Samsung creates digital village in Nigeria
The project, which is part of the company’s strategic corporate citizenship programme, will provide access to health care and educational needs for the community, with the aim of improving health outcomes, strengthening education delivery and increasing the economic potential of Oban.
Highlighting the unique features of this solution, the Managing Director of Samsung Electronics West Africa, Brovo Kim, said that the Samsung Digital Village was innovative in its design due to its use of alternative energy, which remains a major challenge in Nigeria and is often an obstacle to implementing such initiatives in rural communities.
The digital village demonstrates our innovative approach to investing in people and their communities. This initiative offers a complete educational infrastructure, comprehensive health care solution and power generation capabilities that will spur the growth of small businesses and harness the energy of the sun to minimise running costs, among others. The launch is scheduled for May 7, 2015.
The digital village consists of five key integrated solutions that work together to benefit a community in the delivery of health care services, education and employment.
* a solar- powered Internet school
* solar-powered tele-medical centre
* solar-powered dental and blood analysis clinic
* a solar-power generator
* an administrative centre.
The solar-powered Internet school consists of a container fully equipped with complete education curriculum and smart school technology; it seats 24 students, providing them with access to education using interactive technology.
The solar-powered tele-medical centre is equipped with ear, eye, mother and child-assessing facilities, while the dental and blood analysis clinic has a state-of-the-art blood analysis machine for on-the-spot diagnosis, as well as tools to treat dental complications.
Specifically designed for rural areas, the centre offers professional medical treatment, quick medical diagnosis and health education. It also helps minimise the need for rural dwellers to travel to urban areas for medical attention.
The solar-powered generator had been deployed to supply power to the host to boost small businesses in the area.
The administrative centre will serve as the coordinating hub for all the digital village activities in the Oban community.