L-R: Hon Wahaab Alawiye, Princess Adebisi Sarah Sosan, Mr Bob Steetskamp, MD, Wamco Nigeria and Mrs Omokehinde Mogaji, Principal. Pix: Biodun Ogunleye

By Dayo Adesulu
As part of FrieslandCampina WAMCO corporate social responsibility initiative to boost students education horizon and afford them the benefits that are associated with information technology know-how in the this 21st century has provided a fully equipped Information Communication Technology (ICT) centre for Ogba Junior Grammar School.

Speaking at the commissioning, the Managing Director, WAMCO, Mr. Bob Steerskamp said that this is a way of saying thank you to the community and the country where the company has reaped for over fifty-five years. “We strongly believe that this will assist the students to learn computer education and enable them to compete favourably with their counterparts in the private schools both within and outside Nigeria,” Bob said.

Appreciating the gesture, the Principal of the school, Mrs. Omokehinde Mogaji reiterated that the world is a global village and the best way by which we can learn or catch up with the world’s development is through exposure to Information and Communication Technology.

She noted that donating such a centre was most relevant to the school adding that students and teachers will be exposed to new and dynamic avenue of learning and teaching which will make them compete favourably with their colleagues, nationally and internationally. Developing IT knowledge amongst the students, said Mogaji, will also broaden their scope and help them apply their knowledge in the world of job and economic challenges.

The ICT centre, the latest of the initiatives for the school, according to the Principal has been complemented by a lot of audio-visual and educational materials to enhance teaching and learning in school saying that the gesture include a state of the art 22 flat screen desktop computers, a printer, 14 dual customized computer tables and chairs, a photocopier, and 2 split unit air conditioner.

Also putting into consideration of our epileptic power supply, the company has equally donated a gigantic 18kva diesel generator that can supply power to the computer room and to the whole school. “WAMCO has also connected the school to the whole world through the internet,” Mogaji added. She promised that the school will make the best use of the ICT centre and justify the use of its facilities through improved performance in their academics.

The Principal of the school seized the opportunity of the presence of the deputy governor of Lagos state, Princess Adebisi Sarah Sosan who commissioned the project to draw her attention to some challenges particularly in the area of flood enunciating that they look forward to a flood-free environment to make it more conducive for learning.

The deputy governor in her speech appreciated the corporate social responsibility initiative of WAMCO the producer of Peak Milk and Three Crown, stressing that it is a wrong notion that Lagos state government alone can bring out the best in education sector.

Sosan pointed out that building our education is a collective effort of the stakeholders. She therefore appealed to corporate bodies to emulate the gesture of WAMCO and extent the ICT to other schools so as to compete favourably with international world. Over 180 corporate bodies, she noted have indicated support of the state’s vision in education to make it a better place of learning.

Sosan commended the principal and teachers for a change of heart toward educating the students as the teachers are now living to their responsibilities in the sector. She however urged everybody in the school to make good use of the ICT.

Other dignitaries who graced the occasion include: Honourable Wahab Alawiye King, Chairman House Committee on Education, Lagos State, Mrs. Foluso Bolajoko Ogunlana, Tutor General / Permanent Secretary, Education District 6 and  Oba Ibrahim Asade, Ologba of Ogbaland.

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