We’ll Transform Yaba To Major Technology Hub

We’ll Transform Yaba To Major Technology Hub

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday said plans are afoot to transform the Sabo Industrial Estate in Yaba area of the State to a technology hub and another Silicon Valley where new set of entrepreneurs and innovators will be raised to address the challenges confronting the nation in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector.

Silicon Valley, which is in San Francisco Bay Area of California, United States, is home to many of the world’s largest high-tech corporations and thousands of startup companies.

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Governor Ambode, who spoke during an extensive inspection tour across the State, said government will actualize the plan of transforming Sabo to the new hub for technology in 2017 and assist the already established technology incubators in the area to achieve their full potentials.

Some of the technology outfits visited in the area by the Governor included Ardela, IDEA and CC Hub, among others.

The Governor, who was joined on the inspection by top government functionaries and former Minister of Communications and Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson, said government was desirous of assisting entrepreneurs in the ICT sector to become good startups, adding that his administration would explore all the available initiatives in that regard.

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He said to start with, entrepreneurs in the sector would be allowed to access the N25billion Employment Trust Fund (ETF), which is an initiative of his administration, to grow their businesses, as well as other interventions from the State’s Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment.

He said: “I decided to come here just for me to feel the state of things and to learn about your challenges. Our government is seriously committed to assisting entrepreneurs like the ones here to be able to be good startups.

“I want to also say that we will use our Employment Trust Fund to support this concept here.”

The Governor said one of the factors considered when government was setting up the ETF was the need to set up incubators, but with the progress made in that regard by the private sector, government would now only build on the existing technology incubators.

“All we need to do is to now send people here and also support by way of infrastructure to scale up this place and others like this that can help in churning out more people.

“Our aim is to create enabling environment for our youth to thrive, to be more creative and enterprising. We so much believe in innovation and creativity. We strongly believe that youths are the ones that can take us out of this economic recession and the truth is that we must create enabling environment for our youths to optimally utilize their talents.

“You can recall that throughout my campaign, I promised to use tourism, hospitality and entertainment to create employment and jobs for our youths. This is the fundamental basis our government is built upon.

“The whole idea is that these young ones here should not just leave this place and go back to where they started from. I think that value chain is what we as government must tap into and then we would be able to move this nation forward. I believe strongly that the youths are the future of this country and we need to pay greater attention to everything that they are doing and I also believe strongly that technology is the key that we are going to use to grow this economy,” he said.

The Governor said government would explore the possibility of addressing the power challenges confronting the area, especially by linking the estate to the Mainland Independent Power Project.

In her remarks, the former Minister (Johnson) commended the initiative of Governor Ambode on the plan to scale up the industrial park in Sabo, saying that the development signaled a new beginning for the technology sector.

Speaking at Ladipo Market where he was received by hundreds of traders amidst pump and pageantry, Governor Ambode said from next month, his administration will commence construction of Alhaji Akinwunmi Street and Ladipo Street, as well as Obagun Avenue, off Fatai Atere Road.

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He also said that a multi-layer car park will be constructed to address the chaos in the area in terms of parking of vehicles, but solicited the cooperation of the traders and residents of the area, saying that government would organize a stakeholders’ meeting to discuss modalities for the construction.

Lagos State Government Set To Train 1000 Facilitators For Adult Literacy Project

Lagos State Government Set To Train 1000 Facilitators For Adult Literacy Project

The Lagos State Government through the Agency for Mass Education on Friday announced plans to commence training of 1000 facilitators for the State’s adult literacy programme christened Eko Nke Koo (Lagos is Learning).

Special Adviser to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh, in a statement, said the training, which is the first of its series, is aimed at equipping facilitators with the necessary skills required to train adults, adding that the first batch of the training will commence from January 10 and run to January 11, 2017.

The Eko Nke Nkoo (Lagos is Learning) project was launched in 2016 as part of the commitment of Governor Ambode’s administration to increase the State’s literacy level from 87 percent to 95 percent by the year 2019.

According to Bank-Olemoh, the first batch of two hundred and fifty (250) new facilitators will be trained in January and another set of 250 in February, while the remaining 500 would be trained in March.

While alluding to the decision of government to train the facilitators, Bank-Olemoh said training and capacity development remained a very integral part of the programme, assuring that government was committed to the success of the initiative.

He said to achieve the set goals of increasing access for adult learners and growing the retention rates, the State Government initiated partnerships with religious organizations as well as NGOs, market and mechanic associations, and private sector partners all in a bid to scale up the number of literacy centres across the State from the current 532 centres to 1000 in 2017.

Already, the Special Adviser disclosed that identified organizations have expressed commitment to join hands with the State by providing spaces in markets, mechanic villages and religious centres for the tutelage of adult learners.

Bank-Olemoh, who disclosed that the centres would double as learning centres for the literacy program and vocational centres for adults seeking to acquire marketable skills for greater functionality, said participating associations have also promised to encourage their members to enroll in the programme.

Giving further details, Bank-Olemoh said: “The upcoming training is a 2-day intensive training which will focus on topics including: Understanding adult learners; qualities and roles of a good literacy facilitator; enhancing adult’s motivation to learn; and literacy teaching methods, techniques and approaches among others. Upon completion of the training, the trainees will join the existing 486 facilitators already in the system.

“This training will be the first of its series aimed at equipping the literacy facilitators that will be deployed to the centres. The trainees will gain the necessary knowledge and skill to help us reach our goal of increasing the literacy rate across the State,” he said.

LASG Mulls Upgrade Of Badagry Demonstration Farm

LASG Mulls Upgrade Of Badagry Demonstration Farm

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode at the weekend expressed the readiness of his administration to upgrade the Songhai Model Farm in Avia-Igborosun, Badagry, with a pledge to transform the project and use it to boost the Agro Tourism and food security drive of the State Government.

 The project, which is sitting on a massive 167 hectares of land with additional available land for other projects, was copied from Songhai in Republic of Benin under the Agric-Yes initiative of the Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture.

 Speaking during inspection of the project alongside top government officials, Governor Ambode said government will come up with strategies and policies to upgrade the farm and put it to optimal use with the view to keying it into the efforts of government to enhance food security, among other drives.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (left); Attorney General & Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem (middle) and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Dr. Shakirudeen Olayiwola (right) during the Governor’s inspection of the Agric-YES (Songai Model Farm) at Avia-Igborosun in Badagry, Lagos
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (left); Attorney General & Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem (middle) and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Dr. Shakirudeen Olayiwola (right) during the Governor’s inspection of the Agric-YES (Songai Model Farm) at Avia-Igborosun in Badagry, Lagos

While briefing the Governor on the project, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agric, Dr Shakirudeen Olayiwola said the farm started in 2012 and it was copied from the Songhai model of farming which mainly are organic agriculture, zero waste agriculture and training.

Olayiwola said a lot of Nigerians usually go to Songhai for training, and that the development was one of the reasons why the State Government decided to establish one in Badagry to train Nigerians on modern techniques of farming.

He said: “We have a training centre, a demonstration centre and also a centre for Agro Tourism. “Here, we have been able to have a lot of facilities and our target is mostly existing famers who want more knowledge in the area of agriculture as well as youths who want to train in the area of agriculture and students of tertiary institutions. We are also bringing some of the old extinct crops.”

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (3rd left); Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Dr. Shakirudeen Olayiwola; Commissioner for Information & Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde; Special Adviser on Education to the Governor, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh; Attorney General & Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem; Special Adviser on Audit & Finance Control, Mr. Adeniyi Popoola and Administrative Assistant, Songai Lagos Initiative, Miss Aminat Matthew during the Governor’s inspection of the Fish Ponds at the Agric-YES (Songai Model Farm), Avia-Igborosun in Badagry, Lagos.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (3rd left); Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Dr. Shakirudeen Olayiwola; Commissioner for Information & Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde; Special Adviser on Education to the Governor, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh; Attorney General & Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem; Special Adviser on Audit & Finance Control, Mr. Adeniyi Popoola and Administrative Assistant, Songai Lagos Initiative, Miss Aminat Matthew during the Governor’s inspection of the Fish Ponds at the Agric-YES (Songai Model Farm), Avia-Igborosun in Badagry, Lagos.

Responding, Governor Ambode said the reason for inspecting the project was first to appreciate the level of investment already committed to the farm by government and then see how to scale it up where necessary.

He assured that the State Government would explore the possibility of using the farm to train students of Agric in the tertiary institutions in the State to give them practical knowledge, adding that the idea behind the project must be well projected with the view to ensure viability of the farm.

He said: “If we have Department of Agriculture in our Polytechnic or our University, nothing is stopping us from linking their curriculum with this project so that there will be that interface between the young ones that we want to produce and there is nothing stopping the Ministry of Agric also from introducing some kind of Diploma programmes or a certificated course for farmers which we will now project nationally and then make this place to run year round.

“We want to upgrade and scale up this project where necessary and key it into our Agro Tourism drive and effort to ensure food security for our people,” Governor Ambode said.

The Governor also directed the Ministries of Agric and Education to work together and see how to put the project to practical use and project it nationally commencing from 2017.

Immunize Your Children Against Killer Diseases, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode Counsels Mothers

Immunize Your Children Against Killer Diseases, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode Counsels Mothers

Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode on Sunday urged mothers to always immunize their children against killer diseases, just as she encouraged pregnant women to cultivate the habit of washing their hands to avoid infection.

Mrs Ambode, who spoke during the presentation of gifts to first babies of the year at three different health centres in the State, said it was important for mothers to always ensure that children have the full complement of routine immunization, while expectant mothers should always attend ante and post natal clinics.

Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (middle), carrying the Baby of the Year, mother of the baby of the year, Mrs. Aderonke Akande (right); Special Adviser to the Governor on Primary Healthcare, Dr. Olufemi Onanuga (2nd right); Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris (2nd left); COWLSO member, Prof. Ibiyemi Bello during the presentation of gifts to Baby of the Year, born 12:01am, weighing 3.1kg at the Lagos Island Maternity Hospital, Lagos, on Sunday, January 01, 2017.​
Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (middle), carrying the Baby of the Year, mother of the baby of the year, Mrs. Aderonke Akande (right); Special Adviser to the Governor on Primary Healthcare, Dr. Olufemi Onanuga (2nd right); Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris (2nd left); COWLSO member, Prof. Ibiyemi Bello during the presentation of gifts to Baby of the Year, born 12:01am, weighing 3.1kg at the Lagos Island Maternity Hospital, Lagos, on Sunday, January 01, 2017.​

The Wife of the Governor, during the celebration, presented gifts to first babies of the year at Badagry General Hospital, Amuwo Odofin Maternal and Child Centre and Lagos Island Maternity Hospital.

The annual First- Baby- Of-The-Year celebration started in 2000 and the Office of the First Lady, through the initiative, celebrates the first baby born from 12 midnight on new year’s eve.

Speaking at the occasion, Mrs Ambode said nursing mothers should take advantage of routine immunization provided by the State Government through the primary healthcare centres to protect their children.

She said: “I would like to encourage mothers to always ensure that children have the full complement of routine immunization available in all the primary healthcare centres across the State, and to also make good use of family planning services.

Wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Mrs Bolanle Ambode (2nd left); with the baby of the Year and the parents, Grace & Olayinka Samson; Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris (middle); Chairman, House Committee on Health, Hon. Olusegun Olulade (3rd left) and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Modele Osukiyesi (left) during the presentation of gifts to the Baby of the Year, born 12:01, weighing 2.8kg at the Badagry General Hospital, on Sunday, January 01, 2017.
Wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Mrs Bolanle Ambode (2nd left); with the baby of the Year and the parents, Grace & Olayinka Samson; Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris (middle); Chairman, House Committee on Health, Hon. Olusegun Olulade (3rd left) and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Modele Osukiyesi (left) during the presentation of gifts to the Baby of the Year, born 12:01, weighing 2.8kg at the Badagry General Hospital, on Sunday, January 01, 2017.

“Expectant mothers should cultivate the habit of washing their hands to avoid infection and should attend ante natal and post natal clinics regularly,” she noted.

Besides, Mrs Ambode commended the State Government for transforming the health sector through massive infrastructure upgrade, personnel training and  provision of modern equipment, adding that the new health insurance scheme planned for commencement soon, would significantly boost the State’s health credentials.

She also thanked the corporate organizations that had partnered all the hospitals chosen for the first baby of the year programme and the State Government in the pursuit of excellent healthcare delivery, while urging other organizations to step up their corporate social responsibility efforts on worthy causes.

Mrs Ambode, however, counseled parents on the importance of birth registration upon delivery.

Earlier in his remarks, the commissioner for health, Dr. Jide Idris, noted that the administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode was committed to meeting the health needs of the residents of Lagos State.

Wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Mrs Bolanle Ambode with the baby of the year; HC Health, Dr. Jide Idris (L); SA. Primary Healthcare, Dr. Olufemi Onanuga (2nd left); COWLSO member, Prof Ibiyemi Tunji-Bello (r); and mother of the baby of the year, Mrs. Maureen Okafor, during the presentation of gifts to the Baby of the Year, at Amuwo-Odofin Maternal & Child Care Centre, on Sunday, 1st January, 2017.
Wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Mrs Bolanle Ambode with the baby of the year; HC Health, Dr. Jide Idris (L); SA. Primary Healthcare, Dr. Olufemi Onanuga (2nd left); COWLSO member, Prof Ibiyemi Tunji-Bello (r); and mother of the baby of the year, Mrs. Maureen Okafor, during the presentation of gifts to the Baby of the Year, at Amuwo-Odofin Maternal & Child Care Centre, on Sunday, 1st January, 2017.

Speaking further, Idris disclosed that the State had recruited 381 officers of various cadres during the year, to improve the health work force, stressing that the State would continue to stimulate quality health service poised to address existing health gaps.

Mum’s packs, baby essentials and other baby gifts were presented to the babies and their parents by the Wife of the Governor.

Thanking Mrs. Ambode on behalf of other parents, Mrs. Grace Ezekiel, expressed joy and prayed for the first family and the State.

The first baby was delivered in Badagry and Island Maternity at 12:01am simultaneously, both male, weighing 2.8kg and 3.1kg respectively.

We Will Not Disappoint Lagosians

We Will Not Disappoint Lagosians

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Sunday morning expressed optimism that the New Year will present limitless opportunities and true happiness for all residents.

Governor Ambode, who addressed a mamooth crowd at the grand finale of the 2016 One Lagos Fiesta held at the Bar Beach front in Victoria Island to usher in the New Year, restated his commitment to roll out programmes and policies that will further showcase the progress the State has made so far.

“Our vision remains the same: to create a smart mega city where business and creative opportunity abound; where physical and social amenities are world class; and where lives and property are safe and secured.”

Governor Ambode while alluding to the fact that 2017 is significant as Lagos would mark its 50th Anniversary since its creation, said the State is exceptionally blessed with human and capital resources, which he said his administration will continue to explore to make life more comfortable for the people.

“Welcome to 2017, our anniversary year where Lagos is 50. Lagos, the smallest, the oldest, the richest, most populous and most prosperous State in Nigeria.

“We are undoubtedly the world’s largest and most celebrated black city state. But we also recognize the need to reflect and be strategic and this is why our approach to governance has been low in hype and flop but high in performance by keeping our promises to you at all times. We promise not to dissapoint you in this New Year,” he said.

He said the One Lagos Fiesta which ran from December 24, 2016 to January 1, 2017 was expanded to celebrate the inclusiveness and diversity of the State across the five locations including Ikorodu, Badagry, Agege, Lagos Island and Epe.

Governor Ambode also said that in recognition of the fact that the youth represent the symbol of the State’s verve and vitality, his administration will provided more platforms of opportunities in 2017.

“Let me personally urge you to take advantage of the various events in this year’s tourism calendar to showcase your skills and talent,” he said.

This year’s One Lagos Fiesta featured a talent hunt show christened ‘Lagos Got Talent’, with youths across the five locations showcasing their talents and skills in the areas of dance, rap, comedy and drama.

At the keenly contested finale held at the Bar Beach, Master Ogunlaja Ahmed aka Mr. Dollar from Epe Division emerged the overall winner with Blessing Akiote (Agege) and Flexible Twist emerging second and third respectively.

The winners were presented with mouth watering prizes while they were privileged to take photographs with the Governor and top dignitaries including Senator Solomon Olamilekan, Senator Ganiyu Solomon and former Governor of Ogun State, Aremo Olusegun Osoba.

Artistes who lit up the state with scintillating performances include King Sunny Ade, Olamide, Tiwa Savage, Adekunle Gold, Dr. SID, Humblesmith, Vector, CDQ, among many others, while fireworks were on display to usher in the New Year.