Lagos State Government Moves To Upgrade Schools In Slum Areas

Lagos State Government Moves To Upgrade Schools In Slum Areas

The Lagos State Government at the weekend said it would commence total upgrade of schools in the State, especially in the slum areas, as well as evolve a robust Youth and Senior Citizens’ Policy by January 2017.

Rising from an intensive three-day retreat for members of the State Executive Council and legislators from the Senate, House of Representatives and State House of Assembly, held at the Eko Hotels and Suites in Victoria Island, with the theme, “Good Governance In A Recession”, the State Government said there was need to upgrade the quality of schools through training and re-training of teachers, as well as improving the infrastructure.

In a communiqué issued at the end of the retreat and read by Senator representing Lagos West Senatorial District, Mr. Olamilekan Solomon Adeola, the government said participants were unanimous in their resolution to improve the standard of education across the State, particularly in slum areas.

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Adeola said participants also resolved to evolve a robust Youth Policy that would include active Private Sector Partnership and also fast-track the development of a Senior Citizens’ Policy, both of which would be implemented from January 2017.

He said participants also recognised the role of government as an ‘enabler’ and to create frameworks and strategies to further accelerate the growth of the State’s economy.

“Participants also reaffirmed the vision of this administration to make life better and more meaningful for the people of Lagos and also enshrine the doctrine of ‘inclusive governance’ in the government of the State and foster collaboration amongst the three arms of government,” Adeola said.

In the area of improving revenue generation, Adeola said participants agreed that the State Government must work towards increasing its tax base rather than increase in the tax rate(s).

He said aside the fact that participants agreed that there was need to evolve a better approach of financing the State’s budget as against the traditional methods, they also resolved that efforts should be redoubled towards reducing the dependence on Federal Allocation and increasing the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) to a target of N30billion monthly in 2017 and N50billion monthly in 2018, as well as meeting the target of yearly budget size of N1trillion commencing from 2019.

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According to him, “Participants also agreed to encourage private investments towards accelerating growth in the Tourism and Hospitality sector for sustainable job creation and increased revenue generation.

“They also acknowledged the need to promote accelerated improvements in the infrastructure of the State with particular emphasis on integrated transportation system and sustainable solid waste management system by overhauling and rebranding the sectors in collaboration with the private sector.”

On the health sector, Adeola said participants resolved to fast-track the implementation of the recently passed Lagos State Health Insurance Law to provide the necessary financial resources for sustainable development of health infrastructure as well as the promotion of medical tourism in the State.

The Senator also said participants resolved to evolve and promote competitive communalism strategy in fostering sustainable economic development of the State and also further encourage citizens’ participation and input in the planning, implementation and monitoring of the budgetary process.

“Participants acknowledged the historic burden the country’s current economic challenges placed on Lagos and in order to promote good governance, participants resolved to approach the challenges with greater commitment guided by the vision and mission of the Lagos State Government”, he said.

Lagos State Government Launches Free Adult Education Programme

Lagos State Government Launches Free Adult Education Programme

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday launched an Adult Education Programme tagged ‘Lagos is Learning (Èkó ńkẹ kòó)’, a move he said was in line with his administration’s commitment to combat the illiteracy level in the State.

Governor Ambode, who spoke at the launch of the programme, held at the Police College, Ikeja, said the target was to raise the literacy level in the State from 85 per cent to 100 per cent within the next three years.

To achieve this, the Governor said the adult education centers in the State would be increased from 522 to 1000, while additional 1000 teachers would be engaged, adding that the programme would be free of charge for participants so as to accommodate more people.

Governor Ambode, who was represented at the launch by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Mrs. Idiat Oluranti Adebule, said the number of illiterate persons in the State was not consistent with his vision to make Lagos Africa’s model mega city, hence the need to address the situation.

He said, “In Lagos, research also shows that 13 per cent of the population, meaning about three million persons, are illiterates. This level of illiteracy is unacceptable. The high population of illiterate people is not consistent with our vision to become Africa’s model mega city because illiterate person lack basic literacy, numeracy and essential skills which makes them more vulnerable to activities of criminals and they can easily be lured into anti-social groups.

“Basic literacy is essential for economic empowerment and to understand and follow simple instruction in the areas of health, transportation, safety and others. Today, we are launching this Eko Nke Ekoo project with the objectives of kicking illiteracy out of Lagos. Our goal is to achieve 100 percent literacy for all Lagosians. Towards this end, we plan to increase the number of basic and post literacy centers from the current 532 to 1,000. We will also engage additional 1,000 facilitators who will be trained in basic skills and techniques in the teaching of adult education.”

The literacy centres, according to the Governor, would offer courses including Education, Fashion designing, Soap making, Hair dressing and Bead making, among others.

Besides, Governor Ambode said the State Government would aggressively promote literacy initiatives through all media channels, while channels of literacy contents, radio literacy programmes, mobile literacy centres and other innovative channels would be multiplied and diversified across the State.

“To achieve this, the Ministry of Education, through the office of the Special Adviser on Education and Agency for Mass Education under the direction of the Deputy Governor, will strengthen relationship with various stakeholders including private organizations, international funding agencies, government agencies, religious organizations, community based and several NGOs running literacy and empowerment programmes”.

“I encourage residents of Lagos to take the opportunity to learn. It is never too late to learn; age is not barrier to acquire basic literacy. It will help the learners forge a better understanding between the government and the people and as well aid personal development,” he said.

Earlier, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr Obafela Bank-Olemoh, said the initiative was to improve the standard of living of adults without formal education while growing up and make them self-reliant and employable.

Wife Of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, Tasks Girls On The Importance Of Education

Wife Of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, Tasks Girls On The Importance Of Education

The wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, has called on young girls to imbibe the winning attitude by believing in themselves, their ability to succeed and to avoid teenage pregnancy.

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Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (left); receiving a plaque from Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Emmanuel Udom during the SGWF quarterly meeting and courtesy visit to the Governor of Akwa Ibom, on Wednesday, October 12, 2016.

Mrs. Ambode made this call during the quarterly meeting of the Southern Governors’ Wives Forum (SGWF), while addressing female students in Uyo, Akwa-Ibom state.

Mrs. Bolanle Ambode noted that the best guarantee for a great future was through education, self – discipline and determination.

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Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Emmanuel Udom (middle), his Wife, Deaconess Martha (5th right); Chairman, Southern Governors’ Wives Forum (SGWF), Mrs. Nkechi Okorocha (5th left); Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (2nd left); Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Moses Ekpo (left) and other members of SGWF during the SGWF quarterly meeting and courtesy visit to the Governor of Akwa Ibom, on Wednesday, October 12, 2016.

Speaking further, the wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Ambode advised the young girls, whom she referred to as the pride of womanhood, and the next generation of mothers and leaders in our country, to refrain from all anti – social activities that could negatively impact their dreams and aspirations.

Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode; Wife of Imo State Governor & Chairman, Southern Governors’ Wives Forum (SGWF), Mrs. Nkechi Okorocha and Wife of Akwa Ibom State Governor, Deaconess Martha Udom during the SGWF quarterly meeting in Akwa Ibom, on Wednesday, October 12, 2016.
Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode; Wife of Imo State Governor & Chairman, Southern Governors’ Wives Forum (SGWF), Mrs. Nkechi Okorocha and Wife of Akwa Ibom State Governor, Deaconess Martha Udom during the SGWF quarterly meeting in Akwa Ibom, on Wednesday, October 12, 2016.

 

Lagos State Government To Upgrade 21 Secondary School Libraries

Lagos State Government To Upgrade 21 Secondary School Libraries

The Lagos State Government under the leadership of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has concluded plans to upgrade 21 secondary school libraries across all the six educational districts in the State, just as it announced the commencement of the State Digital Library project.

Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh who disclosed this in a statement, said that the libraries would be upgraded this year.

According to him, the State Government’s Private-Public-Partnership initiative tagged Adopt-A-Library was geared towards transforming the State public libraries into modern, ICT-enhanced knowledge centres.

He said the Ipaja Public Library has been upgraded while the Ilupeju Public Library was recently upgraded by Custodian & Allied as well as the Herbert Macaulay Library, Yaba, currently under renovation by Guaranty Trust Bank.

Bank-Olemoh further said that the libraries and ICT centres at Ireti and Falomo Secondary Schools were recently upgraded by ARM Pensions while Citibank also upgraded the library facility at Government Senior Secondary School, Victoria Island.

He also said that PricewaterhouseCoopers and Leadway Assurance have committed to adopting school libraries in Victoria Island and Surulere, respectively.

Speaking on the Digital Library, Bank-Olemoh who said the project was in line with the vision of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, was aimed at providing unlimited access to knowledge for all through the collection and curation of digital content through an online portal.

The portal, according to him, would be accessible via an internet connection on a range of devices including desktop computers to feature phones.

He said the content would include, among others; E-books on numerous topics, 1,600 videos covering English, Mathematics & Sciences for all classes, 2,000 Study Aids in Key Subject areas for Secondary School subjects, quality research papers from Lagos State Tertiary institutions covering a wide variety of topics to be digitised for the platform, vocational training videos, Creatively presented history lessons as well as online course on coding.

He said the first phase of the digital library would be launched in January 2017, adding that on completion of this phase, the digital library will feature Study Aids, Tutorials, Instructional Videos and selected e-books for Primary to SS3 approved texts, Brief History of Lagos State and an Online Forum.

The Special Adviser said that the digital library is principally designated to benefit all Lagosians, just as he said that the platform would be accessible from around the country and around the world.

He added, “It would also be designed to ensure optimal user experience for the designated community, which includes producers of content, publishers of approved school text books
Lagos State Library Board content providers, external content providers, external providers could include individuals who want to self-publish, providers of study materials who provide their resources for a fee and other third parties.

“One of the key mandates of His Excellency is that we solve problems and create value. In creating the digital library, we are committed to ensuring that we are not just setting up “another online portal” but providing a solution. We will approach the project iteratively and continuously seek feedback from end users and other stakeholders to ensure the content and features provided are value-adding, timely, and innovative.

Bank-Olemoh listed some of the objectives of the digital library to include preserving historic and culture, enhance collaboration, provide tutorials for children, promote local talent and content, create jobs as well as strengthen physical Libraries.

He said that efforts are ongoing to enhance the functionality and patronage of the State public libraries and school libraries.