A case of ‘white elephants’ that feed on millions of Naira

by | Jun 17, 2017

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.

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Omotola Omolayo
Omotola Omolayo

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

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