Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday stated that Lagos state government will invest in CodeLagos come 2017. Code Lagos which is an initiative of Lagos State Ministry of Education aimed at teaching 1 million students to code by 2019, will make Lagos State the technology frontier in Africa.
The governor made this known at the presentation of the Year 2017 Budget proposal of N813 billion to the House of Assembly. The budget which is N150 billion higher than that of 2016 was aptly tagged “The Golden Jubilee Budget” by the Governor because it coincides with the State’s 50th Anniversary. It is also the biggest ever proposed by any Nigerian state.
Gov. Ambode said the budget would focus on physical infrastructure, while social sectors especially health, education, youth and social development would also get adequate attention.“While 63 per cent of the proposed budget would cater for capital projects, other sectors like Education remain very key components in budget.” He added.
During the presentation, Gov. Ambode also promised to invest in the Lagos Digital Library project, He said the Library project as well as CodeLagos “will prepare our younger ones to meet the new workforce demands, as they harness the benefit of technology and communicate in the language of the future.”
Gov. Ambode further stated that his administration hoped to explore more collaboration with foreign and local partners in key areas promising that government would continue to ease doing of business in the State aside from encouraging investors through policies and programmes that guarantee security and safety of their investments.
Giving a sectoral breakdown of the 2017 Budget Estimates after the governor’s presentation, the Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Akinyemi Ashade disclosed that the Governor has earmarked N92.4billion to Education representing 11.37 percent of the budget.