Lagos State is to invest in technology innovation centres across the state as part of efforts to rework the economy of Nigeria’s commercial capital of over 18 million and increase revenue, according to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, He spoke at the weekend during an event organised by the Eko Innovation Centre,
“Our administration is committed to leveraging on technology in delivering the megacity dream. As a government, we will build innovation and technology centres where we can bring in private capital and investors, get ideas from young people on technology and be able to start creating employment for our youths,” said Sanwo-Olu through his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat at the event.
Lagos state considers technology a major driver to fast-growing economies. We look to having innovative solutions to drive transportation, agriculture, commerce and other sectors, said Sanwo-Olu to stakeholders at the gathering.
Founder, Eko Innovation Centre, Mr Victor Afolabi, said the Eko Innovation Centre is designed to leverage technology and innovation to enhance development and living standards in Nigeria.
He tasked Governor Sanwo-Olu and his team on providing financial support and other impetus to aid tech entrepreneurs to develop solutions that could improve not just Lagos but the entire continent.
“The only way to create a 21st-century economy is to make sure you are creating the enabling environment for businesses and solution to problems that are driven by innovation and technology,” said Afolabi.