The lawmaker representing Oyo North Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Sen. Abdulfatai Buhari has been commended by stakeholders in the education sector in Oke Ogun and Ogbomoso areas of Oyo State for facilitating digital learning centres for public schools in the region.
Over 50 public schools including Ladoke Akintola University Technology(LAUTECH), Ogbomoso and Nursing and Midwifery School in Saki have benefited from the ICT Centres and CBT training centres facilitated by Buhari.
The ICT centres which was built by Nigeria Information Technology Development Agency(NITDA) are powered with Solar IT equipment with computers, e-learning facilities and internet connectivity for 10 years.
Most of the schools had no computer library and some of the students are seeing computer for the first time
Buhari, who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on land transport, said he facilitated the centres to boost digital literacy with the aim of enhancing their study and making the beneficiaries fit into the system.
“Apart from contributions at the red chamber, I owe it a duty to enhance the development of my constituency and part of which is preparing the younger ones for the future. We are now in a digital world, the younger ones need to be able to compete with their peers and colleagues from other part of the world, they need to be informed and have basic knowledge of computer so that they can progress.”
During the commissioning, Buhari allayed the fears of the students and encourage them to be focused and determined to succeed in life.
“You have what it takes to be whatever you wish to be in life, make use of the opportunity you have now to lay the foundation for a better tomorrow and achieve your set goals.
“I was not born with a silver spoon. My mother sold Pap (Eko) but with determination, I am where I am today. I didn’t have the opportunity you are enjoying now but because i was determined to be great in life, I am where I am today and I want you to also take a cue from that,” Buhari said.
The Vice Chancellor of LAUTECH, Prof. Oluwafisayo Ologunde, described Buhari as a strong plliar of support for the university and commended him for facilitating the e-learning centres.
Representatives of the students who spoke on behalf of their colleagues commended the senator for the gesture and promised to make use of the facilities to enhance their studies .
In thier separate remarks, principals of Iseyin District Grammar School Iseyin, Alhaji Wasiu Ademola, and Muslim Grammar Schoo, Otu, said the ICT centers facilitated by Buhari is a timely intervention which will enhance students’ knowledge about computer as well as prepare them for exams such as JAMB, WAEC and others.
Various speakers at the commissioning of the projects lauded Buhari and the federal government for the support.