Lagos Emerges Overall Best State In ICT Development

Lagos Emerges Overall Best State In ICT Development

…Bags Three Other Awards

Lagos State Government beat 35 other States of the Federation to emerge as the best overall performing State in ICT Development and also best State in E-Government Implementation in Nigeria.

Lagos also bagged top awards as the Best State in ICT Infrastructure Development, while it also emerged first runner up in the category for Best State in Human Capital Development.

The Awards were presented at the 5th Regular meeting of the National Council on Communication Technology (NCCT 2017) organised by the Federal Ministry of Communications, which took place in Katsina State, last weekend.

In a statement on Tuesday, the State’s Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr. Olufemi Odubiyi, who received the awards alongside the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Olukayode Ogunnubi, said the awards confirmed the State Government’s commitment to ICT development in Lagos.

He said that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, since assumption of office on May 29, 2015, prioritised ICT development in the State, adding that it has since improved service delivery in major ministries in the State and was transforming Lagos to a digital village.

He said the NCCT, which was chaired by the Hon. Minster for Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu, gave States the opportunity to showcase ICT activities in their various States, particularly success stories in their application of ICTs in solving governance and development issues.

Odubiyi said the Minister for Communications expressed delight at the committed efforts of the Lagos State Government to the development of ICT not only in the State but in Nigeria as a whole.

According to him, the Minister expressed the Federal Government’s readiness to partner with Lagos State to achieve the nation’s vision of rapid transition to a functional digital society as envisioned by Governor Ambode.

The Minister for Communications presented the awards to Lagos State and a goodwill message to the Government and people of the State.

The NCCT meeting which was hosted by the Governor of Katsina State, Rt. Hon. Aminu Masari at the State Government Secretariat, Katsina, had the theme: “Harnessing ICT As The Main Tool For Driving The Economic Recovery And Growth Plan (ERGP]”.

Goodwill Message Delivered At The 8th Edition Of Tradesmen And Artisan’s Day Celebration

Goodwill Message Delivered At The 8th Edition Of Tradesmen And Artisan’s Day Celebration

The role of the Artisans/Tradesmen in the pyramid of socio-economic development of a nation is very critical to achieving sustainable growth and the overall prosperity of the population. It is in recognition of this fact that this administration has shown commitment towards ensuring that this event is not only sustained but also more rewarding.

This yearly celebration affords you an opportunity to share your ideas, challenges and also suggest solutions that will help in growing your trade and also make it more profitable. At this same event last year, some issues were raised and we made a commitment to address them. I believe all the issues raised have either been adequately addressed or are in the process of being concluded.

One thing I can assure you is that the growth and profitability of your trade is our top priority and we will continue to implement policies and incentives that will improve your productive capacity.

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The theme: “Technology and innovation: A catalyst for the development of the Artisans and Tradesmen” was chosen to sensitize you to the reality of global trends. In this modern time, successful businesses are driven by technology and innovative ideas. It will be difficult for you to survive and stay ahead of your competitors if you continue to do things the old way and fail to key into the current reality. There is no aspect of your trade or vocation that you cannot apply technology to improve on quality, efficiency and productivity.

Given the strategic role of the informal sector in the socio economic development of Lagos State, our administration has opened an online portal designed to facilitate interaction amongst Artisans, MSMEs, Customers/End-Users and other relevant stakeholders. Its primary goal is to make it easy and convenient for people in need of high quality service to meet reliable, trusted and verified service providers. It is also aimed at enhancing the productivity, competitiveness, creativity and vitality of the sector.

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We have implemented various strategies to support the establishment and growth of small businesses through the State Employment Trust Fund and other capacity development programmes. I will encourage you to synchronize your activities and key into these programmes to empower your members and other youths in the State.

For the retrained Artisans who are present here today, let me remind you that the strategic position of this State offers you endless opportunity to leverage on. Our State is one of the fastest growing economies in the world and it presents great opportunities that are waiting to be tapped and challenges which you are the solution provider. Your training has been designed to address the skills mis-match and provide the right mix of skills needed to service the industrial needs of the State. This administration has a clear focus on all our initiatives and believes in the potentials and innovative capacity of Lagos Artisans.

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I also want to assure you that we will continue to provide and maintain the required infrastructure and conducive environment for business. Let me also seize this opportunity to remind you that the strategic position of this State offers you endless opportunities, waiting to be tapped. Grab it and make good use of it.

Thank you and God bless you all.

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko, lo je wa logun

Lagos Opens Website To Register Undergraduates For Internship Scheme

Lagos Opens Website To Register Undergraduates For Internship Scheme

…To Train 12, 000 Students On Entrepreneurship, Employability Skills

The Lagos State Government on Thursday announced the opening of its website to register intending applicants for the 2017 edition of Ready.Set.Work (RSW) scheme which is an entrepreneurship and employability initiative designed to equip final year students of tertiary institutions in the State with the right skills to add value to the society.

Special Adviser to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Education, Mr Obafela Bank-Olemoh, who disclosed this at a news conference, said interested applicants would be able to access the website – www.readysetwork.com.ng from June 16, while the training will run from July 1 to September 16, 2017. 

He said as an improvement on the initiative which started in 2016, students of six tertiary institutions in the State would benefit, while three centres have been designated to host the training.

The six institutions, according to Bank-Olemoh are Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (ACCOED), Lagos State College of Health Science (LASCOHET), Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), Lagos State University (LASU), Michael Otedola College of Education (MOCPED) and University of Lagos (UNILAG).

Bank-Olemoh said out of the 12, 000 students, 2,000 final year students would be selected for the training at the three designated centres, while the remaining 10,000 would be selected from students in their penultimate year at the institutions and trained through the online platform and also registered for the RSW Academy.

He said: “When the administration of Governor Ambode came on board, one of the issues he was confronted with from the private sector was that there were major gaps in the work readiness of graduates, and his immediate response was to come up with a scheme to equip graduates from our tertiary institutions with the right skills needed to add value to the society.

“And so, the vision of the RSW is that every graduate from a tertiary institution situated in Lagos must have the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to gain meaningful employment or be self-employed and our plan is to train all graduates in tertiary institutions through the RSW.”

He said beneficiaries of the scheme would be selected to participate only on competence, and would be trained for thirteen weeks on labour market, mindset reorientation, 21st century skills, entrepreneurship, employability skills and teacher track.

He said about 750 of the beneficiaries would be helped to secure internship placement and given skill for life, while there would also be seed funding for winners of the business pitch competition to be held as part of the training.    

Responding to questions on sustainability of the scheme and the need to accommodate other tertiary institutions in the State, Bank-Olemoh said plans are afoot to integrate the RSW into the education curriculum of the State, and also expand the modules as well as the benefiting institutions.

Out of the 500 students that were registered for the scheme in 2016, only 422 graduated after the rigorous training with Sarunmi Oluwafemi and Dada Samuel who emerged as the overall winners of the pitch competition walking away with N6million seed funding and N100, 000 monthly working capital for six months.      

The second and third place winners also got N500, 000 and N250, 000 respectively with N100,000 working capital for six months.

 

 

CodeLagos Will Train One Million Lagosians On Computer Programming

CodeLagos Will Train One Million Lagosians On Computer Programming

Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh on Thursday said the CodeLagos Programme, billed to be launched later this month will train one million Lagosians on computer programming.

Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh who disclosed this at the commencement of a three-day training session for CodeLagos Master Trainers, said the programme would on the long run, would not only make the State a technology hub, but also give Lagosians the opportunity to become self employed.

“If you look at India, people run to India for technology, it’s because they did a programme like this. Now if people want to set up an IT company they go to India, because they have this process. So we are trying to do the same in Lagos such that if anyone wants to set up an IT company they will come to Lagos,” Bank-Olemoh said.

He said the CodeLagos Programme which would be officially launched later this month was in line with the vision of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, to position Lagos as the technology frontier in Africa.

Bank-Olemoh said that the ongoing training of Master Trainers would equip 100 trainees with the knowledge and skills to teach afterschool coding classes for the CodeLagos programme.

He said trainees were selected following a rigorous screening exercise, which commenced in March 2017.

According to him, “these Master trainers will go on to train over 1,000 CodeLagos facilitators who will eventually be deployed to different coding centres across the State. In this way, CodeLagos will create employment and business opportunities for Lagosians in the technology sector.”

Bank-Olemoh highlighted the contribution of the private sector to the CodeLagos project, thanking ARM who have committed to setting up 15 centres.

Other companies that have recently partnered include PricewaterhouseCoopers, SystemSpecs, Etisalat, Oando Foundation and Oracle Academy, to mention a few, who will be setting up clusters of coding centres.

Also speaking, the Executive Director of SystemSpecs Limited, Mr. ‘Deremi Atanda expressed the continued commitment of the organization to support the laudable initiative.

“The greatest asset of a State like Lagos is the growing youth population. The choice to empower them is the wisest decision the State has made, laying a good foundation for the emerging knowledge economy. We are convinced that CodeLagos would do just that”, Atanda said.

On his part, the State’s Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr. Femi Odubiyi, reiterated the commitment of the State Government to develop a tech-driven economy.

CodeLagos will officially launch this April, with a roll out of coding centers across 350 public and private schools as well as public libraries across the State.

Bilateral Trade: Lagos State Government Seeks Partnership With Israel On Agric, Technology

Bilateral Trade: Lagos State Government Seeks Partnership With Israel On Agric, Technology

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday expressed the readiness of the State Government to tap into the agricultural expertise and technological advancement of Israel for the greater benefit of the State.

Governor Ambode, who stated this when he received the Ambassador of State of Israel to Nigeria, Mr Guy Feldman at Lagos House, Ikeja on courtesy visit, said it was time for Nigeria and Israel to take full advantage of their long-standing cordial relationship especially by laying greater emphasis on opportunities that would benefit both countries.

The Governor noted with excitement the fact that members of the delegation of the Israeli envoy included the business community, saying that as the economic capital of Nigeria, Lagos was open to partnership that would impact the people positively.

“Lagos remains the heartbeat of Nigeria. We pride ourselves as the most populated and the commercial capital of Nigeria, as well as the fifth largest economy in Africa.

“We know that Israel is one of the huge tech-savvy countries that you have across the world and obviously for a city that is growing and still counting, we believe strongly that this visit is more instructive for us and we would like to take advantage of the technological advancement that we see across the world being done by mostly Israelis and also things that have to do with agricultural expertise.

“On that note, I welcome this visitation and I also think we should follow it up and make sure that the two countries as we represent Nigeria also here, that we should have greater inroads into the successes that have been recorded by Israel and also to ensure that we put that to our advantage in a cosmopolitan city like Lagos,” Governor Ambode said.

Besides, the Governor assured of the commitment of his administration to continue to protect foreigners including Israelis and all Lagosians, saying that in the last 22 months, concerted efforts have been geared towards security and judicial sector reforms, as government remained very high in keeping the city safe.

Earlier, Feldman said he was at Lagos House to further advance relationship with Lagos State, being the heartbeat of Nigeria.

“Nigeria is not only the giant of Africa and whatever people might think, Africa is on the verge of huge success globally and looking at Nigeria, I am sitting at the centre of its beating heart (Lagos) and you can feel that actually.

“This is my first visit out of Abuja and looking at the tone of our reception by the Governor, I am certain we are in for a cordial relationship with the State,” Feldman said.