By Tare Youdeowei & Chris Onuoha
The Commandant, Command Day Secondary School, (CDSS) Ojo, Lt. Colonel Usman Ndana has emphasized need for students in Nigeria to explore and embrace the dynamics in learning made possible by the introduction of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) platform.
Ndana disclosed this at the 16th Speech and Prize Giving/Graduation ceremony of the School as he stressed the need for students to comprehend the new dimension in academic performance which has enhanced excellence globally. “Generally, there is the perception that the standard of education has declined in this country, but I differ, rather, it has taken a new dimension. Gone are the days when learning was strictly by books, now we have a lot of available platforms which are ICT oriented and we cannot isolate ourselves in a world dictated by internet and various web platforms.”
While charging the graduating students to go forth with pride as great ambassadors of the school to explore their world with knowledge and discipline instilled in them by the school, he commended them for showing great enthusiasm in learning and adherence to set rules which makes CDSS, Ojo stand out as the most disciplined school among the rest.
Meanwhile, the Vice Principal, (Academics), Mr. F.O. Abang, commended the high standard, strict discipline and character moulding methods of the school which results in high performance in exams, both internally and externally.
“In CDSS, Ojo, we don’t compromise. Students are rewarded according to merit, that is why Victor Ale emerged the overall best student in 2015/2016 WASSCE and NECO exams,” he said.
Lt. Col. Ndana who assumed duty 18 months ago lamented that the perception that Nigerian Command Schools only belongs to Ministry of Defense is wrong, as this fallacy accounts for the reason education supporting agencies and the Ministry of Education are keeping aids away.
He urged the relevant bodies supporting education to help develop the school as the school has raised the standard of education for both the children of the military and civilians.
Lauding the efforts of the Parents Teachers’ Association, he said; “New structures are being built while old ones are being remodelled. It couldn’t have been possible without the great assistance of the school PTA, the school management, staff and cooperation of the students themselves.”
Gracing the event were Major General I.H Edet, General Officer Commanding (GOC) 81 Division Nigerian Army as special guest of honour, Brigadier General L.F. Abdullahi, Acting Commander, NAEC. Others are Brigadier General Solomon Daku, Commandant, Nigeria Army School of Medical Science, Ojo, Colonel Yakubu Momoh, Director of Education, 81 Division Nigerian Army, Royal fathers and others.