The secretariat of Odiolowo/Ojuwoye Local Council Development Area on Town Planning Way, Ilupeju was agog on Wednesday, 30 August, 2023 as parents and students who participated in the Summer Tech Boot Camp organised by the council gathered to receive their certificates.
A total of 247 students, both in the primary and secondary school categories participated in the three week programme which took place at the ICT Centers in the council area.
The two ICT centres, located at Ajisegiri Street in Ilupeju and Daengoro area of Ojuwoye, was established by the Rasak Ajala led administration to train students and youths in the council area proficiency in computer so that they can be updated with ICT knowledge that will make them contribute meaningfully to the society.
A total of 247 students participated in the latest edition and the two best students: in the primary and secondary school categories were each presented with a laptop by the Council Chairman, Honourable Razaq Olusola Ajala.
The three week programme focused on learning proficiency in the following computer programmes: General Computing for the primary pupils and General Computing with Microsoft Office Suite for the secondary school students.
The packages are meant to provide the participants practical experience in computing fundamentals and equip them to excel in the tech field aligned with their generation in Nigeria.
Speaking at the event, Honourable Ajala harped on the importance of computer knowledge and usage in modern age, noting that the world has become a compressed global village where communication and interaction flows freely within seconds no matter the distance.
According to him, the need to bridge the ICT gap among students and youths in the council area was responsible for the establishment of the two ICT centres by his administration.
“The establishment and equipping of the two ICT centers within the LCDA were motivated by the need to promote computer education among our people, particularly the youth.
“One of the most significant advantages of computers is the enhanced efficiency they offer.
“Computers can process information much faster and with greater accuracy compared to humans.
“They can execute complex calculations in a fraction of a second, making them indispensable in fields like finance, engineering, and physics.
“As a government, we recognise that today’s world demands computer literacy to keep up with other developed nations. This realisation led to the establishment of two centers in the LCDA: one at Ajisegiri, Ilupeju, and the other in Damengoro at Ojuwoye area.
“We are aware of the substantial gap between computer literacy and illiteracy.
Numerous job positions require basic computer skills such as email, Microsoft Office proficiency, and internet navigation.
“Having students without computer skills is akin to producing inadequately trained graduates, as today’s world necessitates the ability to operate various devices and computer-related tools,” he said.
Honourable Ajala stated further that the Summer Tech Boot Camp was created for students to develop their computer knowledge during holiday period.
“We expect pupils and students to build upon these experiences and pursue other computer packages such as Graphics and Animation, UI/UX Design, Web Development, Data Analysis, and more.
The two centers, Ajisegiri and Damengoro, were represented by the top students in the Primary Cohort (General Computing) and Secondary Cohort (General Computing and Microsoft Office Suite). The two best participants emerged from these categories.
The purpose of this recognition is to inspire and motivate others to work diligently and boost the winners’ morale to continue excelling,” the Odiolowo/Ojuwoye LCDA boss said.
The event was lightened up with basic computer knowledge displays by the benefitting students.
Most of them expressed appreciation to Honourable Ajala and his team, noting that they have acquired knowledge about comkuter which will enable to them to create better living conditions for themselves and their families.