Wife Of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, Distributes 175,000 Educational Kits To Pupils

Wife Of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, Distributes 175,000 Educational Kits To Pupils

Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode on Monday commenced the distribution of 175,000 educational kits, consisting of school shoes and socks to children across the State public primary schools.

Speaking at the Central Primary School, Oba Akinjobi Ikeja, one of the venues slated for the distribution exercise, Mrs. Ambode also renewed her call to parents and well-meaning Lagosians to pay adequate attention to the welfare of school pupils in the State.

Wife of the Governor of Lagos State and founder, Hope for Women in Nigeria Initiative (HOFOWEM), Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (3rd left); Secretary, Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Mrs. Abosede Adelaja (4th right); C.E.O of HOFOWEM, Ms. Olufunke Adeleke (right) and others during the distribution of shoes and socks to pupils of Public Primary Schools in the State, at one of the distribution centres, the Central Primary School, Ikeja, on Monday, 20 February, 2017.
Wife of the Governor of Lagos State and founder, Hope for Women in Nigeria Initiative (HOFOWEM), Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (3rd left); Secretary, Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Mrs. Abosede Adelaja (4th right); C.E.O of HOFOWEM, Ms. Olufunke Adeleke (right) and others during the distribution of shoes and socks to pupils of Public Primary Schools in the State, at one of the distribution centres, the Central Primary School, Ikeja, on Monday, 20 February, 2017.

The distribution was being done by her pet project, Hope for Women in Nigeria Initiative, (HOFOWEM).

The Foundation had in September last year launched “ Project Bright Steps’’ for public school pupils in Lagos State, during which Mrs. Ambode promised to distribute 175,000 school shoes and socks, to children in Primary 1-3 in Lagos State public primary schools.

Addressing journalists, Mrs. Ambode said, “You remember that when we launched “Project Bright Steps” for school pupils in September last year, I promised that HOFOWEM will distribute to all pupils in primary 1-3 in Lagos State primary schools. The total being 175,000 pupils and the distribution is what we are doing in five centres across Lagos beginning from today.

“Other major distribution Centres cover all the five Education Districts, They are: Agege LGA Secretariat; St Agnes Nursery and Primary school complex, Maryland; Education District 4, Yaba; LGEA Secretariat, Ojo; and LGEA Secretariat,  City Hall (Holy Cross).”

Wife of Lagos State Governor and Founder, Hope for Women in Nigeria Initiative (HOFOWEM), Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (middle), flanked by Executive Chairman, Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr. Ganiyu Sopeyin (left) and member of HOFOWEM’s Educational Team, Dr. (Mrs.) Yinka Ayandale (right) during the distribution of shoes and socks to pupils of Public Primary Schools in the State, at one of the distribution centres, the Central Primary School, Ikeja, on Monday, 20 February, 2017.
Wife of Lagos State Governor and Founder, Hope for Women in Nigeria Initiative (HOFOWEM), Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (middle), flanked by Executive Chairman, Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr. Ganiyu Sopeyin (left) and member of HOFOWEM’s Educational Team, Dr. (Mrs.) Yinka Ayandale (right) during the distribution of shoes and socks to pupils of Public Primary Schools in the State, at one of the distribution centres, the Central Primary School, Ikeja, on Monday, 20 February, 2017.

She appealed to the pupils to listen attentively in class; dress neat and smart to school; read their books; obey and respect their teachers; to always wash their hands and not join bad gangs. She prayed for God’s guidance and protection at all times.

Speaking further, the HOFOWEM founder, Mrs. Ambode recalled that during the launch of the project, she had promised to make the shoe and socks distribution to the pupils an annual event.

Wife of Lagos State Governor of and founder, Hope for Women in Nigeria Initiative (HOFOWEM), Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (2nd left); Executive Chairman, Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr. Ganiyu Sopeyin (left); HOFOWEM’s Educational Team: Dr. (Mrs.) Yinka Ayandale (middle); C.E.O of HOFOWEM, Ms. Olufunke Adeleke (2nd right) and Mrs. Elizabeth Ariyo (right) with a beneficiary during the distribution of shoes and socks to pupils of Public Primary Schools in the State, at one of the distribution centres, the Central Primary School, Ikeja, on Monday, 20 February, 2017.
Wife of Lagos State Governor of and founder, Hope for Women in Nigeria Initiative (HOFOWEM), Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (2nd left); Executive Chairman, Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr. Ganiyu Sopeyin (left); HOFOWEM’s Educational Team: Dr. (Mrs.) Yinka Ayandale (middle); C.E.O of HOFOWEM, Ms. Olufunke Adeleke (2nd right) and Mrs. Elizabeth Ariyo (right) with a beneficiary during the distribution of shoes and socks to pupils of Public Primary Schools in the State, at one of the distribution centres, the Central Primary School, Ikeja, on Monday, 20 February, 2017.

She emphasized that the project was motivated by her love for children and desire to see them decently kitted for school to boost their self confidence and overall performance.

According to her, “Properly equipping our children for school plays a great role in boosting their confidence level, morale, concentration and overall performance.’’

She reiterated that well meaning members of the society must continue to rise to the responsibility to ensure the future leaders of the nation have all the support in preparing them to fulfill their purpose just as he emphasized that wearing shoes is not a luxury, but a necessity.

Wife of Lagos State Governor of and founder, Hope for Women in Nigeria Initiative (HOFOWEM), Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (middle); Executive Chairman, Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr. Ganiyu Sopeyin (3rd left); Secretary of LSUBEB, Mrs. Abosede Adelaja (left) and members of the board with some pupils who benefitted from the distribution of shoes and socks to pupils of Public Primary Schools in the State, at one of the distribution centres, the Central Primary School, Ikeja, on Monday, 20 February, 2017.
Wife of Lagos State Governor of and founder, Hope for Women in Nigeria Initiative (HOFOWEM), Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (middle); Executive Chairman, Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr. Ganiyu Sopeyin (3rd left); Secretary of LSUBEB, Mrs. Abosede Adelaja (left) and members of the board with some pupils who benefitted from the distribution of shoes and socks to pupils of Public Primary Schools in the State, at one of the distribution centres, the Central Primary School, Ikeja, on Monday, 20 February, 2017.

Mrs. Ambode further promised that her foundation would continue to do all within its powers to put smiles on the faces of the pupils to compliment the efforts of the state government.

Code-Lagos : Lagos To Set Up 500 Training Centers

Code-Lagos : Lagos To Set Up 500 Training Centers

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday revealed plans to set up 500 Coding Centres in public and private schools across the State ahead of the launch of the CodeLagos Initiative in April, 2017.

The CodeLagos project is an initiative of the State Government targeted at equipping at least one million Lagosians with the skills of computer programming aimed at making the State the technology frontier in Africa.

Addressing a news conference in Alausa on Tuesday, Special Adviser to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh said the target of government is to set up 500 coding centres in schools, public libraries and community centres across the State in the course of the year.

He said modalities are already in place to set up 300 centres by April in partnership with private organisations, adding that an agreement has been concluded with one of the leading financial service providers in the country, ARM.

According to Bank-Olemoh, “ARM will be setting up 15 centres and these centres will be established in Low Income Schools in line with His Excellency, Governor Akinwumi Ambode’s commitment to promoting inclusive governance and qualitative education for all citizens.

“This, we intend to achieve by providing equal access to knowledge for all Lagosians regardless of their socio-economic status and location.”

Bank-Olemoh said the partnership with ARM demonstrates the commitment of Governor Ambode’s administration to equip citizens with the necessary skills to create sustainable solutions to the challenges confronting the State.

In her remarks, Managing Director of ARM, Jumoke Ogundare said the organization was excited about the partnership with Lagos State on the CodeLagos initiative, saying that the project was in line with the commitment of the firm to improve continued access to education for all.

It will be recalled that the registration and screening of facilitators for CodeLagos started last week and is ongoing.

At the end of the process, 1,500 facilitators would be selected and deployed to centres across the State.

Smart City: Lagos To Train One Million Residents On Computer Coding

Smart City: Lagos To Train One Million Residents On Computer Coding

Ahead of the much anticipated roll out of CodeLagos, the Lagos State Ministry of Education on Tuesday said the programme would seek to teach at least one million Lagos residents to code by 2019 and also foster necessary skills to create sustainable solutions to social challenges and create employment opportunities.

The government also announced the commencement of the screening and selection exercise for facilitators for the programme.

In April 2017, three hundred (300) Coding Centers across six (6) Education Districts in Lagos State will be commissioned, marking the beginning of the CodeLagos after-school programme in both public and private schools – primary, secondary & tertiary. Centers will also be set up at State public libraries and other community spaces.

Speaking at a press briefing, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh, said that; “CodeLagos will not only cultivate a savvy workforce to drive our mega-city, but it will generate employment and business opportunities as we mobilize  up to 1,500 facilitators in 2017 alone.”

“CodeLagos is an initiative of the Lagos State Government which aims to teach one million Lagos residents to code by 2019. The program will foster necessary skills to create sustainable solutions to social challenges and create employment opportunities.”

Bank-Olemoh also underscored the commitment of the State Government, under the leadership of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to position Lagos State as the technology frontier in Africa saying it was also in line with the Lagos Smart City initiative in partnership with Dubai Smart City.

He said the application process, which is primarily online, entails a submission of bio-data and completion of a general assessment, while successful applicants will receive world-standard trainings on the necessary skills areas.

“Qualifying candidates must be available to participate in all the required trainings which would be provided by the State in collaboration with private sector partners within the technology sector. They must also be willing to commit at least 12 hours weekly to facilitate CodeLagos courses at designated centers upon the launch of the initiative in April,” he said.

The application portal, Bank-Olemoh said, opened on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, and is accessible on www.codelagos.org

 

Lagos State Government Disburses N1bn To 705 Beneficiaries Of N25bn ETF

Lagos State Government Disburses N1bn To 705 Beneficiaries Of N25bn ETF

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday presented cheques worth over N1billion to 705 beneficiaries of the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (ETF) pilot scheme, charging them to utilize the funds responsibly to grow their businesses, create jobs for the unemployed youths and contribute to the growth of the Lagos economy.

Governor Ambode, who made the presentation at the LTV Blue Roof, Ikeja, Lagos, said his administration identified unemployment as a major socio-economic challenge facing Lagos State and Nigeria as a whole in the course of the electoral campaign, and thus prioritised job creation.

He said the setting up of the ETF was a direct response to address the challenge of unemployment as well as provide support to the youths, entrepreneurs, artisans and other unemployed residents of the State.

“We have kept our word. We created a dedicated Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment, whose mission is to promote and sustain entrepreneurship and employment,” the Governor said.

Governor Ambode, while commending the Board and Management of the Fund for embarking on a comprehensive review of the business environment and developing a strategic framework and operating guidelines to ensure the sustainable and successful management of these funds, said the successful disbursement was a product of the painstaking effort.

He said the funds are targeted at small and medium scale businesses and individuals including carpenters, hairdressers, electricians, automobile parts repairers, block makers, bakers, fashion designers, cake makers, food sellers, kerosene retailers, mobile money agents, painters, plumbers, photographers and light manufacturers of liquid soaps and water among others.

“These beneficiaries are making history as the first set of beneficiaries of this Employment Trust Fund, and my charge to you is simple: You must use these funds responsibly, grow your businesses, create jobs for our unemployed youths and contribute to the growth of the Lagos State GDP. The idea is that for every N1million we disburse, we should create a minimum of five jobs around that business value chain.

“These loans have been provided at a very affordable rate of 5% per annum, far cheaper than the prevailing bank interest of 25% per annum. This is our modest way of reflating the Lagos economy, creating jobs and getting our youths gainfully occupied. Those of you here today, the first beneficiaries of this initiative, will be the agents through which our country can overcome its current economic challenges,” Governor Ambode said.

The Governor also enjoined market women and female artisans to take advantage of the opportunity as his administration was particularly interested in supporting women in business.

“I also implore the Employment Trust Fund to pay special attention to the Entertainment Industry and the Tech Hubs in Sabo, Yaba area. These are new areas with huge potential for growth and job creation,” he said.

Governor Ambode also expressed optimism that the target by the Board to empower at least 100,000 micro, small and medium enterprises in due course was achievable and that the multiplier effect would be the creation of over 300,000 direct and 600,000 indirect jobs by 2019.

In her opening remarks, Chairman, Board of ETF, Mrs. Ifueko Omoigui-Okauru said the presentation of cheques to beneficiaries was in fulfillment of the promise made by Governor Ambode during the electioneering and a confirmation of many to come.

She recalled that while canvassing for votes, the need to provide jobs was clearly on the mind of the Governor, and according to her, he wasted no time in setting up the ETF Board made up of people with proven track record, as well as transferring N6.25billion for the initiative to kick off, while the Board ensured that the process was fair and transparent with no favour as to party, religion, tribe or faith, and covered all the 57 Councils in the State.

“While we were trying to come up with the necessary procedures, Governor Ambode kept telling us to hurry up to start disbursing the loans to residents which signified his good intention and he has also given us the mandate to make the disbursement a monthly affair to make the fund get to as many residents as possible,” Omoigui-Okauru said.

Responding on behalf of others, one of the beneficiaries, Ahmed Ojikutu thanked Governor Ambode for the initiative, saying that it was gratifying to note that the process was very transparent.

He said: “This is indeed a promise kept by the Governor. When next the Governor tells us anything, we will believe him and I want to sincerely thank him on behalf of all the beneficiaries.”

Address Delivered At The Cheque Presentation Ceremony To Beneficiaries Of The Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (Lsetf) Pilot Scheme, Held At LTV Blue Roof Ikeja Lagos, On Thursday, January 29 2017.

Address Delivered At The Cheque Presentation Ceremony To Beneficiaries Of The Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (Lsetf) Pilot Scheme, Held At LTV Blue Roof Ikeja Lagos, On Thursday, January 29 2017.

Today marks a critical milestone in the actualization of our promise to Lagosians.

In the course of our campaign, we identified unemployment as a major socio-economic challenge facing Lagos State and Nigeria as a whole. In acknowledgment of this, we promised to prioritise job creation and set up an Employment Trust Fund to provide support to our youths, entrepreneurs, artisans and other unemployed residents of Lagos State.

We have kept our word. We created a dedicated Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment, whose mission is to promote and sustain entrepreneurship and employment.

 The Board and Management of the Fund embarked on a comprehensive review of the business environment and developed a strategic framework and operating guidelines to ensure the sustainable and successful management of these funds. The result of this exercise is what we are witnessing today.

Our role as the representatives of the people is to constantly find solutions to societal challenges and improve the lives of our people. Today, Seven Hundred and Five (705) beneficiaries will receive various amounts of money ranging from Fifty Thousand Naira(N50,000.00) to Five Million Naira(N5,000,000.00), totalling almost One Billion  Naira (N1bn) to grow and enhance their businesses.

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We are funding businesses and individuals including carpenters, hairdressers, electricians, automobile parts repairers, block makers, bakers, fashion designers, cake makers, food sellers, kerosene retailers, mobile money agents, painters, plumbers, photographers and light manufacturers of liquid soaps and water.

For Small and Medium Enterprises, we have provided loans to people in Hospitality, ICT, Education, Food and Beverages and Agriculture.

These beneficiaries are making history as the first set of beneficiaries of this Employment Trust Fund, and my charge to you is simple: You must use these funds responsibly, grow your businesses, create jobs for our unemployed youths and contribute to the growth of the Lagos State GDP. The idea is that for every N1million we disburse, we should create a minimum of 5 jobs around that business value chain.

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These loans have been provided at a very affordable rate of 5% per annum, far cheaper than the prevailing bank interest of 25% per annum. This is our modest way of reflating the Lagos economy, creating jobs and getting our youths gainfully occupied. Those of you here today, the first beneficiaries of this initiative, will be the agents through which our country can overcome its current economic challenges.

This pilot scheme has selected beneficiaries from the 20 Local Governments and 37 Local Council Development Agencies, and provided an opportunity for the Fund to tests its processes ahead of a full roll-out next month. I urge all Lagos residents, irrespective of your tribe, religion or gender to apply for this scheme.It is for everybody.

We are particularly interested in supporting women and I enjoin our market women, female artisans and SMEs owners to take advantage of this opportunity.

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I also implore the Employment Trust Fund to pay special attention to the Entertainment Industry and the Tech Hubs in Sabo, Yaba area. These are new areas with huge potential for growth and job creation.

We will continue to ensure the process is transparent and unbiased as the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund has engaged partners who have helped with the selection, verification and disbursement of the loans to beneficiaries.

The Board has promised that we will support at least One Hundred Thousand (100,000) micro, small and medium enterprises in due course and I have full confidence in their ability to achieve this result. We are starting that journey of supporting 100,000 businesses with the 705 beneficiaries here today.

Finally, I will like to express my gratitude to the different stakeholders who have made today possible, especially the Lagos State House of Assembly, which continues to perform its oversight responsibility in a thorough and efficient manner.

I thank you all for coming.

Itesiwaju ipinle Eko, lo jewa logun!