The duo of Miss Oladunni Akisanmi and Master Agwu Victory James, have bagged the second edition of the annual university scholarship award of the education endowment fund, of the Hope for Women in Nigeria Initiative (HOFOWEM), pet project of Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, wife of the governor of Lagos State.
Presenting the scholarship at the HOFOWEM office, Oregun, Mrs. Ambode commended the students for excelling in the selection process and for their brilliant performances in their school certificate examination and the Joint Admission Matriculation Examination (JAMB).
According to her, “I congratulate you for your brilliant performance at all levels of your examination. I do not want you to lose focus, but to intensify your effort. This is just the beginning, you need to concentrate on your studies, shun bad peer group influence, be good ambassadors of your families and schools and make us proud too”.
She noted that the scholarship aside of funding the education of the bright students, would serve to encourage others that are financially deprived, to pursue their dreams with diligence.
She said, “The scholarship scheme was established to encourage indigent but brilliant underprivileged students in public secondary schools in Lagos State, to pursue degree programmes of their choice in any Nigerian higher institution of learning. It is to encourage serious students that being financially deprived is not the end of a dream”.
While urging them to continue to pursue their dream and aim at being the best they can be, she hinted that courses supported by the scholarship were those that addressed critical societal issues like engineering, environment, food and security, education and public health among others.
Mrs. Ambode disclosed that the HOFOWEM Education Scholarship Scheme, would continue to fund the tertiary education of indigent brilliant students in Lagos state, in the spirit of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which specifically called for more scholarships for human capital development.
While appreciating the founder and HOFOWEM education team, the duo expressed joy that finally their efforts were not in vain.
They pledged to be great ambassadors, adding that the hope rekindled by the foundation would not diminish neither would they give up on any challenge.
Speaking on behalf of the parents, Mr. Agwu Sunday reflected that they had given up on how to fund the education of the children despite their brilliance, noting that the intervention of the foundation changed the story.
The HOFOWEM Education Scholarship Endowment Fund, gives annual scholarship to fund tertiary education of brilliant but indigent students in public secondary schools in Lagos State, in any Nigerian higher institution of learning.
…To Deliver Ayinke House, Bariga-Ilaje Link Roads, Jetty In July, Oshodi Interchange By September
…Ambode Inspects Oworonshoki Lagoon Reclamation, Sabo Model College, Others
The contractors handling major ongoing projects across the Lagos State on Thursday assured that the 10-lane Airport Road and Pen Cinema Flyover would be completed by December 2018 as special end of the year gifts to residents and visitors.
The contractors, who spoke separately during an extensive inspection tour of major ongoing projects by the State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode which lasted for several hours, also said the network of roads in Ilaje and Bariga as well as a new jetty through which Ikorodu, Apapa, Lagos Island, Badagry, Ajah and Epe could be linked via the waterways would be ready in July, while the Oshodi Transport Interchange would be delivered by September.
Speaking at the U-turn flyover point along Airport Road after being briefed by Messrs Hi-Tech Construction Company, the Governor appealed to residents to bear with government for the inconvenience being experienced as a result of the construction work, saying that the project was designed to change the face of Lagos for good and improve on the economy.
He said: “We have just seen the progress of work on the Airport Road. I want to appeal to all Lagosians to bear with us. As much as possible, we have tried to reduce the impact of traffic on residents and other road users believing that it is in the overall interest of all that we should have a standard road that leads to our international airport.
“I have been assured by the contractor that this project will be part of our Christmas gift; it will be ready before Christmas and we should be able to use it in conjunction with the Oshodi Bus Terminal and then make a major facelift of what we are having in this whole axis.”
While urging those whose structures gave way for the project to bear with government, Governor Ambode said the State Government would soon commence payment of compensation to them once the necessary paper works are concluded, adding that the project, upon completion, would be a pride to Lagosians in particular and Nigerians in general.
Speaking during the inspection of Oworonshoki Lagoon reclamation which is designed to transform the blighted area to major tourism, transportation and entertainment hubs, Governor Ambode clarified that contrary to some reports in the media, the project was not a housing scheme but part of the overall programme for Lagos to emerge as the entertainment hub for Africa.
He said 30 hectares land space have so far been reclaimed out of the 50 planned for the scheme, while upon completion, the project would end the perennial flooding in the area, and would also accommodate boutique hotel, event centres, cinema, clubs, bars, bus terminal, parking space with capacity for about 1000 vehicles, among others.
The Governor, who also inspected the ongoing network of roads linking Bariga to Ilaje and a new jetty, commended the contractor handling the project, Messrs Avatar Global Resources Limited for the level of work done so far and the assurance that the projects would be delivered by July.
He said in a bid to cater for the growth in economic activities that the projects would facilitate to the area, a comprehensive health centre would be commenced immediately in Ashogbon, while the additional 14 roads already approved to be constructed in Bariga Local Council Development Area (LCDA) would also be delivered on schedule.
At the inspection of ongoing new Model College in Sabo area of Yaba which is billed to be delivered in December alongside that of Angus Model College in Shomolu, the Governor said the intention of his administration is to scale up infrastructure in public schools across the State, starting with commencement of massive rehabilitation of public schools.
“What we are seeing here is our new concept of what a model college should look like and that is why in this complex we have about 36 classrooms, nine laboratories and because of the land space here, we don’t really have a recreational facility around but the ones we are building in Ojo and Shomolu, they have all the necessary recreation facilities that should actually go with a modern secondary school.
“The idea is that we want to increase the number of model colleges that we have; we also want to create a new template of how public secondary school should look like moving forward. This is our own template; this is the way we want to begin with it; we are doing three now; we will move forward next year to expand model colleges in the State.
While inspecting the Maternity Centre in Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja popularly known as Ayinke House and the Pen Cinema Flyover, Governor Ambode lauded the contractors and medical personnel for a job well done so far.
“When you add the total length of the Pen Cinema Bridge together, it is equivalent of Ajah and Abule Egba Bridges. In terms of the width, it is wider. We are impressed with the progress of work here; I am actually impressed with what has been done in the abatement area and the piling that is being done.
“We believe this flyover will change forever the economic landscape of the Agege axis because it comes with its economic value and expanding our infrastructure to this axis by complementing what we have in Abule Egba is the right way to go. I just want to encourage the contractors to deliver on schedule by December,” he said.
He said the Ayinke House, which is designed to be the major baby factory for the State, would be delivered in June and commissioned for public use by July, while other facilities ongoing in the health sector would be delivered to safeguard the health of residents.
The Ayinke House is a 162-bed space facility and expandable to 250, with other features such as 22 neo-natal intensive care units, 16 intensive care units for adults, five fully equipped theatres, laboratory, common ward, maternal and child care centre, among others.
Pleased with the success of the first phase of the CodeLagos initiative with over 15,000 individuals trained so far, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has approved the implementation of the next phase of the initiative, focused on expanding the reach and scope of the project to cater for more Lagos residents through its “In–School” and “Out-of-School” pathways.
CodeLagos, which has set the goal of teaching 1 million Lagos residents basic coding skills, was initiated in 2016.
Giving progress report on the progress of the programme and the commencement of the new phase, Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh in a statement on Wednesday confirmed that over 15,000 individuals have been trained to date and that all is now set to roll out across 5,000 primary and secondary schools, as well as 50 Out-of-School centres by December 2018.
He said on Monday April 9, 2018, coding classes would commence in the Out-of-School Centres, which cater for Lagos residents who are above 16 years and are not currently in any primary or secondary school in Lagos.
“Coding classes will commence on April 9th in four centres – Herbert Macaulay Library, Yaba; Isolo Public Library, Isolo; Ilupeju Public Library, Ilupeju; and Onikan Youth Centre, Onikan. Additional centres including other Lagos State public libraries, community centres and private training centres are scheduled to roll out in a few weeks.”
Bank-Olemoh also disclosed that plans are at advanced stage to commence coding classes in 400 primary and secondary schools across the 6 Educational Districts in the State – both Government and Private – in the coming academic term set to resume this month.
“We will continue to train students in Scratch, Python and Mobile App development, depending on their level. This term we will also be introducing Oracle’s Alice and Greenfoot programming languages, through a partnership with Oracle Academy,” the Special Adviser said.
In a related development, Bank-Olemoh said Governor Ambode recently approved the release of funds for the payment of 224 CodeLagos facilitators, adding that the funds were disbursed to verified facilitators who successfully delivered training to students in the 2017/2018 school year, in both government and private schools.
According to him, “Facilitators in the government schools receive a CodeLagos grant of N25, 000 per term while the facilitators in private schools receive a grant of N20,000. The grants are to compensate the additional time spent for prep work and to help cover some basic expenses like data purchase for personal learning and development. All CodeLagos facilitators are trained free of charge by Lagos State and receive support and resources throughout the term. Another round of training has been scheduled to hold this April as we commence the new term.
“His Excellency, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has given us a mandate to prepare Lagosians for the future economy. I believe we can educate one million people in the language of the future. Our success in Lagos State will create a ripple effect across Nigeria, and if we can change Nigeria, we can change Africa. If we can change Africa, we can undoubtedly change the world,” Mr. Bank-Olemoh said.
He said the progress of the CodeLagos programme can be tracked on www.codelagos.org and that the classes are totally free.
The swearing-in of Mrs. Ayinde Rhoda Olubusola, and Mr. Olusanya Ebenezer Abayomi, which we have all witnessed is a fulfillment of the procedures as prescribed by law. Mrs. Ayinde and Mr. Olusanya would take charge as the Accounting Officers of Office of Establishment and Training and Education District II respectively.
Although this exercise has become a regular ceremony due to the vacancies created from time to time as a result of retirement of office holders, we must resist the temptation to view it as mere routine with no serious significance attached. On the contrary, it is a solemn occasion in which a commitment is made before God and man to live up to expected standards.
I want to use this opportunity to appreciate the contributions of the Permanent Secretaries whose retirement necessitated the appointment and swearing-in of these new appointees.
Every appointment comes with higher responsibilities and expectations. For the Lagos State Public Service, a template has been developed and it is being implemented systematically.
Essentially, the template is about change of mindset and the infusion of innovation and creativity in government business.
As members of the top echelon of the Public Service, you are expected to be champions of this paradigm shift not only by words but by your actions. You must lead by example and create the environment for your subordinates to emulate high standards of performance. This is the only way we can build a public service for the future and one that has what it takes to facilitate the level of development required of a Smart City.
I am confident in your ability to succeed in your new assignments.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Wednesday received a Nigerian, Bayode Treasures-Olawunmi who set a new Guinness World Record in longest reading marathon.
Bayode, who was received by the Governor at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja alongside top government officials, had set the new record under the Read Aloud project co-sponsored by Lagos State Government, Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB), Tagheuer, among others.
The new record was set at exactly 3:30 on Saturday at the YouRead Library in Yaba, Lagos State, after Bayode read for 120 hours non-stop over a period of five days to beat former record holder, Nepali Deepak Sharma, who read for 113 hours and 15 minutes in 2008.
Speaking to Government House Correspondents at the end of the meeting, Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr Obafela Bank-Olemoh said the State Government was delighted to host the new world record holder, and that the government is proud of the feat.
“The Governor met him (Bayode) to congratulate him and assured him that the whole of the State and the country is proud of his attempt to break the world record.
“All said and done, we are still waiting on the Guinness Book to get back to us to confirm and affirm the new record but regardless, what the Governor was trying to emphasize is the fact that his attempt was very commendable and it helps us to bring to the fore something we always talked about as a State to improve the reading culture, and the Governor is committed to supporting this in anyway,” Bank-Olemoh said.
Also speaking, Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr. Steve Ayorinde said the new world record was extra-ordinary and a different kind of endurance test with a lot of intellectualism, saying the development would spur a lot of Nigerian youths, students, pupils and adults to be interested in reading.
“I think Bayode is the ultimate dreamer who is sending a message to Lagosians, Nigerians and to Africans that they can do it and I think this will fit in perfectly well with the new concept that the Ministry of Education is coming up with known as Lagos Reads.
“I believe of course Bayode will be one of the ambassadors for Lagos Reads which is to encourage people to read and there is a lot of joy, fulfillment and value in reading and I believe this will be the beginning of new things from Bayode himself and from our young men and women,” Ayorinde said.
On his part, Bayode said he was overwhelmed and fulfilled to set the new world record, saying his intention of embarking on the project was to make reading popular and famous in Nigeria and Africa, as well as change the narrative that ‘if you want to hide anything from the black man, put it in the book.’
“The western world is not built on the back of entertainment and sports; it is built on the back of education, research, reading and intellectual exertion. That is my mission.
“I believe in a way it has been accomplished but it is a seed sown already and we are going to water it to ensure that there is harvest in the next five to ten years whereby there will be Africans that will arise with great intellectualism to move us forward in the continent,” Bayode said.