His Excellency, Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Friday November 11, 2016 officially unveiled the CodeLagos Project to the business community as parts of the efforts of His administration to meet the growing technology demand of Lagos, the mega City-State.
Speaking at the event, which had in attendance captains of industries, policy makers, investors, and other education stakeholders from both public and private sector,the Governor, represented by Her Excellency, the Deputy Governor, Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule, stated that the primary aim of the initiative “is to meet the growing demand for technical skills”. These skills are necessary to drive the economy of the State. It will develop a workforce that would speak a universal digital language and provide solutions to myriad of socio-economic problems confronting the society”.
The Governor said that, Lagos State through this project joins the league of technology-compliant nations that had recognized the importance of technology for the success of their societies. “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. Lagos State is committed to doing same,” he added.
Earlier in his welcome address, Special Adviser to Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh, stated that the new initiative is aimed at “preparing Lagosians for the tech-future, which is the future of the State especially with 65% of our population being young people. “It is clear technology will drive the economy and infrastructure development of the state. He acknowledged that the initiative is big, bold and ambitious,“but we tell ourselves; this is Lagos, we know and are confident that we can pull it off, making Lagos the technology frontier in Africa.”
Also at the unveiling, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Overseas Affairs & Investment, Professor Ademola Abass,in his remarks, charged private investors to key into the new initiatives, as the state would continue to create the enabling environment conducive for investment.
CodeLagos will introduce coding curriculum to both public and private schools in Lagos State to attain the goal of the project which is to train 1 million Lagosians to code by 2019.The Governor added that the State Government would commit funds to set up over 1,000 coding centers across the State from January 2017.
One of the high points of the event was the plea by 10-year old Anjolaoluwa to the audience to invest in CodeLagos saying it will enable children in Lagos State compete favourably with their peers in other parts of the world. Some attendees at the event also lauded the initiative and pledged their support to the government for its successful implementation.