The Universal Service Provision Fund, USPF has distributed about 120,000 personal computers to 1200 public secondary schools across the country. The Executive Secretary of USPF, Abdullahi Maikanu disclosed this when the House Committee on Communication visited one of the USPF School Access projects in Jabi Junior Secondary school, Abuja.
He said that Jabi Government Secondary school is one of the 1200 schools that have benefited from the scheme with 100 PCs and internet facilities to aid the students in their learning processes and also place them at a vantage position to compete with peers globally.
According to him, USPF had since inception in 2007 covered about 1200 schools scattered all over the country with a plan to reach out to all secondary school in Nigeria. “We intend to do more until every secondary school in the country benefits from this School Access programme. It started way back in 2007 and over a thousand secondary schools have benefitted and we intend to do a lot more. The one in Jabi started six months ago but the implementer has one year maintenance. “It is our hope that every child in Nigeria will have access to computer and internet service to simplify leaning and also preparing them for future challenges,” .
On his part, the Chairman, House Committee on Communications, Hon. Oyetunde Oladimeji expressed satisfaction with USPF, saying that the project has rubbed off on the lives of the students to become better leaders of tomorrow.
“My impression on this tour has been very lovely. The communication centre at Minna and the School Access programme at Dikko and Jabi show that Nigeria is moving forward. You could see the children very happy and the Principal said the Parents Teachers Association, PTA contributed money for the renovation of the computer centre. They did not wait for government. “With these 100 computers given to them, by the time they are in SS3 the knowledge is already in their head and will use it to help the country.
“I urge USPF to do more of this. This is why we have always ask for previous budget performance before we can approve new one. This kind of performance will encourage us to put in more fund. I will not deny these children of ICT knowledge because they are the future leaders.”