We will equip Nigerians with knowledge and skills to drive innovations – Osinbajo

By Funmilayo Adeyemi

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said that with advancing technology, there is a need to equip Nigerians with the knowledge and skills to drive innovations to solve the challenges.

Osinbajo made this known in Abuja on Saturday, during the First Lego League (FLL) Robotics Championship 2021/2022 on the theme: “Cargo Connect”.

The championship which brings together students from the six geopolitical zones organized in collaboration with the Coderina Education Technology and Foundation.

Osinbajo, who was represented by the President’s Senior Special Assistant for Education Response, Mr. Fela Bank-Olemoh, said Nigeria must prepare its students for the future.

Bank-Olemoh noted that the competition aims to equip children between the ages of nine and 16 with science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) skills using robotics.

“This event is indeed very important as it reminds us that the future of our dear country, Nigeria, is in good hands.

“Seeing 600 students from all six geopolitical zones come together and explore the limitless potential of robotics applied to STEAM gives me hope that we are raising a generation ready to take technological innovations to the next level.

“As technology moves rapidly, it is imperative and critical that we equip Nigerians with knowledge and skills to enable them to drive innovations that will provide solutions to challenges,” he said.

Bank-Olemoh said Nigeria and Africa have been left behind in a STEAM-driven society, but the government has understood the need to bridge the gap in technological innovations and ultimately become the one of the STEAM centers in the world.

He added that using robotics as a STEAM teaching tool was a great approach to education as it sparked a certain level of curiosity in students, facilitates learning and is a good catalyst for pursuit. knowledge.

“Our population as the largest black congregation and our influence as Africa’s largest economy gives us an advantage that we must use effectively.

“Nigerians are known to excel wherever they go; therefore, we need to create more opportunities and an enabling environment for them to excel.

“Research has shown that using robotics in STEAM learning keeps the learner focused and motivated,” he added.

The assistant commended the FLL and Coderina Education and Technology Foundation for the initiative and efforts to develop STEAM skills among young Nigerians.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that selected unit schools in the six geopolitical zones and some private schools participated in the competition.

Some of the schools are Federal Government Colleges, Vandeikiya, Kano, Rubochi, Ikom and Orozo.

Others are the Federal Government Girls Colleges in Oyo, Abuja, Akure and Queens College, Lagos.

The Vivian Fowler School and Hillside Schools were among those that participated from private schools. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)

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