Anambra state government is set to establish a Microsoft Academy in the state university and in at least, fifty secondary schools within the first quarter of 2009.
Governor Peter Obi who disclosed this while receiving a team from the Microsoft Group on a courtesy call at the government house, Awka, said the scheme was part of the new partnership between the state and the global computer giant.
Obi said the academies would be provided with at least one hundred laptops each, while personal computers (PCs) and laptops will also be provided to civil servants as part of measures to turn the service around and make them more efficient and result-oriented.
The governor said computer programmes would equally be extended to local government areas, communities and villages, as functional education is today hinged on information and communication technology.
Leader of the delegation to the Anambra government house, Ken Span, head of Microsoft in Anglophone countries, said the company was committed to education and wants to partner with Anambra state government in eliminating computer illiteracy.
Span explained that Microsoft has programmed local languages into its system to extend computer knowledge to everybody and assured that every secondary school and university will be provided with Microsoft curriculum to train students.
Also speaking was another member of the team, Onuorah Ononye who commended Obi for his initiative, which he noted will widen the opportunity for people to have access to technology that will drive his vision to put the state in the forefront.