TECH: Firm, Oyo government offer free Internet to schools


Photo: Seyi Makinde

The Oyo State Government has partnered with ipNX to provide free high-speed broadband Internet connection to two public secondary schools in the state in order to improve access to technology for students and teachers.

The initiative is in continuation of ipNX’s broader Corporate Social Responsibility for education programme and Oyo State Internet programme for schools, the Information Technology firm said in a statement.

The statement titled ‘ipNX partners Oyo State on free Internet supply to public secondary schools’ was made available to our correspondent on Monday.

With access to high-speed broadband connection from ipNX, the statement said, teachers and students of Government College Ibadan and Bishop Phillips Academy, Monatan were empowered to enjoy the benefits of modern technology in the classroom.

According to the statement, the two schools will enjoy 10 Megabit per second Internet service each free for five years in the first instance, and renewable thereafter.

Group Executive Director, Human Resources and Corporate Services, ipNX, Folashade Efiong-Bassey, said the Internet connectivity would facilitate the goals of the state in improving the education, science and technology sectors, which is a vision of the Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde.

She said the initiative complements the recent Federal Government intention to implement zero-rating for education websites as part of efforts to ameliorate the impact of COVID-19 on Nigeria’s education sector.

Source: Punch Newspaper