It said that the decision to do so was borne out of the long ties that exist between the two countries.
The Public Affairs Officer, Consulate General in Lagos, Mrs. Darcy Zotter, disclosed this at the flag off ceremony of coding clubs in both public and private secondary schools in Ogun State.
Zotter stated that robotic education was part of her country’s support for science and technology, mostly in Engineering and Mathematics in secondary schools.
*Zotter (3rd right) with others at the event.
“Robotic education is part of our support for science and technology in Engineering and Mathematics education in Nigeria,” she said, adding: “We strongly believe that if you get involved in robotic education which incompliance of all stem fields hopefully that would encourage you to continue in stem.”
She stated that the use of cell phones, cars and automatic doors was a proof that every Nigerians make use of robot in their daily activities, hence the need for robotic education for the younger generation.
“I am here to tell you that every single one of you has a robot, if you own a cell phone, you own a robot, if you got a car, you’ve got a robot, if your door automatically open you’ve seen a robot,” she stressed.
The US representative also said that the long-time cordial relationship between her country and Nigeria made it mandatory for US to bring the robotic education to the Nigerian students.
Zotter, who donated 10 robots to the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, emphasised that there would be training workshop for teachers to mentor the students on the robotic education.
“In fact, Nigeria and the US have a long history of good relations and this programme has been allowed to support Nigeria’s education,” she said, adding: “The good news is for those of you that teach us minors is that the United States government is committed to supporting education in Nigeria.”
The former Ogun State Finance Commissioner, Mr. Kehinde Sogunle, who spoke at the event, bemoaned that the Federal Government was not giving enough technology skills to her citizens.
“Our government is not doing enough to the people’s technological skills,” Sogunle lamented.
The Codeliners facilitators, Ayodele Odegbola, and Olalekan Adeeko, explained that it has become imperative for students in secondary schools to acquire knowledge of coding and robotic education.