization and Sustainability said many schools where knowledge centers are set up lock up the facilities without using them while in some communities thieves and vandals constantly invade ICT the centers and go away with the equipment.
He said the idea is not to set up the knowledge centers for the communities and schools to own as property but to put them to good use so that people can obtain the necessary knowledge and skills on the use of internet. .
“Equipment were changed in urban communities where facility centers were set up to bring ICT close to everyone but some people have create the habit of stealing the equipment while schools simply close their knowledge centres without putting them to use”. Danbatta stated
Danbatta who was represented by Mr Kelechi Nwankwo, head of training and strategy in NCC said the resource and knowledge centers are focused at facilitating the achievement of national policy goals on universal service and access to information and communication technologies in rural, un-served areas and urban centers.
He said the NCC would not be fearless in pursing the goals of internet accessibility and penetration in the country as that is the only way to fight unemployment, ignorance and also attain the global mission of free information dissemination to everyone.
However, we will remain fearless in our effort to expand internet circulation across Nigeria”.
According to him, the workshop is aimed at expanding effective agenda for partnership with stakeholders to achieve the good availability, accessibility and affordability to ICT in order to attain sustainable economic growth and social advancement in the country.
“The NCC is applying an eight point agenda within the strategic vision 2015- 2020 which is to promote innovation, investment, competition and consumer empowerment in and on top of the communication platforms of today and the future”.