Old students of Onireke High School (OHS), Ibadan have commissioned a multi-million naira Information and Communication Technology (ICT) centre at the school premises.
The old students made up of 1985 – 2017 alumni said the donation was a way of giving back to a school hat gave them so much in terms of knowledge and audacity to excel.
Speaking during the occasion, Chairman, Think Tank Group of OHS, Sunday Obiyinka, said the group chose to donate the ICT laboratory with computers “in this day and age, information rules the world”.
He added: “This multi-million naira project has 25 computers with all the accessories of computer you can think of and there are still ongoing projects. This is just the tip of the iceberg to bring the school to a higher level.
“We want our alma mater to be ICT leading school in Oyo State and in Nigeria in general, we believe that what we are doing is to complement the effort of the state government because we know that government cannot do it alone.”
Obiyinka, who is the CEO of Extension Publication Limited also urged students of the school to take academics seriously.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs Iyabo Fatoki, who was present, applauded the alumni of the school for complementing the efforts of the state government, saying that the project will assist the students as well as teachers in gaining more knowledge in ICT.
Chairman, governing council of the school, Elder Taiye Ayorinde thanked the alumni for the kind gesture, just as he expressed joy that the school can now train students in computer science and data processing for WAEC, NECO and in professional ICT courses.
“The old students saw the urgent need for a standard computer laboratory and made it a project for them to set up one as soon as possible, at the beginning of this session the supply was made and we now have a fully networked computer laboratory.
“We want to thank our alumni for the donation of this complete computer laboratory that will be used to train our students. We equally hope to acquire more computers to be able to achieve 1 student, 1 PC standard in the learning of computer in this school,” he said.
In her remarks, the school Principal, Mrs Abimbola Ukpong, appreciated the donation of the computer laboratory, pledging that the facilities will be judiciously utilised.