Daily Trust (Abuja)

21 January 2013

Nigeria: Phase 3 Telecom Deploys Broadband Internet At Baze Varsity

Aerial Fibre Infrastructure Company, Phase3 Telecom, said it has deployed broadband internet and Wi-fi connectivity to Baze University,Abuja in its bid to support improvement of education in Nigeria.

CEO of the company Stanley Jegede said it currently provides broadband connectivity to several primary, secondary, and tertiary schools in Nigeria.

He said: "The ability for the Nigerian student to go beyond the knowledge of their teachers through research via eBooks and eLibrary is the cultural shift that takes education from the conventional platform of lecture and teacher focused education to a more open collaborate approach that reaches beyond school hours, beyond classroom walls, and between geographically dispersed locations."

Jegede also added that the company has plans to increase the role of ICT in many schools especially in the rural communities in Nigeria by providing high speed broadband connectivity via their Open Access Network.

The company provides broadband connectivity to, amongst others, Spring Hall British School, Cradle to Crayon School, Centagon International School and The Regent Secondary School in Abuja.

Recently, the Information Technology Association of Nigeria (ITAN) and the Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) signed an agreement to influence critical government policies at all levels with regards to the Information and Communication Technology at all levels, which includes education.

The associations stated that much needs to be done in the area of provision of modern elementary science laboratories and ICT facilities in the primary, secondary, and tertiary schools around the country.

Founder and Pro-Chancellor of Baze University, Sen. Datti Yusuf Baba-Ahmed, said "I see Baze University setting standards for excellence in this part of the world. Currently, no Nigerian

University is rated in the top 5,000 in the world. Many Nigerians thus feel compelled to send their sons and daughters to be educated abroad."

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