FG approves CISCO IoT in six colleges
The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, has disclosed that government has approved Cisco Network Academy to establish the Internet of Things IoT, innovative centers in six Federal Unity Colleges across the six geopolitical zones.
Adamu stated this at the official commissioning of the Cisco established Internet of Things, IoT, Innovative Centre in Federal Government Girls’ College Bwari, Abuja.
A statement from the Education Ministry said the minister disclosed that the centres are to connect people, processes, devices and data, announcing that FSTC Yaba centre has already been established as the pilot project followed by Federal Government Girls’ College Bwari.
Represented by the Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Education, Arc. Sonny Echono, the minister noted that there was hardly any aspect of live that was not aligned with Information Communication Technologies.
He enjoined all to key into the trend lest mistakes of the past where we missed out in economic advancement will make us continue to lag behind even in this Internet age.
Adamu said ICT has transformed education delivery from being the transmission of information by the teacher as the custodian of knowledge to the learner as the receiver of the knowledge transmitted, and the school from being teacher-centered to student-centered.
The first set of students who had completed the Cisco Network Academy Programme of the project, were recognized as the Cisco IoT Students’ Ambassadors and would be on hand to oversee the daily use of the centre.
Adamu cautioned the students not to only be on social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter but to also think of other productive things they could derive from the enormous wealth of resources internet provides.
“You should think of knowledge-based materials for your school work and creative ways to income generating activities as ICT today rules the world and offers infinite possibilities” he said.
Earlier, the Principal of FGGC Bwari, Mrs. Stellamaris Omu, expressed delight over the landmark achievement of siting the Internet of Things Innovative centre in the College, noting that it will ensure that students in the College break new grounds and give them the opportunity to become professionals outside their future fields of study.
Other Unity Colleges to benefit from the IoT project are Queens’ College Lagos, Federal Government College Kano, Federal Government College Bauchi, Federal Government College Enugu and Federal Government Girls’ College Benin.