This was revealed by Toyosi Akerele, founder and chief executive officer of Rise Networks, owners of Passnownow.com, in an exclusive interview with HumanIPO.
“We will launch the Java and Symbian applications for the site in May of 2013,” Akerele said.
“We are currently testing [the apps] to be sure that all the relevant features of passnownow.com and more education pieces are integrated into them so that they are truly useful and of great impact on Nigeria’s education when we embark on our monitoring and evaluation exercises at the year end.”
The decision to develop the apps according to Akerele was the result of the owners’ realisation that its target audience is comprised of users of mobile internet.
She said: “We realised that the majority of our target audience are mobile internet users and thus our aim is to develop apps for most of the widely used phone technology in Nigeria.”
The new apps will join Passnownow’s Android app which Akerele said had been in the initiative’s plan since the inception of the project.
She also announced that Passnownow’s contents will soon be made accessible to students without mobile internet access.
“We are also looking to deliver our content via SMS. Users with phones without internet access can subscribe to our SMS service with options to choose what content they want delivered to them on their phones,” Akerele said.