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ICT will put Nigeria on same level with developed nations – Sanwo-Olu

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Lagos State Governor, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, has reiterated that the only way Nigeria can catch up with developed countries is through (ICT) information and communications technology.

He made this statement at the National Information Technology Merit Awards organized by the Nigeria Computer Society at the MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos.

Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by his deputy, Dr Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, said that Science and Technology is important factor in redefining people’s lives and ways of thinking.

He also said that it is the foundation of social integration and harmony because it has multiple uses for solving or improving art.

The Governor said his government’s plans to completely transform the state into a smart city and adaptation of the state’s economy to the 21st century were on track.

He added that the ongoing Metropolitan Fibre Network Cables and Broadband Infrastructure throughout the state are part of a comprehensive smart city program aimed at transforming Lagos into a 24-hour economy.

He said the Unified Metro Fiber Project is a multi-year smart city program that includes the government laying 6,000 kilometres of fibre optic cables in two phases throughout the state.

According to him, “In the first phase, which started last year, 3,000km of fibre optic cables are being rolled out within the metropolis. The high-speed Internet connectivity that will result from the metro-network cables would be used at homes, schools, healthcare facilities and government offices for improved service delivery.

“The infrastructure would also boost e-commerce activities and empower innovation start-ups,” he added.

Sanwo-Olu further revealed that in line with the vision of transforming Lagos into a 21st-century economy.

In 2019, the Sanwo-Olu’s administration set up N250,000,000 Lagos State Science, Research and Innovation Council (LASRIC) seed fund, for investment in research and development for technology-driven solutions that span the six pillars of the development agenda.

The first group of 50 beneficiaries selected to benefit from the seed fund in the fields of innovation, research and STEM were empowered with N100 million grants.

Governor listed many other efforts his administration has made to move the smart city agenda forward; Introduced 4.4.2 procedure for fingerprint capture by Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASSRA), Art of Technology (AOT). Startup Lagos and the Open Source Initiative said management will continue to push forward in collaboration with key stakeholders and organizations, including NCS.

He said his government continues to strive to release and accelerate new problem-solving possibilities through technological innovation.

He lauded the Nigerian Computer Society for organising its annual awards. The award continues to provide opportunities for ICT industry stakeholders and key players to interact and exchange ideas.

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