Ekiti kicks off e-school project, okays N100 million for labs
Thursday, 15 March 2012 00:00  From Muyiwa Adeyemi (Head South West Bureau, Ado Ekiti)  News  –  National

Teachers, students get 11,000 computers

EKITI State government yesterday kicked off the e-school project with the distribution of 11,000 units of laptop computers to students and teachers of public secondary schools.

Governor Kayode Fayemi, who handed over the computers to the students at an impressive ceremony held at the African Church Comprehensive High School in Ikere-Ekiti, said it marked the first phase of distribution of a total of 33,000 units of laptop computers to students and teachers under the project.

The project is being driven by the government in partnership with Samsung West Africa Limited and Microsoft, a global trademark in software technology.

Besides the laptops, the governor also kicked off the distribution of 100,000 school bags to students in the state and special computers to the physically-challenged students to enable them enjoy the benefits of Information and Communications Technology (ICT).

Fayemi explained that the gesture was in fulfillment of his campaign promise to make laptops available on the desk of each student of public secondary schools in the state before 2014.

Fayemi, who was assisted by his deputy, Mrs. Funmilayo Olayinka and the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Dr. Adewale Omirin, to distribute the laptops and school bags, urged the students to take advantage of the various instructional materials and the conducive learning environment the government has provided to excel in their academic pursuit.

“The future is in your hands, I urge you to take it, be the best that you can be. On our part as government, we will continue to provide you with the necessary support to ensure you realise your dreams,” he stated.

The solar powered laptop computers, which will be distributed to all secondary schools in 16 local councils of the state have features such as webcam, three USB ports, power pack, dual soft education software, Norton anti-virus, Skype, adobe, Microsoft Access 2010, Microsoft Excel 2010, Microsoft Info path Designer 2010 and Microsoft Power point 2010, among others.

Governor Fayemi disclosed that Samsung West Africa Limited has agreed to establish a computer assembly plant dedicated to sustainability of the scheme and ICT goals of his administration.

He pointed out that the distribution of laptops to teachers and students of public schools was intended to empower them to compete favourably with their colleagues in other climes with a confidence to outshine them.

The Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Dr. Eniola Ajayi, said the exercise demonstrated a huge commitment of the administration to turn around the education sector and empower students and teachers in public schools.

She disclosed that government has approved N100 million for the provision of laboratory facilities in all public secondary schools in the state while renovation of schools had commenced.

The Accounts Manager of Samsung West Africa Limited, Mr. Fauno Nadah, said the feat achieved by the state government was already making waves in South Korea.

He said the service centre to be located in the state was a commitment by the corporation to sustain the project and support the government to pursue its ICT goals and take education to greater heights.

The Director, Development Platform of Microsoft in West, East and Central Africa, Mr. Dele Akinsade, said the organisation would install developer software on the laptops.

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