First Bank donates 20,000 e-learning devices to Lagos schools

L-R Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, a student of Elegbata Senior High School, Sheriffat Umar, MD/CEO First Bank Plc, Dr Adesola Adeduntan, Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry Of Education, Mrs Abosede Adelaja, Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo at the official presentation and handover of 20,000 e-learning devices donated by First Bank to the Lagos State Government on Thursday, 11th June, 2020

Leading Nigerian commercial bank, the First Bank has donated 20,000 mobile e-learning devices to the Lagos State Government for the use of students of public schools in the State.

This is part of efforts to enhance continuous learning during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

At an official presentation and handover ceremony held at Lagos House, Marina on Thursday, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu expressed his sincere appreciation to the Management and Board of First Bank Plc, adding that this gesture is in line with the Education Transformation Plan of Public-Private Partnership collaborative approach of his administration.

The Governor revealed that in achieving quality education and learning outcomes in schools, technology is very essential and plays a crucial role for the 21st century Education.

Mr Sanwo-Olu commended First Bank for supporting the Lagos State Government in actualizing a vision the State had even before the herald of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

“Everybody has a role to play in actualizing the vision and mission of the government,” he stressed.

According to the Governor, First Bank is contributing to the lives of many students who will eventually become future leaders and hope for a greater future.

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He admitted that this will go a long way in assisting most of the underprivileged students who cannot afford a device to enhance their learning process.

The governor charged the Tutors General/ Permanent Secretaries of the Six Educational Districts and Education Quality Assurance Team to ensure that students use the mobile devices judiciously to improve learning, adding that he expects more distinctions and improvement in their academics.

He assured the audience that the State Government will get additional ones and solicited support of other Stakeholders to partner with Lagos State in providing more gadgets to aid education reforms, stressing that his administration is committed to ensuring that no child is left behind.

Presenting the 20,000 mobile devices to Lagos State Government, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, First Bank Plc, Adesola Adeduntan highlighted that this E-Learning Devices were the focus of the bank to instill that academics continues irrespective of the Covid-19 pandemic, noting that the future of the children must not be affected.

Dr Adeduntan commended the Governor for his resilience and passion towards fighting the pandemic, adding that banking is not all about making profits but supporting economic growth, which is why they are partnering with Lagos State Government in actualizing their Visions through the THEMES agenda.

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Earlier, the Honourable Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo in her welcome address disclosed that other private organizations have shown interest to join in the revitalization process of the Education Sector through BOS Education Tranformation Plan to support the actualization of 1 million devices targeted by the State Government.

“This is a major milestone in our journey to provide quality online Education for students in Lagos State,” she said.

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