By Amaka Abayomi
THE Special Adviser to Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh, has disclosed that all is set for the training of 1000 facilitators as part of preparation towards the official launch of the CodeLagos programme by the state government this month.
CodeLagos aims to equip one million Lagos residents with coding skills by the year 2019, which is in line with the vision of Governor Ambode to position Lagos as the technology frontier in Africa.
Speaking at the commencement of the three-day training session for CodeLagos Master Trainers aimed at equipping 100 trainees with the knowledge and skills to teach afterschool coding classes for the programme, Bank-Olemoh said these master trainers will go on to train over 1,000 CodeLagos facilitators who will eventually be deployed to different coding centres across the state, thereby, creating employment and business opportunities for Lagosians in the technology sector. Expressing his organisation’s commitment to support the laudable initiative, the Executive Director of SystemSpecs Limited, Mr. ‘Deremi Atanda, said “the greatest asset of a state like Lagos is the growing youth population.
“The choice to empower them is the wisest decision the state has made, laying a good foundation for the emerging knowledge economy.
We are convinced that CodeLagos would do just that.”
CodeLagos will officially launch this April, with a roll out of coding centers across 350 public and private schools as well as public libraries across the State.