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.

Lagos Begins Data Gathering On Criminal Suspects

Lagos Begins Data Gathering On Criminal Suspects

The Lagos State Government on Monday commenced the process of building up data on criminal suspects to aid in gathering important intelligence that would eventually assist in tracing defendants and providing accurate Bio-data to the Courts during prosecution of criminal cases.

Speaking while handing over 750,000 criminal suspect forms to the Lagos State Police Command, the State’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Adeniji Kazeem said the decision of government on the profiling policy was aimed at bringing about ease of justice delivery and to help in quick record keeping of criminals in the State.

Kazeem, who reiterated the commitment of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration at ensuring the preservation of law and order and provision of effective criminal justice system in the State, said the forms would be used to gather personal details of suspects, their physical attributes, information about their next of kin and previous convictions.

 Lagos State Solicitor General/Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Mrs Olufunmi Odunlami; Representative of Commissioner of Police & DC CID Panti, DCP Bolaji Salami; Attorney General & Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem and Commander, Rapid Response Squad (RRS), ACP Tunji Disu during the handing over of 750, 000 criminal suspect forms to the State Police Command at the Conference Room, Ministry of Justice, the Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, on Monday, March 20, 2017.
Lagos State Solicitor General/Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Mrs Olufunmi Odunlami; Representative of Commissioner of Police & DC CID Panti, DCP Bolaji Salami; Attorney General & Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem and Commander, Rapid Response Squad (RRS), ACP Tunji Disu during the handing over of 750, 000 criminal suspect forms to the State Police Command at the Conference Room, Ministry of Justice, the Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, on Monday, March 20, 2017.

According to him, “With the introduction of the new forms, information about the suspects will assist in the profiling and building of important intelligence that could assist in tracing Defendants and providing accurate Bio-data to the Courts during the prosecution of criminal cases in the State.

“This data base will hold information about previous convictions, nature and types of offences committed by convicted persons in the State. The forms will also assist the DNA data base to be built on the completion of the Lagos State DNA Laboratory which can be interfaced with these collection of data and samples of DNA from suspects and convicted persons which will be warehoused in the Criminal Data Base that will be rolled out to the public soon.”

While assuring the police Command that the State government will continue to partner with the police for effective and efficient justice delivery, Kazeem said the importance of the forms cannot be over emphasized, more so because the information of the suspects and defendants would progressively be transposed to an electronic data base which can assist in providing information on previous offending pattern of a Suspect.

Besides, the AG urged police officers to adequately use the forms and record information needed when processing suspects through the Charge Room, noting that information not captured at the first opportunity may be difficult to recapture later.

He also promised that the State Government would provide more copies after the initial 750,000 copies would have been exhausted.

Responding, Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, who was represented by a Deputy Commissioner of Police in the Command, Bolaji Salami thanked the Lagos State Governor for his commitment in making the job of Policing in the state to be more effective and efficient.

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