ICT: MainOne Pledges Support For University of Benin
By Pelumi Olaleye
Following the completion of the terrestrial fibre infrastructure program it started nine months ago in partnership with the Edo State Government and Facebook, MainOne, has pledged to support ICT development at the University of Benin.
The infrastructure would provide connectivity for mobile operators’ base stations, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Points of Presence, and public locations, including schools and hospitals.
MainOne boss, Funke Opeke reiterated her commitment towards improving access to ICT on campus with the investment in fiber connectivity to Campus, as well as by pledging financial support and internship opportunities for the top performing ICT students at the university.
The pledge was made at a private meeting hosted by Prof. Faraday Orumwense, Vice Chancellor, University of Benin, represented by Prof. Joel Agbolagba, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Ekehuan Campus, minutes before the start of the 4th edition of University’s ICT Day event on the 19th of June, 2019, themed: “Building Sustainable Future with ICT Tools and Apps”.
The University’s ICT Day event was focused on enlightening the students, faculty, secondary school pupils, and general public on the importance of ICT tools in the sustainable economic development of Nigeria.
Opeke, who was also the keynote speaker at the event, stressed the importance of students taking advantage of the opportunities available to them in ICT. In her speech, she highlighted how advances in technology and access to infrastructure, have lowered the barrier to entry for potential entrepreneurs like never before regardless of age, gender, social or educational status. She also noted that, there are more opportunities for financing from local incubators alongside international initiatives to support the growing network of technology startups.