Lagos State Government has vowed to bring in Nigerians in diaspora to help build the state.
Government focusing on capacity building for development of its teachers and other areas for youth development and empowerment.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Diaspora Affairs, Mr. Jermaine Sanwo-Olu said this while declaring open a 2-day teachers training program for teachers in Surulere.
The program by Association of Nigerian Academics in UK was organized for teachers in Surulere and supported by councils and Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT.
The idea was to use the experience, knowledge and exposure from the developed world for development in the state.
SSA Sanwo-Olu said: “I believe that the diaspora is what will hasten the development of Lagos state through the wind of change; so in moving forward we are going to be bringing in more people, doctors, nurses, teachers and others from around the world to come and impact the state voluntarily.
“This is the season of change, we are bringing the world to Lagos so that we can have world best practices.
“We believe that the diaspora is the wheel of progress for Lagos state and Nigeria as a whole; nations like Israel, India even China utilises the power of the diaspora to bring about changes in their respective nations. So we see this UK group coming to impart knowledge and build capacity of the teachers who are custodians of knowledge and trainers of the future leaders”.
He said confidently that the Sanwo-Olu’s administration will make a greater Lagos with their knowledge and team work.
According to the SSA, education and technology is at the heart of the governor’s ‘theme’ programme:
“You can’t have education without being digitalised in technology information.
“Information is power, but information is maximised when it is utilised, maximise the information you receive here by utilising it, use it, and with what is going on now you can not be analogue teachers any more.
“You need to digitalise, leverage on the power of technology to make your work better, more efficient, be IT and computer savvy, use the newest technology so that you can appeal to the various learning styles of young people.”
President of Academics in UK, Adedamola Aminu said this idea is to work together with professionals in Nigeria.
“We really want to work with the governments both at the federal, state and local levels in terms of how we can be of assistance and how we can give each other the needed support”, he said.