The Nigeria Communication Commission, NCC, on Monday donated 110 units of laptops to the Federal School of Statistics in Manchok, Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Receiving the items, Sen. Danjuma Laah (PDP Southern Kaduna), said the equipment would be used for the establishment and maintenance of a fully furnished Information Communication and Technology, ICT, center.
This, he said, would further tend to support teaching, learning and research in the institution.
Mr Laah said the laptops, donated through the office of the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, would be beneficial, especially in producing highly skilful, efficient and proficient manpower.
According to him, the gesture would go along way in serving both public and private sectors in the country.
“The upgrading of the facilities in the institution is also aimed at possible conversion of the school to the status of a Degree awarding institution in the near future.
“To this end, the bill for upgrading and the conversion of the school to Federal University of Science and Technology, with catchment areas spread to some North-Central and North-East states of the country, is already being considered in the Senate floor,” he said.
Earlier, the School’s Rector, Mangbon Amos, said ICT was highly needed in the production of statistical data.
He, therefore, asked for more support from relevant Federal Government’s agencies in the construction and provision of lecture theatres, Business Resource and Entrepreneurship Centres and Internet services.
“We also need assistance in the construction and provision of Computer and Statistics laboratories, provision of sporting facilities and equipment, among others,” he said.