…Tasks teachers, principals on productive use of laptops***
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, says more youths will be included in the decision- making organ of the APC.
Gbajabiamila, made the call when the APC Lobby Committee on Youth Inclusion, visited him in his office on Thursday in Abuja.
He commended the youths of the party for working together in unity, stressing that no far reaching decision could be reached without including youths in the decision-making of the party.
The speaker said youths remained the future of the country, saying that was why whatever the lawmakers did in the National Assembly, they ensured that the interest youths were protected.
“The motion for Nigeria’s Independent was moved by a youth in his 20s, many also became commissioners and held other appointments as youths,” he said.
He said that power must be grabbed by the youth but added that such would not cone through the use of force.
The speaker said there was a time he proposed that Ismail Ahmed, Chairman of the APC Youth Lobby Group, should be the Chairman of the party because of his youthfulness.
Gbajabiamila said youths should be given opportunity in that capacity, adding that there were many youths appointed as committee chairmen in the House of Representatives.
” There is need to give the young ones a chance but there is need to also consider experience which should not be sacrificed,” he said.
Earlier, Ahmed said the party needed to make itself more attractive to the youths.
He said the new set of voters, from 18- 23 years, should be the party’s target, stressing that the era of “Sai Buhari” which gave the party’s victory with the popularity of the President was over.
He said that President Muhammadu Buhari would no longer stand for reelection in 2023, hence, the party must strive to recruit youths from age 18.
He said his advocacy had done a bit of good by creating ways for youths in the party and subsequently governance.
Ahmed urged the speaker to be the ambassador of youths, adding that the committee was proposing a Progressive Institute for the party, which would teach the ethos of what it meant to be a progressive.
In a related development, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of House of Representatives, has tasked beneficiaries of HP laptops in Surulere 1 Federal Constituency to make best use of the devices for improved results in teaching.
Gbajabiamila, gave the charge on Thursday at the distribution of 99 laptops to teachers and principals in nine Junior and Senior Secondary Schools in Surulere.
He was represented by Hon. Shakirudeen Ajao, APC party leader in the constituency,
The newsmen report that under an educational project initiated by Hon. Gbajabiamila, a total of 242 laptops have so far been distributed in a four-day programme organised for the allotment of the gadgets.
Seventy-seven laptops were distributed at the kick-off of the four-day event on Tuesday, while on Wednesday, 66 more teachers and principals benefited.
Gbajabiamila noted that the laptops were provided out of clarion call by the teachers when laptops, IPADS and other learning materials were distributed to students.
“Honourable Gbajabiamila is passionate about education and the efforts teachers are putting to impart knowledge.
“Under this scheme months back, students were given IPADS. He promised to extend same gesture to teachers, and today, it is a promise fulfilled.
“ I urge you, therefore, to give priority to the purpose for which you are given the laptops. Guard it well, use it for researches; we want good outcomes,’’ he said.
Hon. Sheriff Balogun, a former Sole Administrator and Legislator in Surulere Local Government, said that education is key and essential in strengthening needed human capacity, development and nation building.
He reminded the beneficiaries that to “ whom much is given, much is expected.”
Also Hon. Tajueen Sholanke, who did the official handover of laptops to the Gbaja Girls Junior and Senior Schools, emphasised that the device was not for sale but strictly for academic purpose.
“ Congratulations to the beneficiaries of this first phase of the HP laptops distribution. I urge you to handle it with utmost care. It must not be sold but rather be used for educational purposes,’’ he said.
Responding, Mr Michael Oladipo, Principal of Adebola Baptist Senior School, Eric Moore, applauded the Speaker for living up to his promises by giving laptops to the instructors.
He prayed that his political journey as the number 4 man in Nigeria would record greater achievements in the constituency state and nation.
Also, Mrs Adenike Adeleke, Principal of State Senior High School, Surulere, expressed delight at the gesture.
“ Hon. Gbajabiamila has made the beneficiaries digital teachers and we will henceforth upgrade.,’’ she said.
Newsmen report that Hon. Gbajabiamila was represented at the distribution exercise of the laptops by Hon. Agboola Dabiri, Hon. Kabir Lawal, Hon. Afeez Kasumu and Hon. Afeez Odunewu.
The beneficiaries were from the Lagos Progressive Junior and Senior, Ipori Grammar Junior and Senior, Itolo Girls Junior and Senior, Eric More Junior and Senior, Government College Junior and Senior schools.
Others were from Adebola Baptist Junior and Senior, State Grammar School Junior and Senior, Community High School Junior and Senior, Gbaja Girls Junior and Senior schools.