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Commissioner urges youths to use Internet for self-development

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The importance of education to the development of a nation cannot be over-emphasised in all ramifications.

Given this background, the Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo, has advised youths to use the Internet for self-development.

Adefisayo spoke at a two-day virtual Youth Orientation Programme (YOP) organised by Academic Excellence Initiative (AEI) to reawaken the spirit of academic excellence in youths and encourage them to focus on their academic pursuits.

The commissioner, speaking on the topic “Self Development: The Making of 21st Century Giant,” engaged participants that cut across secondary school leavers, graduates, admission seekers and higher institution students on the need to remain focused and determined to excel in life,

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She urged them to make judicious use of the Internet for personal development and also identified continuous reading and having a good role model as ways of attaining success in life.

“Use the Internet to develop yourself. It is a platform to interact, deepen knowledge and develop 21st-century skills in terms of digital thinking.

“You must learn to stay focused in whatever you do in life because to achieve greater height in life, you must pursue your goals,” she said.

Also speaking at the event, the Pro-Chancellor University of Derby, United Kingdom (UK), Prof. Kamil Omoteso, who delivered lecture on the theme: “Attaining Excellence in the Face of the New Normal,” said that learning virtually had come to stay in the world, hence all must work to join the moving train if one must succeed in life.

Omoteso noted that the new normal would help students to explore opportunities beyond borders.

In the same vein, a professor of Mechatronics and Robotics at the Federal University of Technology, Mina, Niger State, Prof. Musa Aibinu, said the world had gone digital and in years to come, robots will replace humans for many jobs.

He, therefore, urged participants to key into the global trend of technological advancement so as not to be left out in the nearest future.

Executive Director of the AEI, Mr. Faheed Olajide, said the programme was meant to groom students in higher institutions and secondary school leavers in their academic pursuits in life.

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