Telecommunications operator, Etisalat Nigeria, has given a facelift to the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) centre of Girls’ Government College, Dala, Kano State in North West Nigeria with the donation of 30 pieces of desk top computers.
The State’s Deputy Governor and Commissioner for Education, Professor Hafiz Abubakar, on Tuesday unveiled the Centre alongside other facilities renovated by Etisalat in the school as part of its Adopt-A-School initiative, a pan-Nigeria intervention programme aimed at facilitating the delivery of quality education through the creation of conducive learning environment for primary and secondary school students.
Speaking about the intervention programme, the Vice President, Regulatory and Corporate Affairs, Etisalat Nigeria, Ibrahim Dikko, said the company aims to help drive the delivery of quality education.
“The whole aim is to drive the delivery of quality education. What we have done is to create an enabling environment for conducive learning which in turn drives improvement in learning. As an innovative company, we are about driving sustainable development using education as one of the key platforms, “he said.
Dikko, who was represented by the company’s Head, Government and Community Relations, Mohammed Suley-Yusuf, also reiterated the company’s commitment to partnering with the Kano state government in achieving its developmental goals in critical areas particularly education.
“Etisalat is proud to be able to contribute positively to achieving the government’s objective of improving Kano State especially in the area of Education. We will continue
to collaborate to move the state and indeed the nation forward, even as we work towards being the telecommunications partner of choice for Nigeria. We laud Kano State government, for recognising the potential of and encouraging public private partnership, “he said.
Also speaking in his address, the Kano State deputy Governor, Prof. Hafiz Abubakar commended Etisalat for combining its core business function of providing quality telecoms services with strategic contributions to the development of the society in various areas through some initiatives like the Adopt-A-School programme.
His words, “Today, we are witnessing the result of a strategic partnership. We as a people are particularly glad because it is very clear to us that given our population as the most densely populated state in the country, the three tiers of Government cannot single-handedly bear the huge funding burden of education without external support. Therefore, it is very heart-warming to see Etisalat take this initiative of adopting a school for life with the objective of making sure that it brings about positive infrastructural development and enhanced quality of learning through the provision of educational materials.”
The Deputy Governor also noted that the intervention will help the Abdullahi Ganduje-led administration in achieving its objective of ‘providing education for all’ especially for the girl child. According to him, Kano State needs about 15,000 classrooms in state-owned secondary schools to enable them take in the 30% of secondary school prospects who have not been able to transit to secondary school upon completing primary education.
Beside the ICT Centre, other renovated facilities under the first phase of the project which the deputy Governor commissioned include the school’s library which was fitted with furniture and books, Kwankwaso Hostel Block, a modern science laboratory, solar-powered potable water facility and seven classrooms with chairs and tables.