Kwara State Governor, Alhaji AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has said the administration is currently building 40 digital literacy centres across the state, calling it a big investment in the Kwara child to survive in the knowledge economy.
The digital literacy centres 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 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.
He said, “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. 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 added.
He urged the authorities and students of the school to make good use of this multimillion-naira facility.
The governor, who also promised to fix some facilities at the iconic GSS, directed immediate supply of 100 units of furnitures to the school.
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.
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,” Yangyang said.