BY DAYO ADESULU
Commissioner for Education, Lagos State, Barrister Olayinka Oladunjoye has reiterated the importance of science and technology education, stressing that a nation that ignores the development of her science and technology would not be taken serious in the comity of nations.
“A nation that is not looking at technological development that is based on science intervention is not a serious nation,” she said.
Oladunjoye who stated this while inspecting the technological projects of over forty-six secondary schools at the first ALOFOS Science Competition, held at Government Technical College, Agidingbi, Lagos, said that it will take a combine efforts of the government and other stakeholders in education sector to make Science and Technology thrive in a nation.
The Commissioner who hailed ALOFOS Science Foundation for partnering with the government on promoting science and technology urged that the spirit of science and technology should be sustained in our country adding: “Once sustained, our future will be guaranteed because this is what we need to grow as a nation.
Oladunjoye who identified power as a major challenge to science and technology in our country, reiterated that without electricity supply we cannot accomplish much.
“The availability of electricity is beyond the state level, it is Federal Government project,” she added. She however explained that at State level, Lagos state is doing something about electricity to help generate enough power.
According to her, “Some of our schools in Lagos Island have been connected to ICT at the Island. We have started and we are going to spread it across the whole local governments in the state.
Speaking in the same vein, Vice Chair of ALOFOS Foundation, Dr Mrs Olayemi Sofolat in her address said that Science and Technology are two major prongs that drive advancement and development in many parts of the world, adding that Nigeria cannot be an exception.
“Early exposure to science, technology and strategic educational targets will result in achieving Nigeria’s vision 20:2020 to be one of the twenty leading economics by year 2020,” she said.
Sofola noted that the objectives of the science and technology foundation among others are to promote the interest of youths in research and career in Science and Technology, to collaborate with top flight local and international experts in science and technology in exposing Nigerian children and youths to additional resources and knowledge base, and to promote and increase the interest of youths in cutting edge developments in science and technology.
Community Senior High School, Surulere emerged the winner of the contest.