LASTMA arrests eight officers for extortion
Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has approved the implementation of the second phase of the CodeLagos Project, which will be launched in September 2017.
The approval is coming on the heels of the successful implementation of the pilot phase of the project, which has trained 5,464 primary and secondary schools students across the state.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Obafela Bank-Olemoh, yesterday said that 65 government and private schools took part in the pilot phase.“The training has delivered to the students critical life skills including basic computing, computational thinking and use of basic computer programming tools like Scratch and python over a period of eight weeks and the feedbacks have been inspiring.
“Of the 65 schools, 23 are government schools of which seven are girls’ schools while two are boys schools.”He noted that the experience and knowledge gained from the pilot phase has helped the ministry to assess and fine-tune the framework and implementation model of the project in view of its future roll out.
CodeLagos, an initiative of the Lagos State Ministry of Education, which aims to teach one million Lagosians to code by 2019, was unveiled to the public in November 2016, while its registration portal would be open for the public to sign up for free on Monday August 21.
Meanwhile, to stamp out corruption among the state traffic officials, the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has arrested eight of its officers for collecting bribe from motorists and other corrupt practices.
The officials, attached to the Agege-Pen Cinema Office of the agency last week, arrested Adebeshin Adeola, Davies Idowu, Folashade Abolade, Shittu Lanre, Akinkotu Olusoga, Olowu Said, Olaoye Peter and Adebola Said.
The duo of Adeshina and Davies had earlier arrested two Lagos commercial buses with registration numbers FKJ 770 XT and KRD 558 XM driven by one Olatunji Mayowa and Donatus Eze respectively at Abule Egba area of the state for seat belt violation.
However, the matter took a new twist at the Agege Office when the officials in conjunction with the General Duty Officer demanded for N7, 200 from each of the bus drivers before the release of the buses.