Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Airtel Nigeria, Mr. Segun Ogunsanya, has called on government, policy makers and other stakeholders in the education sector to deepen science education in schools and develop a curriculum that prepares students for the present-day situations. By doing this, he stressed further that Nigeria will turn out employable graduates for.
According to reports, Mr. Ogunsanya made the call at the 21st Annual Lecture, Award of Honours and Postgraduate Scholarship event organised by the Stephen Oluwole Awokoya Foundation for Science Education, SOAFSE, recently in Lagos.
While speaking on the important relationship between Science Education and getting Nigeria on track digitally, Mr. Ogunsanya, who was the guest of honour at the event tasked the government, private sector and nongovernmental organisations to form a ‘triangle of influence’ to accelerate and boost development in the education sector.
He noted that science and technology impacts every area of life and every sector, including business and commerce, health care services, education, government, banking, telecommunications, agriculture, entertainment among others.
Speaking on the telecommunications sector, he explained that before the advent of Global System for Mobile Communication, GSM, Nigeria had less than half a million telephone lines and subscribers had to wait for up to six months before they get connected.
He explained that with the coming of GSM, which is made possible by Science and Technology, it only takes just a few minutes to get a mobile number connected today. He added that technology liberates people, adding that currently there are over 140 million connected mobile lines in Nigeria. The Airtel boss further added that for every 10 per cent increase in connectivity, there is 1.3 per cent impact on Gross Domestic Product, GDP.
Ogunsanya also recommended that science education should be made compulsory at secondary school level, and stakeholders must set up programme for exceptionally gifted people in science. He further advised that syllabus in secondary and tertiary schools should be designed to prepare students for the workplace in order to turn out employable graduates. He added that the need for teachers to be retrained regularly and encouraged outstanding students to pursue career in teaching.
The Airtel CEO also highlighted the contributions of Airtel Nigeria towards the development of education in Nigeria through its Adopt-a-School initiative, which has provided conducive learning environment, educational materials to students in Airtel’s adopted schools across Nigeria.
At the event, presentations of recognition awards were given to prominent Nigerians for their contribution to education among them are Chairman, Chrisland Schools Ltd & Chancellor of Chrisland University, Dr. (Mrs.) Winifred Awosika; Engr. (Dr.) Olufemi Lalude and Engr. (Dr.) Olumide Phillips. Also, eight students who graduated with First Class honours selected from various Nigerian Universities were awarded postgraduate scholarships.

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