Government has been urged to build information and communications technology (ICT) centres in all rural public schools across the country in order to enhance students’ competitiveness in the use of info-tech facilities.
A philanthropist, Mr. Akorede Ojomu made the call while donating an ICT centre for Iwerekun Community High School in Ibeju Lekki at the weekend.
He said the call was borne out of the need to help the pupils of schools like Iwerekun Community High School compete favorable with other students in Lagos State.
Ojomu said about N5 million was expended on the project, which include the ICT building and other facilities such laptops, printers, projectors and magic board among others.
According to him, as an indigene of this community, I observed that there is a gap in this regard for the students. Although government is doing its best, I was moved to do this to help raise the standard of education in the community.
He explained that most of the pupils who attend public schools are from average homes whose parents cannot afford the luxury of laptops and other ICT facilities, adding that the development would help resolve that challenge.
He added that ICT “is the driving force of development all over the world that is why the centre is build with stand by generator that would ensure constant electricity at all time for the students to learn with.
“My dream to drive development in my community cannot be restricted political ambition; the only way to touch life is by doing things from our community level, things that can have direct impact in the life of the masses.
“We have put in place ICT professionals that will constantly train the teachers that will use the facilities for learning at the school. I believe anyone that is well equipped with ICT can start up a means of livelihood after leaving secondary school.”
Ojomu said the centre would be commissioned on Wednesday by the Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye.