No fewer than 494 secondary school students in Surulere, Lagos State has received laptops and other learning materials from Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of the House of Representatives.
The students, selected from 38 schools in Surulere were presented with the items having come first, second and third in their various classes in the selected schools.
The latest batch of the presentation of the learning items was said to have lasted several days. Addressing the students, Gbajabiamila enjoins the students to focus on Information Communication Technology (ICT) and shun vices.
The Speaker commended the students for their academic excellence, urged all the students in his Surulere 1 Federal Constituency of Lagos State to focus their attention on ICT for them to be relevant and competitive in today’s globalising world.
According to him, paying attention to any form of vices can make them lose focus in life, hence, he warned they could not afford to be left behind at this time.
The 494 exceptional students from both junior and senior secondary level from the Speaker’s Constituency benefitted from laptops, e-learning kits, antivirus kits while 38 projectors, in addition to projector screens, Wi-Fi and school furniture were provided to the schools.
“The next batch, to be held soon, would see more schools benefiting. This latest initiative is coming after the Speaker had earlier facilitated the construction and equipping 10 ICT Centers in selected secondary schools in the Surulere 1 federal constituency,” the statement signed by Lanre Lasisi, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Speaker, House of Representatives, Federal Republic of Nigeria reads.
Stressing further on why the students need to be focus, Gbajabiamila said: “You were sent to school by your parents to be independent and great in life.
“The only way to achieve that goal is to make yourself relevant and competitive in today’s world. So, you have to be totally diligent and dedicated to your studies.
“You also need to shun every form of vices, truancy, cultism and the use of hard drugs, because these are capable of derailing your dreams and aspirations,” he added.
On why he embarked on the initiative, the Speaker said: “Today’s world is very competitive as borders are disappearing because of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), and we are all aware that there’s hardly anything anyone can do without a computer in today’s world.
“The only means to be relevant and competitive, as students, is to be prepared early, that is one major reason for embarking on this project.
“I urge you to put to good use and take advantage of these devices so that you can reap the maximum benefits.”
The Speaker was represented at the week-long distribution exercise in the various schools by Chief Mrs Bamidele Hussein, Hon. Toun Adediran, Hon Kabir Lawal, Hon. Suleiman Yusuf, Prince Adewale Dosumu, Hon. Agboola Dabiri, Hon Bimbo Yusuf, Hon Sheriff Balogun, Hon Shakirudeen Ajao and Hon. Tajudeen Sholanke respectively.
Some of the schools that benefited from the initiative include Ajigbeda Junior and Senior Secondary School; Stadium High Junior and Senior Secondary School; Zumuratul Junior and Senior Secondary School; Surulere Junior and Senior Secondary School; New Era Girls Junior and Senior Secondary School; Akintan Junior and Senior Secondary School; Onitolo Junior and Senior Secondary School, and Community High Junior and Senior Secondary School.
Others were Ideal Girls Junior and Senior Secondary School; Ansarudeen Junior and Senior Secondary School; Community Grammar Junior and Senior Secondary School; Gbaja Boys Junior and Senior Secondary School; Clegg Junior and Senior Secondary School, and Adebola Baptist Junior and Senior Secondary School.
There were also schools such as Lagos Progressive Junior and Secondary School; Iponri Grammar Junior and Senior Secondary School; Itolo Girls Junior and Senior Secondary School; Eric Moor Junior and Senior Secondary School; Government College Junior and Senior Secondary School, among others.