Gov. Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto
State has approved the purchase
of 500 laptop computers worth
N46 million for the one-laptop-
per-child policy.
Alhaji Nasiru Zarummai, the
Special Adviser to Wamakko on
ICT, told newsmen in Sokoto on
Thursday that this was due to
the approval for the
commencement of the policy.
He said 100 children from five
primary and secondary schools
had been selected for the pilot
programme.
“The policy is aimed at boosting
the educational development of
the state. The policy is generally
aimed at improving the delivery
of quality education to youths of
the state,” he said.
Zarummai said the governor had
also approved the establishment
of an additional ICT resource
centre in Sokoto, excluding the
three existing ones at
Government House, Women
Affairs Ministry and the ICT
Directorate headquarters.
The special adviser said
government would soon submit
a draft bill for the establishment
of an ICT agency to the state
House of Assembly.
” This is to ensure legislation on
the use of ICT in Sokoto State and
to ensure the enforcement of the
National Communications
Commission laws.
” There will be domestication of
ICT software while a laboratory
will be set up to design home-
made software applications,
especially in the management of
hospital records across the
state.”
He said the committee set up by
the State Government to
harmonised the establishment of
a data base for workers in the
state had since submitted its
report.
In the same vein, the special
adviser said the ICT directorate
was collaborating with an
Indian-based firm to set up ICT
professional certification
programmes.
“Local training facilities will be
provided in Sokoto to train the
workers of the state and local
governments to save foreign
exchange,” he said.
Zarummai commended the
National Information Technology
Development Agency ( NITDA)
for training 30 computer
engineers, scientists and
technicians from the state.

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