Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has approved the building of 10 computer laboratories, one in each of the 10 Federal Constituencies, in the state.
Accompanied by the resource person to the project, Barrister Jerry Akpan, the Governor, through his Commissioner for Science and Technology, Dr Nse Udo Essien, disclosed this during inspection and assessment of some of the selected Secondary Schools in Uyo and Ikot Ekpene Federal Constituencies.
Addressing Principals of Cornelia Corneli College, Afaha Oku, Uyo, and Gorretti Girls Secondary School, Ikot Ekpene, Dr Essien said that the decision to provide computer laboratories to the schools was to ensure that all students from public schools across the state are computer literate.
According to the Science and Technology Commissioner “the Akwa Ibom State Government intends to provide computer laboratories to all Secondary Schools in the state. For a start, the Governor is building one fully equipped internet ready computer laboratory in each of the 10 Federal Constituencies of the state.”
Dr Essien, who maintained that the world today is driven by technology, added that “with this arrangement, students in public secondary schools would be fully equipped to meet up with the challenges of the 21st century.”
The Science and Technology Commissioner said the project, when completed, would serve a Computer Resource Centers in the Federal Constituencies, stressing that “it will serve not only the school, but adjoining schools as well. It will serve as training centers for students preparing for Computer Based Test (CBT).”
He noted that with the free and compulsory education policy already in place, students of the state origin stand a better chance of competing with their counterparts in the developed world.
Earlier, the resource person, Barrister Akpan, said the state government decided to carry out the project in the selected schools with intention of extending to other Secondary Schools across the state in due course.
He assured that the project would be completed within two months and advised the students to take advantage of the computer laboratories to improve on their knowledge of computer.
Responding, the Principal of Gorretti Girls Secondary School, Ikot Ekpene, Mrs. Idongesit Johnson, said she was grateful that her school was selected for the pilot scheme, assuring that the project, when completed, would be seriously cared for.
Mrs. Johnson lauded Governor Udom Emmanuel for sustaining the free and compulsory education policy, saying it was yielding positive results as evidenced by schools’ population in the state.
The team, which included the likes of Engr. Nicholas Idungafa, the Dirctor of Engineering in the Ministry of Science and Technology, also visited Community Secondary Commercial School, Ikot Akpan Ishiet in ONNA Local Government Area.