Lagos Sate Government under the Lagos State Science Research and Innovation Council (LASRIC) funded over 50 Research, Innovation and STEM Projects in the last one year.
The Honourable Commissioner for Science and Technology Mr. Hakeem Popoola Fahm made this known while briefing the press at the Year 2021 Ministerial Press Briefing.
He disclosed that the State collaborated with the University of Lagos on a project for the development of a low cost rapidly deployable Ventilator (Ambuvent Ventilator) of a potential commercial value for the management of COVID-19 Pandemic crisis.
Fahm informed that other projects funded includes startups on COVID -19 intervention projects; startups on patent pending research initiatives; innovative startups in sectors such as Agric-Tech, Health-Tech, Construction and Manufacturing; among others.
The Commissioner noted that, seven months into the tenure of this administration, the Governor had announced a N250 Million seed fund to boost Technological innovation and initiatives, in demonstration of the State’s commitment to developing Lagos into a 21st-century Digital Economy and Smart City.
‘Grants were awarded to successful applicants, the first set of beneficiaries selected to benefit from the Lagos State seed fund, in the fields of Innovation, Research and STEM in August 2020 where Innovators and tech start-ups were empowered with 100M innovation grants. This is part of the 250M grants for Science and Technology related ideas and initiatives’ Farm added.
He said that this grant is part of the six pillars of the development agenda of the Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration which includes fuelling technology-driven innovations to transform Lagos into a 21st century digital economy and Smart City.
He noted that Startup Lagos being the largest tech eco system, offer retail and institutional investors the opportunities of tapping into the vast potential of early-stage tech driven startup initiatives to blossom into regional and continental scale solutions to Africa’s diverse challenges.
Speaking on the LASG Campus Network Infrastructure, Fahm said The LASG Campus Network upgrade was implemented with a State of the Art Wifi Network (Wifi-6 devices) and an FTTPend to end network.
He added that the Network upgrade connects thousands of computers from all MDAs within and around the Secretariat for e-government operations.
‘It increased efficiencies within the MDAs; Online meetings and deliberations are a reality; It has enabled flexible working patterns; Enabled E-learning across Campus; Implementation of online staff audit; while at the same time stabilizing its ICT environments and Improved Online Collaborative Solutions’
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Innovation and Technology, Mr. Tunbosun Alake speaking on Science students’ innovation and ideas said that the State sponsored participation at the Y2021 774 Young Nigerian Scientist Presidential Award (774-YONSPA) among Secondary school students.
‘This is to boast interest of students in Science and Technology. [STEM Education] and to encourage and involved young children in bringing up Projects and Programmes that can resolve challenges in the State, such as Infrastructure, Environment, Waste Management, etc.’, he briefed.
Alake noted that the 2nd Edtion of the ‘Art of Technology 2.0, themed ‘Smart Data, Smarter Lagos’, brought together the best of tech minds from across the globe physically and virtually on the 3rd and 4th of December 2020, with conversation that centred on the fundamental role data plays in connecting the city with its citizens.
He said the State unveiled the Startup Lagos at the conference, which is an initiative meant to empower Lagosian and urged ITpreneurs and others to take advantage of the opportunities the State is offering to help businesses and entrepreneurs.