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It brings a good feeling to know that some governments are already tilting towards tech in Nigeria, even if the tilt is taking very long, at least we’re still moving. This is evident in the newest ICT lab opened by the Kaduna state government, but today, we’re talking about the Lagos state government.

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The government of Lagos has announced its CodeLagos initiative in which one million residents would be taught computer programming. This was revealed by Obafela Bank-Olemoh, Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Education. The initiative will be launched later in this month.

According to the Special Adviser, Obafela Bank-Olemoh, when he spoke at the flag-off of a three-day training session for CodeLagos Master Trainers, he said that ““If you look at India, people run to India for technology, it’s because they did a programme like this. Now if people want to set up an IT company they go to India, because they have this process. So we are trying to do the same in Lagos such that if anyone wants to set up an IT company they will come to Lagos,”

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In essence, Obafela says they are trying to turn Lagos into a technology hub that will compete with others all over the world, and this surely has its many advantages in job creation, and economic impact.

The Special Adviser also noted that the ongoing training of Master Trainers would equip 100 trainees with the knowledge and skills to teach afterschool coding classes for the CodeLagos programme.

He said trainees were selected following a rigorous screening exercise, which commenced last month, March 2017.

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“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. In this way, CodeLagos will create employment and business opportunities for Lagosians in the technology sector.”

Well, all we can do now is to wait to welcome 1000 new coders into the Lagos ecosystem and anticipate the impact of this program. Kudos LASG….

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