Lagos state government has revealed plans to train one million Nigerians in Lagos to code by 2030.
As the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh who shared the vision at the ongoing Social Media Week event, added that the purpose of the training was to ensure that the average Lagosian is able to compete globally.
Speaking further, Mr. Obafela reiterated that:
Lagos population is 65 per cent young; so, you have to give them skills that will make them succeed. If the average Nigerian is exposed to certain skills, he/she will succeed anyhow.
According to reports, the Lagos state government is already partnering with a few companies. TechNext reports that Oracle and PriceWaterhouse Cooper (PwC) are two companies already working with the state governmet to turn the vision into a reality.
Mr. Pedro Omotumhen, Country Partner PwC stated that:
When the Lagos State government shared the idea with us, we were quick to jump into bed with them, because this is not just about coding, but it is also about empowerment of the people.
On the part of the government, Code Lagos remains its main vehicle in driving digital literacy amongst residents of Lagos.