Lagos State Government on Friday formally unveiled the State Digital Library, in an effort to providing access to education for all.
The State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode who was represented by Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello, said the decision to unveil a first-of-its-kind digital library is to provide access to educational materials through the collection of digital content via the online portal.
He emphasized that it would complement the quest for achieving the Lagos dream of becoming Africa’s model megacity and a global economic and financial Hub.
“The digital library will provide a repository of contents which include 2,000 study aids on core subjects from primary to senior secondary school curriculum, over 1,600 tutorials, instructional videos and selected e-books for primary to SS3 approved texts, brief history of Lagos State, online forum, podcasts and exam-mate (A Test Resource)” he said.
Governor Ambode also stated that “the contents also include quality research papers from Lagos State tertiary institutions covering a wide range of topics digitized for the platform in various forms such as vocational videos, entrepreneurship contents, creatively presented history lessons and online courses on coding”.
He said the “Code Lagos” and “Digital Library” projects were initiated as part of the Government’s efforts to make the State the next technology hub in Africa, stressing that the Digital Library programme is the first of its kind in the State and one of the largest learning platforms in Africa.
The Governor noted that based on statistics available, Africa is expected to reach 500 million internet users by 2020, a majority of whom will access the internet through a mobile device.
He, therefore, urged students, researchers and everyone that is interested in knowledge acquisition to make use of the platform which can be accessed nationwide.