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Lagos flags off 3000kilometres fiber dock infrastructure for high Internet capacity

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Sam Egube, commissioner, Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget, Lagos State, touring the exhibition booths at the 2021 EMWA expo with Joseph Oru, MD, Zenith Exhibitions (right)

As part of efforts make Lagos a hub for business in Africa, the state has flagged off a 3,000kilometres fiber dock infrastructure to transport high Internet capacity through underwater cables into homes and industries.

Disclosing this during the Equipment Manufacturing West Africa (EMWA) exhibition and conference with the theme: “Industrialisation and Innovation Revitalising the Industrial Sector to Unlock Nigeria’s Potential,” Lagos State Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Sam Egube, said that the government would conclude a 15 jetty project this year among other transport projects to ease movement.

He said, “It was also clear to us that for us to improve the environment and the transportation system, it was important we invested heavily in mass transportation. So the state government felt they needed to find a creative way of solving the problem otherwise movement will be difficult.

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“So we have decided to drive a multi-modal transport which involves enhancing movement on road, rail, and waterways. By the innovation of Mr. Governor and working with the finance team, we were able to finance the redline rail. The redline rail will move people from Agbado down to Oyingbo, then to Marina in its phase two.

According to Egube, the rail project could move 22.5 million people monthly thus reducing their travel time by 50 per cent from 2 hours to 45minutes. The redline will have 10 overpasses (bridges), it will have 13 pedestrian bridges and eight bus stations.

“We believe Apapa has reached its capacity by far, and when the deep seaport comes operational after the completion of the phase one and two, it will drive four times the capacity of Apapa port,” he added.

Managing Director, Zenith Exhibition, Joseph Oru, said that COVID-19 pandemic forced industries to figure out new ways of doing old things. He noted that business conversation must commence, as it is a tool to growth and recovery.

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