1st December 2022, marked the return of and 4th Education Stakeholders’ Summit organised by the Ikorodu division human resource development board under the auspices of the Ikorodu division resource development group (IDRDG).
A biennial programme held last in 2018 but shifted subsequently due to covid-19 pandemic, came alive once again at Ikorodu Ultra-modern city hall, playing host to important personalities across the division.
Titled “Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education: the panacea for Nigeria’s participation in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the program hurled more light on the stature of STEM Education to nation-building.
With guest speaker, Dr Waziri B. Adisa, Senior Lecturer, University of Lagos Akoka, Lagos State, delivering a prolific lecture on the program title, the event keyed into the vision of the Resource Group, which is to enhance and develop the human capital of Ikorodu Division.
In his welcome address, Emeritus Prof. Kunle Ade Wahab, Chairman, of the Ikorodu division human resources development board (IDHRDB) expressed his delight in converging everyone onboard the summit.
According to Prof. Wahab, the IDHRDB through the IDRDG instigated the annual event as a forum for stakeholders in the education area to ponder on the challenges and remedies for the growth of education in the Ikorodu Division.
He continued, “The idea of the Education Stakeholders’ Summit was birthed in 2009 after a survey of the education sector of the Division Was conducted by members of the Human Resources Development Board”.
“The survey revealed a downward trend in the education system which pointed out that a large number of students of the Division recorded poor performance in their final year examinations due to many factors such as poor attitude to learning, shortage of teachers in some subject areas, school environments that were not conducive for learning and teaching as they lacked basic infrastructure with a dearth of teaching instructions and parents’ lukewarm attitude to their wards’ education amongst others”.
“Having noted these, the IDRDG resolved that if urgent action was not taken, the situation could be exacerbated” Prof. Asserted.
Further explaining that the importance of STEM education in schools cannot be over-emphasised in teaching students more science and mathematics-oriented subjects, Prof. Wahab pointed out that real-world poultices which help to develop a variety of skill sets for creativity and competitiveness in the 21st century are the new normal and Ikorodu Division must not be lagging.
In addition, seven persons have been invited as discussants to give their perspectives. In conclusion, I want to appreciate members of the Planning Committee for their time, resource and sacrifice to ensure the success of today’s programme and I also congratulate members of IDRDG and IDHRDB on this feat.
“Our world is changing, robotic education is now taught at the primary education level, therefore, there is a need to awaken our education system to be able to compete with other nations,” Prof. Wahab said.
Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, Chairman, Ikorodu division resource development (IDRDG), In his short remarks stated that it is more important than ever that youths are equipped with the appropriate skills to demonstrate problem-solving, information analysis and evaluation of evidence to make the right decisions in today’s ever-changing, increasingly complex world.
Additionally that according to research, over ten thousand (10,000) students sit for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination in Ikorodu Division of the state and if 50 per cent of the students are encouraged to study science-oriented subjects, it will mean twenty-five thousand (25,000) STEM graduates would be produced in five years.
Senator Ogunlewe continued, “As part of the pre-summit activities, two small and medium-scale workshops were organised for technology and technical education graduates from Ikorodu division to prepare them for self-employment and overall contribution to the socio-economic development of the communities in the division in particular and Lagos state in general”.
“At the workshop, facilitators were invited from Banks of Industry, the Small and Medium Scale Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), and the Federal Institute of Industrial Research and Development, Oshodi, sustainable and development goals office, Lagos (SDGD)”.
Effort in this respect is still ongoing. In addition, Expressing that his group is providing the necessary support for education in the Division. Sen Ogunlewe announced that efforts to convey more aid are still ongoing, highlighting other corroborating programs executed by the group.
The event featured a discourse session plus a special interlude dance presentation by Oriwu senior model college, Ikorodu.
Focal education personalities; Emeritus Prof. Sikiru Adebayo Sanni, 1st Professor of chemical engineering in Black Africa and Late Prof. Ayodele Awojobi, 1st African to obtain a Doctor of science were bestowed special recitation of profiles as Barrister Samuel Idowu presented the Ikorodu Division Education Endowment, Trust Fund.
Primary schools and Junior secondary schools in the Ikorodu division were subsequently presented with books by the IDRDG Chairman, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe.
HRM, Oba Kabiru Adewale Shotobi, Ayanguren of Ikorodu kingdom, HRM, Oba Adeoriyomi Oyebo, Obateru of Egbin kingdom, H.E Babatunde Raji Fashola, High Chief Adewunmi Ogunsanya, Odofin of Ikorodu kingdom, Senator Adetokunbo Abiru, Hon. SOB Agunbiade, Hon. Saka Nurudeen Solaja, Hon. Justice Kazeem Alogba, Hon. Folashade Adefisayo, Commissioner for Education in Lagos state, and Asipa Kaoli Olusanya amongst others received special recognition awards at the high point of the program.
HRM, Oba Semiudeen Orimadegun Kasali, Adeboruwa of Igbogbo Kingdom, HRM, Oba (Engr) Bashiru Aremu Shotonwa, Sekumade of Ipakodo, Bldr Sesan Daini, Executive Chairman Igbogbi Baiyeku LCDA, Mr Rotimi Erogbogbo, Chairman, Ikorodu Oga Development Association (IKODASS) and Mrs Anike Adekanye, Tutor general and permanent secretary of Education District 2 were also present at the occasion.