Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday pledged his administration’s commitment to investing heavily in technology, which he says is critical to the development of the state and the nation as a whole. .
He said technology is crucial for the Lagos smart city project and therefore called on key stakeholders and the private sector to work as partners with the state government to create a Lagos that works for all.
Governor Sanwo-Olu said at the 2021 Lagos State Infrastructure, Maintenance and Regulatory Agency (LASIMRA) stakeholder conference, with the theme: “Metro Initiative and the smart city of Lagos State: the future of technological infrastructure ”.
He said his government is committed to providing investors with the ease of doing business in order to improve the lives of citizens as well as adequate security of life and property in the state.
The governor hinted that the state will not hesitate to take inspiration from Singapore and other countries that use modern technology for massive infrastructure development, while also working with the private sector.
“If Lagos is to maintain its status as a center of excellence in the country, the development of vital infrastructure is essential to achieve human capital development. The economic impact of improved infrastructure on nation building cannot be overstated, ”he said.
Governor Sanwo-Olu at the conference also confirmed LASIMRA Acting Director General, Ing. Abisoye Coker-Odusote, as substantive general manager of the agency.
In his opening speech, Lagos State Commissioner for Science and Technology Hakeem Fahm noted that according to the THEMES agenda, the state will leverage technology to provide infrastructure to boost state economy, improve safety, improve the efficiency of service delivery in all sectors and traffic. management with the aim of achieving a smart city and making Lagos a 21st century economy.
He said that technology is relevant and important to enhance the economic growth and development of a state and nation, noting that Lagos State has successfully adopted technology in the implementation of the six-party THEMES program. pillars.
The Managing Director of LASIMRA, Ing. Abisoye Coker-Odusote, said it was not surprising that in Lagos State the government led by Babajide Sanwo-Olu through the State Infrastructure Regulation and Maintenance Agency de Lagos aims to make Lagos the stronghold of digital enterprise, an urban center for innovation and commerce. and a fertile market for imperial investments.
She said: “In line with Mr. Governor’s THEMES policy agenda, the repositioning of Lagos State as a smart city is an integral part of this administration; With a well-designed roadmap, the administration has worked hard to improve service efficiency and eliminate layoffs in key sectors to promote a favorable environment for businesses, as well as residents.
“The administration’s plan to completely transform the state’s metro / smart city project and bring its economy into 21st century compliance is on track,” she said.
The Governor’s Special Advisor for Works and Infrastructure, Ing. Aramide Adeyooye during the plenary session, said the state government is committed to the Smart City project to reduce crime, increase investment, among others.
Other panelists, which included Deputy CEO of Huawei Technologies Nigeria Limited, Zhao Wen Jun; West Indian Ocean Cable Company (WIOCC) Development Director Darren Bedford and WTES Project Limited Technical Director Sunil Gubbi urged the Lagos State Government to take advantage of the technology and partnership with the private sector to achieve the status of smart city and economy of the 21st century. .
the Managing Director of Skystone Capital and Investment Limited, Ola Olabinjo; Managing Director, Coleman Technical Industries Limited, George Onafowokan; Special Advisor to the Governor for Technology and Innovation, Tunbosun Alake and Senior Advisor, Kasi Cloud Limited, Ibrahim Dikko spoke about the financing of essential inputs of the Lagos Smart City project.