Benue To Begin E-learning

Benue State Government is about to implement E-learning and Information Communication Technology, ICT, Resource Centre, BESEVIRC.

This is even as the state governor, Samuel Ortom, constituted a committee to this effect headed by the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Professor Anthony Ijohor, with the Justice, Education as well as Information, Culture and Tourism commissioners as members while the Executive Secretary Teaching Service Board and the Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board among others are members.

He directed the committee to work out details of a proposal presented by a consortium and present to the State Executive Council for necessary action.

The Governor while constituting the committee, said e-learning is the anchor for ICT and getting the children to be ICT compliant would be a good beginning for them to tap into the abundant opportunities provided by the advent of internet services.

He stated that the world had become a global village where someone could sit in the comfort of his or her room and transact business conveniently in any part of the world.

Managing Partner and Project Team Leader of BESEVIRC, Mr. Terwase Gbande, stated during the presentation that the project is a Public Private Partnership, PPP, which only requires guarantee and policy framework from government.

He noted that Eduserv Management Educational Services and Sonic Foundry Mediasite based in Dubai and the United States of America respectively, in partnership with Zenith Bank, had agreed to execute the project but only needed government to guarantee the repayment process.

According to him, with the necessary machinery in place, the facility, which has the capacity to connect over 5000 basic schools, 2000 post basic schools, 17 tertiary institutions and e-learning services for over 600 individual students, 70,000 teachers and lecturers in both public and private schools, would be deployed in just three months.

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