Kwara state Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, has commissioned an ICT laboratory at the Government Secondary School (GSS) in Ilorin.
The ICT lab, renovated by YouthHubAfrica with support from Huawei Technologies, was launched by the governor on Tuesday.
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 Youthhub 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.
“The ICT Lab we are launching today is a great boost to the efforts. It is a gift from Huawei to the Kwara child. 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.”
AbdulRazaq urged the authorities and students of the school to make good use of this multimillion naira facility.
In a joint statement, Rotimi Olawale, YouthHubAfrica’s executive director, and Yangyang Kelvin, Huawei Technologies spokesman, said the initiative is to improve learning and teaching.
The statement added that the ICT lab will also help enhance the creative capacity of secondary school students.
According to the statement, the lab “is equipped with thirty-one (31) state-of-the-art computers, UPS, overhead projector and other ICT facilities, to improve the standard of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related courses.”
It added that such initiative has become imperative in the wake of growing importance of technology in contemporary society.
“The laboratory will also improve innovation amongst students so as to enable them develop their skillset and provide a level playing field with their counterparts globally,” it added.