By: Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
It was a synosure of all eyes at the Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo, as wife of the Oyo State Governor, Mrs. Florence Ajimobi commissioned a multi million naira Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) Centre at the citadel of learning in commemoration of her 58th birthday celebration on Wednesday.
In her address at the inauguration, held at the institution’s premises, Mrs. Ajimobi said the ICT centre would aid teaching of new skills and impartation of information technology skills, particularly in this era when the world had become a global village.
The wife of the governor, who said that no fewer than 2,000 people had benefitted from her ICT training centre, described information technology as an aspect of life with endless opportunities.
“This donation of this building and facilities therein will aid teaching of new skills with importation of information technology skills which is my new area of interest apart from the maternal healthcare program.”
“It is my belief that greater possibilities abound with ICT and the requisite knowledge to drive the nation’s growth is available,” she said.
Mrs Ajimobi gave special appreciation to God and her family, especially her husband whom he said had been a strong pillar of support for her and her dreams.
She promised never to relent in her pursuit of development, especially for those in the grassroots and womenfolk.
In his remarks, Governor Abiola Ajimobi, who expressed his happiness to witness what he termed ‘the foundation of development’ through the inauguration of the project, saying that his wife’s gesture was one of the many efforts she had put into contributing her quota to the progress of humanity through education.
“My joy knows no bound as my wife brought us here to witness the foundation of development through this project. We all know that education is the fountain of development and a major part of education today is information technology.”
The governor also attributed the modest success which his administration had recorded in the last six years to his ability to take hard decisions on some policies and programmes in the state.
Also speaking, the Alafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, described information communication technology (ICT) as an invention which would outlive the present generation, saying that it contributed immensely in dissemination of information as a major tool in ending the Cold War in 1989.
While commending the wife of the governor for the gesture, the royal father described her as a gift to humanity, especially with her humanitarian and philanthropic disposition.
While appreciating the gesture, the Vice-Chancellor, Ajayi Crowther University, Prof Dapo Asaju, disclosed that since the establishment of the institution 11 years ago, only the administration of Governor Abiola Ajimobi had shown tremendous support through donations of cash and materials.
Other activities lined up to mark the birthday included the inauguration of the rehabilitated Office of the Wife of the Governor which was gutted by fire in 2016.