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

 

Welcome Address Presented At The Stakeholders’ Summit On The Administration Of Justice Held At Eko Hotel Towers &D Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos On The 30th January, 2017

Welcome Address Presented At The Stakeholders’ Summit On The Administration Of Justice Held At Eko Hotel Towers &D Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos On The 30th January, 2017

I welcome the Justice Community to this Stakeholders’ Summit on the Administration of Justice specifically looking at catalysts for Justice Sector Reform in the State.

The essence of this Summit is to generate

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constructive and innovative ideas on the challenges in the justice sector which will serve as catalyst for further progressive reforms, and enhance the capacities of our justice infrastructure to meet the needs of the dynamic populace of our dear State.

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Lagos State is Africa’s fastest growing market and our ultimate goal is to continue to grow our economy from its present 5th position to the 3rd largest economy in Africa. Experience has shown that societies with equal and unhindered access to justice have a better environment for economic

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growth and poverty alleviation than those that do not.

As a government, we are well aware that to achieve our socio-economic goals of a safer, secured, peaceful and more prosperous Lagos State, we need a functioning justice sector, which guarantees not only the maintenance of law and order, the enforcement of human rights and freedom, but also provides an administration of justice ambience that protects investments and encourages economic development.

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The global strides in commerce and information technology have transformed the world into a global village. Thus, one of our top priorities is to leave behind a legacy of a 21st century justice sector driven by digital technology and powered by digital literate judicial officers and legal services providers. A justice system, where all justice institutions in Lagos State are fully automated.

We are already putting in place the infrastructure for the Lagos State DNA Laboratory for the processing of DNA evidence, which is a powerful criminal justice

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tool in “prosecuting the guilty and exonerating the innocent”. This will also act as deterrence to criminals whose DNA data are in the DNA database, ultimately, playing a key role in the systematic reduction of crime in our State.

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As part of the discussion at this summit, we want you to deliberate on how to make Lagos State legal and judicial system an effective tool for realization of foreign investment.

Lagos must be a jurisdiction where business disputes

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can be robustly resolved in a pragmatic manner. Some of the major challenges faced by investors and entrepreneurs include the ease and cost of doing business and over regulation of business processes. The summit should proffer solutions to this.

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We are mindful of the need to attract foreign investment, and public private investment, especially in the area of provision of infrastructure. No economy can develop without sustained infrastructural development. I firmly believe that discussions around all these issues are pertinent for this august gathering.

Finally, Learned Ladies and Gentlemen, as our world is becoming more sophisticated, so must be our justice sector. I congratulate you all for being part of the process of reforming our justice sector to meet contemporary demands.

I wish you a history making Summit.

Thank you.

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko…Lo Je Wa Logun

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 To Adopt Boston Model To Tackle Environmental Challenges

Lagos To Adopt Boston Model To Tackle Environmental Challenges

The Lagos State Government on Thursday unveiled plans to adopt the Boston model to clean up the State Waterways and tackle other environmental issues confronting the State.

State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode disclosed this shortly after series of meetings with the Mayor of Boston, Marty Walsh and the Executive Director of Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, Mr Paul Levy in the United States of America.

At the meeting, Mr. Levy recalled the Boston Waterways and sewage crises and explained to the Governor and his team on how the government worked hard for years to clean up the harbour as well to provide clean portable water to the people of Boston.

Governor Ambode who was later hosted by the Mayor of Boston, Marty Walsh, where he held discussions on a Sister-City Collaboration with Boston, equally discussed areas for mutual economic partnership between Lagos and Boston.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (4th right), with Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Wealth Creation & Employment, Mr. Abdul Mustapha; Commissioner for Wealth Creation & Employment, Dr. Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti; Chief of Economic Development, Office of the Mayor, Mr. John Barros; Mayor of Boston, Mr. Marty Walsh; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Physical Planning & Urban Development, Mrs. Boladele Dapo-Thomas and Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Engr. Ade Akinsanya during a meeting with the Mayor of Boston at the Boston City Hall, Boston Massachusetts, U.S.A, on Thursday, November 17, 2016.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (4th right), with Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Wealth Creation & Employment, Mr. Abdul Mustapha; Commissioner for Wealth Creation & Employment, Dr. Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti; Chief of Economic Development, Office of the Mayor, Mr. John Barros; Mayor of Boston, Mr. Marty Walsh; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Physical Planning & Urban Development, Mrs. Boladele Dapo-Thomas and Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Engr. Ade Akinsanya during a meeting with the Mayor of Boston at the Boston City Hall, Boston Massachusetts, U.S.A, on Thursday, November 17, 2016.

The Mayor described Governor Ambode’s visit as a homecoming recalling that the Governor was, earlier in his career, a Fulbright Scholar at the Boston University and also worked in the State Treasury Department.

The Mayor and his team identified areas of mutual interest with Lagos and pushed for collaboration with both cities considering the numerous similarities they share.

Governor Ambode, on his part, said that the knowledge and experience he gained from Boston helped shape his career and benefited him in his position as Governor.

He pledged to explore areas where Lagos could partner with Boston, especially in the clean-up of the Lagos waterways. Governor shared insights into the investment opportunities available in Lagos, stating that Lagos is the prime destination for investments in Nigeria.

In a related development, Governor Ambode in a meeting with senior officials of the MIT Faculty and the MIT Africa Initiative in Cambridge, Boston Massachusetts, confirmed that the State Government has entered into a partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for the use of innovation and technology to tackle the challenges facing Lagos State.

Governor Ambode informed the MIT Team that Lagos is the technology hub of Africa with Yaba now globally acclaimed as a hotspot for start-ups, assuring that the MIT that his government would continually work to create an environment where new businesses will thrive as well support more tech hubs in Lagos.

He said, “We are Africa’s largest market and we represent a huge opportunity for businesses with solutions that can match our ambitions. Lagos is open to new ideas. Lagos is open for business. Lagos is open for innovation. We welcome new and different perspectives. That is why we are here at MIT. We hope to gain more partners as we continue with the business of making sure that Nigeria and Africa succeeds.”

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, with Faculty Director, Legatum Center & member of UK Prime Minister's Council for Science and Technology, Professor Fiona Murray and Associate Provost for International Activities, Professor Richard Lester during a meeting between the MIT Africa Initiative and Lagos State Government in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A, on Thursday, November 17, 2016.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, with Faculty Director, Legatum Center & member of UK Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, Professor Fiona Murray and Associate Provost for International Activities, Professor Richard Lester during a meeting between the MIT Africa Initiative and Lagos State Government in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A, on Thursday, November 17, 2016.

The Lagos State delegation to MIT including Governor Ambode, Commissioner for Wealth Creation, Mr. Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti, the Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare and the Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure, Engineer Ade Akinsanya, were received by the Provost for International Activities, Professor Richard Lester, Faculty Director Legatum Center, Professor Fiona Murray and Executive Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel World and Food Security (JWAFS), Renee Robins.

Governor Ambode and his team also met with the MIT Africa MD, Julia Reynolds-Cuellar and the Director MIT Regional Entrepreneurship and Acceleration Program (REAP) Team on Africa, Sarah-Jane Maxted.

The discussions centred around tapping into MIT’s expertise in technology and innovation to create solutions for Lagos State, where the MIT team expressed their commitment to support and partner with the State Government in its drive to change the face of the State.

Governor Ambode also discussed the possibility of extending the reach of the MIT REAP to Lagos and to positively affect the growth of entrepreneurship in Lagos, just as he directed his team to work out modalities to commence an Empowering Teachers and Global Start-Up Lab programmes in Lagos through the MIT Initiative.

The Governor also scheduled further discussions with the MIT REAP on how entrepreneurs in Lagos can be supported to grow their businesses, innovate and contribute to the Lagos GDP.

As part of the visit, the Governor also held an interactive session with some Nigerian students at MIT, where presentations by young start-ups founded by Nigerians were made, expressing his interest in supporting more young Nigerian entrepreneurs especially with the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF).

War Against Terror: Lagos State Government Harps On Synergy Among Security Agencies

War Against Terror: Lagos State Government Harps On Synergy Among Security Agencies

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday identified strong synergy and collaboration amongst security agencies as a necessary impetus for the success of the war against terrorism and insecurity.

The Governor stated this at the opening ceremony of the National sensitisation workshop on the implementation of the National Counter Terrorism Strategy (NACTEST) held at the National Employers Consultative Assembly (NECA) Auditorium, Alausa.

Governor Ambode, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello, stressed that all security apparatuses must be united and determined in the knowledge that government is committed to providing all the support needed to guarantee victory.

He explained that this is imperative and compelling in order to sustain the current successes that have been achieved in the fight against terrorism.

The Governor restated his administration’s commitment to continue to extend necessary logistic support to security agencies in the state.

“We have a vision to make our state secure for business and tourism for the prosperity of our people. We are therefore committed to support all initiatives including this workshop aimed at ensuring a secured and peaceful environment for legitimate enterprises to succeed,” he said.

While lauding the organizers of the workshop for coming up with the initiative, the Governor described the meeting as a demonstration of the fact that the fight against terrorism must be all inclusive.

“While the Federal Government is expected to provide leadership, other levels of government and non-governmental and community based organisations must be carried along to play a collaborative role identified areas of responsibility”, he stressed.

The Governor, who described the successful release of the 21 Chibok girls as a most welcome development, appealed to Nigerians and the International community to continue to support efforts of the Federal Government to bring the incidences of insecurity and terrorism in Nigeria and the West African sub region under total control.

The two-day workshop has in attendance top security officers at all levels including from the Office of the National Security Adviser, Local Government Sole Administrators and members of the civil society groups.