Oyo partners ipNX on Internet infrastructure for schools
Information, Communications, and Technology (ICT) company, ipNX, has partnered with the Oyo State Government to provide free high-speed broadband Internet connection to two public secondary schools in the State, in a bid to improve access to technology for students and teachers.
The initiative is in continuation of ipNX’s broader corporate social responsibility (CSR) for the Education Programme and Oyo State Internet Programme for Schools.
With access to high-speed broadband connection from ipNX, teachers and students of Government College Ibadan and Bishop Phillips Academy, Monatan, the first set of Oyo State schools selected for the project, are empowered to fully appropriate the benefits of modern technology in the classroom.
The facility was handed over to the two institutions in Ibadan at a ceremony, which had in attendance the Chief of Staff to the Oyo State Governor, Bisi Ilaka; and Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Sunkanmi Olaleye. Others are Special Adviser (SA) on ICT and E-Governance to the Governor, Bayo Akande; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Atere Aminat Bamidele; Chief Technology Architect, ipNX, Seun Oluboyo, as well as principals and students of the schools.
The schools will enjoy individual 10Mbps (Megabit per second) internet service free for five years in the first instance, and renewable thereafter.
The Group Executive Director, HR & Corporate Services, ipNX, Folashade Efiong-Bassey, said: “With ipNX’s superior broadband infrastructure, we are providing Oyo State public secondary schools within our path of fibre coverage, with free high-speed internet connectivity to enable thousands of students and teachers appropriate the benefits of technology in the classroom.
“We believe this will facilitate the goals of the state in improving the education, science, and technology sectors, which is a vision of the administration of Governor Seyi Makinde. Moreover, this initiative complements the recent Federal Government intends to implement zero-rating for education websites, as part of efforts to ameliorate the impact of Covid-19 on Nigeria’s education sector.”
As an organisation, a major portion of ipNX’s corporate social investment has been dedicated to education, and since 2011, the company has provided free internet service to 55 public secondary schools in Lagos state.
As one of Nigeria’s pioneering ICT companies, and a leading fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) operator, ipNX believes that world-class connectivity and broadband access to the internet will provide more opportunities for students and teachers to find the best practices, create new solutions, connect and inspire each other, all towards the achievement of better learning outcomes. The empowerment of students in this way is pivotal to the digital transformation and socio-economic development of Nigeria.