The Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq says the administration is currently building 40 digital literacy centres across the state.
The digital literacy centres are among the 2014-2019 school infrastructural projects of the administration under the Universal Basic Education Commission-Kwara State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) interventions.
The Governor, who spoke in Ilorin on Tuesday at the commissioning of an ICT Lab donated to the Government Secondary School (GSS) by Huawei under its Youth-hub Africa Initiative, said government is making deliberate efforts to raise a new generation of digital natives in Kwara.
“In the next few years, everything we do will be ICT driven.
It is therefore important for all of us to plan for the future.
In a world where robots and artificial intelligence are fast taking up jobs hitherto held by humans.
The best investment for the future is deliberate investment in digital education,” AbdulRazaq said.
“Our administration is seriously committed to this goal.
At the moment, we are building at least 40 modern digital literacy centres in schools across the state.
This is unprecedented in the history of Kwara State.
We are also hosting a smart school donated to the state by the UBEC.
However, that is a drop in the ocean compared to our needs to grow a new generation of digital natives.
He commended the Huawei for the ICT intervention, saying: “It is the best investment in the future of our children.
For me, it is a shining example of how conglomerates can partner with government to build sustainable future anchored on digital education.
“Huawei is a leading telecoms giant in the world.
With over two decades of operations in Nigeria, this gift speaks so highly of Huawei’s credibility and commitment to grow with the Nigerian people.
I’m not surprised at the company doing this.
This is because it has been a trustworthy partner working with various ICT players in building reliable telecoms infrastructure across Nigeria, and partnering with governments in ICT training for civil servants, students, and young graduates.
“We are grateful.
Yet, we request Huawei to do more for the Kwara people, while encouraging others to follow this fine example of corporate social responsibility.
The Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Hajia Sa’adatu Modibbo Kawu said the facilities would go a long way to broaden the knowledge of students information technology.
“I want to seize this opportunity to appeal for the extension of the gesture to Queen Elizabeth School, Ilorin designated for female exchange students.
This will ensure that they are on the same learning pace.
It is my belief that girl child should not be left out of the knowledge of ICT,” Kawu appealed.
The Deputy Managing Director/CEO of Huawei Technologies Company Nigeria Limited, Kelvin Yangyang explained that Huawei had developed various initiatives in building talents and future of Nigerian youths.
“The country’s strength is about its people and the country’s future is about its youths.
That is why Huawei is helping in building young talents.
In Nigeria, we have three major talent initiatives for students at various levels.
We partnered with Youth-hub Africa to help us build outstanding ICT lab Ilorin.
Dear students, the technology has become an incredibly asset in every area of our life, ranging from education to entertainment in personal life.
This has provided technological opportunities to you.
It is a good assistance to enhance your studies.
You can get answers to questions with just a click.
From this point, you have access to the world right in your hand,” Yangyang said.
Kwara Government builds 40 digital literacy centres