Gov. Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has urged individuals, clubs and corporate bodies to partner with the government in the provision of social amenities that could aid quality education.
He made the call on Wednesday at the formal commissioning of Dr Lucas Memorial High School’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Centre, built by Techno Oil Limited in Lagos.
The governor, who was represented by Mr Wale Akanni, his Special Adviser on State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), said such partnership was very necessary.
“This will help in turning around the dwindling fortunes of education in the state,’’ he said, restating that provision of quality education was part of his administration’s 10-point agenda.
According to Fashola, the biggest investment anyone could make in his community was in the area of education and any nation that ignored this was programming its human resources for failure.
“Investment in education is invariably a necessary tool to bring about social, economic and political transformation.
“I have no doubt in my mind that Techno Oil Limited belongs to the crop of transformational organisations, rather than transactional organisations.
“The firm has demonstrated what corporate governance and social responsibility of individuals should be by contributing its quota through the construction of a modern ICT centre for the school within its sphere of influence,’’ he said.
Mr Tony Onyeama, the Managing Director, Techno Oil Limited, said the company had so far spent over N200 million on its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects since it started business 15 years ago.
He said the ICT centre has 41 fully-equipped workstations to cater for over 1,200 students of the school.
“We have provided a generator to power the facility and we shall fund the staffing of the centre with a full-time ICT tutor.
“This is to ensure that the students are provided the opportunity to acquire the ICT skills they need to compete in today’s technology-driven world,” Onyeama said.
He said the intention in building the project at Ajegunle was to reach some of the most under-served areas of the community.
Onyeama said Techno Oil recognised that the young people in the area deserved empowerment and access to opportunities to acquire skills they needed for academic and career success in future.
He said the task of empowering the teeming population should be a joint responsibility and should not be left to the government alone.(NAN)