“Nobody foresaw #COVID19 coming along and disrupting our way of life. These devices will be useful to our pupils in the current circumstances we have found ourselves”—Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Lagos State Governor.
First Bank of Nigeria, one of the Nation’s more prominent banking institutions on Thursday donated 20,000 digital devices to the Lagos State Government.
The Bank attributed this move to the need for Nigeria’s education system to flow with the times.
Due to the Covid19 pandemic raging worldwide, all physical schooling activities have been paused since March.
Schools have however been encouraged to hold online lessons outside the normal school year calendar, to keep students busy.
First Bank indicated their interest in buying into the vision of E- learning, saying; “This is in furtherance of the Bank’s drive to move 1 million students to e-learning”.
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu expressed his gratitude via Twitter to the banking giant, saying that his administration’s vision to “reform public education got a boost today with the donation of 20,000 digital devices by First Bank”.
Sanwo-Olu enthused that the data enabled devices have preinstalled applications that allow users learn from approved curricula.
Sanwo-Olu further lauded the important role of technology in Nigeria’s future:
“When we set out our vision to change the face of education in Lagos, we knew from the onset that we could not achieve much progress in improving the quality of learning if we did not use technology as a strong enabler”, he said.
“This intervention by FirstBank has come at a good time. It feels great when organisations share in our vision and work with us to realise it. I’m glad to say that we have found a real development partner in First Bank Nigeria”, the Lagos Governor continued.
“Nobody foresaw #COVID19 coming along and disrupting our way of life. These devices will be useful to our pupils in the current circumstances we have found ourselves”, Sanwo-Olu said.
With pictorial coverage of the event, First Bank tweeted:
“R-L: Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Lagos State Governor and Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, CEO, FirstBank at an event where FirstBank handed over Roducate e-learning devices to kick off the distribution of the preloaded devices with government accredited curriculum from Primary 1 to University level with past examination questions and answers, videos and other great learning tools to schools across the state.
This is in furtherance of the Bank’s drive to move 1 million students to e-learning”.