By Ambrose Obioma Okehi
& Izuchukwu Ozoemena
Education is the best legacy we can bequit to the upcoming generation and mostly this 21st century and this technology driven-age.
This one of the reasons the Group Executive Vice Chairman of SIFAX Group, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi recently tasked stakeholders in the education philanthropists, Corporate organisations, wealthy individuals to help the government of the day in the transforming the educational sector to meet the realities of 21st century.
The SIFAX boss made the call while delivering the keynote address at the 5th Annual International Conference of the Faculty of Education, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife which has the theme “COVID-19 and the Emerging Issues in Education”.
Dr. Afolabi also all educational stakeholders and other relevant bodies to upgrade Information Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure in schools across the country for the benefit of the Nigerian youths.
The SIFAX Group Executive Vice Chairman, who was represented at the event by Mr. Bode Ojeniyi, Group Executive Director if the company pointed out that such upgrade would provide unhindered access to quality education to all students, irrespective of their socio-economic status, especially during unforeseen circumstances.
He said: “The COVID-19 has exposed the inadequacies in our educational sector, as teaching and learning were affected during the lockdown and post-COVID 19.
“There is need for a “state of emergency” to be declared in the education sector in Nigeria, particularly in the public institutions, towards the upgrade of the entire educational infrastructure with particular emphasis on ICT equipment and skills re-tooling in schools that will support virtual teaching and learning.
“The government apart from coming up with enabling policies to support private-sector-led initiatives, must also consider setting aside “special funds” through any or all of its development agencies to be dedicated to the development of the educational sector technology infrastructure upgrade and personnel training/teaching faculties skills upgrade.”
Earlier, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, the institution’s Vice Chancellor, commended Dr. Taiwo Afolabi and SIFAX Group for its numerous support and interventions in the education sector, adding that its financial support for its Faculty of Education and other faculties in the school is well appreciated.
Prof Bola Omotesho, Dean, Faculty of Education, lauded Dr. Taiwo Afolabi for his support towards the international conference and further solicited more assistance to reposition the faculty for improved teaching and research.