Senator representing Plateau South in the National Assembly Prof Nora Dadu’ut on Thursday inaugurated an Information Communications Technology (ICT) Centre/E-library in Namu, Quanpan Local Government, Plateau, to boost learning and socio-economic development in the area.
She said that the education “is the fulcrum on which development revolves” and hence the reason why she took it as one of critical areas she had given her attention to.
In her words ,” The ICT Centreand E-Library constructed in Namu, Quaanpan Local Government Area will connect Plateau South for socio-economic transformation of the people.”
She noted that the centre will ease the registration of students for the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) and other online examinations in the zone.
“The ICT Centre is to connect local communities in Plateau South to the global world for online business and for JAMB and WASSEC registration. Our children usually travel far to carry out this registration but today the situation has changed for good.”
She described the project as a life fulfilled dream and commitment to giving back to society through the construction of the ICT Centre to ease the burden of student registration.
“This transformation has manifested itself as we can see in the growth and world wide expansion of business and social network.
“It provides great opportunities for anyone connected to the internet to better their lives through networking, which may ordinarily not to be possible in their local environment.
“It is no longer acceptable for anyone to be left behind by not being connected, or having access to the globalised world society.
“This is because ICT provides opportunities in different strata of our lives; be it education, health, business, communication and social-economic activities,” he said.
Dadu’ut commended the federal government through the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) for listening to yearnings of her constituents.
The senator also commended Gov. Simon Lalong in meeting the aspirations of the people of Plateau, especially in the area of ICT development .
She pledged to always put the interest of the people of Plateau South first in all her dealings .
Gov. Simon Lalong who was represented at the by Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr Gyang Musa, said that ICT play a critical role in industrialization and sustainable economic development globally.
The governor challenged the youth to take advantage of the great opportunity given to them to make good use of this facility to better their lives, advising them against indulging into social vices.
The Chairman, Quan Pan Local Government, Mr Ernest Da’a, represented by Supervisory Councillor for Social Services, Mrs Rita Buba, said that the project was the first of its kind in the area.
A director with Federal Ministry of Education, Mrs Ene Adikwu, said that initiative “is in tandem with UBEC mandate that all basic learners must acquire digital literacy.
Adikwu urged the community to thank the Senator for situating the centre in the community.
“UBEC has established 37 smart schools to ensure that our basic education learners benefit from ICT in line with global best practices”.