The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, is embarking on a project aimed at replacing hardcopy textbooks with digital tablets and laptops that will contain all the information needed for learning in primary and secondary schools in the Niger Delta region.
Managing Director of the NDDC, Nsima Ekere, stated this on Monday while speaking with State House correspondents after a meeting between the commission and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
“We’ve come with a project that seeks to replace the hardcopy textbooks that we have in primary and secondary schools, convert them into digital formats,” Ekere said, pointing out that the project will revolutionize education and learning in the entire Niger-Delta Region and in the country.
According to him, each student in the secondary and primary schools would be given tablets and laptops that will contain all the textbooks that they need and all the learning instructions and all the learning manuals that they need.
He said this was to “prepare them to face the new world and be competitive with graduates from all over the world.”
Ekere said Vice President Osinbajo appreciated the idea and said it was something worth doing.
Ekere said the project would be donor-funded and would be executed in partnership with Digital Learning Network, company out of the Silicon Valley in the United States.
He said: “It is a vendor-funded project. They are funding it 100%. This project is going to be delivered to the entire Niger Delta Region at zero cost to NDDC or to any of the state governments.”
He said the company has already worked out the financial model suitable for the project with the financial partners, Deloite.
The NDDC Managing Director said that the project was in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s New Vision for the Niger Delta.
“This is still part of the new vision. It’s a new way of doing things; the new love for the Niger Delta people as shown by His Excellency, the President. There is a lot of other things we are doing. We are part of the inter-ministerial technical committee that is being chaired by the Vice President on the Niger Delta.”
President Buhari’s New Vision for the Niger Delta has seen Vice President Yemi Osinbajo visit oil-producing communities in the Niger Delta region to interact with the people and their leaders with a view to bring lasting peace to the region.
Part of the vision is also the cleanup of Ogoni, the establishment of Maritime University and the building of modular refineries.