Etisalat has donated 30 desktop computers to boost Information and Communication Technology education at the Nuhu Bamali Primary School, Fadi Sanka community in Zaria, Kaduna State.
Etisalat presented the computers to the school management led by the headmistress, Hajia Asmau Mohammed Lawan, during a recent commissioning of facilities which also included blocks of renovated school buildings.
Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, the Vice President, Government and Regulatory Affairs, Etisalat Nigeria, Ibrahim Dikko, said the intervention was in line with the company’s commitment to improve the quality of education in Nigeria through quality partnership with the relevant tiers of government to develop the sector.
“It has always been a very exciting experience and an eye-opening opportunity for us at Etisalat, to create an improved and conducive learning environment for Nigerian children. We applaud the Kaduna State government for encouraging this type of public-private partnership that has given birth to a new Nuhu Bamali Primary School.”
Dikko, who also noted that ICT education has become a basic component of learning because of its attendant benefits, added that the nation will benefit most if students in primary and secondary schools are exposed early to it.
In her remarks, the Headmistress of the school, Hajia Asmau Mohammed Lawan, commended Etisalat Nigeria for the computers which use is hoped will go a long way in giving the pupils the cutting edge education needed to prepare them for their individual career paths. She also encouraged the pupils of the school to take advantage of the facilities to improve themselves and become better individuals in the future.
Dignitaries at the commissioning include the Kaduna State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Dr. Shehu Usman Adamu,; Chairman, Kaduna State Basic Education Board, Shuaibu Dabo; Chairman Zaria Local Government Area, Jafaru Abbas, Magajin Garu Zazzau, Alhaji Ahmed Nuhu Bamali and members of the Zaria Emirate council.
Etisalat Nigeria currently has several intervention initiatives in the education sector, among which include the first-of-its kind Etisalat Telecommunications Engineering Postgraduate Program (ETEPP), in partnership with Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Plymouth University UK, and the Etisalat Academy, UAE, Etisalat adopted-a-school programme, Etisalat Merit Awards Scheme, a scholarship awarding initiative focused on meritorious undergraduates of various Nigerian universities, Career Counselling for secondary school students and a pan-Nigeria teacher training programme in partnership with the British Council.