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LAGOS STATE TO ACCELERATE FIBER OPTIC COVERAGE IN 2021 -SANWO-OLU

By the Middle of 2021, we plan to connect fiber optic cables to all our public schools, educational institutions, health centers, Government and parapublic offices.

The Governor of Lagos State Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu disclosed this while speaking at the second edition of Art of Technology 2.0 held at Oriental Hotel in Lagos, with the theme: ‘Smart Data. Smarter Lagos.’

He highlighted that in realization of the need to accelerate the coverage of the State by the optical fiber infrastructure, deployment of 6,000 km of optical fiber across Lagos State is to be completed by middle of 2021.
‘Art of Technology 2.0, is focusing on smarter Lagos, smarter city, for us as a government, we have developed what we call a smart city agenda, and we are looking at the six (6) pillars of economic growth, in which the third pillar talked about education and technology’, Sanwo-Olu added.

He said Technology is a strong pillar and a reality of the 20th century, adding that the goal is to raise the level of Science and Technology adaptation with the creation of a smarter city.

‘For us to be a smart city, we need to have an agenda that speaks to all modalities of Government; health  and education are the very strong economic enablers that help to build the future that we are trying to create from today.’

Sanwo-Olu reiterated commitment of his administration to make Lagos a Smartest City by digitalising every operations in the State.

He vowed that the State was leaving no stone unturned to give residents sound governance through data gathering.

“We need to know ourselves, so with data obtained from Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA) and other agencies, we shall be able to plan well, take sound decisions and make better policies.
“All these efforts are geared towards making Lagos a smarter city in every sector of our economy in line with our economic agenda of THEMES,” he said.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo   who joined the event virtually to deliver his address, said President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration was working round the clock to make Nigeria a smart country, noting that human creativeness and ingenuities were major assets needed to make the society a smart place.

The vice president said Buhari’s administration would continue to pursue its digital and technology driven agenda to keep the country at pace with the rest of the world, declaring that Smart Data makes Smart Governance.
“Data is everything, we are gathering economic data, demographic data and other data coupled with our resourcefulness to manage over two million people. So we must leverage on technology and data for better plans, policy design and decisions making. Smart data makes smart Governance,” he said.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Innovation and Technology, Mr. Tunbosun Alake in his presentation said that we need to make Lagos State smarter by digitizing our economy, adding that we are here to give insight, listen, discuss and collaborate to make Lagos a smart intelligent data driven city. This, he said is in line with our themes agenda, with the major pillar being Education and Technology.

‘We employ science and technology in all activities towards improving the quality life of Lagosians’, Alake noted.
The event also had the Chief Executive, Stanbic IBTC Plc., Dr. Demola Sogunle, as keynote speaker.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Innovation and Technology, Mr. Tunbosun Alake in his presentation said that we need to make Lagos State smarter by digitizing our economy, adding that we are here to give insight, listen, discuss and collaborate to make Lagos a smart intelligent data driven city. This, he said is in line with our themes agenda, with the major pillar being Education and Technology.
‘We employ science and technology in all activities towards improving the quality life of Lagosians’, Alake noted.
The event also had the Chief Executive, Stanbic IBTC Plc., Dr. Demola Sogunle, as keynote speaker.

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