The Lagos State Government has unveiled "Code Lagos" a computer programming initiative for students. According to Akinwunmi Ambode the Lagos State Governor, the initiative is geared towards meeting the ever increasing demand for technical skills.
Akinwunmi Ambode who was represented by his deputy, Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule at a function held in Lagos recently, said the primary aim of the initiative “is to meet the growing demand for technical skills” and increase a workforce that would be conversant with global trends and provide solutions to socio-economic problems.
Governor Ambode said
With the new concept, Lagos State has joined the league of technology-compliant nations that had recognized the importance of harnessing the power of technology for the success of their nations and nation-states. As the 21st century world is becoming increasingly reliant on technology, forward looking governments and policy makers, social impact organizations, and profit-driven institutions are taking proactive stance by investing in technology education for a better workforce.
According to the Governor, computer programming will be introduced into the curriculum of public schools in Lagos by January 2017 and there will also be over 1,000 coding centers scattered across the state.
One million students in Lagos are expected to have knowledge of computer programming by the year 2019 in preparation for access to a technologically advanced future.
The governor implored people living in Lagos to embrace the initiative as it's short term goal is enabling students in the state to harness, create and leverage on 21st century opportunities. And in the long term it seeks to increase employment and business opportunities in the technology sector while enhancing the state's global competitiveness.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank Olemoh, stated that;
The new initiative is aimed at using technology to drive the economy and infrastructure development of the state, as it is envisioned to make Lagos the technology frontier in Africa.
Private investors were also asked to key into the new initiatives, as the state would continue to create an enabling environment conducive for investment.