'ICT, KEY TO NATION'S TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT'
A member representing Oshodi and Isolo Constituency in the House of Representatives, Dr. Joseph Ajatta, has said that information and computer technology holds the key to the nation's technological growth and development.
He, therefore, enjoined politicians and well-meaning Nigerians to take the issue of empowering the people in ICT seriously.
He made these remarks at the 11th graduation and 12th matriculation ceremony of students of Centre Point Computer and Engineering College sponsored in Lagos on Saturday.
He said, 'ICT remains the bedrock of the nation's technological development. All hands must be on deck to ensure that the nation makes meaningful progress in this direction.'
'To achieve this, politicians and philanthropic individuals must ensure that empowerment of the people towards realizing this remains in the front burner of the nation's technological drive.''
Ajatta said that apart from ensuring that good laws for the smooth running of the nation were passed, politicians should also ensure that government's presence was attracted to the various constituency while at the same time committing their personal resources to the overall well-being of the citizenry.
He said that it was in the light of the foregoing that he had packaged all the constituency-related projects that had so far been inaugurated in his constituency.
He said, Ãt is against this backdrop that we are making giant strides in our zeal to have greater population of our constituency youths become computer compliant, productive and above all self-sufficient.'
Ajatta said that before now, the Centre Point Computer had graduated about 11,200 participants who had successfully completed their six-month training programme in desktop publishing and system engineering, adding that another 480 students had been included to the list and 792 students were being matriculated on the day.
He urged the students to capitalize on the opportunities provided by the centre to excel in their chosen fields of study to impact on the society positively.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the occasion, Chief M.A. Taiwo, commended Ajatta for his vision in promoting knowledge in ICT among his constituents and beyond and for empowering youths in his constituency.
He said, 'It is not everybody who God gives vision or dream that is able to realise it. Some fail to realise their vision or dream because by their nature they are insensitive to the plight of others around them, some equally fail because they lack the will to do good, some others still fail because they simply lack the means and wherewithal, yet a lot more fail because they lack idea with blurred visions, or are completely lackingin vision and dreams.'