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LCDA emphasises importance of data in smartcity project

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Nigeria could have been benefiting from its growing population, but for lack of data limiting human development and proper economic planning in the country, experts say.
  
To encourage data gathering, Yaba Local Council Development (LCDA), has kicked off the Yaba SmartCity project, a project convened by Dr. Segun Oyebolu, aimed at gathering residents’ data in the area.
   
Speaking during the training of 40 persons selected for the exercise, Executive Chairman, Yaba, LCDA, Kayode Adejare, said the project when completed, will help enhance overall security of property and residents of Yaba, while empowering small businesses to thrive.
 
“Our efforts will help the LCDA transform to a smart, ICT-driven service city with real-time access to integrated data on physical properties and critical residents data within the area, most especially for infrastructure and social services planning purposes. Part of the expected result of the project is the activation of a new portal that will showcase and provide direct links to all small businesses within the LCDA. The listing of our local businesses on this portal is at zero fees to business owners within the area.”
  
Adejare said for them at the Council, this action of free listing of small businesses is an answer to the need of our small businesses to quickly rebound after the last few months of difficulties occasioned by Covid-19.
  
“The Council takes very seriously the prosperity of our people and knowing fully well that small businesses power our local economy, the Council felt the minimum we can do to help our various businesses is lending a helpful hand to their early and sustained recovery. As a Council, we will continue in this tradition to further ensure all-round prosperity of our people.
 
“As the Chairman, my office will remain open, and if anyone of our trained personnel should request for or suggest any payment whatsoever for this service, the Council should be reached immediately. Our continued help is to ensure we all prosper together especially in the face of the challenging business climate brought about by the global pandemic.”  


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