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NDIC invests N1bn in CSR projects yearly – Sokefun

...says 100 projects completed in 2 years

As part of effort to deepen corporate social responsibility across the Nigerian states in order to ensure that all geographical zones benefit from special intervention programs of Federal Government, the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) says it spends N1bn annually on corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects in many rural communities nationwide.

The special intervention programs being executed by the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), according to Ronke Sofekun, Chairman of NDIC, cover the ICT, boreholes as well as other life-saving and improving projects spread across 36 states and Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory for which the Corporation spends N1 billion annually to execute and complete.

Speaking shortly after inauguration of an ultra-modern Information and Communication Technology (ICT) centre, built by the NDIC for the Comprehensive High School, Ayetoro, in Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State on Monday, Sokefun said in in the last two years about 100 CSR projects had been executed by the NDIC across the states.

The ICT centre at the Ayetoro school, which is her alma mater, is equipped with over 200 computer systems and a central server to ease the stress that students undergo during the Computer-Based Test (CBT) examination of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), in the area.

The NDIC Chairman said the construction of the project commenced in mid-2019 and until its establishment, there was no JAMB CBT Centre in the whole of Yewa-North and Imeko Afon Local government areas, adding that the project was put in place as part of effort to support government’ programs towards developing education sector and enhancing ICT education nationwide.

“In the last 24 months, we have commissioned over 100 projects of this nature in different parts of the country and they were mostly community-intervention projects, ranging from ordinary boreholes to ICT centres, and others.

“We have been able to meet the need of our people and have improved in terms of staffing and others. These projects cost us not less than a billion naira annually.

“Towards enhancing ICT education in other parts of the country, the donation of ICT centres should be emulated, because social amenities are decaying and this is not limited to the education sector.

“So, there is a number of projects we will still put in place, and as the Chairman, I can do more”, she said.

Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun state, who was represented by the Commissioner for Education, Abayomi Arigbabu, stated that the ICT project would be a boost to his administration, “which has been adjudged as the best ICT-focused government in the whole of Nigeria by Federal Government”.

The govenror, while commending initiators of the project and the gesture displayed, noted that the ICT project inauguration came at a time when the education sector needs to be developed through ICT and technologies that enhance the concepts and practice of sound education in the state.

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