The management of Samsung Electronics in Nigeria has sought partnership with the state Government of Osun over the deployment of Information Technology to drive educational transformation, youth employments generation and enhanced living standards for the people.
At a meeting with the Governor of the State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola in his office on Thursday, the management team, led by the Managing Director, Mr. Idorenyen Enang, highlighted the various ways the company plans to partner with the state to accelerate development in the areas of education, job creation and better living.
The company listed deployment of ICT in the area of rates collection to reduce fraud; ICT for educational transformation (which involves deployment of Netbooks for students and Mobile Tablets for teachers); internet training schools, establishment of Samsung Life Academy, Home Appliances Ownership Scheme and others as some of the ways it could boost development in the state.
Enang said the comprehensive ICT programmes were patterned after an in-depth appraisal and understanding of the six-point development agenda of the Aregbesola administration.
Briefing the team on the giant strides his administration has made in the area of Information Technology, Governor Aregbesola informed the Samsung team of his government’s advanced plans to deploy ICT to enhance learning, communication among the citizens, enhance health care delivery and others.
Specifically, he informed the team of the feat already achieved in the production of “Opon Imo” (Tablets of Knowledge) which the administration plans to distribute to no fewer than 150,000 students in the state to help them pass their examinations and cultivate the ICT culture early enough.
The governor said because of the commitment of his administration to youth employment generation, the government is interested in the Samsung’s Life Academy which also goes along with the plans for his government to set up one Life Academy in each of the nine Federal Constituencies in the state.
He also assured of the readiness of his government to partner with the company on massive training of youths in the repair of technological devices such as phones and computers as part of the comprehensive plans to take jobless youths off the streets.
He also informed the team of the OYES-TECH, another youth empowerment scheme that seeks to make youths to be self-reliant.
Thanking the team for understanding the development agenda of his administration, Governor Aregbesola said the government has embarked on an ambitious development plan never experienced under any previous administration in the state.
The Governor said, “I am interested in whatever can make the youths to be more productive and can give them better life.”