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Wahab highlights importance of digital education for high quality standard

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The Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor, Adetokunbo Wahab, on Education highlights the progress and impact of information technology on education in the state with GRACE EDEMA.

When the education specialist was asked over is consistent canvass for digital skills, education and the relationship between information technology and education, Wahab said.

“The two go hand in hand if you limit yourself to reading and writing, with no knowledge of Information Technology, you will limit your options. So, technology will improve education to grow with global practices.

“In Lagos State, the THEMES agenda of the governor is awesome and we will begin to see the impacts very soon. People talked about Rwanda, with a population of more than 20 million that they are using the IT platform, but they didn’t get there overnight. If we are consistent with IT investment, digital education and the likes we will achieve a number of goals.

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“We are going to give seed money to innovators that are in the IT space. We are going to fund incubators with over N400m. We are not just funding regular education. We are also funding people in the IT space because that is what happens in developed climes. They can have ideas and not the money, we are putting money behind them strongly, the same way we are putting money behind education, and by the time we get this balance right, you will be shocked what will happen. You have a lot of people that will come out to nourish the system. When this happens, then the economy can move forward because the prosperity of Lagos is the country’s prosperity.”

When asked how the digital skill initiative of his offiice been able to match up with the high unemployment rate in Nigeria, Wahab said,

“Ordinarily, the government should not be the employer of labour. The government should just set the tone and enabling environment for the private sector to off take. So what we are doing is giving them the requisite skills and knowledge that would enable them to be employable in that market. Don’t also forget, thousands of people also come to Lagos to chase their dreams. Each day they come, they add to the numbers. For us, we will keep ramping up the infrastructure in terms of human capital and giving them the platform to enjoy it.

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“The Job Initiative Lagos is targeted at students in higher institutions and we help them with soft skills that would make them employable there are also entrepreneurship programme which they do online at our digital libraries which also gives them an understanding of how to manage their business successfully, for those going into business.”

He was also asked to kindly give an update about the upgrade of some institutions in Lagos to University status and when will it take-off, he said,

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“It will take-off next year. The House of Assembly has passed the bill that the Lagos State Polytechnic should be upgraded to Lagos University of Science and Technology then that of Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education and Micheal Otedola College of Education in Epe is awaiting the final reading by the House.

“I believe that the delay is because of the budget which is tied to time and I thank the Mr Speaker and the House, the Chairman of House Committee on Education and his team for working assiduously on this. I believe anytime from now the House should pass the second one and once the two bills are ready, Mr Governor would give his assent and it would go to NUC, Abuja for recognition and then start the full implementation.”

“They should make use of the opportunities around them. Education is light; it gives the opportunity to take a shot at life. It may not give you material gains overnight but It puts you on the pedestal to grow, achieve and accomplish your dreams.

“Things are changing globally but nobody will tell you that you don’t have to be educated even if you choose not to use your certificate but you have the knowledge, it is a knowledge-driven economy and it will not change. If you are educated and you take your chances, there is something you can bring to the table. They can call you and ask if you could be a Commissioner, Minister etc,” Wahab said when he was asked on what advice he had to give to the Lagos state students.

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“Education will create room for you in great places. I have people in my cabinet who are in their 30’s these are young people they are there because they are educated. Education gives you that opportunity and it opens that door for you and gives you the platform. I would tell them that the state is doing so much investment in education, the state is giving 12.6 per cent of our budget in 2022 to education. They should take up the opportunity, maximise it for their good, the society’s.”

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Wahab after being asked what programmes students can learn under the Eko Digital Skills programme, narrated,

“We have two streams. We have the e-school for our pupils in public and private secondary schools. We also have the hybrid. The hybrid is if you are out of school and you need a skill set, you can register for that and get trained in our libraries across Lagos.

“Digital Skills Initiative is a program that provides opportunities for pupils in Lagos State to learn coding skills, basic computer skills, introduction to the World Wide Web and internet technology so as to develop their digital skill and prepare them for the 21st century global information technology challenges.”

Our focus is on education and where there is a shortage of infrastructure we can also see what we can do to help for the good of the people. The Governor wants Lagos to be a 21st Century economy and he is laying the Fiber optics across the state. Fiber Optics means that there would be internet infrastructure at schools, hospitals and other selected infrastructures.

Now OSAE draws out the mandate in respect to library. We found out that over time, the reading culture have dropped drastically and if you don’t create an enabling environment, you have no moral justification to blame these children for not being able to read and have reading culture. So, we decided to have two options.

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The first option is we have 11 libraries now 12 but Is it enough? No. We have how many public secondary schools? Over 700, we went directly to the public schools, to revamp the library infrastructure, if they don’t have any, we gave them a new one. Let’s give them a regular library with the regular books, then put in a strong IT infrastructure meaning desktop to complement the books. Also make it very conducive for them, that’s why you find us putting air-conditioners and generators.

How would the generators be fuelled? The Governor has increased the maintenance fee of each principal in every public school to N250,000 a month from the N25,000 that we met, this is what the Governor had done. Have we been able to cover all the schools? I will tell you no. In two and half years, we’ve covered 198 schools across the states, hopefully before the end of the year we are going to add about 42 or 45 to it to cross the 200 line.

Now it is still a far cry from the total number of schools we have to do, a journey of a thousand miles starts with a first step and we are very clear in our mind. The second part of it is the Eko Digital. The Eko Digital is for students, to prepare them for the fourth revolution, it is the IT revolution and COVID-19 has shown us that’s it is here already that will give you the full sight you need for that revolution, that is the language of the future, the cloud and decoding language, python language, digital skill language and what we now say to ourselves is that we are targeting a millions.

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78,000 Nigerians in Ghanian universities pay with dollars – CUAB VC, Gbajabiamila

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The Vice Chancellor of Crescent University, Abeokuta, Ogun State (CUAB), Prof. Ibrahim Gbajabiamila, has expressed worry that over 78,000 Nigerians schooling in Ghana and pay school fees in dollars.

With this, Gbajabimiala expressed concern that Nigerian parents are spending more on education in other countries than the five percent, which he said was allocated in the yearly budget to education.

The Professor said this at an event on Wednesday.

The don, who was worried about the dwindling standard of education in Nigeria, said the problem facing the nation’s education sector was lack of funding.

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According to him, average countries are doing well in education because they earmark enough money for the sector.

“The standard of education used to be high and I think our issue is that our standards are dropping as illustrated by the West African Examination Council (WAEC) results and other comparative data.

“We are not spending enough on education. Average countries are doing well. For example, Ghana is spending 25%, while we were previously spending 9% and now in 2022 it has dropped down to 5%. That’s why it is difficult for the children to excel, and of course, we still have the issue of the ASUU strike, which meant that since February, the children have been roaming about the street. Of course, losing school time, as we have done, has made us not competitive.

“Education is not a luxury, it’s a human right and our children have that right as an oil-producing nation to have quality education. Unfortunately, we should not rely on only the private sector to provide it. It is the public sector that has that right. But those that don’t have our oil wealth are doing better in that sector,” Gbajabiamila told newsmen.

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Stating the solution to the nation’s poor education standard, the Vice Chancellor said: “The way out is to spend more money on education. Those of us who are old enough would remember that Nigeria was a hub for West Africa in education. We have over a hundred universities, but some of you would remember the ‘Ghana-must-go’. We now have over 78,000 Nigerian students in Ghana alone, and Nigerian parents are paying in dollars. What that means is that the Nigerian parents are spending more on education than Nigeria’s budget in Ghana alone; not to talk of South Africa, Malaysia, USA, and so on.

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“So, we are developing other people’s education sector, and the way out is for us to do the needful and spend what is required to meet the standard. What is required to meet the international standard is that, if you can show me a public secondary or primary school with running water, electricity and internet. Those are the three most important elements of modern education.

“It is very difficult for our children to compete in the WAEC exams in science, when we don’t have quality science laboratories. That was not the case many years ago. In 1958, the University College Hospital, Ibadan, was one of the top 10 hospitals in the Commonwealth, but those are historical now.”

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Dennis Osadebe: Meet the Nigerian artist visualizing Africa’s future by reaching into the past

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In Dennis Osadebe’s “Nigerian Dream,” two figures clad in fuscia and mustard yellow stare out of the painting. Their facial features are obscured by a traditional tribal mask and a futuristic space helmet. The piece parodies the 1930 Grant Wood painting “American Gothic,” but exchanges a rural farmhouse for a modern home, and a pitchfork for an electric fan — a staple for beating the heat in Nigeria.
The 31-year-old Lagos-based artist wants to challenge assumptions about African art, visualizing the continent’s future by reaching into the past.
“I always want to use my art to educate people about Nigeria by making them understand that we’re already future-thinking,” said Osadebe, whose work fits into the movement known as Afrofuturist art combining African heritage with technology. “We are … sophisticated and complicated. [We] can participate in art at any level.”
“Nigerian Dream” is an example of “Neo African” art, a term Osadebe said he coined to describe work that rebels against stereotypes around African art. His style has captivated audiences around the world, and even won the approval of tennis champion Naomi Osaka.

Using surrealism and “post-pop” to transcend expectations

Instead of focusing on Nigeria’s shortcomings, Osadebe said, including inconsistent access to electricity and poor health care, his work celebrates the future by showcasing Africa’s potential.
Osadebe describes his art as “postmodern surrealism,” and “post-pop.” His everyday scenes, anonymous faces, and imagery of common household objects are designed to help people visualize their lives in his art.
“When people look at this piece, I want them to reflect and ask themselves: ‘do I see myself in this piece and why?'” said Osadebe. “I want to convey the feeling of us as human beings … having shared experiences [by celebrating] the most mundane, simple things.”
Research is key to his artistic process. He starts by identifying features of existing images that excite him. He has borrowed horses from Renaissance paintings, David Hockney’s reverse perspective, and René Magritte’s playful obstruction of faces. “It’s similar to collage in that sense,” he added.
Next, Osadebe starts to build a digital image around that feature. When the digital rendering is complete, he prints it on canvas and paints it using acrylic. For him, combining digital and traditional mediums gives him creative freedom.

Capturing a global audience

Osadebe said art is about developing a visual language that transcends geographic boundaries — a “universal language that everybody can connect to.” His work has captivated viewers in galleries all over the world, including Berlin, New York, Tokyo, Miami, London and Hong Kong.
He said learning about people’s perspectives on his art fuels his confidence to create. During his first exhibition in Lagos — 2017’s “Remember the Future,” inspired by the Nigerian space program — he was nervous about his work. “I was like, what have I done? These are all cartoon characters,” recalled Osadebe.
That anxiety went away when he had a discussion with the first person who walked into the gallery. “He [said] ‘as a Nigerian, this is something I felt like I needed to see — this was a perspective, a way of representation, that made me feel and see my potential.'” Osadebe said it was validating to hear that his art started a dialogue that he himself had struggled to put into words.
More validation came from Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka. The four-time Grand Slam champion purchased several of Osadebe’s pieces after coming across them in 2020. Her management team reached out to Osadebe, he said, and told him Osaka was drawn to a painting of a woman sitting on a horse in a living room.
“She was like ‘this evokes the energy I feel when I get into a room,'” he said. While he never spoke to Osaka directly, he speculates that she liked the piece’s message about controlling one’s own narrative.
Last year, he painted a cover for a Racquet Magazine feature about Osaka at her request. It features a figure standing in a living room clutching tennis equipment.

Turning heritage into inspiration

Osadebe’s references to his Nigerian heritage infuse his art with nostalgia. The tribal mask that often appears in his paintings was inspired by the official emblem of the Second World Festival of Black Arts and Culture — a replica of the royal ivory mask of Benin.
Osadebe grew up in Festac Town, the federal housing estate in Lagos that was designed in 1977 to house the festival’s participants. Despite living in a place associated with the arts, he said there wasn’t enough representation of young and relatable artists in Nigeria when he was growing up. “I never knew that [a career in art] was a possibility,” he added.
He is the first artist in his family. His father’s career as an entrepreneur inspired Osadebe to study business management at Queen Mary University of London. He completed a master’s degree in innovation and entrepreneurship, before returning to Lagos to work for a boutique finance firm. He started painting as a way to vent his frustrations — then realized he could turn his passion into a career.
His personal journey as an artist was part of the inspiration behind his recent series of self-portraits. In “Composure” (2022), furniture, plants, and paper swirl through the air in a living room. A figure stands motionlessly before the objects — calm amid chaos.
“I really wanted to reflect myself as an artist today [and] speak on my findings, my struggles, my frustrations,” said Osadebe. Under immense pressure, there is an expectation to retain composure, he added.
For Osadebe, “optimism is critical.” It’s the phrase he lives by when addressing serious themes in his art — like Nigeria’s long history of military rule from the 1960s into the 1990s in “General (Shoots a fake gun),” or police brutality in the video game he designed called “Playful Rebellion.” He said his art uses “optimism as a source of protest.”
hat mentality fuels his continued experimentation with new mediums. He has already made 3D sculptures and interactive graphic interfaces. While he can’t give away any spoilers just yet, he said his next series will celebrate Nigerian identity.
“With optimism, there’s hope,” he explained. “It’s what drives me to want to create, [to] try out new mediums, because it makes me feel like there’s more possibilities.”

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Are You People that Jobless?: Mum Scolds Her Baby Twins in Video for Watching Cartoon Early in the Morning

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A Nigerian mum found her baby twins watching cartoon early in the money and pulled a hilarious stunt on them The woman faked being angry as she knocked the kids for watching carton so early while their older sibling did chores While ordering them to pick up a broom and clean the house, she wondered if they are that jobless
A video of a Nigerian mum funnily scolding her baby twin boys for watching cartoon early in the morning has stirred hilarious reactions. The mum, in the clip shared on TikTok, accosted the kids and waved a turning stick in their faces as she faked being furious about their action.
She rhetorically asked the dumbfounded kids if they were that jobless to be seeing a cartoon that early in the day.
While one of the kids tried to refocus on the TV, she snapped him out of it, urging them to pick up a broom lying on the floor and join in the chores.
She urged them to take a cue from their older sibling who was doing house chores at a corner in the apartment. The kids looked like she wasn’t making sense to them.

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