Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has stressed the need for an all round education that include Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to enable students compete in the global stage.
The governor made the assertion today at Ijebu-Ode when he commissioned the multi-million naira Information and Communication Technology ICT/ Cafeteria Complex to mark the 110 Anniversary of the Ijebu-Ode Grammar School.
Prince Abiodun who noted the importance of ICT in today’s world, said the Centre align with the Techhub initiative and the digital project of his administration where 5,000 fibre cable would be laid to provide internet facilities to school, markets and other public places.
The governor stated that policies like the Education Management Information System, that provide data base on the performance of students in both public and private schools, have been formulated, adding that the Learner’s Identification Number (LIN), was out in place to keep tap on the students at all times.
“We have formulated policies aimed at providing the enabling environment for our children to learn. Some of these policies are the Ogun State Education Management Information System that provide data base on the performance of students in both public and private schools. We also have the Learner’s Identification Number that enable us keep tap of our students anywhere thay are. These reforms have won so many Awards in the last three and seven months”, he stated.
Ijebu-Ode Grammar School, governor Abiodun noted as in the last 110 years been an incubation centre where prominent professionals have been produced for the council area, State and the country as a whole.
He commended the president and old boys of the school for showing exemplary leadership and giving back to the school that chart the way for their prominence, urging other old students to emulate such gesture.
National President, Ijebu-Ode Grammar School Old Boys Association (JOGSOBA), Prof. Lawson Adekoya, said the project was conceived in 2014 and financed by the old boys with considerable support by the Bank of Industry, to provide a befitting centre for the study of ICT for the students.
He said the association is planning to execute other projects including a Sport Centre, calling on the State government to assist the school by equipping the centre with computer sets.
In his opening remarks, the immediate past president of the Association, Engr. Ebenezer Osoba, said the past executive of the association, on assumption in 2014, put place processes to reposition the school which was in comatose academically and infrastructural wise.
The representative of the Chairman, Bank of Industry (BoI), Mr. Oluwaseun Tobi, pointed out that the part funding of the project by the bank was done as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, noting that similar projects have been executed in other states of the country.
He said the 360 capacity centre was to complement the State government efforts at revitalizing the education sector by training the students on ICT, urging the management of the school to take adequate care of the edifice for the benefit of all.