An NGN100 million (US$600,000) IT resource centre has been opened at Landmark University in Nigeria’s Kwara state, designed to equip students with IT skills and professional certifications.
The resource centre project took four years to be completed, during which classrooms, lecture halls, halls of residence and offices were connected with fibre optic cables to provide high speed internet.
The university said the facility will open the minds of Nigerian youths and those outside the country, providing tools to implement their innovative ideas. It will also encourage entrepreneurship via technological start-ups.
“A few months ago, Apple Inc. bought a mapping company owned by a young Nigerian by the name of Chinedu for US$1 billion. Google also bought a company called Waze for US$1 billion. You can begin to do similar innovations by dreaming big,” said vice chancellor Tim Akano.