The Independent National electoral Commission (INEC) will sell 132,000 computers and Direct Data Capture Machines bought for the 2011 general elections, its National Commissioner in charge of Information and Publicity, Solomon Soyebi, has said.
Mr. Soyebi said in Abuja on Wednesday that the computers are worth about N35 billion and would be sold to state governments for distribution to schools; at a price to be determined by a verification committee set up by the commission for the purpose.
“INEC will not be selective, as it will be a uniform offer to the state governments, and whoever is interested will be given the opportunity to buy.
“We are in liaison with the state governments to ensure that the computers are useful to the school children,” he added.
Mr. Soyebi said the sale would commence as soon as the committee in charge works out the modalities for the sale and other related matters.
He said some of the equipment would be retained for continuous voter registration at the 813 centres across the country.
The INEC spokesman said that the decision to sell the computers to secondary schools had become imperative because of the importance that INEC attaches to education.
He said INEC also wants to give adequate opportunities to the students to be computer literate.