LASG to embark on smart-city projects
Stakeholders Task Govt On Establishing Special, Inclusive Education Dept
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s plan to transform Lagos into a smart city has received a boost as some Chinese technology companies expressed their willingness in partnering the state achieve its goal.
At separate meetings with the management teams of Ehang and Huawei, Sanwo-Olu assured the tech giants of Lagos’ readiness to take its rightful place in the comity of megacities by providing key technology and infrastructure required. After each meeting, the Governor and his team toured the tech firms’ smart city facilities in Guangzhou and Shenzhen.
Lagos Government’s team was guided in the tour of Huawei campus in Shenzhen by the Managing Director of Huawei, Eric Zhang, who was accompanied by the Global Vice President of Enterprise Business Group, Laurent Fan, Huawei Vice President for Government and Public Utility, David Zhang and Global Public Safety Expert, Peter Goulding, among others.
Earlier Sanwo-Olu called on the Ehang management, a leading Autonomous Aerial Vehicle (AAV) technology company, for possible collaboration on providing facilities for emergency services and security agencies in the state.
Similarly, the state government has been urged to establish a Department of special and inclusive education in the state Ministry of Education to specifically cater for the education needs of pupils and students with disabilities.
This was one of the submissions of participants at a two-day roundtable on inclusive education in Lagos. They argued that with the department, it would be easy to achieve the goal of leaving no child behind in acquiring quality education. They also implored the ministry to activate the Inclusive Education Policy signed by the then Commissioner for Education in 2015.
Delivering a paper on ‘The status of Inclusive Education in Lagos State; Assessing implementation of existing legal and policy frameworks’, Dr Adebukola Adebayo stated that most of the inclusive primary school units in Lagos do not practice inclusion, because most of their students are taught in separate classrooms.
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