The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) over the weekend commissioned an Information and Communication Technology Centre at Government Science and Technical College, Okaka, Yenagoa, Bayalsa state.
The donation is in furtherance of the Board’s goal of promoting the learning of Information Communication Technology and Science, Technology and Mathematics (STEM) education by secondary school students as a foundation for building human and material capacities in the oil and gas industry.
The new ICT centre was equipped with state-of-the-art computers, projector, printer, photocopier and is powered by a generating set, with a backup inverter to ensure stable and reliable power supply. The Board also put in place Operation and Maintenance contract for one year and engaged an instructor certified by the Computer Professionals (Registration Council of) Nigeria to support the centre.
Commissioning the centre, the Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote explained that the Board’s mandate is to build human and material capacities in the oil and gas industry.
The Executive Secretary was represented at the event by the General Manager, Corporate Communications and Zonal Coordination, Dr. Ginah O. Ginah and he hinted that the center would also enable senior secondary students to prepare adequately for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME).
In his comments, the Principal, Government Science and Technical College (GSTC), Mr. Sigah Alfred Zoudei thanked the Board for siting the ICT Centre in the school. He assured that the facility would be secured and utilized effectively by the students and teachers in the school.
Prior to this time, the Board had donated ICT centres at Nembe National Grammar School, Community Secondary School, Otuoke and Government Secondary School Okpoama and the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Yenagoa.