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The chairman of Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation Board of Directors, Mrs. Ronke Sokefun on Monday commissioned a multi-millionaire Information Communication Technology centre in her hometown in Ayetoro area of Ogun state.
Sokefun, who facilitated the ICT centre to her alma mata, Comprehensive High School, Ayetoro, said the project was to solve the challenges faced by students of the Yewa axis areas of the state during Joint Administration Matriculation Board, CBT examination.
The NDIC chairman explained that there was no CBT centre in the axis, adding that many students from the axis were always posted to far distance so as to participate in the examination.
She however said the ICT centre will serve as an accredited JAMB CBT centre in the axis and as an avenue where students of different secondary schools across the Yewa axis will be groomed on technological oriented programmes.
She added, “in terms of cost, I am not going put a specific figure, all I am going to tell you is it runs in millions of naira. For project of this nature, you don’t focus on the amount spent, but you should focus on the benefit it will bring to the citizenry and that is why this is here today.
“It is facilitated by the NDIC, as a director on the board of NDIC, you are entitled to a CSR project per year and this has taken me two years. I started with the building and off course the infrastructure. I am grateful to them and the thing is you can have benefit of CSR and you don’t channel it properly. This is exactly what I wanted and I am happy it comes to life today.
“We are waiting for JAMB, as you can see professor Oloyode sent someone. I spoke with the state zonal coordinator, he is coming with his team to do an assessment and I can assure you, I am not sure anywhere in the state that there is facility of this nature. I can beat my chest that this will be JAMB certified.”
Sokefun however said the corporation is putting up a manual in ensuring that the centre is properly maintained.
She added, “Maintaining culture is not a concern, it is more of encouragement to the beneficiary to put into use. Off course, the foundation itself has a manual, it is not like we are dependent on third party to manage it for us , we do our manual that we will operate to the later otherwise it will fall the way of other projects which after the a couple of month or years is put to waste.
“I think it should be emulated, but as you know as social amenities decay is not limited to the education sector, but health. So there are a number of areas I am still looking out to improve on and I am hoping and praying that during my tenure as chairman, I can do more things in that office.”
Speaking on efforts by the corporation to give back to the society, Sokefun disclosed that not less than one billion naira is being spent annually by the corporation on community development projects.
She noted that the corporation had in two years provided developmental projects to over 100 different communities across the country as Corporate Social Responsibility to the society.
Sokefun explained that the NDIC projects are mostly a community interventions which are meant to address the dire needs of the community which the project is targeted.
She said, “I can assure you that in my last 24 months old, projects of this nature maybe not as big as this, we don’t have less than a hundred in different parts of the country and they are all mostly community interventions. From ordinary borehole; you will be surprised that they are the needs of our people are those are the areas we usually focus on to do this. In terms of staffing, welfare, we improved of things of note.”
Meanwhile, the Ogun state governor, Dapo Abiodun described the gesture as an initiative in line with the adopt a school programme of his administration.
Abiodun who was represented by his commissioner for education, Prof. Abayomi Arigbaju commended the NDIC chairman for bringing such a laudable project to the state.
Also present at the event includes the former governor of Ogun state, Senator Ibikunle Amosun who was represented by Amb. Tunji Ishola; the Olu of Ilaro, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle; different stakeholders in Yewa land.