The Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) has donated an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) centre to the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Quorra of the Nigerian Navy (NN).
The 100-seat work station centre, said to cost around N60 million, which was handed over to the Naval Training Command (NAVTRAC) recently at their base in Apapa, Lagos, is one of such structures constructed by PTDF in several institutions of learning.
The e-learning centre, which was established for the sole aim of encouraging computer training in the Navy, has 100 computer systems, server room and VSAT equipment amongst others.
It was gathered that these features will avail the centre the facilities to train the officers and ratings on more advance courses such as hardware and software maintenance, database management, networking and website design.
Also, the centre would be used as an instrument for the promotion of academic activities through electronic academic studies otherwise known as e-learning which includes all forms of electronically supported learning and teaching, including educational technology.
The centre was built under the command of the Commandant NNS Quorra, Commodore M Adeoye, and is to managed by the Acting Commanding Officer, Computer Training School, Sub Lieutenant SV Abaver.
Commending the gesture, the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Dele Ezeoba, said the partnership was an expression of PTDF's commitment to the government's transformation agenda in ICT.
Ezeoba, who was represented by the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) NAVTRAC, Rear Admiral Azubuike Ajuonu, said the centre would assist the training and retraining of both officers and men of the NN in basic and advanced computer training.
He pledged that the officers and men of the force would make maximum usage of the facilities, adding that it would be maintained to stand the test of time.
In response, Acting Executive Secretary PTDF, Mr. Jelomi Areyinka said asides constructing the centre, they also trained the handlers and placed great value of manpower development in the NN. He added that their duty is restricted to intervention after which the NN will manage the resource centre and train officers and ratings of the force.
He said, "This is the computer age and our mandate in PTDF is to propose a positive building of the oil and gas industry, engineering and so we are creating more centers across the country. We are a critical agency of government that sees about intervention in development institutions. At the last count, we have 214 centres developed in phases in educational institutes all zones.
"The entire project cost us the sum of N60M to put together and this includes the cost of building the house, furnishing and the computer accessories", he added.