Don Harps On ICT Importance
A lecturer at the Crawford University, Igbesa, Ogun State, Nigeria, Prof. James Samuel Oludotun, has harped on the importance of Information Communication Technology (ICT), Educational Technology, and instructional materials as important tools to ameliorate and shore up physics as a subject at all levels.
Oludotun, a Professor of Physics, disclosed this at a valedictory lecture organised in his honour as he retired from the university, recently.
In his lecture title, “Improving the Teaching and Learning of School Physics in Nigeria”, he said for the love of Physics as a subject/course, which serves as a bedrock for professional careers in natural and applied sciences, government at all levels, stakeholders in education, universities, tertiary institutions and teachers in secondary education teaching and learning processes must comply with application of up-to-date instructional gadgets and ICT resources.
Such persons in natural and applied sciences include academic researchers, acoustics consultants, clinical scientists, and geophysicists.
“In addition, teachers, educational facilitators and lecturers are to be exposed and equipped with ICT knowledge and capacity building in order to ameliorate and shore up physics as a subject at all levels”, he said.
He recalled that in 1985, the then Director of NTA’s Education Programmes, and late news broadcaster, Mr Bode Alalade, wrote an article in one of the Daily Newspapers on the establishment of Instructional Television (ITV) to assist science learners (both young and old) in the society, in the study of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics.
“In response to the article, Dr A. O. Adeagbo, a Research Fellow in Mathematics Education and I, a Research Fellow in Physics Education, responded by showing our interest to take part in the NTA (ITV) project.
“It was observed that Physics and Mathematics were produced and transmitted from Lagos, while Chemistry and Biology were produced and transmitted from Kaduna.
The production and the presentation of the Physics programme were part of my contributions to the improvement of teaching and learning of the new Physics School Curriculum in Nigeria.
“The objectives of the NTA’s ITV programmes were as follows: to supplement and complement the efforts of the teacher in the field and not to replace him; to broaden and deepen the scope of knowledge available through formal school channels; to encourage and teach vocational skills at various levels; to relate learning to contemporary life and enhance the inculcation and application of general principles as opposed to rote learning.
“These objectives were laudable for the development of the country in terms of the communication necessary for science (Physics) and Mathematics”, he said.
Prof. Oludotun said the goal of the NTA ITV was focused on improving the quality of teaching and learning of the New School Physics and Mathematics Curricula through broadcasting, which is a massive and effective mode of reaching a large audience.
Recall that the Science (Physics) and Mathematics programmes were transmitted in the evenings, 4.00 pm to 6.0 pm, Monday to Friday each week.
“The Physics and Mathematics NTA ITV programmes were on for almost three years, from 1986 to 1988 when they were stopped for lack of fund to keep them in the air”, he added.
Oludotun concluded that, “The use of ITV and other forms of scientific video-films in the classrooms will be added material for teachers to enrich the teaching and learning of Physics and Mathematics.
“It is hoped that the above prospects will open the doors to better research into learners’ perception of the world around them and the subject evaluation in terms of skills, comprehension and application”.
In response, Crawford University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Reuben Jiya Kolo, presented an award of meritorious service to Professor Oludotun for his contribution to the growth and development of Crawford University.
Kolo advised lecturers and all participants to make good use of ICT infrastructure, educational resources and facilities provided for teaching and learning activities in various teaching and learning processes in the University system.
Centre Introduces Mark Hack 2.0 For Marketing, Media Professionals
Eko Innovation Centre has said that it has launched MarkHack 2.0, a platform for marketing, media professionals and students in order to explore new and innovative ways to disrupt the creative industry.
The founder of Eko Innovation Centre, Mr. Victor Afolabi said this during the launch of the second edition of Mark Hackathon in Lagos last weekend.
Afolabi noted that the initiative was aimed at fostering collaboration, creativity and critical thinking among participants and also provide a platform for them to showcase their ideas to potential investors.
According to him, participants would be split into teams of five and required to work together for a period of three weeks, brainstorming and ideating new concepts based on their focus areas.
The founder, said each team would also pitch their ideas to a selection of jury and the best 10 teams with the most viable concepts would go head-to-head at the finale to win a prize pool of 10,000 dollars.
The CEO , hinted that they would also get the chance to join an acceleration programme to get their products ready for the market.
Speaking on the creative industry, he said it was the country’s second largest employer and has the potential to produce seven million jobs by 2025, with a major contribution from entertainment and media.
“The entertainment and media growth will be seen in the development of the metaverse and the use of non-fungible token.The metaverse could contribute around 40 billion dollars to the economies of sub-saharan markets like Nigeria”, he said.
The Managing Director, Redwood Consulting, Mrs Hannah Oyebanjo, said the creative industry held the potential to create jobs for young people
Oyebanjo based her point on a research, which according to her, showed that the creative sector currently has employed about 4.2 million people across five industries including media, entertainment and others.
Oyebanjo, however, informed that the Nigerian creative industry had its challenges which included lack of appreciation for intellectual properties, access to reliable data, weak marketing knowledge and access to funding, among others.
Also, the Managing Director of Entod Marketing, Iquo Ukoh, commended the innovation centre for organising hackathons such as the MarkHack to give several talents opportunities to bring their ideas to reality.
Ukoh, however, said that soon, solutions would come out of the hackathon that would disrupt markets in Nigeria.
Telecom Operators Move To Disconnect Banks Over N120bn USSD Debt
Telecommunications Operators in Nigeria have notified, that they have been granted approval by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to disconnect banks over N120 billion Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) debt.
This was made known in a statement signed by the Chairman of the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), Mr Gbenga Adebayo in Lagos and obtained by The Tide Source in in Port Harcourt recently.
Adebayo in the statement, said Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) would disconnect banks if they failed to pay the debt owed.
He said the approval was granted because in spite of the multi-party stakeholder efforts to resolve the situation and prevent any impact on services, banks continued to incur greater debt, without making the commensurate payments.
According to him, members of the public would recall that MNOs and banks had protracted disagreements concerning the appropriate USSD pricing model for financial transactions, transparency of charges, mode of collection and liability for payment of the outstanding and continuous service fees due to the MNOs.
“Due to the inability of MNOs and banks to reach an agreement on the issues, MNOs in 2021 sought to disconnect banks due to the unpaid debts which stood at N42 billion as at that time”, he said.
Adebayo noted that It was pertinent to note that the contract between MNOs and banks on the use of USSDs for banking transactions was strictly commercial and MNOs were at liberty to withdraw the services if the transaction was unprofitable to them.
He also explained that MNOs have invested billions of naira in expanding their systems to accommodate the USSD needs of banks over the years.
Adebayo said this had resulted in more Nigerians having access to banking services in addition to enabling banks to trim down costs by requiring less branches to service their growing customers.
He said that unfortunately, MNOs were not getting paid for their services and the debt that stood at N42 billion in 2021 had now risen to over N120 billion.
Rivers ICT Department Bounces Back
The Rivers State Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Department said it has resumed operations in order to maintain its lead in ICT training and teaching in the state.
The Head of the ICT Department, Mrs Aleruchi Akani, disclosed this when she spoke at the Student Project Presentation at the ICT Centre at Aba/Port Harcourt Express Way in Port Harcourt last Friday.
Akani, who spoke through the Head of Operations, Mr. Austin Dimpka, said part of its challenges was funding, but have made necessary adjustments and moved on.
Apart from funding, its target was human capacity building which the centre has been excuting judiciously.
She said the programme was the second phase since it resumed full operations.
By: King Onunwor
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