The Lagos State Government has urged the private sector to support the move to make coding education accessible to Lagosians.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh, stated this on Wednesday during the inauguration of two coding centres set up by 9mobile for CodeLagos, an initiative of Lagos State Ministry of Education.
Bank-Olemoh, who inaugurated the centres located on the premises of Rabiatu Thompson Memorial Primary School, Surulere, said the state government was committed to training one million Lagos residents to code.
The Special Adviser, who was represented by the Director General, Office of Education Quality Assurance, Mrs. Ronke Soyombo, explained that CodeLagos was a programme that would enable interested persons to harness the 21st century opportunities, as well as increase their employment and business opportunities in the technology sector.
He said, “We want to use technology to drive the economy and infrastructure development of the state, as well as make Lagos the technology frontier in Africa.
“CodeLagos will enable the government to equip students, pupils and others with the necessary digital skills to meet the growing demand for technology solutions and approach the world of work as problem solvers. By learning to code, students will also enhance their logical reasoning, problem-solving and creative thinking skills.”
He noted that CodeLagos also aimed at teaching at least one million Lagos residents to code by 2019, foster necessary skills to create sustainable solutions to social challenges and create employment opportunities.