7 September 2006

Nigeria: FCMB Offers ICT Center to LASU

Lagos — The First City Monument Bank PLC (FCMB) has offered an Information Centre (ICT) with over 55 personal computers (PC) to the Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo.

The bank, has also fixed V-sat installation, air-condition, furniture's in the centre for a comfortable and conducive environment for the students.

Speaking at the handing over ceremony of ICT by the bank and the official commissioning of FCMB LSAU business office, Ojo, Lagos, recently, the Managing Director of the Bank, Mr. Ladi Balogun, said "We are going to continue to support LASU on this project and would ensure that the university has a more robust platform.

Balogun commended on the professionalism, transparency and strong commitment to Information Technology (IT) by the University authority.

"What you see is just the beginning. It is not a one time investment, I see partnership developing between FCMB and the University", he said .

"As the bank waxes stronger, we would ensure that LASU grows from strength to strength, goes beyond banking, go more than a bank and would have a lot more than another bank", Balogun said.

He said the bank would be ready to build off-campus, and they are exploring ways of providing off-campuses. Their services to the University would be withdrawal, cash lodgement, pay fees, settle bills, receive fund transfers, wire money to other locations and run a twenty fours hours Automated Teller Machines (ATM).

FCMB would provide consumer loans to the University staff which would enable them buy household items, also provide retirement savings.

The Balogun noted that Nigerians needs to join the global world in using technology to drive educational empowerment as it is a common knowledge that ICT is fast becoming the dominant tool in education in most developed countries, adding that from the use of online resources centres and libraries, students are able to take online classes and in some cases run online programmes

There is an urgent need to use ICT to better the lot of Nigerian student. There are various tools students can employ to gain access to educational materials and we need to address the absence of the tools in our educational system. Some of these include using free global search engines and resources such as Goggle and Encarta, and online libraries such as Athens (offered by the British Council).

In response to the generous donation from FCMB, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Mr. Lateef Hussain, said "This kind gesture has come at a time when the University is actively utilizing information technology to promote it's academic and administrative operations. The introduction of e-payment about a year ago by the university was quickly followed by e-admission, e-registration, e-examination results and even e-complaints?.

He recalled the transparent manner in which the university conducted the last admission exercise. The outcome of every aspect of the exercise was on the Internet for the benefit of all the candidates, parentsguardians, and the general public and of course, our proprietor, the Lagos State Government.

Speaking at the ceremony, the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Otunba Femi Pedro represented by Dr. (Mrs) Adenike Boye of the Ministry of Science and Technology, said that having ICT centre is an opportunity for the students to empower themselves.

She urges private sectors to support education and calls on other institutions to emulate FCMB PLC.

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