Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Tuesday commissioned the State-of-the-art e-Learning Centre redeveloped from the Old Lagos Central Library at Odunlami Street in Central Lagos with an assertion that in the State, innovation will drive the economy in the immediate and foreseeable future.
The Governor who spoke during the handing over ceremony added that in furtherance of this, the administration is setting up e-libraries in every new school just as it is putting e-laboratories in every old school where normal laboratories already exist.
He informed that so far, over 120 schools have benefitted from the scheme while another 20 are primed to benefit again, adding that Information Technology is a language of the future and of today that every child must be acquainted with.
Governor Fashola added that the objective is to ensure that all students in public schools before they leave secondary schools are already IT compliant before they gain admission into the University or seek placement in the job market.
He added that this has become expedient because Information Technology is the language of today and would much more become the language of tomorrow, stressing that it will be more important for an average student to know how to use a computer as it is vital to speak English or their mother tongue.
“Our initiatives are producing a lot of entrepreneurs now who are already standing tall on their own and of course you will see that the government is moving day to day from Information Technology as a basis for improved service delivery”.
“You will see that in our Toll Free Emergency numbers- 767 and 112, our tax revenue and collection system, the e-tax card, our vehicle registration system -AUTOREG, our vehicle identification system-the Auto Inspector, our Health Management Information System- the HMIS, our land registry computerization through the use of Electronic Document Management System and of course our Public Service general personnel administration system through the Oracle database”.
“That is not all that we are doing. The Lagos State Residents Registration Exercise which is the e-tag, e-card registration base for all residents of Lagos State that are over 18 and is already running its pilot stage while it would open registration to the public in a very short time. We have completed the Geographic Information System (GIS) by which we can now view and identify all piece of real estate, every house in this State and thereby respond to you better and serve you better”, he explained.
The State Governor also informed that very soon, the State would start the issuance of electronic Certificate of Occupancy that is tamper proof and almost fault proof to replace the present one.
The Governor, who also recalled the history behind the former library which has now been transformed into the e-learning centre, described the centre as an innovative mix of the old and the new as new technology is springing up in an old building.
He described the successful completion of the structure, which was started during the administration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and spanned several Commissioners and Permanent Secretaries like Mr Akin Doherty, Dr Femi Hamzat, Mr Adebiyi Mabadeje, Engineer Rotimi Pedro and Mrs Caroline Alaja Browne, as a relay race that was completed because all the actors set their eyes on the ball and remained steadfast.