Omobola Johnson, the Minister of Communication Technology has called on decision makers and other stakeholders in the new Nigerian Research and Education Network (NgREN) ecosystem to make sure that its curriculum has ‘quality content.’
She gave this advice at the launch of NgREN held in Abuja reiterating that in the world of ICT ‘content is king.’
“I am encouraging the NUC, CVC and other stakeholders in the NgREN to ensure that we have quality content on the NgREN that will be the envy of other nations. If we do not, it will be like building a power station, evacuating power to the grid but not bothering to turn on the light switch”, Johnson said.
NgREN is keen at providing fast Internet to tertiary institutions to facilitate learning, teaching, research and connectivity to the global academic world said the CommTech Minister, who said that the project is being fully supported by the World Bank.
So far, 27 Federal universities have been connected to the scheme and other tertiary institutions will follow in the next phase before the year runs to an end.
Wike Nyesom, the Minister of State for Education, added that NgREN is expected to create an effective infrastructural backbone to interconnect all research and education institutions in the country and link them with other Research and Education Networks worldwide.
The Minister added that NgREN is aimed at ensuring a seamless knowledge flow between Nigerian Educational institutions and their counterparts around the world.