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In line with the current Lagos state government’s desire to develop tech shrewd students across the state. The Lagos state partners with the US consulate on a drone soccer challenge for students across the state to boost their skills and expose them to best international practices.

Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo the Commissioner for Education disclosed this at the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) UP Lagos Drone Training Initiative and Soccer Game Grand finale held at Government Senior College Hall Agege.

She further stated that the program is part of the Lagos State Government strategy to promote science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics education as it is the future of the tech economy, this she expressed by saying:” These various efforts by the government will greatly impact the learning of our students and spur their interest in technology

Mrs. Adefisayo further encouraged the students to maximize the opportunities the program affords as it will influence their future positively, emphasizing that success comes only through hard work.

She also appreciated the US Consulate for partnering with the state government in engaging and training the student on Drone technology, stating that, it will nurture and unleash the student’s great potential, creativity, critical thinking among other 21st century skills.

She concluded by assuring the students that the state government will continue to provide an enabling for them in order to achieve their diverse aspirations.

Also speaking Ms. Adetola Salau, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Education disclosed that the program has exposed students to drone applications and their utilization, solar panel assembly, artificial intelligence, cell phone and laptop repair, weather balloon technology among other tech applications.

She also explained that over 500 students and 50 teachers have so far benefitted from the training program and it’s expected to cut across all schools in the state.

She further disclosed that the Drone soccer challenge is the first of its kind in Africa and the student response has been interesting.

Also speaking on the occasion was The Head of Public Affairs, US Consulate Mr. Stephen Ebelli who commended the state Government for the partnership and expressed the possibility of the long-term benefit to train the students to be tech engineers, this he expressed thus:” Our focus is on the younger generation, we had wonderful cooperation and collaboration with the Lagos State Government and this partnership will no doubt yield positive dividends in the nearest future”.

The winners of the Drone Soccer Challenge were also affirmed by Mr. Stephen Ebelli. They also stated that a STEAM Laboratory will be set up in their schools. Furthermore, the overall winner will be representing the nation on the global stage in the United States of America.

At the end of the Drone Soccer Competition, Ijaiye Housing Senior Grammar School (Pace Setter Team) emerged as champion beating Alimosho Senior Grammar School (Alisgram Team) and Abesan Senior High School (Alpha Team) to the second and third positions respectively.

The event had stakeholders and guests which includes the Chairman, House Committee on Science and Technology, Hon. Lanre Afinni, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr. Abayomi Abolaji, Tutor General/Permanent Secretary, Education District 1, Mrs. Titilayo Solarin, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Development Planning and Partnerships, Miss. Ayisat Agbaje, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Science and technology, Mr. Saheed Balogun, alongside other notable elite.


Drones deployed for news coverage in six states

Drones deployed for news coverage in six states

Drones deployed for news coverage in six states

For effective coverage of events, the News Agency of Nigeria has deployed drones in six major states across Nigeria.

At the annual management retreat in 2021 for a news agency in Ilorin on Wednesday, theAt the annual management retreat managing director/CEO of NAN, Mr. Buki Ponle, said that the agency is poised to be more relevant to stakeholders, especially subscribers.

He confidently noted that “With the ongoing measures put in place to enhance service delivery, we are now poised to be perfectly quintessential, with improved relevance to our stakeholders, especially subscribers”.

He also said a marked difference will be notable with the newly acquired technology for the multi-media unit, in the pursuit of positive reporting and solutions journalism.

Drones as you know are enhanced technology to get to areas that are difficult to penetrate. It could be a crowd, demonstration; be it a peaceful or violent demonstration.

The drones can get there to cover and get the story. It’s just to improve on our coverage and to show that we’re aligning with advanced technology.

“First, we want to deploy about six to such areas as Abuja, Lagos among other areas where activities are continuously in progress. It’s just to serve our clients better and to ensure that our reporters are up to date with advanced technology,” he said.

Ponle, lamented during his call for a higher level of dedication from reporters, saying that some journalists chase only what they can benefit even at the detriment of their lives.

Ponle also said it won’t be business as usual, adding that his administration would continue to reward excellence and exceptional hard work as stipulated in the civil service rules and regulations. Adding that staff morale will be boosted continuously, “even as we expect reciprocity from workers”.

“I am not oblivious of the fact that beyond the challenges facing our editorial operations, there is the welter of issues facing our internal operations.

Happily, all the members of the management team are gathered here to rub minds on the path to plod as the new year beckons.

I, therefore, urge everyone present here as members of the NAN family to reignite that old bond of unity and contribute to the discourse in order to find solutions to the challenges confronting our Agency.

“I have no doubt that with the continued support of our supervising ministry under the effective leadership of the Honorable Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, NAN under my watch would continue to tread the path to shared prosperity,” he said.




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