REMOVE TAX ON DIGITAL EDUTECH DEVICES, PROF GAMBARI URGES FG

By Mustapha Alhassan
For Nigeria to overcome its current educational challenges and adopt 21st Century global best practices, the Federal Government should remove taxes on importation of digital technology devices for the education sector.
The Dean, School of Science and Technology Education, Federal University of Technology, Minna , Prof. Isiaka Amosa Gambari, made this call on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 when he took the centre stage to deliver the 84th Inaugural Lecture of the University entitled, “Educational Technology: The Nexus of The 21ST Century Education and Beyond’.
In the lecture, received with intermittent applause at the capacity-filled University Auditorium, Main Campus, Gidan Kwano, Prof. Gambari further recommended encouraging teachers to embrace 21st Century pedagogy and integrate modern digital technologies into their instructional processes.
The Professor of Educational Technology also recommended, among other things, that students should be guided on the positive use of mobile technology devices to promote effective learning. “This is achievable by sharing learning materials to their devices, recording lecture presentations, downloading other relevant materials,” he explained.
In the lecture, Prof. Gambari took the audience through an Overview of Educational Technology, Twenty First Century Education, Technology Integration in the 21st Century Education as well as Instructional Material and Software Package Development process.
He listed his contributions, which covered teaching, research and community service, adding that his research established that Educational Technology involves products, processes and evaluation of instructional materials.
His research, he disclosed, led to the development of educational software packages for improving learning outcomes.
Prof. Gambari listed and displayed the packages such as virtual laboratory software, computer simulation, edutainment instructional package, flipped classroom, gasification, among others, through a projector.
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Abdullahi Bala, fsssn, noted that Prof. Gambari had proved his worth as a Professor, in a clear acknowledgement of the content and delivery of the lecture.
He congratulated the Inaugural Lecturer on the occasion, just as he thanked dignitaries who attended the event.
Photos: Elijah Yisa

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