Industrial estate to become tech hub by November 2019
By November 2019, Sabo Industrial Estate in Yaba, is expected to have been transformed into a technology hub by the Lagos State Government.
The Commissioner for Science and Technology, Hakeem Fahm, who hinted on this, said the project is part of the on-going transformation plan of the state. He added: “the state is targeting creating the country’s Silicon Valley, where new set of entrepreneurs and innovators will be raised to address the challenges confronting the nation in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector.”
Fahm, during the 2018 Ministerial press briefing to commemorate the third year of the administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, in Lagos, said the transformation of Yaba, which just started, is expected to be completed in 18 months.
The Guardian learnt that the project, which is going to be handled by Accenture, including Ibile Holdings, already has a committee, which included the pioneer Minister of Communications Technology, Dr. Omobola Johnson.
Fahm also said Lagos plans to have a congregation of technology entrepreneurs and support service providers to serve as the platform for the conceptualisation, germination and penetration of IT service to the state and Nigeria as a whole.
“The hub will create an enabling environment for youths to showcase their talents, being future technology leaders. With the burgeoning youth population facing growing employment challenges, Lagos State saw the need to embrace software development, and key into vast opportunities available therein.
“This initiative will boost innovation and creativity among youths with soft skills knowledge,” he stated.
Fahm said the ICT hub would promote knowledge, employment generation, wealth creation and economic prosperity for Lagos State government and residents.
According to him, upon the successful implementation of the ICT hub, Lagos will become the catalyst for IT penetration and enabling in Nigeria and Africa.
The Commissioner said other achievements of the ministry included the redesigned and upgraded Lagos State Online Recruitment and Testing Portal.
“The newly upgraded portal is an enhancement on the previous one in order to accommodate new features. The portal provides an online platform for registration, selection, recruitment and testing of prospective job seekers.
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