Joy as US based Computer Engineer , Damilola Kehinde Donates Ultra Modern ICT Lab to Alma mater . - THE BUSINESS PACKAGE


Thursday, April 29, 2021

Joy as US based Computer Engineer , Damilola Kehinde Donates Ultra Modern ICT Lab to Alma mater .

Giving back to humanity is one of the hallmarks of good citizenship. And, it is always good for members of the public to learn to be part of development in the society and stop waiting on the government to provide all needed amenities,  because the simple facts remains  that government alone can not shoulder the responsibility of providing for the needs of the people.

It was therefore a thing of joy for pupils, teachers and the entire Community of All Saints Anglican Primary School 1, Owode Egba in Obafemi Owode Local government of Ogun State , when a good spirited individual in memory  of his late father decided to donate an ultra modern Computer (ICT) Labortaory to the school which happens to be his Alma mater.

Damilola Kehinde who attended the All Saints Anglican Primary School ,1 between 1987 -1989 is a son to Chief Hezekiah Olusola (JP) who in his life time was a reknowned educationist , Unionist, Community Leader,  Cooperator and a great family and Church man. 

He donated the Ultra Modern Computer Laboratory which according to him on the long run will be turned to a CISCO Training hub within the neighborhood in memory  of Chief Hezekiah Olusola Kehinde, his father who until his death was the Former Vice Principal, Egba Owode Grammar School.

Damilola  a graduate of Agriculture related discipline from the Federal University of Agriculture , Abeokuta who is now a first rated and world class ICT Engineer and an Associate  in Gensler,  one of the biggest Architectural Company in the United States of America, his vision for conceiving and executing the project was to give back to the school in order to fire up the pupils interest in information and Communication Technology, with a view to producing  students of his ilks in the near future, believing that if the pupils are exposed to the basics and rudiments of ICT through the Centre, they can in the nearest future be the next big thing to happen in the ICT world, just like himself.

According to Damilola ,if  the then poor boy like him who attended a Primary School in Owode Egba can be a reckoning force in the ICT world across the globe  today,  to the extent of making waves in the United States of America,the sky will surely be the beginning for the little lads  if they are given proper orientation on ICT through the opportunity he has brought to their door steps.

 His ultimate goal is that more pupils that can  become a giant in the ICT world like himself can still be produced by the school. He therefore enjoined the Teachers to make good use of the facilities and ensure that the students who are the target of the project benefits immensely and maximally from the project.

Damilola used the opportunity to appreciate some of his friends who in one way or the other supported him to actualise the project. Some of those he mentioned for recognition include , Mr. Soji Akin- Bankole, Mr. Kunle Adeyemi, and Mrs . Benny Ajoke Bankole who was physically present at the ocassion.

Commissioner 1 in the Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission, and the first School Coordinator of Ogun State School Net , Mr. Tunji Akoni who is like a father to the donor and the coordinator of  the project on behalf of Damilola Kehinde, informed the gathering that the donor has also promised to renovate the school Library with an assurance  to equip it by sending in  no less than four cartons of books from the United States of America , which he had  been gathering for that purpose. He added  that the Ogun School net programme has also promised to organise Computer Training for the teachers as well as ensure proper maintenance of the facilities. The focus according to him is to ensure that the students have the best of education.

The project is also being supported by the Computer Teachers Association of Nigeria ( CITAN) who are duly represented by their 
Chairman , Mr. Temitope Emosu and other members of the Association fully on ground at the commissioning.

Damilola who is a member of Rotary Club , Abeokuta District was equally  duly supported on the project by the Club.

The President of Rotary Club Abeokuta , Rotarian Kayode Oladipupo in a remark at the event assured that apart from the 1000 exercise books produced and handed over to support the initiative,Rotary will go a step further to make the ICT Laboratory emerge as a major CISCO hub that will serve Owode -Egba and it's environs.

In a remark after commissining of  the edifice, the Chairman Ogun State Universal Basic Education Board, Chief Femi Majekodunmi who was represented by the Secretary of the Board, Pastor Wasiu Olalekan Kuye called on members of the public  to support the government in uplifting the education sector in Ogun State, especially in the interest of the younger ones.

Pupils during the Acalelle display.

He said "Let me challenge all of us to put our resources where it matters most and that is by putting it in our future. By putting it in the life of our students who are our future"

He noted that through the gesture , Damilola Kehinde, the donor has succeesed in joining hands with the Ogun State government  to reposition Basic Education in the state, saying Education for all is the responsibility of all.

Representative of the Special Adviser to the Ogun State Governor on Education, Mrs. Ronke Soyombo in person of Mr. Wale Amusan who is the Zonal Secretary TESCOM, Obafemi Owode Local government while lending his voice said service to humanity is the best work of life , enjoining members of the public to join hands with the Ogun State government in uplifting the sector.

While extolling the virtues of Late Chief Hezekiah Olusola Kehinde in whose memory  the project was executed, the Principal Ogunmakin Community High School, Mr. Idowu described him as a level-headed man who never gets into trouble with anyone, a lover of children and above all , a lover of Education, which makea  the project being executed in his memory a continuation of what he so much cherished and believe in during his life time.

Earlier, the Acting Eeucation Secretary, Obafemi Owode Local government, Mrs. Martins E.O in an address of welcome, appreciated the heart of generosity of the donor saying the donor has good thinking, while the learners that would be trained with the facilities will become good products in the long run, "f well drilled and trained for  the benefit of themselves , their family and the society at large ".

The Chairman of Obafemi Owode Local Government, Alhaji Abdul Fatai Eruobodo who was represented by the Secretary to the local government promised to provide needed support to the Project, by first providing a security personnel that will be policing the facilities against vandals.

The event also witnessed, cultural and Acapella display by the pupils in honour of the Special guests.

There and then, the result of this selfless effort had started manifesting as a good spirited Nigerian promised to replicate a project of such magnitude in Odeda Local government area of the state very soon...

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