Sokoto State Ministry of Education, Nigeria, is set to partner with the state's Ministry of Information and Communication Technology to implement the 'One Laptop per Nigerian Child' (OLPC) programme, to improve education delivery in the state. Special Adviser to the Governor on Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Alhaji, Nasiru Shehu Zarummai said this while briefing newsmen on the activities of his department. He said the project, when completed, would enhance ICT education in primary and secondary schools, thereby improving the standard of education in the state.
According to him, the Sokoto School Network Project would soon be launched and it would be supported by OLPC. He said the department had partnered with Microsoft for the provision Internet access to Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto and secondary schools under the Ministry of Science and Technical Education, as well as the training of 100 staff and 200 teachers of those respective institutions. Zarummai added that the state intended to use ICT to reduce youth restiveness; promote economic potentials; improved public service delivery; health care delivery system across the state, among other objectives.