The administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has reinforced its unwavering resolve to building skilled and well trained workforce suitable for the the demand of the tech-driven 21st century economy especially as the State develops into a smart city.
This was expressed by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh at the kick off of the 4th batch of CodeLagos Out-of-School programme at the Isolo Public library. “The administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode is investing millions of naira into human capacity development of Lagos residents through programmes like CodeLagos. No other State in this country is running a programme like this at this scale absolutely free to its residents.
Mr. Bank-Olemoh, while interacting with students admitted into the programme for the Web Development course was elated to see lagosians of diverse age groups and from different works of life embrace the opportunity provided by the State through the Lagos State Government to better their lives.
“One thing that excites me about CodeLagos is the fact you didn’t have to know anybody to be selected. Just like anyone else, you heard about it, went on the internet, signed up via the portal and were selected to be trained on digital skills for FREE!”
Encouraging the participants to take the programme seriously, The Special Adviser disclosed that there were over 16,750 applications for this batch. “You are very privileged to have been selected as you can see, the class here is filled to capacity and their are some applicants who have showed up here though not selected but hoped you wouldn’t show up wishing to have your seat. You must make the best of this opportunity like its your last chance at success.” He added.
Interestingly, 2 of the 21 centres that commenced classes in this batch a special centres designed to deliver this coding education and 21st century skills to special members of the society. The Oshodi centre is one of such. Situated in the Federal Nigerian Society for the Blind, Oshodi, the centre caters for the visually impaired. While the other special centre is an all-girls centre in Lekki, which is the first of its kind in the CoeLagos programme. “These two centres where added to the list for this batch as part of our commitment to further promote the advocacy for more inclusiveness and ensuring we have more women thriving in the tech space.
Courses taught in the CodeLagos Out-of-School programme include Python and Java as well as blockchain technology and Web Development. Participants can only take one of these courses in the 6 weeks programme.