Osun Pupils Get 23,100 Opon Imo

Not less than 23,000 units of Opon Imo (tablet of knowledge) have been distributed to pupils in Osun State-owned schools, Commissioner for Special Duties Ajibola Bashiru has said.

Bashiru said the customised computer tablet was a critical part of the education revolution of the Governor Rauf Aregbesola administration.

He said the delay in the supply of the remaining tablets was caused by the need to reconfigure them.

The commissioner said the tablets were produced through a partnership between the state and a Chinese firm.

He said the partnership would also lead to the production of durable and affordable telephone handsets at the state’s Technology Village.

Bashiru said: “We are doing this for technological transfer because it would not be economic to import that magnitude of devices from abroad. So, why not have the manufacturing company here? As we speak, the company is on ground and the manufacturing and installation of the software of this product is being done in Ilesa.

“The company will meet the telephone demands of Nigerians at a cheaper rate. Over 5,000 indigenes have been trained on the manufacturing of telecommunication devices and some of have been sent to Ghana for further training.”

He said the administration recruited about 7,350 teachers, who were trained to improve learning in public schools.

Bashiru said: “When the Aregbesola administration assumed office, we brainstormed on how to jump start the non-existent economy, because the allocation that accrues to the state from the Federation Account was not enough to pay salary. That was why we got the Chinese firm to produce the computer tablets here and established a garment factory to produce school uniforms in the state.”