Technology is enabling and enhancing different facets of life, education not left out. A developing nation like ours should make good and quality education the Right of every Nigerian and E-learning can be the means in which Nigeria can improve on her fallen standard of education. This is why The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) is boosting digital learning by linking the entire Niger Delta with fiber optics that will facilitate internet penetration and spread.
In a report gathered by The Nation Newspaper, the Chairman of the NDDC Governing Board Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba stated this when members of the Governing Council and Management of the Cross River State College of Education, Akamkpa, visited him at the commission’s headquarters in Port Harcourt.
Senator Ndoma-Egba said the commission was making efforts to create a new environment that would bring the Niger Delta in line with the digital age. “We will challenge the creativity of our young men and women and we will also help our tertiary institutions to key into the modern ways of learning,” he said.
The Chairman added: “the world has gone digital and learning is now electronic-based. “If we don’t train for the new world, we will be left behind. So everything is technology-based now and we want to leave a landmark contribution at the end of our tenure. We want to link the entire Niger Delta region with fiber optics that will enhance widespread internet usage.”
Ndoma-Egba said he and the NDDC Managing Director, Mr Nsima Ekere, recently visited São Tomé and Principe to discuss with the country’s Prime Minister on the possibility of benefiting from their own excess internet capacity. He noted that the discussions were very positive.
He assured the team from the College of Education Akamkpa, that they and other tertiary institutions in the region would benefit from the proposed high-speed internet network.
The NDDC Chairman advised: “I want to urge you to look in a new direction of education, which is technology-based and driven by e-learning. That is where the future is anchored. I don’t want you to train people for the world that has passed. Let us train people for today’s world.
“I want to assure you that we will make sure that all your needs are looked into. We will attend to your requests sympathetically and urgently.”
Senator Ndoma-Egba maintained that education, being one of the core mandates of NDDC, would always be given utmost attention.”
Want to learn more about the penetration of E-learning in Nigeria read the article Why Nigerians And Africans Must Embrace E-learning.
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