By Olasunkanmi Akoni
Senator Gbenga Ashafa, representing Lagos East Senatorial District has stressed the need for the development of Information Technology, ICT, in Nigeria.
He made the remark at the weekend, during the hand-over ceremony of furniture and computers he donated to management of Orimedu Community High School, Orimedu, Ibeju-Lekki, as well as other beneficiary schools located within the district.
Ashafa, in his address, said he decided to give the items because the world is going fully digital.
His words: “If we all take a look at how the world is evolving today, we would see that Information Communication Technology (ICT) is immensely influencing the society and education is not left out of it.
“I can not over emphasize the need for ICT in Nigerian Secondary Schools. The ability to use computers effectively has become an essential part of every one’s education.
“In Nigeria of today, If we take a look at our primary and secondary schools we would notice that till date the chalk board and textbooks still dominate class room activities. There is a need for a change in the status quo.
“With the high demand for computer literacy especially by employers it has become necessary for us to ensure that right from primary school to secondary school our children have access to computers for quickly development and enhancement of their ICT skills.
“Having realized the need for early acquisition of ICT skills by students we thought it best to find ways to provide the necessary tools for our students to acquire the necessary computer skills that will aid them in their education. As such we decided to procure computers to be distributed to selected schools in Lagos East.
“Orimedu Community High school happens to be one out of the five selected schools in Lagos East Senatorial District that these computers will be distributed to for the benefit of our students. These 5 selected schools is just the first batch. At a later time there will be another batch where other schools will also be selected to benefit.
“It is my hope that as we hand over these set of computers and furniture to the school today, the school management will make effective and efficient use of it in the teaching and learning process for the development of our students while also making sure that the computers are well taken care of for continuous use of students.
Also speaking on the occasion, the traditional ruler, Oba Hamzat Atiku, the Onimedu of Orimedu, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos State has warned youths in the area to shun any acts of violence, indiscipline and cultism.
The monarch, while congratulating the pupils and administrators of the school for being the beneficiaries of the gesture, charged the pupils to take advantage of the opportunity afforded and engage themselves in quality academic activities that will make them a good and responsible citizen for the country and their family, rather than taking to acts of indiscipline.
Atiku, however, commended Ashafa for the kind gesture, adding that it would go a long way in boosting education standard of the pupil and the school.
He therefore, called on other rich individuals and organizations to emulate the senator by coming forward to complement governments’ effort by investing in educational development, especially, at the community level.