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Lagos to unveil “Code Lagos” programme

As part of efforts to make Lagos State the technology frontier in

Africa and in line with the Smart City initiative of the current
administration, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode will, on Friday November 11,
2016 officially unveil the “Code Lagos” programme of the State
Government.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela
Bank-Olemoh, who disclosed this during a press briefing in his office,
said the “Code Lagos” initiative is aimed at making coding curriculum
accessible to every student in Lagos State.

“Our goal for ‘Code Lagos’ programme is to teach one million students
in Lagos State the basic knowledge involved in computer coding system
by 2019. This programme will be available to our students from primary
to tertiary education level,” he said.

According to him, the programme will be unveiled at a private
gathering of Corporate Nigeria, with guests comprising leaders in both
public and private sectors, including financial and educational
institutions, telecom companies and other multi-national
organizations.

Bank-Olemoh noted that as a build-up to the unveiling, Lagos State had
engaged critical stakeholders in the information technology space
through series of meetings and workshops to develop a robust model for
the implementation of the programme.

“We have clear objectives and we have thought through the model.
Industry experts have critiqued it and pointed out gaps we may have
overlooked. Now we are ready to roll-out our plans,” he said.

The Special Adviser therefore called on the public, particularly
corporate organizations to collaborate with the government in
positioning Lagos State as the technology frontier in Africa.

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