Bauchi — Bauchi State government has commenced discussion with the Federal Government on the need for assistance in the area of provision of computers for government-owned secondary schools.
The Director General of the State Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Bauchi Bureau Alhaji Muhammad Lawal, who spoke yesterday, said he had visited the Minister of Communication and Technology Mrs Mobolaji Johnson to discuss ways through which the Federal government could assist and guide Bauchi government on ICT related issues.
Lawal said the Minister was told that most of the state governments could not get enough funds to cater for useful projects such as ICT without the Federal Government intervention, especially in the area of ICT infrastructure and capacity building
"We need federal government intervention to equip our secondary schools with adequate computers and other necessary ICT infrastructure. This is because out of the 86 secondary schools in our state, only 20% of them have computers. Now examinations bodies in the country have introduced e-testing examinations for secondary school students," he said.
He said while Governor Isa Yuguda approved the ICT project in the state because of his commitment, funds, he added, were not readily available to execute the project.
He stated that the Minister assured of assistance and pledged to consider Bauchi State as a priority in all the activities of the Ministry being the first state government to visit the ministry and seek its assistance.