Information and Communications Technology (ICT) stakeholders have berated Governor
The governor had conceived and executed a laudable Information Technology (IT) project in the state, but neglected the importance of local content in the project, at a time when the federal government is bent on developing local content that will drive technology development across the country.
The governor partnered a Chinese technology firm to produce copies of digital tablet for teaching and learning in secondary schools across the state. The Tablet of Knowledge, known as 'Opon Imo' is a digital computer tablet that is per-loaded with secondary schools' subjects and past questions from the West African School Certificate (WAEC), designed for teaching and learning in the state.
Although the state project was commended, Minister of Communications Technology, Mrs.
The governor had admitted that 50,000 pieces of the device were imported from
Worried by the development, a
He said: "The Opon-Imo initiative is commendable. But government failed to follow through with the goal for local content. How can Osun State fail to form partner with Nigerian local manufacturers of computers and application providers? Why
Under the Opon-Imo initiative, about 150,000
But technology analysts think the Osun State government was ill-advised since the foreign companies in no way stand close to any of the local PC makers such as
Aligning with other stakeholders, an official of NITDA said: "The Osun project should be praised by every reasonable Nigerian but it needs to be refocused to get local companies involved. Nigerian companies can and are already producing these tablets."
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