A case of 'white elephants' that feed on millions of Naira

June 17, 2017
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White elephants as captured by Tim Lewthwaite

Dear Nigerian government, when will you move beyond speeches and paper to actual implementation and successful projects?

A certain fanfare accompanied the announcement of Code Lagos, an initiative which was supposed to train a million people by 2019. To ensure that the project is on a fast track, the Lagos state government proposed to open 350 coding centres from 2017. Although, in entirety, 1,000 centres which will train 10 people at a time ought to be built.  But for a project that should be completed in the next 24 months, only 44 centres have been built which means that only 440 people are currently being trained.

Nifemi Akinwamide and Victor Ekwealor explores the various reasons why these much hyped and million gulping ventures (also known as ICT projects) fail and are little benefit to the nation.



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Featured image credit: Tim Lewthwaite

Writer. Photographer. Interested in African culture, history, politics and policies.
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